In the pantheon of long-running television shows there are such notables as Meet the Press, which has been on the air for 65 years, and General Hospital, the 50-year-old sudser.
And The Hank Cisco Show, a local cable chat show filmed at Norristown Area High School and hosted by none other than Frank Ciaccio, better known by his nickname of Hank Cisco. Cisco is the ambassador of the town he has called home for all 89 years of his life.
The former Norristown cop and professional boxer is set to start the 25th season of his show on Wednesday with new Norristown Municipal Administrator Crandall Jones as his guest. There will be cake and a party afterward.
Cisco accidentally fell into the talk show when he brought a visiting Japanese police official to the high school for a broadcast and filled in for the absent host.
Since then, he's never has missed a taping — done by Norristown high school students in the school's NASDtv studio — even when he was being treated for heart problems. And colon cancer. And prostate cancer. And other maladies.
"I've got to thank them all," he said Tuesday with a laugh. He would love to find the students who worked on his show a quarter-century ago.
Though he will turn 90 in November, Cisco has no plans on, well, closing his mouth. "People stop me on the street and say, 'Oh, i like your show Mr. Cisco.' That's what keeps me going."