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Harry Haas

Inducted 1999


Harry 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 1989. 

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.  

Haas 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 Thornburgh. 

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.  

In 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 learning center.