Mar 052014
 
Kidsville 11 Club

The Kidsville 11 Club was a promotion from 1964 of the channel 11 program line up, and was sponsored by Southtown Shopping Center.   The Mayor of Kidsville was Mayor Kidec. A special coloring book was given away in conjunction with the promotion.  There was some sort of Kidsville office located at Southtown Shoping Center.   You could [more]

Jun 302013
 
Sev Widman on the Radio

Sev Widman was one of the early television kids show hosts in the Twin Cities.   He was a popular radio disc jockey and in 1953 he was working at WTCN radio.   This lead to his program on WTCN-TV called Sheriff Sev. Here is a full page add from Broadcasting magazine in January 1953, promoting Sev, [more]

Feb 102013
 
Sev Widman - Sheriff Sev

Sev Widman (Severance J. Widman, Jr. 1922-1981) was  a popular radio broadcaster in Minneapolis in the 40′s and 50′s.   He hosted one of the earliest children’s shows on WTCN, channel 11, called Sheriff Sev.   The show started in late 1953 along with Skipper Darl. Prior to hosting the Sheriff Sev program,  Widman was a popular DJ in [more]

Apr 262011
 
Popeye's Clubhouse

Starting in 1956, the Popeye cartoon series were sold to local television stations around the country and most every market had a Popeye program hosted by a local TV personality.   Los Angeles had Skipper Tom Hatten and Miami had Skipper Chuck Zink.   New York had Captain Ray Heatherton and Detroit had Captain Jolly.   The Officer [more]

Feb 072011
 
Bozo Trading Cards

A Bozo the Clown “trading card” that probably dates from about 1960. A Bozo the Clown “trading card” that probably dates from about 1961. The back of the Bozo the Clown “trading card” that probably dates from about 1961. The back of the Bozo the Clown “trading card” that probably dates from about 1961.

Feb 072011
 
Bozo the Clown

Unlike most local children’s television characters, Bozo the Clown was syndicated. He was portrayed by different people in different TV markets. In the Twin Cities, he was played by Roger Erickson, who later became an early morning favorite on WCCO Radio. Bozo the Clown debuted in August 1959. The circus set for the Twin Cities’ [more]

Feb 052011
 

On May 8, 1948, the first children’s television show in the Twin Cities aired on KSTP-TV, Channel 5. It was a quiz show for kids that had originated on radio called Riddle Griddle, emceed by KSTP announcer Jimmy Valentine. In an early version of the show, a panel of three children would try to answer [more]

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