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For babyboomers, did your town have a local kids' show host?
« on: February 21, 2016, 08:50:06 AM »
For kids growing up in the '40s, '50s and into the '60s - did your local TV station have a kids' show host?  An after-school program that had a mix of cartoons, maybe a studio set of puppets, farmer-characters in bib overalls, or cowboys? 

Did that station also have a Saturday lunch movie-time showing Charlie Chan, Sherlock Holmes, westerns, etc? 

Then, a Friday and/or Saturday night monster-movie, probably after evening news? 

I keep hearing "yes yes yes" but that's only from maybe a dozen cities.  I'm wondering if this was a nation-wide activity?  They used local talent in local studios.  They might have had nationally syndicated shows like CAPTAIN KANGAROO and COWBOY BOB, maybe BOZO, too. 

So far, I'm finding "yes" if the town was 100,000 or more and had a local TV station, or two or more within a broadcast radius of, say, 50 miles.  I'm not sure about radius-distance, nor certain about population.  East Coast will be far different than west-of-Mississippi, I've discovered.

Just curious.

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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2016, 09:12:33 AM »
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2016, 09:14:53 AM »
(Can you post city- or region-name, approx population and a range-of-year approximation?)

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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2016, 10:37:59 AM »
In Pittsburgh, we had Chiller Theatre with Chilly Billy Cardille.  He ran from 63 all the way until 83, so he was my parents Sat night monster host but I also watched him as a kid. He was my first exposure to the Universal monsters. 

I've been lucky enough to meet him in a few occasions.  He's the nicest guy in the world.  His daughter was also the lead in Romero's DAY OF THE DEAD

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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2016, 10:50:39 AM »
Our small town didn't have it's own TV station(s). Our "local" stations were from Ft. Wayne IN, 35 miles away. They had all the shows you mentioned, though. Kids cartoon show hosts ("Engineer John", for one), All kinds of movie series on the weekend afternoon. Carlie Chan, Bowery Boys, you name it. And, of course, the Fri/Sat night horror host movie. We had "Asmodeus" and "Sammy Terry". I think both shows were regionally syndicated and didn't originate in Ft. W.
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2016, 11:24:09 AM »
We had Simon of SIMON' S SANCTORUM..he showed the classic Universal horrors and sci-fi on Saturday nights during the early '70's..





He was based here in Boston, but also was syndicated for showings in St.Louis.
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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2016, 12:31:50 PM »
 In L.A., we had this little puppet host named "Shrimpenstein". He has patterned after the "Son of Frankenstein" monster (animal fur & all). I don't remember that much about the shows' content, but I'm pretty sure he introduced short, cheesy cartoons (like those early Marvel Comics ones).

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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2016, 12:44:07 PM »
Not really a boomer, but I grew up in Maryland and had 2 (both did double duty)

From Baltimore we had George Lewis, aka "Captain Chesapeake", a sea captain kids show host that ran old cartoons and shows (Speed Racer, Scooby Doo, the Monkees, etc) and had a sea monster named Mondy. He ran from 1971-1990 on local UHF 45. On the weekends he was "Ghost Host" (mostly seen in shadows, kind of made up to look like Lugosi's Ygor in a turtleneck) and ran the old black&white horror films. Ghost Host, if memory serves, played it straight as a horror host.

From DC we got Dick Dyszel, by day he was Bozo and later kids show host Captain 20 (a Spock-like pointy eared alien). By night, he was (and still is...on the internet) Count Gore DeVol hosting the horror films with a comedic slant.

Saturday afternoons were wrestling and kung-fu flicks (can't remember which station ran which though), and for a while Sunday mornings were old comedies (Blondie, Abbott & Costello, Three Stooges, Marx Brothers, etc...)
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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2016, 12:47:10 PM »
Hubby grew up in Austin, pop 200k at the time, and they had one local TV station in a pick-n-choose-from-networks for the most part, so he grew up on some shows (Red Skelton) but not others (Sid Caesar).  They had a weekday morning host that also did after-school programming (perhaps 2 hours, from 3 to 5) from 1950 into the early '80s. 

They had bleachers for kids and this was a special treat for birthday kids, as Hubby spent his 5th there.  Big day, he remembers.  Nothing else, just going, sitting and watching it all happen.  The host was supposedly a jerk but not that day, not that time.  "Being tired of kids" after hours might have been a 'privileges of rank', though.  Part-and-parcel of the job.

San Antonio had more TV stations but at 80 miles away, "it was scratchy reception for people who bought on-top-of-house antennas."   

It seems that every town with a local station had some kind of local host for at least a decade, or more often 2 or 3.

In London, we had umpteen stations but I don't recall children's programming or paying attention to anything except late weekend monster shows or mid-Saturday afternoon ones. 

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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2016, 12:48:50 PM »
Here in New York City we had The Cool Ghoul Zacherley for our spooky fun. We also had shows for kids hosted by Sonny Fox (Wonderama ), The Sandy Becker Show, Howdy Doody Show and for the really small kids was Romper Room. There were a few others but I think they were nationwide kid shows.

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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2016, 01:02:22 PM »
Not really a boomer, but I grew up in Maryland

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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2016, 01:05:58 PM »
Sir Graves Ghastly was in Detroit in the 70's. Sorry for the long response. I had actually tried to comment but the window accidentally closed and I couldn't find the page again.

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« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2016, 01:08:09 PM »
Not really a boomer, but...
Fine.  I think my interest lies in that transition period you witnessed (perhaps unknowingly) where local efforts were wiped out and the national shows (Captain Kangaroo, Howdy Doody, Bozo, etc) took over. 

That makes me wonder - wasn't Bozo a 'local show' with locals all being Bozo's, by name - as a syndicated 'product', more or less, but with local, live talent?

So, rather than a Dick Clark BANDSTAND show on Saturdays (was that morning or noon, or later in the day?), they'd have a local Bozo actor hosting cartoons and filler-time?

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« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2016, 01:12:13 PM »
(As a corollary, I understand there are many markets that have something of a local Monster-TV host even to this day, although more of the digital networks - ME-TV, for example - hire a Svengoolie character.   I'd think this would be so attractive on Saturdays like it was for baby-boomers, appealing to the kids of all ages.  That's why I think MST3K can have at least a modicum of success.)

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« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2016, 01:27:56 PM »
Fine.  I think my interest lies in that transition period you witnessed (perhaps unknowingly) where local efforts were wiped out and the national shows (Captain Kangaroo, Howdy Doody, Bozo, etc) took over.

It was actually the reverse of that. Dyszel started in DC as Bozo and then switched over to the Captain 20 persona later.
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