Larry Kane (born October 21, 1942) is an American journalist, news anchor and author. Kane spent 36 years as a news anchor in Philadelphia, and is the only person to have anchored at all three Philadelphia owned and operated television stations. Early in his career, he was the only broadcast journalist to travel to every stop on the Beatles‘ 1964 and 1965 American tours. He has authored three books about the Beatles, as well as a memoir and a novel. Today he is the host of Voice of Reason, a weekly news analysis program on the Comcast Network, as well as a consultant for NBC and a special contributor for KYW News Radio.
Kane was born in Brooklyn, New York to Jewish parents as Lawrence Kanowitz. His parents changed the name years before his broadcasting career. Kane’s father was an electrical contractor. His mother, Mildred Kane, fought multiple sclerosis for 14 years before her death at age 40. His work with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society began because of his mother’s involvement with the disease. He began his career in broadcast journalism in Miami, Florida at age 16, 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.
Work with the Beatles
As the only broadcast journalist to travel to every stop on the Beatles’ 1964 and 1965 tours, Kane authored Ticket to Ride in 2003. Kane also authored Lennon Revealed, a New York Times and Los Angeles Times Bestseller in 2005. Kane is considered one of the premiere American experts on the life of John Lennon. On July 30, 2013, Kane’s internationally distributed book, When They Were Boys: The True Story of the Beatles’ Rise to the Top was released.
Kane was also one of the contributors to Yoko Ono‘s 2005 book Memories of John Lennon, in which he recalled how Lennon cohosted the Philadelphia “Helping Hand Marathon” fundraiser in 1975 and gave a weather forecast on Kane’s television newscast.
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