KYW Newsradio 1060 morning co-anchor Harry Donahue will be retiring from the station this Friday after a career in broadcasting that spans five decades in Philadelphia.
Donahue joined KYW in 1973 after starting his career as an announcer for the former WPBS-FM radio (now WUSL-FM), and as a manager of media relations for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
“When I was hired at KYW, I couldn’t believe it,” Donahue said recently. “It was, and remains, the preeminent radio station in Philadelphia. I’ve done what I always wanted to do. To work in my hometown and having been part of this iconic radio station -– it just doesn’t get any better.”
Donahue began waking up the Delaware Valley on KYW Newsradio 35 years ago, and was the primary anchor for coverage of some of the region’s biggest news stories, including the mass conducted by Pope John Paul on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and championship celebrations for both the Phillies and the 76ers. He covered two Super Bowl appearances by the Eagles. Donahue was also on the air during Philadelphia’s first violent confrontation with the group MOVE and during the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Donahue also serves as the longtime play-by-play voice for Temple University Athletics (men’s football and basketball, the latter heard on WPHT 1210AM). He will continue his responsibilities with the university.
Donahue attended St. Joseph’s University and St. Joseph’s Prep. He lives in Upper Southampton, Bucks County, with this wife. They are the proud parents of three sons and grandparents to eight grandchildren.
“Harry’s voice is one of Philadelphia’s most familiar, and his contributions to KYW are immeasurable,” said Marc Rayfield, the station’s general manager. “He is a consummate professional and will be sorely missed by our many listeners who set their alarms to 1060 each morning, as well as those who have worked with him all these years.”
[Editor’s note: all of Harry’s colleagues here at KYW Newsradio 1060 are sorry to see him go and wish him the best. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement, old friend!]