Philadelphia Radio's Golden Age

Code: LH21801

Dates: November 1, 2022

Meets: 2:15 PM to 3:45 PM

Sessions: 1

Location: Creutzburg Center

Course Fee: $41.00

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Enjoy a screening of Moviehouse Productions' acclaimed thirty-five minute documentary “Philadelphia Radio: The Early Days". The film is based on interviews with Philadelphia radio personalities of radio's formative years. It tells the story of the City's development as a radio powerhouse from the 1920s through the early 1960s. Hear expert commentary followed by Q&A. Don’t touch that dial! Fans of Philadelphia radio cannot miss this program!
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Steve Ross

Biography: Steve Ross Title: 2018 Inductee, Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame Steve Ross has been in the radio business since just before Marconi began his experiment. In fact, it's been rumored that the extent of the equipment at his first station consisted of a two tin cans and a ball of string. Ross boasts proudly that he's also never met a radio station that he couldn't ruin. From 2005-2016, Broadcast Pioneers member Steve Ross, along with fellow members, former Philadelphia Eagles General Manager, Jim Murray, and Jackie Strauss, co-hosted the popular nostalgia program, “Remember When.” The show aired Saturday night's and quickly developed a loyal following, with folks who can easily recall some innocuous something that happened several decades ago but have difficulty recalling what they ate for breakfast that morning. From 1993 until 1997, Ross served as Vice President/Creative Director for Jim Murray, Ltd., a sports marketing, and public relations firm. Ross was intimately involved with the company's lead account, the McDonald's LPGA Championship, one of only four major tournaments on the LPGA tour. The tournament has the distinction of holding the world record for most money ever raised for charity by a single sporting event. He also served as contributing editor for the official program (Note: That sounds a lot more important than it really was – except for the money raised, that is). Ross has spent more than decades as a broadcaster on both radio and television. In his native Philadelphia, he has performed as on-air radio talent at WFIL, WIBG, WWDB, WCAU, WXTU, WIP, WYSP, WIOQ, WZZD & WPEN. Early in his career, Ross also toiled as an air personality at WMID, Atlantic City and WBUD-AM & WKXW-FM, Trenton. Ross began his broadcasting career doing college radio at Drexel's WXDT-AM. During 1992-93, Ross, along with Helene Masiko was host of a comedy morning radio show, “The Dude & Dudess” on WMGM-FM, Atlantic City., the tandem became number one in the market. They were also voted "Best of Atlantic City," by Atlantic City Magazine, as well Ross says: "We were really good, too – and if you don't believe that, just ask us." From 1988 until 1990, Ross was Promotion Director and on-air personality at WIOQ-FM, Philadelphia. During his tenure, he developed several successful promotions, including the Q-102 music collection CD, in conjunction with McDonald's Corporation. Proceeds from each album sale benefited area Ronald McDonald Houses (That was very cool). From 2008-2015, Ross co-hosted “PA Harness Week”- carried locally on NBC Sports Philly. From 1990 to 1992, Ross was executive producer and co-host (with Dick Jerardi) of "Keepin' Track," a national radio program devoted to thoroughbred horse racing. From 1985 to 1988, Ross was Director of advertising and promotion at Garden State Park. Shortly thereafter, he assumed similar duties at Philadelphia Park (now PARX), as well. Ross told us: "It was during this period, that I turned my attention from ruining radio to ruining racetracks." During 1982, 1983 and 1984, Ross served as track announcer and race caller at Laurel, Maryland's Freestate Raceway, before becoming Director of Marketing the following year. Television gigs included producing and co-hosting the ground-breaking sports talk program, "Eagles Cheers" televised on Channel 57, Philadelphia. This show was the first in-your-face, confrontational sports telecast anywhere and spawned many network imitators. Ross commented: "I sure do a lot of co-hosting, don't I?" He and his wife, Karen, Director of Perioperative Services at a Level One Trauma Center, reside in Medford, New Jersey. They have two beautiful and talented adult daughters, Alexis, and Nicole. It's also been rumored that Ross is still in possession of a large urn, containing the ashes of all the radio stations and racetracks he's ruined over these many years.


Rick Spector

Rick Spector has been teaching local and national nostalgia to enthusiastic groups for 37 years. He founded Moviehouse Productions in 1983, delighting audiences throughout the Delaware Valley with his multi-media nostalgia shows. His core programs include his multi-part series on the popular history of Philadelphia. Rick's works were inspired by his Philly childhood, the tales his father shared with him, his travels about the city and research into its underappreciated past. Rick worked for 35 years for Philadelphia Corporation for Aging in community relations. "Radio Rick" hosted the Milestones radio show for PCA during its entire five-year run. Rick is a graduate of the Philly school system and Temple University. Visit his website at to view his podcasts and for further information about his work.


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