As arguably Philadelphia’s most iconic news anchor, as well as one of the country’s most respected TV journalists, Larry Kane has lived a life second to none. He is the “Dean of Philadelphia television news anchors,” with a 45-year career covering domestic and world events. He was the only American reporter to travel with the Beatles on every stop of their 1964 and 1965 tours of America, an experience which he recounted in his bestselling book Ticket to Ride, and is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Lennon Revealed. Larry Kane has interviewed a virtual who’s who of newsmakers, including every President from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush. In 1965 and 1966 Kane conducted groundbreaking radio interviews with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Emmy Award-winning newsman was honored by the Mid-Atlantic Emmy organization with their Governor’s Award in 2005, recognizing Lifetime Achievement. In the annals of broadcast history, Kane is best known for the success of Action News at WPVI in Philadelphia. While at WPVI, Kane helped propel the station in one year, from 1970 to 1971, to first place in the news ratings. The Action News format changed the face of contemporary broadcasting in the early 1970?s, placing the emphasis on local news connected to extraordinary community involvement by stations across the country. His success brought him to New York and ABC News and WABC TV. After 18 months, he returned to Philadelphia and completed his unique trifecta, working for the NBC and CBS stations. Kane is the only news anchor to anchor a total of 38 years at all three Philadelphia owned and operated TV stations. His career in Philadelphia broadcasting is entering its 48th year.
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. In 1961, as a young radio News Director, Kane broke the story of the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba.
Kane is the current host of the Voice of Reason program on The Comcast Network (9:30 P.M Sunday nights in Pa., NJ. Maryland, DC and Virginia). Kane is also a special contributor for CBS’s KYW Newsradio, and is a consultant for NBC Sports Group, including regional sports networks and the Golf Channel, along with New England Cable News.
Here The Lab NYC’s Arthur Kade (Himself from Philadelphia where he grew up watching Larry Kane) sits down with a TV news icon #InTheLab to talk about his new book “When They Were Boys” chronicling his exclusive experience traveling with music’s greatest group on their epic rise to fame. The stories in this interview are unreal and humbling, so ENJOY!
Here is Larry Kane on NBC’s Today Show before joining us #InTheLab: