Philadelphia TV Icon Al Alberts Dies

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By Andrew Gauthier Comment

Philadelphia Daily News

Al Alberts Al Alberts, a Philadelphia-area icon who hosted a long-running kids’ talent show on Channel 6 and had a successful singing career, died yesterday in Florida. He was 87.

Alberts moved to Port Charlotte, Fla., in 2001 with his wife and producer, Stella, when the “Al Alberts Showcase” finally went off the air.

The pair had been discovering and presenting talent for 30 years, helping to launch the careers of Andrea McArdle, Sister Sledge, Teddy Pendergrass and numerous others.

“We had the biggest extended family in the world, honestly,” Stella Alberts said in a phone interview yesterday. “Today they still write… and it’s just a treasure to hear from them.”

While many in the Delaware Valley knew Alberts from his Saturday-morning TV show, he also had a string of hit records in the ’50s and ’60s as lead singer of the vocal quartet the Four Aces. More…