This is the luncheon that you will be talking about for years to come. You'll hear 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 is "MOVE: OUR 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 is a serious topic. It will make you think.
It's 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 is a serious topic and our panelists will try to tell you how it looked from their perspective. They will try to make sense of this disaster and why the city did what they did. If you want to learn, please come to this luncheon. Call your friends and bring people with you. You will be educated.
It will be 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 at 12 noon. Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm.
Our MC host and moderator for the afternoon is 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 are (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 is coming 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 is 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.
It all takes 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. Call now for reservations. (856) 365-5600! Don't miss this one! THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Plenty of FREE parking. Our luncheons are open to all our members, their guests and any person in the industry or associated fields, whether active or retired. You do NOT have to be a member to attend. There is no reserved seating at our luncheons. Feel free to sit anywhere. Well, okay--the three people on the camera crew sit near the cameras, but that's in the back of the room.
The cost is only a donation of $28 (or more) per person! In order to speed up check-in at the luncheon, it would help if you had exact change or your check already written. Checks can be made payable to the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia.
If you would like to add a few dollars extra, we would appreciate it. It would help us with all the important work we are doing. Thanks!
WE ARE PROUD TO SEE YOU IN THE CROWD!