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Category: WTCN

Hi Jerry with Sister Cabrini

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 […]

Jack McKenna as Sgt. Scotty

This is a rare image of Jack McKenna as Sgt. Scotty.  McKenna had been a kids show host in Duluth as Captain Q.  Sometime around 1962, McKenna joined WTCN, channel 11.   I’ve had difficulty finding out any specifics about the show.    It may have been a program that ran on Saturday afternoons.   […]

J.P. Patches Peanut Butter

Chris Wedes played J.P. Patches on Channel 11 until 1958 when he moved to Seattle, WA.   J.P. Patches became a hit show throughout the Northwest, running until 1981.    Over the years, J.P. Patches promoted many products including Adams Peanut Butter.    This rare jar featured J.P. on the label and probably dates to the early 1960’s. […]

Merle Edwards – Merle and the Squirrel – The Weatherbird

“Uncle” Merle Edwards was a popular disc jockey at WMIN in the Twin Cities.   He hosted an all night radio show and was known for his humor and warm laughter.    Jeanne Anderson posted the following in her own blog about Twin Cities Music: Merle Edwards was at WMIN from 1949-55 and had shows like “Merle […]

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