*CANCELED* Doylestown: Bill Shull // WPVI Action News Celebrates Fifty Years

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SATURDAY, MARCH 28th 10:00 AM

THE DOYLESTOWN BOOKSHOP

Book Signing with Bill Schull.

Join us in welcoming author Bill Shull to the Doylestown Bookshop as he signs copies of WPVI ACTION NEWS CELEBRATES FIFTY YEARS - the inside story of 6abc-WPVI channel 6, the station that pioneered the famous Action News.  

ABOUT THE BOOK:

What started out of desperation-WPVI was near last in the ratings-became inspiration for a news format that would forever change the landscape of local news across the country. From its debut in 1970, Action News set the standard that other stations around the country would emulate. It quickly became the number one newscast in the Philadelphia television market and has held that position ever since. This is a look back at how the legacy began, and how it evolved. This book goes behind the scenes with WPVI's beloved newscasters, sportscasters, weather reporters; it looks at the creation of the famous theme song and the unconventional promos over the years; it recalls the most hilarious segments; it reveals the tragedies both on and off-air; it remembers the storms and the real-life camaraderie that viewers have come to love. And it takes the reader into the heart of the news station with the show's groundbreaking producers, editors, and management. 

Additionally, this book shares the basic ideologies that have remained the same since the early 1970s, and the secrets of why WPVI is so extraordinary, and why it's had a special place in the hearts of Philadelphia area residents for so many years. 

Photo credits: Main cover image of the Philadelphia Cityscape at Sunrise with the Delaware River, Photographer Andriy Kravchenko. All other cover photos courtesy of WPVI. Jacket design by H. Clark Wakabayashi. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Bill Shull grew up watching Philadelphia television. He was a regular viewer of local children’s shows like Captain Noah, Pixanne and Gene London's Cartoon Corners. Around age 12, he became hooked on Channel 6's Action News. He met anchorman Larry Kane and from then on knew that he wanted a career in TV.

He appeared on the KYW-TV children's quiz show Challenge in 1976, winning twice. Shull graduated from Lansdowne-Aldan High School in Lansdowne, PA. He then earned a journalism degree from Penn State University in 1986.

Shull's first job in broadcasting was at 1590 AM WQIQ in Aston. He was a disc jockey, board op and news reporter. The small radio station had a staff of seasoned veterans who provided priceless advice and guidance.

While attending Penn State he worked for WJAC-TV's State College Bureau as well as radio stations WMAJ, WXLR and WWZW. In 1987, Shull moved to Atlanta to work as a producer for CNN Headline News. After 6 years there, Shull returned home to Philadelphia to produce the 10 O’Clock News at WTXF, Fox 29.

Three years later, Shull was off to Washington, D.C. to produce the long-running talk show, The McLaughlin Group. In 1997, Shull again returned to Philadelphia TV, this time to WCAU, NBC10. He produced the number one 11pm newscast in Philadelphia, beating WPVI in two rating books in 2001 and 2002. No one at any station has done that since.

Shull is currently a news consultant for WRDE-TV, NBC in Rehoboth Beach, DE. The station is owned by fellow Broadcast Pioneers member Bob Backman. When he's not working in television, Shull is an avid aviation and sports photographer and golfer.


 

$45.00
SKU: 9781368026659

Philadelphia Television (Images of America) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467122764
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - July 6th, 2015


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