Archive: November, 2007
“I’ve had a front row seat for some of the biggest moments in history. Now, I’m looking forward to traveling and devoting more time to personal interests," Howard said in a CBS 3 release. The anchor who joined CBS 3 in 2003 after 26 years at WPVI's Action News, and wife, artist Susan B. Howard, are planning to visit Southeast Asia soon.
“Marc has been more than a news anchor in this market,” says CBS 3 President and General Manager Michael Colleran. “He has been a rock-steady voice of authority through 30 years of Philadelphia history -- a reassuring presence in our times. He leaves big shoes to fill.”
Comedian Pat Cooper, who'll play the Broadway Theatre in Pitman, NJ Friday night remembers recently departed South Philly born Rat Packer Joey Bishop as the "smartest of all of them." He didn't go out drinking with them all, "he did his show and he went home." For more with Cooper see today's column. For show tickets, visit the Broadway Theatre's website.
Here's the picture of a dark-haired Marc Howard (bet you've never seen him without grey hair) anchoring in Youngstown, Ohio in 1960.
Philadelphia television institution Marc Howard will retire from TV Friday afternoon, his artist wife Susan B. Howard confirmed yesterday afternoon. CBS 3, where Howard has anchored the 4 p.m. news for four years, is expected to announce Howard’s retirement later today.
Howard, who looks years younger than the 71 he’ll celebrate in February, would have marked 54 years in broadcasting on Saturday. Before heading to CBS 3, Howard spent 26 years at WPVI anchoring Action News.
In recent weeks, and yesterday, Howard has declined to discuss his retirement or his future, but Susan says the couple are looking forward to spending a few weeks traveling through Southeast Asia. She’s also hoping that Howard, a skilled photographer, will continue in that hobby and maybe take up a cooking class as well.
Oh, well, it coulda been fun, but it looks like both concert promoters who were interested in bringing a festival style concert next summer to Fairmount Park's Belmont Plateau have withdrawn their proposals to the Fairmount Park Commission, according to sources familiar with the situation. We're told Larry Magid's Electric Factory Concerts, the local company with 40 years booking shows in Philly was the first to tell the Fairmount Park Commission that the company, upon further consideration, found the outdoor show would not be viable.
C3 Presents, of Austin, TX, promoters of the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago and Austin City Limits, has also withdrawn its bid for the show, apparently feeling the show is more trouble than its worth.
The process became political early on as we reported that Magid's high-powered attorney Alan Kessler was lobbying Mayor Street and other city officials to steer the permit toward Electric Factory/LiveNation.