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Bob Nelson

nelson bob Bob NelsonBob 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.

(The Arden Theatre production of "Next To Normal" stars, L-R, Robert Hager, Kristine Fraelich, and James Barry.  Photo by Mark Garvin, provided)

Theatre Review: ‘Next To Normal,’ at The Arden

Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre has opened its 25th season with an elaborate production of the 2010 Pulitzer prize-winning musical drama, “Next To Normal.”

10/05/2012

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Home Video Report: Good Stuff From The Vintage Vault

It was during President Clinton’s first term that Aaron Sorkin and Rob Reiner imagined what the next commander-in-chief might look and act like.

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(Maia DeSanti and Aubrey Deeker in "Angels in America," at the Wilma Theater.  Photo provided)

Theatre Review: “Angels in America: Perestroika”

If you admire heavyweight theatre, you’ll certainly enjoy the latest attraction at The Wilma Theater.

09/21/2012

(Will Reynolds and Alexandra Silber star in the Walnut Street Theatre production of "Love Story."  Photo provided.  Credit: Mark Garvin)

Theatre Review: ‘Love Story, The Musical,’ Packs Emotional Punch

Erich Segal’s popular novel “Love Story” found its way first into print, then into film, and now live theatre.

09/13/2012

(Harrison Ford starred in the first three of the four "Indiana Jones" movies, including "Raiders of the Lost Ark.")

Home Video Report: Cue the ‘Indiana Jones’ Theme Music…

Now comes “Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures.”

09/12/2012

(Kathy Baker and Sandy Dennis star in "Come Back To The Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.")

Home Video Report: The Vagaries of Digital

There are a number of vintage movies that should have made it on a contemporary format but did not.

09/05/2012

(Robert Walker and Helen Hayes star in "My Son John," from 1952, now available on Blu-ray.)

Home Video Report: Robert Walker’s Final Movie Released on Blu-ray

The Blu-ray video format is coming out with some popular vintage features.

08/29/2012

(Mae West stars in the 1934 film 'Belle of the Ninties.'  Credit: Paramount Pictures.)

Video Review: Oldies But Goodies

You may be an ‘old-timer’ whose followed the movie business from the old days at home or in theaters. However, such films come to us today packaged in convenient, private containers.

08/22/2012

(The climactic scene of Steven Spielberg's blockbuster shark movie.)

Home Video Report: Attack of the Movie Marketers

Thirty-seven summers ago, Universal Pictures changed the nature of American moviegoing by introducing “Jaws” with a radio and television promotional blitz never before seen.

08/15/2012

(Marilyn Monroe sings "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.")

Home Video Report: Marilyn Monroe Anniversary Collection

The 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death this week brings some reissues of her best movies, and at bargain prices.

08/08/2012

(Marilyn Monroe sings "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.")

Home Video Report: Schwarzenegger, Brando, and Marilyn

The month of August brings some major movie personalities making their mark via Blu-ray.

08/01/2012

("Chariots of Fire.")

Home Video Report: Summer Olympics Prompts Reissues

The year 1981 was famous for Chariots of Fire, Hugh Hudson’s rousing best-picture Oscar winner.

07/25/2012

(Robert De Niro, left, and Harvey Keitel star in "Mean Streets," directed by Martin Scorsese.)

Home Video Report: Early DeNiro-Scorsese Collaboration

Martin Scorsese is probably responsible for more movie classics than any other American filmmaker, and to witness his early days just return to “Mean Streets,” his 1973 gem.

07/18/2012

(Jeff Daniels stars in "The Newsroom," a new HBO series.)

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Next week promises delivery of a couple of long-awaited TV series.

06/22/2012

("Meatballs," starring Bill Murray.)

Home Video Report: Iconic Comedy Retreads

Next week will see the re-release, with minor tweaks, of some classic comedies from the ’70s and ’80s.

06/20/2012

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