[Larry] Kane, 54, is being honored by the Philadelphia Ad Club as Person of the Year and as the only main anchor to preside at the news desks of the city's three major network affiliates. It's a benchmark time for Kane, an amazingly stable mark in a notoriously unstable business.
Kane wet his feet in television at WPVI-6 in 1967, joined WCAU-10 in 1978, and then -- and perhaps finally -- KYW-3, where he's star anchor, in 1992. With the exception of a short-lived, heavily publicized time in 1977 when he limo-ed to New York to read the news at WABC-TV, the Brooklyn native has always felt that, on the whole, he'd rather be in Philadelphia.
Kane came to Philadelphia by way of a Miami career start when he was a boyish 23. He started in radio, but was quickly delivered into television and sent to a teacher who made him read poetry aloud to improve his delivery. "They said I'd be a flash in the pan. I was young. They called me Machine-Gun Larry [Kane]. When I came here, the great broadcasters were Vince Leonard and John Facenda. I became an anchor with unbearable odds against me. In this town, youth was not regarded in a very constructive way in the '60s. Now, when they call me the `The Dean,' it cracks me up."