September 1, 2015 |
When asked which personalities he would put on a theoretical "Mount Rushmore" of local TV personalities, local TV historian-author Bill Shull's first three honorees were not that surprising: Larry Kane, the only person to quarterback news teams at all three of the city's VHF-band commercial outlets; Channel 6 news and talk-show star Jim O'Brien; and John Facenda, the Channel 10 news anchor who also gained national stardom as the long-tenured "voice" of...
January 15, 2015 |
Norma Jarrett, 88, of Jenkintown, art curator for a suburban synagogue and mother-in-law of the newscaster Larry Kane, died Monday, Jan. 12, of leukemia at Abington Hospice at Warminster. Although it was a volunteer position, Mrs. Jarrett took seriously her work as art curator and director of the Olitsky Gallery at Congregation Beth Or, where she and husband Irvin were members. Before she retired last December after 35 years, Mrs. Jarrett told the Jewish Exponent that she set the bar very high for the artists whose work she displayed.
September 3, 2014 |
AS AUGUST 1964 melted into September, the city was just beginning to recover from the previous week's riots in North Philadelphia. But the brittle calm was splintered into a million pieces by a maelstrom of an entirely different kind. Fifty years ago today, The Beatles hit Philly, almost eight months after their epochal first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show. " They performed at Convention Hall, at 34th and Civic Center Boulevard. The show was promoted by Hy Lit, of WIBG-AM ("Wibbage")
November 21, 2013 |
TURN BACK NOW, herpetophobes. That means you, people afraid of snakes and reptiles. Robert Keszey , the star of Discovery Channel's "Swamp Brothers," was found guilty of conspiracy to traffic in state- and federally protected reptiles in U.S. District Court here in Philadelphia. Keszey was convicted along with Robroy MacInnes , his partner at Glades Herp Farm Inc., of trafficking in protected timber rattlesnakes in violation of the Lacey Act. "Swamp Brothers," the 2011 Discovery show, features Keszey and his brother Stephen Keszey legally selling snakes at the Glades Herp Farm.
August 28, 2013 |
WANT TO WIN TIX to this weekend's Made in America festival? Come and get 'em. The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey wants to send you and a buddy to both days of Jay Z 's massive Parkway concert, featuring Nine Inch Nails , Hova's lady love Beyonce and a full slate of other acts. (Speaking of Jay, I hear he's already in the city, prepping for his big weekend.) Just email email@example.com by tomorrow at 3 p.m. Twenty lucky winners will be chosen at random and alerted on Thursday by 5 p.m. Winners will have to pick up tickets in person at the United Way (1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway)
June 25, 2013 |
BURIED DEEP in the bowels of the 6ABC complex, at City Avenue and Monument Road, is a heavily guarded room that contains the mounted heads of the dozens (if not scores) of executives who, during the past 35 years, have come to Philadelphia determined to knock that station from its perch as the market's dominant provider of television news. OK, that isn't true. But the point is, even if it were, that wouldn't keep Anzio Williams from being the latest to challenge "Action News," whose decades-long death grip on the hearts, minds and eyeballs of local residents is unprecedented in the broadcasting industry.
June 1, 2012 |
David Gomberg, 86, a legendary behind-the-scenes "idea man" and mentor in Philadelphia TV news, died Wednesday, May 30, at his home in Cherry Hill. Known professionally as Dave Neal, Mr. Gomberg had suffered from congestive heart failure and kidney failure, his family said. Mr. Gomberg worked for all four TV news operations in Philadelphia as well as KYW radio. He was an assignment manager, producer, or adviser to such luminaries as Larry Kane, Jessica Savitch, and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.
February 8, 2012 |
Larry Kane Journalist "We have hundreds of municipalities in three states. We have governors of states, township executive directors, county managers - and we have horrible purchasing options in this area. We need to get a conference immediately somewhere in this area, called by the governors, county executives and the mayor of Philadelphia to form an organization called A.P.A.: Area Purchasing Agency. "We've got millions of dollars of waste in government all through the area through antiquated purchasing procedures.
January 9, 2012 |
Herb Clarke, 84, the low-key broadcaster who was a fixture as a weatherman on Philadelphia's Channel 10 newscasts for nearly 40 years, died late Sunday afternoon at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr, a retirement community. Barbara Clarke, his wife of 56 years, said Mr. Clarke died of complications from Alzheimer's disease. "The thing with Herb is that he was a regular, down-home guy," said Gerry Wilkinson, a good friend and chairman of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia, an organization devoted to chronicling the region's broadcasting history.
January 8, 2012 |
Herb Clarke, the low-key broadcaster who was a fixture as a weatherman on Philadelphia's Channel 10 newscasts for nearly 40 years, died Sunday at a retirement community in Bryn Mawr. He was 84. Barbara Clarke, his wife of 56 years, said in a statement that Mr. Clarke died of complications derived from Alzheimer's Disease. "The thing with Herb is that he was a regular, down-home guy," said Gerry Wilkinson, the chairman of Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia, an organization devoted to chronicling the region's broadcasting history.