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Shock Theater debuts February 1958

Most of us fondly remember Horror Incorporated on Channel 5, which started in 1969.   However, the classic monster movies first appeared in the Twin Cities back in 1958.   Shock Theater started on February 1, 1958 with the original 1931 Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff. Shock Theater was  a collection of 52 Universal Horror movies packaged for […]

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 […]

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, […]

Sev Widman – Sheriff Sev UPDATED

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 […]

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’ […]

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