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Larry Kane

(KYW's Larry Kane)

(KYW’s Larry Kane)

Larry Kane, well known as the dean of Philadelphia television news anchors, is a special contributor for KYW Newsradio 1060.

Kane has been one of the nation’s most respected TV journalists for more than 50 years.   He is best known for the success of “Action News” at WPVI in Philadelphia, where he helped propel the station to first place in the news ratings in 1971.

His success brought him to New York, then, after 18 months, back to Philadelphia, where he completed a unique trifecta — becoming the only newsperson ever to anchor at all three of Philadelphia’s top network TV stations.

His assignments have included the Middle East peace talks; the return of the American hostages from Iran; the devastating earthquake in Naples, Italy; the 1987 summit between Reagan and Gorbachev; and an in-depth interview in Poland with Solidarity leader Lech Walesa.

In 1985 he and his colleagues at WCAU-TV were honored with the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for their coverage of the confrontation between Philadelphia Police and the radical group MOVE .

Kane has interviewed a virtual who’s who of newsmakers, including every US president from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush.  In 1965 and 1966, Kane conducted groundbreaking radio interviews with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This Emmy award-winning newsman was honored by the Mid-Atlantic Emmy organization with their Governor’s Award in 2005, recognizing lifetime achievement.

The veteran of 21 political conventions since 1964, Kane is perhaps most well known for his insights into American politics and government.  His stories were featured in 2000 in his first book, Larry Kane’s Philadelphia (Temple Press, foreword by Dan Rather), a regional best seller.  He is also the host of the “Voice of Reason” program on the Comcast Network (9:30pm Sundays).

Kane is also considered one of the premiere American experts on the life of John Lennon.  As the only broadcast journalist to travel to every stop on the Beatles’ 1964 and 1965 tours, Kane authored Ticket to Ride in 2003 (Running Press, Penguin Paperback, foreword by Dick Clark) and Lennon Revealed (Running Press), a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller in 2005.

Recently, he released his first novel, Death By Deadline, a cautionary mystery about the dangers of bad information and the risks of out-of-control local TV news operations.

His books have been printed in nine languages around the world, and he is under contract to write a book on the Beatles’ amazing race to greatness from 1957 through 1964.

Recognized as a leading proponent of the rights of the disabled, Kane is campaign chairman of the Delaware Valley Multiple Sclerosis Society.  He also hosts the weekly “Wednesday’s Child” feature on KYW Newsradio 1060 for the National Adoption Center, helping them to find homes for waiting children.

Along with many nonprofit endeavors, Kane serves on the board of the Jewish Exponent and Inside Magazine.  He resides in suburban Philadelphia with his wife, Donna.   They have two grown children, Michael and Alexandra, and three grandchildren.

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(Jessica pays a visit to the CBS3 "Skydeck" adjacent to KYW Newsradio's studios.  Photo by Tim McLaughlin)

Wednesday’s Child:   Jessica

Fourteen-year-old Jessica loves animals — even the scaly ones,

KYW Newsradio 1060–08/27/2014

(Emmonie.  Photo by Tim McLaughlin)

Wednesday’s Child: Emmonie

Sixteen-year-old Emmonie is bursting with creativity. She draws, she dances, she even crochets.

08/20/2014

(Ryan, at the KYW Newsradio studios.   Photo by Tim McLaughlin)

Wednesday’s Child: Ryan

If he could, fourteen-year-old Ryan would like to play football all day long.

08/13/2014

Jahmeal (credit: Tim McLaughlin)

Wednesday’s Child: Jahmeal

13-year-old Jahmeal is glued to his iPhone. When he’s not on his phone, he’s in the kitchen, cooking and baking.

08/06/2014

(credit: Tony Romeo)

Corbett Heads Harrisburg Talks Over Cigarette Tax School Funding

Philadelphia school leaders are threatening layoffs and cutbacks unless they can balance their budget by August 15th with a hefty increase in the city’s cigarette tax.

08/04/2014

(Siblings Nakiyah, Elijah, and Nehemiah.  Photo by Timothy McLaughlin)

Wednesday’s Child:   Nakiyah

Nakiyah is the twin sister of Nehemiah. Their younger brother is Elijah (see below).

07/30/2014

(Nehemiah.  Photo by Timothy McLaughlin)

Wednesday’s Child:   Nehemiah

Last week, we introduced you to Elijah. Today, we’re meeting his older brother, Nehemiah.

07/23/2014

(File photo.  Credit: Chip Somodevilla/ Getty Images)

Early 2016 Poll in Colorado Has Mixed News For Hillary Clinton

If the presidential election were held today, survey responses indicate Hillary Clinton would lose to Rand Paul, 46 to 43 percent, but she’d edge out Chris Christie.

07/17/2014

(Elijah.  Photo by Timothy McLaughlin)

Wednesday’s Child:   Elijah

When you see nine-year-old Elijah, don’t be surprised if he’s staring up at the buildings.

07/16/2014

(Samira.  Photo by Tim McLaughlin)

Wednesday’s Child:   Samira

Samira is a very active 12-year-old.

07/09/2014

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Statewide Poll Released In Pa. Could Have Implications On Current Budget Crisis

The state budget crisis is in full swing as a new Franklin and Marshall College poll is released by Terry Madonna, talk about timing.

07/02/2014

(Israel.  Photo by Tim McLaughlin)

Wednesday’s Child: Israel

Israel, 9, enjoys sports such as wrestling and football, and likes to play video games.

07/02/2014

(Elvis.  Photo by Tim McLaughlin)

Wednesday’s Child: Elvis

Elvis, 15, has an interest in insects and fly-fishing, and serves on his county’s Youth Advisory Board.

06/25/2014

(Photo by Haidar Hamdani/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Survey: Many Americans Wary Of New U.S. Role In Iraq

Fifty percent of those questioned believe the US has no responsibility to do something about the violence in Iraq; 42 percent say we do.

06/23/2014

(Dahsiyoni.  Photo by Tim McLaughlin)

Wednesday’s Child: Dahsiyoni

“I’m smart, I’m funny, I’m shy,” is how 13-year-old Dahsiyoni describes herself.

06/11/2014

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