(Left to right) Florence Hanford & Ed Sciaky
at Florence's Home
March 18, 2002

On Monday, March 18, 2002, we visited Florence Hanford in her Glen Mills, Pennsylvania home. She lived on a nice piece of land in what was farm land when she and her husband moved there seven decades ago. This is the same house she lived in when she started on WPTZ, Channel 3 in 1947.

This is part of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia's Oral Histoy project. It's now a webcast shot on video tape called "PIONEERS IN BROADCASTING." After the formal interview, host Ed Sciaky and producer Gerry Wilkinson sat in Florence's cozy living room and chatted informally. Initially, we only included parts of that informal conversation. However, when we remastered it a couple of years ago, we left all of that material there for you to watch.

This original interview we shot on high speed VHS tape. The quality is not up to today's standards but we are thrilled to have this historic interview.

Broadcast Pioneers member Florence Hanford died on July 1, 2008, just a week after her 99th birthday. On Friday, November 20, 2009, she was inducted posthumously into the Broadcast Pioneers' "Hall of Fame."

Broadcast Pioneers member Ed Sciaky passed away on January 29, 2004. On Friday, November 18, 2005, Ed Sciaky was inducted posthumously into the Broadcast Pioneers' "Hall of Fame."

Gerry Wilkinson who produced this oral history interview for the Broadcast Pioneers was on the organization's board of directors at the time of this interview. Today (the summer of 2015), Gerry is the CEO of Broadcast Pioneers. Sciaky and Wilkinson were lifelong friends who met in college. Their friendship continued for the next four decades.

Watch it from the Broadcast Pioneers YouTube Channel!

From the official archives of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
Video re-digitizing by Broadcast Pioneers board member Steve Sacks
Video uploading and remastering by Broadcast Pioneers VP Brad Seecof
and Metramedia Broadcasting and Studios
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