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Bob Backman
President, General Manager

Bob was born and raised in Philadelphia. At a very young age, he became transfixed with local TV and radio broadcasting.

His first job, at the age of 12, was answering the request line phone for the DJs at the local Top 40 Radio station.

Bob saw firsthand how broadcasting could be an important part of people's lives and a force for good. TV and radio in those days was truly local, locally owned... locally programmed. And, that's the part of broadcasting Bob fell in love with.

When he got his chance after serving all these years in the broadcasting business to finally get his own local NBC TV station, Bob declared as his mission: "local, local, local" and assembled a wonderful family of broadcasters to carry out and enhance that goal.

Bob loves the outdoors and is a member of a local hiking club. Bob also is a huge fan of Doo Wop Music and hosts a nationally syndicated Doo Wop radio show on SiriusXM as well as hosting Oldies concerts all over.

For Bob, WRDE, NBC Coast TV is truly a dream come true. A dream he hopes you will share with him.

Bob's direct phone line is 302-703-6104 and he would love to hear from you on how to better serve our local community.


Mallory Metzner
Multimedia Journalist/Producer

Mallory Metzner was born and raised in Lewes, Delaware, where she grew up and still lives just 5 minutes from the beach. Mallory is deeply rooted in Sussex County for she attended Sussex Technical High School. There she studied Media Broadcasting, but she had been an aspiring journalist long before that. She first worked for WRDE as an intern during the summer before her senior year at the University of Delaware. Shortly after graduating a semester early, Mallory began reporting and producing for the 6pm and 11pm weekend broadcasts. By May 2018, Mallory was part of the full-time news team.

Always an overachiever, Mallory double majored in Media Communications and Fashion Merchandising, and she triple minored in Journalism, Spanish and Business Administration. During college, Mallory was both the producer of the Student TV Network's "49 News" and the production director of the school fashion magazine. During her three and a half years of college, she held 6 internships, including a position as a Junior Reporter for Fox 29 in Philadelphia. Mallory was making pieces for Good Day Weekend and fronting them live alongside the morning anchor. If that wasn't enough, Mallory also competed on the National Champion Intercollegiate Figure Skating Team at UD and she taught lessons a few days a week. In fact, she's been figure skating since she was 6 years old.

In her free time, Mallory likes to get to the gym or the ice rink as much as she can. Naturally, you can also find her taking advantage of as many beach days as she can.



mallorymetzner@wrde.com    |    Mallory Metzner

Madeleine Overturf
Journalist

Madeleine has worked for Draper Media since August 2016, previously serving as WBOC's Sussex County Bureau Chief and Weekend Anchor. Before WBOC, she worked as an Assignment Editor at NBC Washington. She's a proud NYU graduate and loves exploring all Delmarva has to offer.

madeleineoverturf@wrde.com    |    Madeleine Overturf

Matt Pencek
Journalist

Matt is a native of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. Matt graduated from Penn State where he received a bachelor's degree in journalism. He started his broadcast career as the news/sports director of WEMR AM 1460 in his hometown of Tunkhannock. Matt held that same position for WALI/WROG radio in Cumberland, MD. His first television position was as the weekend sports anchor at WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, MD where he eventually became the Sports Director. Matt then moved to Florence, SC to become a sports reporter/anchor for WPDE-TV.
In 2011 along with his brother David, Matt co-authored The Great Book of Penn State Sports Lists. From 2012 - 2015 he was the lead radio play-by-play voice for The Friday Night High School Football Game of the Week for DE FOX Sports 1290 in Wilmington, DE. The last 2 years at the radio station Matt was the studio host during the University of Delaware Football radio broadcasts. He has also called the action for both the Blue Hens men's and women's basketball teams.

Outside of work, Matt is married to his wife Shannon and has two sons; Jack and Connor.

mpencek@wrde.com
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