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The following is a list of local children's television shows.

Local children's television series were locally produced television shows intended for the child audience with unique hosts and programming. This type of programming began in the late 1940s and continued into the 1970s. Tim Hollis documented about 1,400 local children's shows in a 2002 book called Hi There, Boys and Girls![1][2]

The programs typically aired in the weekday mornings before school, or afternoons after school, as well as on weekends (to a lesser degree). There were several different formats. Almost all shows had a colorful host, who assumed a persona such as a cowboy/cowgirl, captain, princess, clown, sheriff, magician, or "uncle", whose role was to not only to be the "DJ" for syndicated material (typically cartoons, although westerns were more popular earlier on), but also entertain, often with a live studio audience of kids, during breaks. Early program fare included cartoon favorites such as Crusader Rabbit, Popeye, Bugs Bunny, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Mighty Mouse, Porky Pig, Deputy Dawg, The Funny Company, Clutch Cargo as well as movie shorts such as Our Gang/The Little Rascals and The Three Stooges. Some included educational segments like the portraits of wildlife in Nature's Window. The popular hosts usually became local "celebrities" in the eyes of children and their parents, and were known to make public appearances at amusement parks and benefit fund raisers. Befitting the small staffs many stations had in the early days of television, some hosts did double-duty as announcer or handled administrative functions, like Program Director. Some even hosted adult fare such the daily movie with such titles as Million Dollar Movie or were weathermen on the newscast. Although most of the shows were unique to a given market, there were a few franchised shows, most notably, Romper Room and Bozo the Clown, which became extremely popular nationwide.

The eventual decline of the local children's television series market was attributable to a variety of causes, including parental concern over the effect of violence depicted in shows on their children and sponsor "brainwashing" of children via commercials. Lucrative syndicated programming such as The Mike Douglas Show, Merv Griffin Show and Donahue, plus re-runs of old network series, began to fill available airtime. Much of the audience for local children's shows began watching Sesame Street, which for many surpassed anything that had ever been shown on local shows. By the late 1970s, local children's programming had all but disappeared from the airwaves, although a few continued well into the 1990s. For many, they represent nostalgic memories - an indelible part of their childhood.

Television Broadcast Markets

Contents

Alabama

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Anniston

Birmingham

Dothan

  • Miss Becky, Bugs Bunny, and Friends (Becky Copeland)

Florence

  • Captain Jack (Jack Worley)
  • Earline in Storyland
  • WHDF, WOWL: Planet 15 (Jack Worley)

Huntsville

  • WAAY-TV: 31 Funtime (Johnny Evans)
  • WAAY-TV: The Benny Carle Show (Benny Carle)
  • Captain Barney and Popeye (Johnny Evans)
  • Junior Auction (Johnny Evans)
  • Kiddie Circus (Bill Sykes)
  • Romper Room
  • Through the Looking Glass
  • Western Theatre (Johnny Evans)

Mobile

  • Aunt Beka (Rebecca Horton)
  • Bunnyville USA ("Barney Bunny")
  • WALA-TV: Camp Walabear
  • Captain Mal
  • Captain Supreme (Earl Hutto)
  • Cartoonerville ("Chuck Wagon" Charlie)
  • Fun and Games (Marcia Wanaker, Rosie Seaman)
  • Junior Auction
  • WEAR-TV: The Lynn Toney Show (Lynn Toney)
  • Popeye Cartoon Theatre ("Captain Hank")
  • Romper Room ("Miss Skeeter" Diehl)
  • Rosie's Place (Rosie Seaman)
  • Jungle Bob
  • Scuba Bob

Montgomery

  • Cactus Cal (Calvin Ruff)
  • Captain Zoomar (Walter Bamberg)
  • Cartoon Carl (Carl Stephens)
  • Junior Auction (Curt "Pop" Blair)
  • Kartoon Karnival (Billy Morgan, Martha Sadler)
  • Popeye Theatre (Curt "Pop" Blair)
  • Princess Pat's Storybook Castle (Pat Barnes)
  • Romper Room ("Miss Bobbi" Dunaway, "Miss Sue" Weeks)
  • Western Theatre (Bob Underwood)
  • Willie the Clown (Bill Smith)
  • Young World (Marge Payne)

Alaska

Anchorage

Fairbanks

  • School for Fun

Arizona

Phoenix

Tucson

  • KVOA: Cartoon Corral ("Chuck Waggin")
  • KTTU-TV, KDTU: The Friendship Club (Bob Love)
  • KGUN: Marshal K-Gun (Burt Oien, Bob Love, Jack Jacobson)
  • KMSB-TV, KZAZ: The Uncle Bob Show (Bob Love)
  • KOLD-TV: Zipo the Clown (Zipo & Friends / Victor Dains Sr.)

Yuma

  • KYMA, KIVA: The S.S. KIVA (Don Kenny, Bob Hardy, Elmore Eaton)

Arkansas

El Dorado/Monroe

Fort Smith

Little Rock

  • KRTV: Betty's Little Rascals (Betty Fowler)
  • KATV: Bozo the Clown (Gary Weir)
  • Candy the Clown (Gary Weir)
  • KARK-TV: Captain KARK (Lloyd Denney)
  • Clowntown USA (Gary Weir)
  • KARK-TV:Lorenzo the Tramp (Gerry Wheeler)
  • Mr. Specs' Cartoon Caravan (Bruce Smith)
  • Romper Room ("Miss Sylvia" Johnson, "Miss Linda" Gladney)
  • Six-Gun Theatre (Volmar "Cactus" Vick)

California

Bakersfield

Fresno

  • KAIL: Leebo The Clown (Leland Harris)
  • KFSN: Fun Time (Al Radtka)

Glendale

  • KHOF : Black Buffalo's Pow-Wow

Los Angeles

Oakland

Sacramento/Stockton

San Diego

  • King Norman's Kingdom of Toys (Norman Rosenburg)

San Francisco

San Jose

  • Cosmo's Castle

Colorado

Denver

Connecticut

Hartford

  • Ranger Andy (Orville Andrews)
  • The Hap Richards Show (Floyd Richards)

New Haven

  • Captain Solomon C. Whiskers (Mitch Agruss)
  • Flippy the Clown (Ivor Hugh)
  • Happy the Clown (Joey Russell)
  • Mr. Goober (Mike Warren)

Delaware

see Pennsylvania, Maryland, and District of Columbia markets

District of Columbia

Washington

Florida

Fort Myers

  • WINK-TV: The Lazy Bar 11 ("Cousin Vern" Vernon Lundquist)
  • WINK-TV: Lazy Bar Club ("Cousin Vern" Vernon Lundquist)

Jacksonville

  • WFGA: Popeye & Pals with Skipper Ed, weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings

Miami

  • WTVJ: Popeye Playhouse
  • WTVJ: The Lucky Duck Show (Merv Griffin) and (Chuck Zink)
  • WLBW: Banjo Billy, starring (Dave Herbert)
  • WLBW: Jumpin Jack's 4 O'Clock Club, starring Jack O'Brien
  • WCKT: Fun Club, starring Charlie Baxter & Willie the Moose (puppet)
  • WCKT: Bobsville, starring Bob Clayton (later the announcer on Dick Clark's Pyramid game shows)

St. Petersburg

West Palm Beach

  • WJNO (now WPTV): The Sheriff (Bob Green)
  • The Man From GHOST (Global Headquarters for the Organization to Sustain Terror), Ch. 5; a Chiller Theater-type show with a live host, but using humorous drop-ins during the films. A precursor to Mystery Science Theatre 3000. For example, in a scene where the Mad Scientist is writing in his journal, the show would superimpose a kids' book, such as The Little Engine That Could.

Georgia

Atlanta

  • WSB-TV: Popeye Club with Officer Don (Don Kennedy) (weekdays 5:00-6:00pm, then from 4:30-5:30pm, later years on ch 36)
  • WAGA: Mr. Pix (Dave Michaels) (Saturdays 8:00-9:00am)
  • WAGA: Batfink & Ronald (McDonald) Saturdays 9:00-9:30am
  • WATL: Cartoon Club
  • WATL: Officer Don's Clubhouse (Don Kennedy)
  • WXIA, WQXI: Treehouse Club
  • WXIA, WQXI, WLWA-TV: Billy Johnson
  • WLWA-TV: Romper Room (weekdays 9:00 A.M. )
  • WLWA-TV: Skipper Ray (Ray MacKay) (broadcast time not listed)
  • WAGA: The Bugs Bunny Show (Bob Underwood) (as Captain Bob) (weekdays 5:30-6:00 P.M.)
  • WAGA: Dooley and Co. (George Ellis as fictional hobo Bestoink Dooley; he appeared in the same role hosting local telecasts of horror film classics on Fridays at 11:30 P.M.) (weekdays 4:00-4:30 P.M.)

Augusta

  • WJBF: Trooper Terry, weekdays 5-5:30pm later years 4:30-5pm featured Terry Sams, the weatherman. 1960s-70's.
  • WATU: Bozo the Clown, weekdays 4:30-5:30pm 1970

Columbus

  • WTVM: Miss Patsy's Playhouse (Patsy Avery)
  • WRBL: Kiddie Castle Lane - Later named Kid's Corner (Princess Bonnie / Bonnie Brown Elmore)
  • WRBL: Blast Off (V-Man--Jim Carlisle)
  • WTVM: unnamed? show with Mr. Play-Like as one of the characters; eventually renamed Mr. Play-Like's Morning Special, when it aired one morning a week.

Macon

  • WMAZ: Cartoon Club

Savannah

  • WTOC-TV: Romper Room (30 mins.) weekdays 9-9:30AM
  • WTOC-TV: Happy Dan (30 mins.) weekdays 4-4:30PM. Originally Happy Dan & The Little Rascals later Happy Dan & Popeye. Happy Dan was Dwight Bruce who co-hosted Kaleidoscope with Gwen Ferguson weekdays after Romper Room. Happy Dan was later replaced with "Skipper Jack & Popeye".
  • WJCL (TV), WJCL: Bozo the Clown (60 mins.) weekdays 4:30-5:30PM program was later replaced by Col. Frank - he had a chicken puppet & co-hosted by perhaps his wife, featured birthdays

Thomasville

Hawaii

Honolulu

KHVH (Now KITV) (Ch 4):

  • Captain Honolulu (Sgt Sacto: Bob Smith) 1959 - 1968
  • Billy Boy Moonster (?) 1968
  • Rocketship 4 (Bob Smith)

KGMB, KGMB (Ch 9):

  • Some Chinese Guy (?) early 60s
  • Bufo the Frog and a Mynah Bird (hand puppets) early 60s
  • Jimmie Dodd's Aloha Club early-mid 60s
  • Sailor Al mid 60s
  • Checkers and Pogo (Pogo Poge: Morgan White; Mr Checkers: Jim Hawthorne, Dave Donnelly, Jim Demarest) 26 May 1967 - 1982

Idaho

Illinois

Chicago

Peoria

Quad Cities

see Quad Cities, Iowa market

Indiana

Evansville

Fort Wayne

Indianapolis

South Bend

Terre Haute

  • WTHI-TV: Captain Jack ("Captain Jack" Haines) (1978-1982)

Iowa

Cedar Rapids/Waterloo

Davenport

Des Moines/Ames

Mason City/Fort Dodge

  • Bart's Clubhouse (Bart Curran)
  • Uncle Dick's Fun House

Quad Cities

Sioux City

  • Bingo's Big Top (Dave Madsen)
  • Book Bandwagon
  • Canyon Kid's Corner (Jim Henry)
  • Cartoon Time (Gene Quilleash, Dutch Meyers)
  • Commander Four (John Rickwa, Gene Quilleash)
  • Klarence the Klown (Bill Bass)
  • Pops' (Dave Webber)
  • Puppin's Place (Tim Poppen)

Kansas

Wichita

Kentucky

Bowling Green

  • WLTV-TV: Uncle Albert's General Store 1962-64 (George Albert Goldtrap Jr.)

Louisville

Paducah

  • WPSD: Romper Room ("Miss Emily" McGuire, "Miss Kay" Roedemeier, "Miss Penny" Lamar, "Miss Betsy" Price)

Louisiana

Baton Rouge

  • Buckskin Bill (WAFB-TV)

Monroe

  • The Happiness Exchange (KNOE-TV)

New Orleans

Maine

Bangor

  • WLBZ-TV: The Eddie Driscoll Show (Mickey Mouse Club)

Maryland

Baltimore

Massachusetts

Boston

Springfield

  • The Admiral and Swabby (Gary Garrison & Norm Goyer)
  • The Swabby Show
  • Bozo the Clown
  • Cy's Weather / Elby's Weather

Worcester

Michigan

Detroit

  • Milky The Twin Pines Magic Clown
  • WXYZ-TV: Lunch With Soupy Sales Soupy Sales (1952-1959)
  • Jingles in Boofland
  • Popeye Theater Captain Jolly and Poopdeck Paul
  • Sonny Elliot
  • Oopsy The Clown
  • WXYZ-TV: Hot Fudge
  • WXYZ-TV: Cartoon Fun
  • Sagebrush Shorty (Ted Lloyd)
  • The Auntie Dee Show (Dee Parker)
  • Wixie's Wonderland (Marv Welch)
  • Ricky the Clown (Irv Roming)
  • Milky's Party Time

Detroit Area

  • KEYS-Kids Injoy Your Selfs With Out Drugs
  • Get Up Get Out (GUGO)

Grand Rapids

Kalamazoo

  • WWMT-TV, WKZO-TV: Channel 3 Clubhouse. (Beanie Brown, Uncle Fred, others.)

Minnesota

Duluth

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Rochester

Missouri

Joplin

Kansas City

  • Torey and Friends (Torey Southwick)

St. Louis

Springfield

Montana

Billings

Butte

  • KXLF: Popeye, Wallaby and Friends
  • KXLF: Tots and Teens (Paul Simitzes)
  • KXLF: XL Corral (Paul Simitzes)

Nebraska

Lincoln

KOLN/KGIN: Cartoon Corral

Scottsbluff

KSTF: The Wilmer Worm Show (June Beaman)

Nevada

Las Vegas

  • The Bostick Western Show
  • The Cinderella Show (Merle Bunker)
  • Rascal Rabbitt (Caroll Spinney)
  • Romper Room ("Miss Nancy" Merle Bunker)

New Hampshire

Manchester

  • WMUR: Ring-A-Ding The Clown Show[12] (Dwight Damon)

New Jersey

see New York and Pennsylvania markets

New Mexico

New York

Albany/Schenectady

  • Romper Room ("Miss Diane" Weber)
  • Commander Ralph (Ralph Vartigian)
  • Freddy Freihoffer Show (Jim Fisk)

Binghamton

Buffalo

Elmira/Ithaca

  • Jerry's Playhouse (Jerry White)
  • TV Clubhouse ("Coach" Carl Proper)

New York

Rochester

  • Romper Room ("Miss Ann" Rogers, "Miss Rita" Smith)
  • Skipper Sam

Syracuse/Auburn

  • Romper Room ("Miss Cathy" Stampalia, "Miss Joan" Connal)
  • Ladybug's Garden (Cathy Stampalia)
  • Magic Toy Shop ("Play Lady" Jean Daugherty, "Miss Merrily" Marilyn Hubbard, "Eddie Flum Num" Socrates Sampson)
  • Salty Sam's Super Saturday (Bill Lape)

Utica/Rome

Watertown

  • Kiddie Karnival (Dan Burgess)

North Carolina

Asheville

Charlotte

  • WBTV:("Junior Rancho" "Little Rascals Club") Fred Kirby
  • WSOC: ("Clown Carnival") Brooks Lindsay
  • Romper Room ("Miss Melissa", "Miss Jody", "Miss Carol")
  • Sgt. Mills
  • Ever-Ever Land

Greenville/New Bern

Raleigh/Durham

Winston-Salem/Greensboro

North Dakota

Bismarck

Fargo

Ohio

Akron

Canton

  • WJAN-TV Milton The Milkman
  • WJAN-TV Alfred Alligator

Cincinnati

Cleveland

Columbus

Dayton

  • Romper Room ("Miss Jo" Corey, "Miss Anne" Shadbolt)
  • Ferdy Fussbudget (Ken Hardin)
  • Uncle Orrie (Joe Rockhold)
  • Nosey the Clown (Jack Jacobson)
  • Charlie Goodtime (Dave Eaton)
  • Toody the Clown
  • WKEF-TV Clubhouse 22 (Malcolm Macleod, "Dr. Creep")

Lima

  • The Barry Patch (Barry Willis)
  • Charlie's Cartoon Clubhouse (Chuck Osborne)
  • For Kids Only (Sam Fitzsimmons)

Steubenville

  • Creegan and Crow

Toledo

  • Captain Cotton and Salty (Jerry Carr)
  • Fun Farm
  • Salty's Cartoon Party

Youngstown

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City

  • Lunch With Hoho {Hoho the Clown)

Tulsa

Oregon

Eugene

  • KVAL-TV: Red Reynolds, 1954-1957
  • KVAL-TV: Addie Bobkins (Bob Adkins), 1957-1961 [5]
  • KVAL-TV: Captain Shipwreck (Gordon Bussey)
  • Jack's Kartoon Clubhouse
  • KVAL-TV: Mr. Fixit (Tom Stanford, Dave Weinkauf)

Medford

Portland

Pennsylvania

Erie

  • The Pappy Show (Skip Lecher)

Harrisburg/Lancaster

  • Cowboy Pete (Paul Baker)
  • Percy Platypus and Friends (aka Per-Ki Place) (Marijane Landis, Jim Freed)
  • Pete McTee's Clubhouse
  • Romper Room ("Miss Marcia" Kaplan)
  • Sunshine Corners (Marijane Landis)
  • Tricky Ricky and Popeye

Johnstown/Altoona

  • Romper Room ("Miss Sally", "Miss Patty")
  • Sy Seaweed's Popeye Playhouse (Charlie Ritchey)

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

  • Hatchy Milatchy (Nancy Berg, Judy Burns)
  • Rosco the Clown (Frank LaBarr)
  • Romper Room ("Miss Marion" Conway, "Miss Mary Ruth" Kelly)
  • Showboat (Nancy Berg)
  • The Uncle Ted Show (Ted Raub)
  • Topper's Clubhouse

Rhode Island

Providence

  • Commander Jet
  • Cowboy Hank (Hank Bouchard)
  • Draw Podner
  • Hey Wake Up
  • Hippity Hop
  • The Little Circus
  • Romper Room ("Miss Bonnie" Ryker)
  • Salty Brine's Shack (Salty Brine)
  • Salty's Funny Company (Salty Brine)
  • Storytime (Beth Chollar)
  • Sunday Funnies

South Carolina

Charleston

  • The Adventure Lady (Anna Lee Smalls)
  • Commodore Moore
  • Happy Raine (Lorraine "Rainey" Evans)
  • Princess Charleen (Charleen Carrel)
  • Uncle Charlie's Playhouse (Charlie Hall)

Columbia

  • Cactus Quave (Mackie Quave)
  • The Jolly Jim Show (Jim O'Shea)
  • Mr. Knozit (Joe Pinner)
  • Princess Pat (Pat Bouknight)
  • Deputy Billy (Allen Sloan)

Florence/Myrtle Beach

  • Captain Ashby (Ashby Ward)
  • Spaceship C-8 (Dick Taylor)

Greenville/Spartanburg

  • Captain Jack and Mr. Dutch (Jack Six, Rene Royaards)
  • The Little Rascals (Monty DuPuy)
  • Sunday Island (Jack Six, Rene Royaards)
  • Tim the Squirrel aka Mr. Dutch (Rene Royaards)

South Dakota

Rapid City

Sioux Falls

Tennessee

Chattanooga

  • Mr. Chickaroonie (Warren Herring, Mildred Gaither)

Jackson

  • The Cousin Tuny Show -- (Doris Freeman) as (Cousin Tuny) WDXI (WBBJ)
  • The Sheriff Big Jim Show

Knoxville

Memphis

Nashville

Tri-Cities

Antioch

Texas

Abilene

Amarillo

Austin

The Uncle Jay Show (Jay Hodgson)

Beaumont/Port Arthur

  • Cowboy John (John Gardener)

Corpus Christi

Dallas/Fort Worth

El Paso

Houston/Galveston

  • Cadet Don (Al Eisenmann)
  • Happy Hollow (Mary Jane Vandiver)
  • Kitirik (Bunny Orsak) (1954-71)
  • Mary Jane's Magic Castle (Mary Jane Vandiver)
  • Kiddie Troopers (Don Mahoney)
  • No-No the Clown

Lubbock

Odessa/Midland

Rio Grande Valley

In the 70's there was a Saturday afternoon show called BOO that aired scary movies. The intro to the show was so intense and scary that when you heard the music you would get chills.

San Angelo

San Antonio

  • Captain Gus (Joe Alston)
  • Johnny's Treehouse (Johnny Dugan)

Tyler/Longview

Waco/Temple

Wichita Falls

Utah

Salt Lake City

Vermont

Burlington

Virginia

Harrisonburg

Norfolk/Portsmouth

Richmond

Roanoke/Lynchburg

Washington, D.C.

see District of Columbia

Washington

Bellingham

KVOS Frisky Frolics (1970s-1980s)

Everett

  • Channel 3, Everett Cablevision: Jaycee Clown Show (1971-72)

Seattle/Tacoma

Spokane

Yakima

  • KAPP-TV, KAPP: Mr. Bob’s Cartoon Classics (Bob Ivers)
  • KIMA: Uncle Jimmy's Clubhouse (Jim Nolan)
  • KIMA: Uncle Jimmy's Story Hour (Jim Nolan)

West Virginia

Beckley/Bluefield

Charleston/Huntington

Morgantown/Clarksburg

Parkersburg

  • WTAP-TV PMA Pulse (Todd Baucher)

Wheeling

Wisconsin

Eau Claire

  • The Sheriff Bob Show

Green Bay

La Crosse

Madison

Milwaukee

Wausau

Wyoming

Casper

  • The Fun Ranch (Jack Slothower)
  • Tumbleweed (Dick Frech)

Cheyenne

Guam

References

  1. ^ Hollis, Tim (November 2001). Hi There Boys and Girls: America's Local Children's TV Programs. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 1578063965
  2. ^ NPR episode "A History of Local Children's TV Programs", aired May 22, 2002
  3. ^ http://www.wkbn.com/content/about/info/history.aspx
  4. ^ http://www.tribtoday.com/page/content.detail/id/505339.html
  5. ^ Portland Radio Message Board: The Original KLIQ
  6. ^ The Addie Bobkins Show

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