LARRY KANE, VOICE OF REASON, HOST OF LARRYKANE.COM
Larry Kane, known as the dean of Philadelphia television news anchors, has been one of the market’s most respected broadcast journalists for more than 40 years, and has recently marked his 45th anniversary in broadcasting. Kane, current host of the Voice of Reason on CN 8, the Comcast Network ( 9:30 P.M Sunday nights) has had an active roster of professional pursuits since he left daily anchoring in 2003. Kane, who is the only anchor to work at all three network owned stations in the Philadelphia region, is a special contributor with commentary and analysis for KYW Newsradio, an occasional writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and serves as a broadcast consultant for Comcast CN 8, in addition to authoring three books in the last six years.
This veteran of 21 political conventions since 1964 is perhaps most well known for his insight on American politics and government. Those stories were featured in 2000 in his first book “Larry Kane’s Philadelphia (Temple Press, Foreword by Dan Rather) , a regional best seller. As the only broadcast journalist to travel to every stop on the Beatle’s 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.
The Emmy Award-winning newsman was honored by the Mid-Atlantic Emmy organization with their Governor’s Award in 2005, recognizing Lifetime Achievement and was recently installed in the Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame. Prior to joining KYW-3 in 1993, Kane was the 6 and 11 p.m. co-anchor at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia since 1978. Before joining WCAU, Kane anchored the 11 p.m. newscast for WABC-TV in New York during which time he also anchored the network’s nightly “Newsbriefs.” Previously, he had been the anchor for Philadelphia’s WPVI-TV for eight years, where he propelled the station to first place in the news ratings in a one year period from 1970 to 1971. The success of his Action News format changed the face of contemporary broadcasting in the early 1970′s.
His assignments have included the Middle East peace talks; the return of the American hostages to Wiesbaden, West Germany; the devastating earthquake in Naples, Italy; the 1987 Superpower 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 which resulted in the burning of a Philadelphia neighborhood.
Kane began his career in broadcast journalism in Miami, Florida, first at WQAM and later at WAME and WFUN. During his time at WAME, he was the first reporter to break the story of the Bay of Pigs invasion in April 1961. He also spent a year as a radio news anchor at WIL Radio in St. Louis. Larry Kane came to Philadelphia in 1966 as an anchor for WFIL Radio and a general assignment reporter for its sister television station. In his years before and during his career in Philadelphia , Kane has interviewed a virtual who’s who of newsmakers, including every President from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush.
Recognized as a leading proponent of the rights of the handicapped and disabled, Kane is campaign chairman of the Delaware Valley Multiple Sclerosis Society. For 25 years, Kane has broadcast weekly features on radio and TV in connection with the National Adoption Center to find homes for waiting children. Along with many non-profit endeavors, Kane serves on the board of the Jewish Exponent and Inside Magazine. He resides in suburban Philadelphia with his wife, Donna, the President of Dynamic Images Inc., a multi-faceted production company and an officer of DJNY and its Unique Quest training product. They have two children, Michael, a Senior Producer at CNN in New York and Alexandra , who lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband, recent Wharton MBA graduate Douglas Weiss, who continues a career in business development. Alexandra is an account manager career at Toplin and Associates, a public relations and marketing company.