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List of local children

The following is a list of local children's television shows in the United States. Local children's television series were locally produced commercial television programming intended for the child audience with unique hosts and themes. This type of programming began in the late 1940s and continued into the late 1970s; some shows continued into the 1990s. Author Tim Hollis documented about 1,400 local children's shows in a 2002 book, Hi There, Boys and Girls![1][2]

The television programs typically aired in the weekday mornings before school or afternoons after school as well as on weekends (to a lesser degree). There were different formats. Almost all shows had a colorful host who assumed a persona such as a cowboy/cowgirl, captain/skipper/commodore/admiral, jungle explorer, astronaut, king, princess, clown, sheriff/deputy/trooper, cop, firefighter, hobo/tramp, railroad engineer, magician, "cousin", "grandfather" or "uncle", whose role was not only to be the "DJ" for syndicated material (typically cartoons, although westerns were more popular earlier on) but also to entertain, often with a live television studio audience of kids, during breaks.

Early program fare included cartoon favorites such as Crusader Rabbit, Dick Tracy, Popeye, Bugs Bunny, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Mighty Mouse, Porky Pig, Deputy Dawg, Tin Tin, Mel-O-Toons, Woody Woodpecker, The Funny Company, Mr. Magoo, Space Angel and Clutch Cargo as well as movie shorts such as Our Gang/The Little Rascals and The Three Stooges and animated versions of Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello and The Three Stooges and live action shorts such as Diver Dan. Some included educational segments like the portraits of wildlife in Nature's Window.

Contents

Television Broadcast Markets

Alabama

Anniston

Birmingham

Dothan

Florence

Huntsville/Decatur

Mobile

Montgomery

Alaska

Anchorage

Fairbanks

Arizona

Phoenix

Tucson

Yuma

Arkansas

El Dorado/Monroe

Fort Smith

Little Rock

California

Bakersfield

Fresno

  • KMPH: Uncle Woody Show (with Woody Bryant)
  • KAIL: Leebo The Clown (with Leland Harris)
  • KFSN: Fun Time (with Al Radtka)

Glendale

Los Angeles

Oakland

Sacramento/Stockton

San Diego

San Francisco

Deputy Jay

San Jose

Visalia

  • KMPH-TV: Uncle Woody (with Woody Bryant)

Colorado

Denver

Connecticut

Hartford

New Haven

Delaware

SEE Pennsylvania, Maryland, and District of Columbia markets

District of Columbia

Washington

Florida

Fort Myers

Jacksonville

  • WFGA: Popeye & Pals with Skipper Ed, weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings
  • WFGA: Bozo and Skipper Ed Show, (1961–1966) Saturday mornings

Miami

St. Petersburg

West Palm Beach

  • WJNO (now WPTV): The Sheriff (with Bob Green)
  • The Man From GHOST (Global Headquarters for the Organization to Sustain Terror), channel 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

Augusta

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

Columbus

Macon

Savannah

  • WTOC-TV: Romper Room (30 mins.) weekdays 9-9:30 am
  • WTOC-TV: Happy Dan (30 mins.) weekdays 4-4:30 pm. 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): Bozo the Clown (60 mins.) weekdays 4:30–5:30 pm

program; later replaced by Col. Frank.

Thomasville

Hawaii

Honolulu

KHON (Channel 2):

KGU/KITV/KHVH (now KITV) (Channel 4):

KGMB (Channel 9):

KTRG (now KHNL) (Channel 13):

Idaho

Boise

Illinois

Chicago

Peoria

Quad Cities

SEE Quad Cities, Iowa market

Rockford

Harrisburg

Indiana

Evansville

Fort Wayne

Indianapolis

South Bend

Terre Haute

Iowa

Cedar Rapids/Waterloo

Davenport

Des Moines/Ames

Mason City/Fort Dodge

Quad Cities

Sioux City

Kansas

Wichita

Kentucky

Bowling Green

Lexington

Louisville

Paducah

Louisiana

Baton Rouge

Monroe

New Orleans

Shreveport

Maine

Bangor

Portland

Maryland

Baltimore

Massachusetts

Boston

Springfield

Worcester

Michigan

Detroit

Detroit Area

Flint

Grand Rapids

Kalamazoo

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

Minnesota

Austin

Duluth

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Rochester

Missouri

Joplin

Kansas City

St. Louis

Springfield

Montana

Billings

Butte

Nebraska

Lincoln

KOLN/KGIN: Cartoon Corral

Scottsbluff

KSTF: The Wilmer Worm Show (with June Beaman)

Nevada

Las Vegas

New Hampshire

Manchester

New Jersey

SEE New York and Pennsylvania markets

New Mexico

Albuquerque

New York

Albany/Schenectady

Binghamton

Buffalo

Elmira/Ithaca

New York

Plattsburgh

Rochester

Syracuse/Auburn

Utica/Rome

Watertown

North Carolina

Asheville

Charlotte

Greenville/New Bern

Raleigh/Durham

Winston-Salem/Greensboro

North Dakota

Bismarck

Fargo

Ohio

Akron

Canton

Cincinnati

Cleveland

Columbus

Dayton

Lima

Springfield

Steubenville

  • Creegan and Crow

Toledo

Youngstown

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City

Tulsa

Oregon

Eugene

Portland

Pennsylvania

Erie

Harrisburg/Lancaster

Johnstown/Altoona

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Rhode Island

Providence

South Carolina

Charleston

Columbia

Florence/Myrtle Beach

Greenville/Spartanburg

South Dakota

Rapid City

Sioux Falls

Tennessee

Chattanooga

Chattanooga's first local and live children's show transmitted from WDEF TV, 1953 - 1955. The term, "Chickaroonie", was created as an emphatic expression by Luther Massingale over WDEF radio. "Chickaroonie!"

Jackson

Knoxville

Memphis

Nashville

Texas

Abilene

Amarillo

Austin

Beaumont/Port Arthur

Corpus Christi

Dallas/Fort Worth

El Paso

Houston/Galveston

Lubbock

Odessa/Midland

San Antonio

Utah

Salt Lake City

Vermont

Burlington

Virginia

Norfolk/Portsmouth

Richmond

Roanoke/Lynchburg

Washington, D.C.

Washington

Bellingham

Everett

  • Channel 3/Everett Cablevision: Jaycee Clown Show (with Crash the Clown (Nik Boldrini) and Officer Pup (Richard Boldrin) (1971–72))

Seattle/Tacoma

Spokane

Yakima

West Virginia

Charleston/Huntington

Parkersburg

Wheeling

Wisconsin

Eau Claire

Green Bay

Madison

Milwaukee

Wausau

Wyoming

Casper

Cheyenne

Guam

See also

External links

  • Benny Carle-Classic Alabama TV (on Birmingham/Huntsville TV in the 1940s/50s/60s/70s)

References

  1. ^ Hollis, Tim (November 2001). Hi There Boys and Girls: America's Local Children's TV Programs. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 1-57806-396-5
  2. ^ NPR episode "A History of Local Children's TV Programs", aired May 22, 2002
  3. ^ Hollis, Tim (2001). Hi There, Boys and Girls!: America's Local Children's TV Shows. University Press of Mississippi. p. 27.  
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