The history of Philadelphia television is the history of television in America. Philo Farnsworth, credited with inventing television, performed some of his earliest experiments at the Franklin Institute and at 1230 Mermaid Lane. Those experiments led to the city's first television station, W3XE. Channel 3 was also the first local station in the country to broadcast in color. WCAU-TV Channel 10 constructed the first building in the world designed specifically as a television station. WFIL created one of the most iconic shows in television history, American Bandstand, as well as Action News, which has helped Channel 6 stay on top of the ratings for most of the last 40 years. Dick Clark, Ed McMahon, Ernie Kovacs, Tom Snyder, David Brenner, Maury Povich, Kelly Ripa, Brian Williams, and others are among those who have worked in Philadelphia television throughout its history.
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1622 Chestnut Street 4100 City Avenue affiliate anchor Vince Leonard Author’s collection Bill Baldini Bill Webber Bonaduce bought the station Boyle broadcast building at Forty-sixth call letters Captain Noah Center City Channel 17 Channel 29 Channel 35 Channel 6 Action Channel 6’s children’s show city’s cohost Collections Research Center control room debuted Dick Clark disc jockey Edie Huggins Eyewitness Forty-sixth and Market Independence Mall Jane Norman Jay Lloyd Jessica Savitch John Facenda Kovacs KYW-TV KYW’s Larry Kane left to right located meteorologist morning Mort Crim NBC’s newscast O’Brien O’Clock Pennsylvania Philadelphia History Museum Philadelphia TV pictured Pixanne programs promo Rex Morgan Rex Morgan Jr Special Collections Research sportscaster station moved Street in Center Temple University Libraries TV station UHF stations viewers Vince Leonard WCAU WCAU-TV WCAU-TV/Special Collections Research WCAU’s weatherman WFIL WFIL-TV WFIL’s WHYY WHYY’s WKBS-TV WPHL WPHL-TV WPTZ WPVI WPVI-TV WRCV WTXF