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Larry Kanes Philadelphia Hardcover – September 29, 2000
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BROADCASTING CAREER IN PHILADELPHIA
Larry Kane, known as the dean of Philadelphia television news anchors, has been one of the nation's most respected TV journalists for more than 53 years, and has recently marked his 55th anniversary in broadcasting. Kane is the current host of the Voice of Reason program on The Comcast Network (9:30 P.M Sunday nights in Pa., NJ. Maryland, DC and Virginia). Kane is also a special contributor for CBS's KYW Newsradio, and is a consultant for NBC Sports Group, including regional sports networks and the Golf Channel, along with New England Cable News.
The Emmy Award-winning newsman was honored by the Mid-Atlantic Emmy organization with their Governor's Award in 2005, recognizing Lifetime Achievement. In the annals of broadcast history, Kane is best known for the success of Action News at WPVI in Philadelphia. While at WPVI, Kane helped propel the station in one year, from 1970 to 1971, to first place in the news ratings. The Action News format changed the face of contemporary broadcasting in the early 1970's, placing the emphasis on local news connected to extraordinary community involvement by stations across the country. His success brought him to New York and ABC News and WABC TV. After 18 months, he returned to Philadelphia and completed his unique trifecta, working for the NBC and CBS stations. Kane is the only news anchor to anchor a total of 38 years at all three Philadelphia owned and operated TV stations. His career in Philadelphia broadcasting is entering its 48th year.
His assignments have included: the Middle East peace talks, the return of the American hostages to Wiesbaden, West Germany, the devastating earthquake in Naples, Italy, the 1987 Superpower Summit between Reagan and Gorbachev, and an in-depth interview in Poland with Solidarity Leader Lech Walesa. In 1985 he and his colleagues at WCAU TV were honored with the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for their coverage of the confrontation between Philadelphia Police and the radical group MOVE. In 1961, as a young radio News Director, Kane broke the story of the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba.
Kane has interviewed a virtual who's who of newsmakers, including every President from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush. In 1965 and 1966 Kane conducted groundbreaking radio interviews with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A veteran of 23 political conventions since 1964 (including the historic 2008 and 2012 conventions), Kane is perhaps most well known for his insight on American politics and government. Those stories were featured in 2000 in his first book "Larry Kane's Philadelphia," a regional best seller.
In 2011, Kane released his first novel, "Death By Deadline", a cautionary mystery about the dangers of bad information, and the risks of out-of-control local TV News operations.
WORK WITH THE BEATLES
As the only broadcast journalist to travel to every stop on the Beatle's 1964 and 1965 tours, Kane authored "Ticket to Ride" in 2003. Kane also authored "Lennon Revealed," a New York Times and Los Angeles Times Bestseller in 2005. Kane is considered one of the premiere American experts on the life of John Lennon. On July 30, Kane's internationally distributed book, "When They Were Boys, the True Story of the Beatles Rise to the Top," is being released.
Recognized as a leading proponent of the rights of the disabled, Kane is campaign chairman of the Delaware Valley Multiple Sclerosis Society. For 35 years Kane has broadcast weekly features on radio and TV in connection with the National Adoption Center to find homes for waiting children. He is also involved in many other non-profit endeavors.
Kane resides in suburban Philadelphia with his wife Donna. Donna is the President of Dynamic Images Inc., a multi-faceted production company, and an officer of DJNY and its Unique Quest training product. Larry and Donna have a son, Michael, who lives in Connecticut with his wife Jennifer. They also have a daughter, Alexandra, who lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband, Douglas Weiss. The Kane's have three grandchildren.
Kane was born in Brooklyn, New York to Jewish parents as Lawrence Larry Kanowitz. His parents changed the name years before his broadcasting career. Kane's father was an electrical contractor. His mother, Mildred Kane, fought Multiple Sclerosis for 14 years before her death at age 40. His work with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society began because of his mother's involvement with the disease.
Kane began his broadcast journalism career in Miami, Florida at the age of 16. He was first at WGAM and later at WAME and WFUN Radio. While working at WAME, Kane became the first U.S. news correspondent to break the story of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961.
Top Customer Reviews
Larry was there to meet, talk to and report on just about everything and everyone in the area for 35 years- and on three stations. Filled with a bottomless supply of anecdotes both gritty and witty, the book not only takes you to "Rocky"'s turf but far afield- did you know he went all the way to Anchorage, of all places, for a papal audience? (He had one in the Vatican too.) Larry's open-hearted, warm personality worked well for him in front of one of the toughest audiences around- ask anyone who's seen those raucous Philly sports crowds- for many years, and it works here too. In short, Larry Kane's a class act, and Philadelphians are incredibly lucky to have him. I'd have been proud to watch him myself- even if I wasn't raised on "Rocky", cheesesteaks, and "da Iggles"!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Larry Kane writes a very deep memoir, delivering strong messages of which the premier truism was one that moved me to tears. Read morePublished on June 12, 2012 by RYCJ
Larry Kane retired from KYW 3 in December 2002 after 40 years of broadcasting.
I really enjoyed reading _Larry Kane's Philadelphia_ by Larry Kane. I really liked Larry Kane. Read more
Being from the Philadelphia area, I was pretty intrested in what Larry Kane would write about. Larry tells good stories and helped me fill in what little details on stories that... Read morePublished on December 29, 2001 by Kris S. Thompson
A great book for those interested in recent Philadelphia history and culture, or those just looking for an insight into major market TV news. Read morePublished on July 12, 2001
Larry Kane, a Philadelphia fixture for 35 years, has outdone himself with this book. It's really well written, and takes you on an unusual ride through the tv business. Read morePublished on February 23, 2001
Larry Kane has been a fixture on Philadelphia newscasts for the past 30 years and this is a must read for Fluffian's and those interested in media warfare. Read morePublished on December 5, 2000