Jack McCarthy is a certified archivist and longtime Philadelphia area archival/historical consultant. He is currently directing a project for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania focusing on the archival collections of the region’s many small historical institutions, and serving as archivist and researcher for Sound & Fury, an audio documentary on Philadelphia Black Radio, 1950-1979. He recently concluded a project for the Philadelphia Orchestra, researching and locating archival materials used in celebrating the centennial of Leopold Stokowski’s appointment as the Orchestra’s Conductor in 1912. Jack has a master’s degree in music history from West Chester University and is particularly interested in the history of Philadelphia music. He is also involved in Northeast Philadelphia history. He is Co-founder of the Northeast Philadelphia History Network and serves as Director of the Northeast Philadelphia Hall of Fame.
Dranoff Properties' plans for a hotel-condo tower mean the former home of the "Philadelphia Sound" and Cameo-Parkway Records will likely be torn down. Jack McCarthy turns up the volume on not just one, but two major record labels who've passed through the doors at 301-309 South Broad Street > more
The Pennepack Baptist Church traces its roots to the days of William Penn and Thomas Holme. Jack McCarthy takes a look at its history as the church celebrates its 325th anniversary > more
Eighty years ago, Leopold Stokowski and pioneering sound engineers turned the Academy of Music into a multi-media hub for broadcast music. Jack McCarthy has the story of Bell Labs, Disney, and the first stereo broadcast performances > more
It had its US orchestral premier at the Academy of Music, its US ballet premier at the Metropolitan Opera, and now it returns tomorrow night for a multi-media, dance, and orchestral spectacle at the Academy. Jack McCarthy has the story > more
With Made In America on everyone's mind, Jack McCarthy has the story of the city's--and the nation's--first mega music fest--280 musicians performed on May 4, 1786 > more