Attorney Honored for Service To, Support WXEL, PBS

Michelle Kaplan
Palm Beach Post
March 11, 2014

Attorney Phil DiComo, of The Acreage and a partner in the North Palm Beach law firm of Haile Shaw & Pfaffenberger, doesn't just sit around examining briefs.  Instead DiComo, along with others of his firm, has been busy supporting
local charities - not just with checks but with boots on the ground volunteerism. "We all love to take part and do what we can to help the community and really help the things that we're passionate about like public broadcasting and other things, as well. It's always good to personally step aside from the day-to-day legal work and do something that means
something to the community and has a lot of impact on people." 

His latest endeavor earned him accolades last month when he was awarded the WXEL Corporate Ambassador Award for his longterm support of the public broadcasting station. "It's really nice," said DiComo. "You don't really anticipate in this business to get recognized ... I've had a long relationship with WXEL and it's been a real pleasure to work with them."

DiComo, 48, was instrumental in brokering a deal to transition WXEL, PBS for the Palm Beaches, from Miami Shores-based Barry University back to Palm Beach County, allowing the station to produce more community based

programing.  While the university had many suitors lined up to buy, the station was acquired by WXEL Public Broadcasting Corporation, a local nonprofit run by WXEL CEO Bernie Henneberg and a group of community leaders.

"Now it's more attuned to the community, more reactive to the needs of the community," he said. The done deal also breathed life into a station whose employees were in a state of limbo, DiComo said, adding that the staff has been

He's also proud to boast about the station's local programs including "Bogart on Movies" with Stephen Humphrey Bogart, son of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; "Debra!!!" and "Heritage" with Laurel Sauer and Alan
Gerstel. He said the transition will also ensure that PBS broadcasting, with shows like "Downton Abbey," "Antiques Roadshow" and "Sesame Street," are safe - at a cost of nearly $1 million per year.

For DiComo it's a twofer, combining his legal expertise with his personal knowledge of the broadcasting arena. The work allows him to keep a foot in the door of broadcasting, while providing legal advice for a cause he is passionate about. "I worked in public broadcasting for years before I became an attorney - It's near and dear to my heart," he said. "As long as I can be there as a resource it's nice." 

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   What's your guilty pleasure? Watching college sports, particularly
Florida Gator football or basketball or any other Gator sport.

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