Bob Nelson is a veteran of more than 50 years in broadcasting, and the creative force behind the legendary feature, “I Am Your Flag.”
His career began in 1947 as a runner and copy boy for The Blue Network (later ABC) in New York.
During his college days at Syracuse University he established himself as a free-lance actor, writer and announcer and upon graduation joined the staff of the local NBC outlet where, for eight years, he wrote commercial copy and aired a radio news program. He also appeared on the city’s first TV news program.
In 1959 he joined Westinghouse Broadcasting in Boston (WBZ) as a newswriter and host of the popular news magazine “Program PM,” for which he wrote and aired the international award-winning documentary “Anne Frank: The Memory & The Meaning.”
Following service at the Westinghouse Washington, DC news bureau — from which he aired a nightly news program carried by a number of stations — and a brief stint at WTIC in Hartford as an afternoon disc jockey, he joined the newly-formed all-news operation at KYW in Philadelphia in 1967.
In addition to duties as a news anchor, he became the station’s arts & entertainment editor, which included service as the station’s film and theater critic.
It was in 1975 that Nelson wrote the inspirational piece “I Am Your Flag,” which has been published and aired throughout the country. The popular narrative has undergone three revisions to accommodate changing events, including the September 11th tragedies. KYW presents “I Am Your Flag” on air and on its web site every year, and continues to draw many listener requests for printed copies.
Nelson retired from full-time duties at KYW in 1991 but still serves as the station’s arts reporter and critic on a part-time basis. You can hear his film, theater, and video reviews every week on KYW Newsradio. Bob lives in center city Philadelphia.
New releases of some very memorable films are now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
A popular play with lots of emotions is currently locked in an engagement of the Philadelphia Theatre Company.
One fascinating home video available this week is a 1944 release, and another is a recent production recalling the challenges and exploits, in the same era, of the United States’ first black military pilots.
No question, we’re headed for a banner period in which classic reissues on Blu-ray become major audience pleasers.
There’s no better feeling than being able to watch a movie that was circulating in top form more than 15 years ago.
Some re-releases have become “big time.”
The play has won honors as Chicago’s “best new play,” and there’s no question it will now attract attention at Philadelphia’s Suzanne Roberts Theatre.
Our featured video this week is a major Hollywood achievment and considered by many to be the greatest love story ever.
Jamie Bell and Steven Spielberg have joined in the computer-generated “The Adventures of Tintin,” now on home video.
Brace yourself! You are about to be treated to the Arden Theatre’s production of “Cyrano.”
No question, Tony Braithwaite and Jennifer Childs are two of the most creative personalities in Philadelphia.
Martin Scorsese’s surprising children’s film deals with an orphan boy who is a 1930s resident of one of Paris’ busy railroad terminals.
Last year, under the direction of Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio starred in a drama exploring the life of one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century.
It’s been called one of the most influential anti-war films ever made.
Did another author actually write Shakespeare’s works? “Anonymous,” from 2011, had a view on the topic.
The Philadelphia Theatre Company has raised the curtain on an award-winning production of “The Scottsboro Boys,” loosely based on an ugly incident from the 1930s in which a group of African-American teenagers were falsly accused of terrible crimes.
“The Mousetrap” will be at The Walnut through March 4th.
“Body Awareness” centers on two female professors, close friends, one of whom has a young and not-too-brilliant son.
Our video review this week offers some major stars in high-profile productions.
There’s quite a mix in this week’s video offerings.
With not too many days remaining in the old year, the current week offers a handful of attractive video offerings perfect for last-minute holiday gifts.
“Private Lives,” Noel Coward’s wild and wacky comedy of manners which has been on the boards for better than 80 years, has been reborn locally at St. Stephen’s Theatre.
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was last summer’s surprise hit.
A new version of the show is back in town, headlining another world tour.
1812 Productions, Philadelphia’s hard-working, “all comedy” theatre company, has raised the curtain on its sixth annual offering of political satire.
There aren’t many films of a spectacular nature on this week’s video list.
Some familiar names make this week’s video list.
Brace yourselves, theatregoers — this one’s got a lot of energy.
The approaching holiday season signals the release of several movies considered major attractions for video collections.
Headlining our home video collection this week is a mammoth assortment of works by two of the most popular comedy personalities in movie history.