Jack Steck with the Russo Sisters
on location at Woodside Park
Jack Steck was the fourth president of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia (1965 - 1966) and was one of our organization's founders. He was inducted into our Hall of Fame in 1992 and was a minstay at WFIL radio and television for decades. Before moving into management, Jack was air talent and hosted many TV and radio shows going back to 1926. For 25 years, Steck was master of ceremonies of talent and variety shows at Woodside Park in Philadelphia. The Woodside Park location would later become the home of WDAS Radio from the fifties into the nineties.
While Jack hosted many different radio broadcasts, we believe these photos are from "The Jack Steck Amateur Hour" broadcast over WFIL Radio during World War II. Many of those programs originated live from Woodside Park in Philadelphia.
The Russo Sisters had a comedy act and became fairly well known in the Philly area. Joan Russo was the taller one with dark hair while the shorter one, Lois, had red hair.
From the official archives of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
Photo originally donated by Jolynn Woerner and the Russo family
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