The Stories Behind The Stories

October 15, 2015

StoriesBehindStoriesThe Greater Philadelphia area has a long, proud tradition of media and journalism, but have you ever wondered what makes your favorite media personalities tick? What are the stories behind the stories you read, hear, and see in the media every day?

Rydal Park guests and residents recently had the chance to find out just that when five local media stars visited Rydal Park for its 2nd Annual Lively Fall Speaker Series.

Hosted by veteran Philadelphia Daily News columnist and Rydal Park resident Harry Gross, the series kicked off on October 1st with 94WIP radio host and Philly sports radio legend Glen Macnow. Macnow co-authored The Great Philadelphia Fan Book, which sold more than 75,000 copies and spent several weeks on the USA Today national top-100 best sellers list. NBC10 reporter/anchor and eight-time Emmy Award winner Lu Ann Cahn spoke on October 2nd. Cahn earned local prominence as a hard-charging investigative reporter with a talent for uncovering scandals and scams. But her 1992 special report Breast Cancer: My Personal Story won her a national Clarion Award and two Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmys.

Jerry Blavat, oldies radio DJ and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, appeared on October 7th. Now in his 53rd year in radio, the legendary “Geator with the Heater” has been a national fixture in rock & roll music since the 1960s. Blavat also discussed his recent book, You Only Rock Once: My Life in Music.

Rounding out the series were Philadelphia Inquirer’s Clark DeLeon and Dan Rubin on October 10th and 20th.

DeLeon spent more than 40 years writing Philly news and was dubbed “Philadelphia’s favorite columnist” by Philadelphia Magazine. He appeared regularly on CBS3 and NBC10 TV news as a reporter and commentator, and hosted a daily talk show on WCAU-AM.

Rubin has been with the Inquirer since 1988. He currently serves as Deputy Metro Editor/Enterprise, but has also been a Metro columnist, reporter, feature writer, social media director, and foreign correspondent based in Berlin.

Guests were riveted as each speaker gave insightful talks about their careers and lives, touching on the personal stories and struggles that contributed to their success. Many attendees were present for multiple talks, and a few even made it to all five.

“The Lively Fall Speaker Series is a much-anticipated annual event,” says Sarah Jolles, Rydal Park’s executive director of sales and marketing. “Our residents, prospective residents, and community members share a lifelong interest in local media, and the personalities and views behind the headlines.”

Rydal Park’s Lively Fall Speaker Series is just the latest entry in a robust event calendar. The community enjoys a steady mix of cultural, arts, and entertainment programming, including fine arts, theater, dance, movies, and live music from classical to jazz to American standards and beyond.

Daniel Kaye, Rydal Park’s director of cultural enrichment, is a firm believer in offering high-quality programming, “Many of our residents enjoy the Philadelphia area’s vast cultural offerings, but they’re also glad to be able to experience exceptional entertainment without having to leave home.”