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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.

(Photo provided.  Credit: Mark Garvin)

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(Paul L. Nolan, Eric Bryant, Harry Smith, and Jennie Eisenhower in a scene from "The Mousetrap," at the Walnut Street Theatre.  Photo by Mark Garvin, provided)

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“The Mousetrap” will be at The Walnut through March 4th.

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Theatre Review: ”Body Awareness,” at The Wilma

“Body Awareness” centers on two female professors, close friends, one of whom has a young and not-too-brilliant son.

01/13/2012

(Brad Pitt in "Moneyball.")

Home Video Report: Big Box Office Names In DVD Releases

Our video review this week offers some major stars in high-profile productions.

01/11/2012

(Matt Damon stars in "Contagion," a thriller about a sudden global epidemic.)

Home Video Report: Old and New to Greet the New Year

There’s quite a mix in this week’s video offerings.

01/04/2012

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Home Video Report: A Stockingful of Ideas For The Holidays

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(Ben Dibble, Geneviève Perrier, Leonard C. Haas, and KO DelMarcelle in Lantern Theater Company’s production of "Private Lives."  Credit: Mark Garvin)

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12/16/2011

("Rise of the Planet of the Apes."  Credit: 20th Century Fox)

Home Video Report: Holiday Gift Ideas

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was last summer’s surprise hit.

12/14/2011

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A new version of the show is back in town, headlining another world tour.

12/13/2011

(Don Montrey, Susan Riley Stevens, Tabitha Allen, Scott Greer, Aimé Kelly, and Reuben Mitchell are among the ensemble cast.  Photo by Mark Garvin, provided)

Theatre Review: Another Year of ‘The Week That Is’

1812 Productions, Philadelphia’s hard-working, “all comedy” theatre company, has raised the curtain on its sixth annual offering of political satire.

12/02/2011

("The Smurfs," now on DVD.)

Home Video Report: Searching For Pre-Holiday Family Fare

There aren’t many films of a spectacular nature on this week’s video list.

11/30/2011

(Kristin Scott Thomas stars in "Sarah's Key," now out on DVD.)

Home Video Report: Science Fiction, History, and Drama

Some familiar names make this week’s video list.

11/23/2011

(Rachel York plays Anna and Mel Sagrado Maghuyop plays the king of Siam in the Walnut Street Theatre production of "The King and I."  Photo provided.  Credit: Mark Garvin)

Theatre Review: ”The King and I,” at Walnut Street Theatre

Brace yourselves, theatregoers — this one’s got a lot of energy.

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(Russ Tamblyn and Natalie Wood star in "West Side Story.")

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The approaching holiday season signals the release of several movies considered major attractions for video collections.

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Home Video Report: Buddies, Old and New

Headlining our home video collection this week is a mammoth assortment of works by two of the most popular comedy personalities in movie history.

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