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Jack McCarthy

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 Philadelphia region’s many small historical institutions. He recently concluded work as consulting archivist and researcher for the audio documentary Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio and as consulting archivist for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2012-2013 Leopold Stokowski centennial celebration. 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.

309 South Broad Street: Endangered House Of Hits

309 South Broad Street: Endangered House Of Hits

November 25, 2013  |  Vantage

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

Pennepack Baptist Church ... 325 Years and Counting

Pennepack Baptist Church … 325 Years and Counting

June 25, 2013  |  Vantage

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

At The Academy, The Birth Of Wire Transmission Of Music

At The Academy, The Birth Of Wire Transmission Of Music

April 30, 2013  |  Vantage

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

South Broad, North Broad, And The Rite Of Spring

South Broad, North Broad, And The Rite Of Spring

February 20, 2013  |  Vantage

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

Philadelphia's First Mega Musical Event

Philadelphia’s First Mega Musical Event

September 4, 2012  |  Vantage

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