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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.

Home Video Report: A Children’s Classic, Refreshed

Few of us thought there would be another “Winnie the Pooh” movie, but the new Pooh epic, narrated by John Cleese, is now out on DVD.

11/02/2011

Magazine Names Philadelphia Tops In History And Culture

More than 40,000 votes were cast, with Philadelphia dominating in one major category.

10/27/2011

Home Video Report: Retros and Remakes

Our new video releases this week are led by “Captain America: The First Avenger,” with Chris Evans starring as the comic book character with Word War II origins.

10/26/2011

Theatre Review: ‘Red,’ at the Suzanne Roberts

The Philadelphia Theatre Company has opened its new season with the premiere of John Logan’s popular, multi-award-winning, two-character drama, “Red.”

10/21/2011

Home Video Report: 4th Installment of ‘Pirates of Caribbean’ Hits DVD

Johnny Depp is back on DVD with another installment of Pirates of the Caribbean — this one subtitled On Stranger Tides.

10/19/2011

Theatre Review: ”Mistakes Were Made” Is High-Energy, One-Man Comedy

It’s no secret: the passion of Philadelphia’s 1812 Productions is theatrical comedy.

10/18/2011

Home Video Report: ‘The Tree of Life’ Released on DVD

“The Tree of Life” is director Terrence Malick’s ambitious film loaded with emotional power in which he packs the creation of the universe into family life in 1950s Texas.

10/12/2011

Theatre Review: ‘August: Osage County’ at The Arden

It’s a panorama of occasionally nasty but certainly unforgettable players, recommended for mature audiences in mid-teens and up.

10/07/2011

Home Video Report: ‘Pulp Fiction’ Leads Week’s Offerings

Many of our recently released videos have already become television staples.

10/05/2011

Home Video Report: 50th Anniversary of ‘Ben-Hur’

The film earned 11 Oscars.

09/27/2011

Home Video Report: DVDs You Must Have In Your Collection

Videos we review usually fall into one of two classifications: general entertainment, or items having “historical” significance.

09/20/2011

Theatre Review: ”Aspects of Love,” at The Walnut

There will be those who see “Aspects of Love” as overworked and sentimental. Still, the stagecraft is strong enough to please many audiences.

09/16/2011

Home Video Report: 70th Anniversary Edition of ‘Most Sensational Film’

The Blu-ray 70th anniversary edition of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane is a high-definition transfer of the 1941 classic.

09/13/2011

Home Video Report: TV Collections and Recent Big-Screen Releases

Our video list for this week is a mix of new arrivals and reworked standards.

09/07/2011

Home Video Report: New Documentary Recounts, Analyzes 9/11 Events

Our video review this week is a fascinating mix of history and drama.

08/23/2011

Home Video Report: Some Quirky Features Headed to DVD

A few surprises in this week’s home video report, although some of the subjects are familiar.

08/17/2011

Home Video Report: A Slow Summer Week For DVDs

Familiarity certainly isn’t the driving force behind this week’s slim selection of videos.

08/10/2011

Home Video Report: He Said He’d Be Back…

Our list of the week’s memorable videos offers both the current and vintage variety.

08/03/2011

Home Video Report: Psychological Dramas Among Week’s DVD Offerings

Allison Janney and Ally Sheedy are featured in “Life During Wartime,” a study of suburban agonies.

07/27/2011

Home Video Report: A Week For The Unusual

This week’s video releases present a rather unusual mix, including three films of a rather bizarre nature.

07/13/2011

Home Video Report: Summer DVD Doldrums

Very few items on this week’s home video list other than what we might call “certified thrillers.”

07/06/2011

Theatre Review: Colin Quinn Brings ”Long Story Short” To Philadelphia

Onetime bartender Colin Quinn spent five years in the cast of TV’s popular “Saturday Night Live.”

07/01/2011

Home Video Report: A Weak Week For DVDs

This may not be the most exciting week for video releases, but we do have a handful of offbeat subjects attracting attention.

06/29/2011

Theatre Review: ‘Next To Normal,’ at The Academy of Music

One of the most honored musical plays in recent memory has moved into the Academy of Music for a limited engagement.

06/22/2011

Home Video Report: Some Movies Mellow With Age — Sort Of.

This week’s DVD releases seem up-front on a couple of subjects.

06/22/2011

KYW’s Bob Nelson Interviews Noah Wyle About New TV Series

In “Falling Skies,” Wyle’s character tries to save the world from aliens from outer space.

06/20/2011

Home Video Report: This Week’s New DVD Releases Fail To Inspire

Some rather insignificant movies on this week’s home video list…

06/15/2011

Home Video Report: Some Recent, Some Recycled, Some Redone

An interesting mix on this week’s video list includes a remake of a John Wayne classic, starring Jeff Brdges.

06/08/2011

Theatre Review: ‘Ruined,’ at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre

The Philadelphia Theatre Company is concluding its current mainstage season with Lynn Nottage’s energetically produced Pulitizer Prize-winning drama set against the ugly civil war in the Congo.

06/02/2011

Home Video Report: Some Perhaps-Forgotten Classics

No question, one of the major atractions of home video is that it offers sometimes forgotten films.

06/01/2011

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