This is the luncheon that you will be talking about for years to come. You heard what it was like to be on the ground in 1985 on Osage Avenue in West Philly covering one of the biggest tragedies in our city's history.
This luncheon's topic was "MOVE: VIEWPOINT FROM BEHIND THE SCENES." This is all about how one station (WCAU-TV, Channel 10) did what they had to in order to get the word out to the people of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. This was a serious topic. It made you think.
It has been 31 years (almost a third of a century) after the worst tragedy in Philadelphia history where eleven people died (including five children) and several hundreds more watched their homes and family histories destroyed by a group of police, firefighters and other city officials. Police bombed the MOVE house and the building caught fire. Firefighters were ordered to let the fire burn. 65 homes were destroyed and 250 West Philadelphians were left homeless.
This was a serious topic and our panelists told you how it looked from their perspective. They tried to make sense of this disaster and why the city did what they did. If you wanted to learn, you came to this luncheon..
It was held at the Bala Golf Club, 2200 Belmont Avenue in Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 15th (that's the third Wednesday of the month). Meet and greet was at 12 noon.
Our MC host and moderator for the afternoon was member Steve Levy, co-anchor through much of the 1985 coverage and a five decade news veteran and anchor and news reporter.
Our scheduled panelists were (in alphabetical order):
Michael Archer, Former Channel 10 Assistant News Director
Bill Baldini, Former Channel 10, WCAU-TV news reporter
Harvey Clark, Former WCAU-TV news reporter on the scene
Frank Goldstein, Former Channel 10 news photojournalist
Pete Kane, Current NBC 10, WCAU news photojournalist
Tom Kranz, Former WCAU-TV Newsdesk Manager & Author
Steve Levy was anchoring much of the Osage coverage. Michael Archer was Assistant News Director and the control room producer during the coverage. He was responsible for managing all news crews and all talent locations. Bill Baldini is a veteran WCAU news reporter and Police Department Insider.
Harvey Clark came in from his home in Puerto Rico. He was the TV10 street reporter on location on Osage Avenue prior to and all during the incident. Frank Goldstein has been a veteran photojournalist who spent days prior to the incident on Osage Avenue.
Pete Kane, Veteran TV photojournalist was embedded in a house across from the MOVE location. Tom Kranz was the news desk manager and producer. Kranz is the author of LIVESHOT: Journalistic Heroism in Philadelphia. This book is about our topic.
(Left to right) Bill Wright, Sr. and Bill Kelley
Broadcast Pioneers Luncheon
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Plus at this luncheon, we presented "The Broadcast Pioneers Service Award" to member and Vice-President Bill Kelley for all the wonderful things that he does for the organization and its members. The picture of this event is above.
It all took place at the beautiful and historic Bala Golf Club, 2200 Belmont Avenue (across the street from the state police) in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia. Only minutes away from Channels 6, 10 and 17 and the radio stations in Bala Cynwyd.