So we present to you a little something different this year, for all you kids from Minnesota. Merry Christmas from Minnesota KidVid!
Shoppers’ City opened a new store in Columbia Heights in November of 1968. To celebrate, the store featured personal appearances by several local kids televison show hosts. Casey Jones was scheduled for November 19, followed by Wilie Ketch on the 20th. On November 21, Clancy the Cop appeared, and the week ended with Miss Betty […]
Robert Fransen was one of the early television pioneers in the Twin Cities. He started in radio, writing news for the legendary Cedric Adams back in 1949 and was soon working in the new medium of television. In 1950, he was employed at channel 4 (then WTCN, but now WCCO), in a variety of positions. […]
Captain Daryl on Cartoon Island, starring Daryl Laub, was one of the most popular kid’s shows on Twin Cities television in the late 1950’s. It featured a distinctive, goofy theme which opened and closed the program. Pat Sweeney, one of the leading experts on Minnesota kids shows, has just identified this tune. He was watching […]
This photo appeared in TV Times, dated December 21, 1963. It was featured in an article called “Holiday Fare with Local Glare.” Christmas is especially for children — of all ages — and some shows are geared for the younger set. More than 100 children of employees of WTCN (11) will comprise the audience […]
One of the lesser known, and largely forgotten kids shows in the Twin Cities was Hi Jerry with Sister M. Cabrini Bongiovanni. Sister Carbrini was a Catholic nun who combined entertainment and performing with her ministry. Patrick Sweeney remembers the program. “Jerry was a ventriloquist’s dummy and the ventriloquist was a nun named Sister Mary […]
Roger Erickson was a Minnesota broadcast legend. For almost 40 years, he was teamed with Charlie Boone on WCCO radio. Boone and Erickson were well known for their humor, storytelling, and interviews. Roger Erickson passed away on October 30, 2017 at the age of 89. Roger Erickson’s long career included playing Bozo the Clown […]
Kids grew up watching Casey Jones, Axel, Clancy and Willie, and Grandpa Ken on Minnesota television. Eventually kids become teenagers and their interests change a bit. For me, there were monster movies. The showcase for classic (and not so classic) horror movies was Horror Incorporated, on KSTP, channel 5. The program was […]