Haas was a Philadelphia broadcaster for more than thirty years. He
started in broadcasting as a cameraman at WVUE-TV in 1956, when most
television was live. Among those he worked with was Ed McMahon, who was
doing commercials at the time. In 1959, he joined WFLN-AM/FM as a
sales person, becoming sales manager a short time later and then vice
president and station manager. He remained with the station until
Haas was devoted to the promotion of cultural groups. He
felt very strongly that WFLN should be involved in the Philadelphia
community. Always keenly interested in classical music, Haas helped to
create the Philadelphia Orchestra Marathon. During a nine-year span as
director of the marathon, he raised $2 million for the orchestra.
was an active member of the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.
He served for many years on the Board of Directors, including terms as
treasurer and vice president for radio. He served as PAB joint board
chairman in 1987.
Haas was perhaps best known as chairman of
PAB's Gold Medal Award Dinner, a position he held throughout the 1980s.
Haas was both the tenacious organizer and charming host of the
prestigious PAB event, which recognizes a citizen of Pennsylvania who
has excelled in entertainment, sports, industry, education, government,
or public service. It was his job to secure the honoree, arrange and
organize the banquet, prepare the program and guest list, and introduce
the speakers and Gold Medal recipients. Under the direction of this
impresario extraordinaire, PAB honored James A. Michener, Alexander Haig
Jr., Dick Clark, Jimmy Stewart, Arnold Palmer, Jim McKay, and Dick
Haas also put his organizational and impresario
skills to work with a number of Philadelphia organizations. He served
on the Board of Directors of the Poor Richard Club of Philadelphia and
the Board of the Television-Radio Advertising Club of Philadelphia. He
was president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Broadcast Pioneers.
Trappe, Haas was active in a number of civic organizations, including
the Keystone Grange and the Muhlenberg Preservation Committee, which
worked to preserve the historical Muhlenberg home and establish it as a