Philly’s First Public Access TV Station Opens

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It might have taken 27 years, but Philadelphia’s first public access television station opened its permanent studio today.

And its first live breaking news report: snow was falling outside its studio.

PhillyCAM, The new state-of-the-art studio located a stones-throw from the Liberty Bell, 699 Ranstead Street, opened today at a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Mayor Michael Nutter, and city council colleagues David Oh and Mark Squilla were among dignitaries attending the opening.

They joined some of the activists who had fought for 27 years to get a permanent home for public access television in Philadelphia.

Among them was Trudy Haynes, who made history in the Delaware Valley in August of 1965 as the media market’s first African-American television reporter.

Haynes, 85, a former anchor at KYW TV said she’s excited about what PhillyCAM has to offer.

PhillyCAM houses two studios, public meeting spaces, computer labs and equipment rental for the local community. The studio will also offer educational programs.

/Rory McGlasson

Broadcast pioneer Trudy Haynes joins guests at opening of PhillyCam - Philadelphia's first live public access television station. Photo/Rory McGlasson

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