Irv Ross

Broadcast Pioneers member Irv Ross started with WFIL-TV, Channel 6 as a technician back in May 1948, just 8 months after the station hit the airwaves. In June 1950, he was promoted to Assistant Supervisor and became Supervisor to years after that.

After a dozen years as a supervisor for Channel 6, Irv Ross was promoted to Assistant Chief Engineer and became Chief Engineer in 1971. Fifteen years later, in 1986, he became the first Director of Engineering for the station. He retired in January of 1998.

From 1948 to 1957, Irv was an instructor of Television Engineering for Temple University. In 1971, he was graduated with a degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He developed the system of microwave transmission for Channel 6 at locations in Trenton, New Jersey; Atlantic City, NJ; Wilmington, Delaware; Smyrna, Delaware and Center City Philadelphia. He has been a member of Broadcast Pioneers for four decades.

On Friday, November 20, 2009, Irv Ross was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia's "Hall of Fame."

From the official archives of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
Bio written by Broadcast Pioneers historian Gerry Wilkinson
Photo originally donated by Broadcast Pioneers member Irv Ross
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