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Classic Minnesota children's shows

Category: KSTP

Commander Saturn Unmasked!

Commander Saturn appeared briefly on televisions in the spring and summer of 1955.   The show ran weekday afternoons on KSTP-TV, Channel 5, and was off the air by fall.    Commander Saturn was played by Lan Singer, and few details were known about him. David Singer, Lan’s son, recently contacted me and provided some further information […]

The Commander Saturn Mystery!

I recently spent a day researching Twin Cities kids shows at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.   I’ve been trying to document exactly when these show started and ended.  You’ll find a lot of those results posted on the Timeline page. And while digging through stacks of old TV Guides, I stumbled on a blurb about […]

Daryl Laub – Skipper Darl, J.P. Patches and T.N.Tatters

Daryl Laub has a long and distinguished carreer in broadcasting.    He began working in radio in 1943 at WOBH in Rapid City, South Dakota.   This was followed by postions at WLOL in Minneapolis, WLAC in Nashville, Tennesee, KNOX in Knoxville, Tennessee, WJJM in Lewisburg, Tennessee, and KMBC in Kansas City, Kansas.   In 1949, Daryl returned […]

Jimmy Valentine and Jimmy’s Junior Jamboree

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 […]

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