Before he became the dean of Philadelphia news anchors, he was an intimate eyewitness to to the cultural evolution of the greatest band in history. The man who was at every stop brings you the inside story of the
1964 and 1965 Beatles Tours of North America that changed the world.
Larry Kane (born October 21, 1942) is an American journalist best known as the only American reporter whom The Beatles let travel with them on their 1964 and 1965 North American tours. Kane authored a book about his experiences on the tour, called Ticket To Ride, and Lennon Revealed, a New York Times and Los Angeles Times best-seller in 2005. The Emmy Award-winning newsman was honored by the Mid-Atlantic Emmy organization with their Governor’s Award in 2005, recognizing Lifetime Achievement, and was installed in the Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame.
Kane was born in Brooklyn, New York to Jewish-American parents as Lawrence Kanowitz. He changed his name as an adult, began his career in broadcast journalism in Miami, Florida, first at WQAM and later at WAME and WFUN. While working at WAME, Kane became the first U.S. news correspondent to break the story of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961.
Career in Philadelphia
In 1965, he came to Philadelphia as an anchor for WFIL Radio and as main anchor for its sister television station, which in 1970 would change its call letters to WPVI after Capital Cities purchased WFIL-TV.
In 1970, he was a part of the launch of the Action News format on WPVI-TV, the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia, where he coined the phrase “Big Story” – something WPVI’s Action News still uses to this day. He was also was an anchor on New York’s WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News for one year from 1977 to 1978.
He soon decided to quit, largely in part due to the daily commute between New York City and Philadelphia and several altercations with Roger Grimsby. It was rumored that Grimsby had a drinking problem and a legendary story about an altercation with Kane is still told to this day. Kane had several off air altercations with Grimsby, including one incident in 1978 where a drunk Grimsby is alleged to have challenged Kane to try to take a bottle of bourbon from him. He returned to Pennsylvania, joining WCAU, then the CBS affiliate, where he was the primary anchor of Channel 10 News at 6 P.M. and 11 P.M. In 1993 he moved to KYW-TV, which became the new CBS affiliate station in Philadelphia in 1995. He also hosted a short-time weekly program produced by KYW-TV called The Bulletin with Larry Kane (not to be confused with the defunct Philadelphia Evening Bulletin newspaper). Kane anchored the 6 P.M. and 11 P.M. newscasts at KYW until December 23, 2002.
Kane covered local Philadelphia politics through hosting several public affairs programs. His coverage of Frank Rizzo, as mayor and as a subsequent mayoral candidate. Kane was anchor at WCAU while Jay Feldman was GM and journalistic sources thought reliable tipped erroneously that Philadelphia mayor William J. Green was subject of federal investigation for improprieties. The story was later retracted, and Green sued CBS.
Kane continues to do special reports for KYW-1060, an all-news AM radio station in Philadelphia, and hosts Larry Kane: Voice of Reason, a weekly news analysis program on the Comcast Network. In March 2010, Kane will be making several appearances at the Franklin Institute discussing his experiences touring with The Beatles.
In 2003 Larry Kane unleashed his hit book “Ticket To Ride”. Nearly 40 years ago, four boys from Liverpool sent American teenagers into hysterics when they arrived at New York’s Kennedy airport.
Just a few months later, The Beatles went on a non-stop tour of North America, changing both music and the country forever.
Just one American journalist had the dream job of traveling with the band on every step of the way. Larry Kane, an uptight reporter from Miami, who at the time lamented his “soft news” assignment.
Ticket to Ride recounts broadcast journalist Larry Kane’s travels with the Beatles during their first North American tour. The book provides an intimate look at the Fab Four and contains original interview recordings with the band coducted during the tour. and an autographed copy is now available on his website. you can also read an article where he reflects on the 26th anniversary of John Lennon’s death.
he Franklin Institute will present “Larry Kane’s Ticket to Ride,” an extraordinary lecture and multi-media presentation featuring best-selling Beatles author and Philadelphia journalist Larry Kane’s experiences with the Beatles, beginning Friday, March 5 @ 8 PM. Ã‚ Presented in the Institute’s Franklin Theater, the shows will be hosted by rock historian and radio impresario Denny Somach and presented on consecutive Fridays at 8 PM, and Saturdays at both 5 and 8 PM for a total of 12 shows. Ã‚ KYW Newsradio 1060 and WOGL are Media Partners.
with each purchase including a Larry Kane highlight CD of his audio interviews of the Beatles. Ã‚ Advance ticket purchase is recommended by calling 215.448.1254 or visiting www.fi.edu.Ã‚ Ã‚ Due to the mature nature of some of the content, parental guidance for children under 13 is suggested for the evening performances.
Emmy Award-winning journalist and NY Times best-selling author Larry Kane was the only American reporter in the Beatles’ touring entourage during their historic U.S. tours in 1964 and 1965. Ã‚ An accomplished author and Beatles historian, Kane has penned two books about his experiences, Ticket to Ride: Inside the Beatles’ 1964 and 1965 Tour that Changed the World and Lennon Revealed — and will be writing a third Beatles book with Philadelphia-based publisher Running Press. Ã‚ Celebrating over 50 years in broadcast journalism, Kane is one of the nation’s most respected figures in television news. Ã‚ Kane has interviewed a virtual ‘who’s who’ of newsmakers throughout his career, has covered 21 national political conventions and interviewed every President from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush, although he states, “I have interviewed kings and queens, been to the Chernobyl disaster and been through devastating earthquakes. Ã‚ No matter where I go and what I do, the first question I get asked is ‘what are the Beatles like’?” Ã‚ Currently, Kane is the host of the Voice of Reason on the Comcast Network, and can be heard on KYW, is an occasional writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer; Kane also serves as a broadcast consultant for the Comcast Sports Group and the Comcast Programming Group.
Each “Larry Kane’s Ticket to Ride” show will include footage from all parts of the Beatles world — including concert footage, Yoko Ono, footage of Kane’s interview of Lennon and McCartney in 1968 — their last interview together, and highlights of John Lennon doing an impromptu weather report in Philadelphia in 1975. Ã‚ Known for his extraordinary storytelling, Kane will also weave in a treasure trove of stories, some new each show, that mine the years he spent with the Beatles, and the years of relationships he subsequently had with the Beatles and the people around them.
“I can never get through all the stories about the Beatles, but this is an opportunity to get most of them out there,” said Larry Kane. Ã‚ “Additionally to have this at The Franklin Institute Ã‚ makes this ideal — it is the perfect place of learning, of understanding history and science and it is iconic — and having it here affords me the opportunity to not only provide entertainment, a lot of laughs, a lot of memories but a lot of real history. Ã‚ Not revisionist history — but the way it really was. Ã‚ It has played such an important role in my career here, and has provided many fond memories for my family as well.”
“Ticket to Ride” is produced by BRE Presents and GeeWiz in association with Denny Somach Productions.
About The Franklin Institute
Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is a renowned and innovative leader in the field of science and technology learning, as well as a dynamic center of activity. Ã‚ It is dedicated to creating a passion for science by offering new and exciting access to science and technology in ways that would dazzle and delight its namesake. Ã‚ For more information, please visit the Franklin Institute Website.
* Tickets $33.50 per person
* Including a Multimedia Presentation Featuring Exclusive Video & Stories!
* Every ticket holder receives a free recorded interview cd of “The Beatles with Larry!”
* Tickets go on-sale to the general public on January, 15.
* Hosted by rock historian and radio impresario Denny Somach