Ed Hurst
circa 1968

Broadcast Pioneers member Ed Hurst has been in broadcasting over six decades. That's a long time. When Ed Hurst was born, the life expectancy was less than 62 years of life, let alone 62 years of radio and TV.

After Channel 17 (WPHL-TV) came on the air on September 17, 1965, they needed programming. One way was to create local programs featuring local celebrities. They carried alot of sporting events also.

Channel 17 had Bill "Wee Willie" Webber, a member of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia jocking kids shows and cartoons for the younger children. For teenagers, there was the legendary Ed Hurst. Here's a shot from "The Ed Hurst Show" with Billy Egbert on camera. The broadcast originated from the old Wynnemoor studios. That site originally belonged to WPTZ, Channel 3 (now KYW-TV).

From the official archives of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
Photo originally donated by Carmen Malizia
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