Minnesota Kid Vid Updates – July 2015

Greetings to everyone that has found their way to the Minnesota Kid Vid site.     We’ve seen a lot more traffic over here recently thanks to all the visitors to the Lunch with Casey page on Facebook.   I appreciate all the kind emails and all the wonderful comments.   Thank you!

As you can tell, I don’t get a chance to update the site that often, but I still have a lot of material to post both here, and at the Lunch with Casey site.

I spent another afternoon recently at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, continuing the research on all these old programs.  I’ve spent a lot of time paging through old issues of TV Guide trying to pinpoint details about these various programs.   This time around I was able to determine when Romper Room moved from channel 11 to channel 9.   I also discovered there was a Shock Theater monster movie franchise long before Horror Incorporated.    And I am always finding mysteries.    It appears that Casey Jones was off the air for an undetermined amount of time in mid to late 1959.   Obviously more research is needed.   Unfortunately, the Pavek’s TV Guide collection from 1959 to 1962 is incomplete.

I’m always looking for new material for the website.   If you have any photos, recordings, clippings, or even personal stories to share, please drop me a note.   You can drop me an email at CultTVman@aol.com, or you can send a note through the Contact Us page.    Just recently, Delayne Nyberg Strand shared some wonderful memories of her father’s participation on the Grandpa Ken show.

I encourage everyone to help support the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.   They are doing a wonderful job of preserving broadcast history, as well as hosting workshops and education programs.   They host the Minnesota Broadcast Hall of Fame, showcasing the talents and accomplishments of those in the industry.   This years inductees include Al DeRusha, who began his broadcast career at WMIN, as floor director for Casey Jones and many other channel 11 kids shows.  Please visit their website at www.museumofbroadcasting.org and consider a visit to check out the museum.

I also invite you to visit the Lunch With Casey website at www.lunchwithcasey.com

Keep the memories alive.  Tell your friends and share on Facebook.

Steve Iverson


Updated: July 20, 2015 — 1:19 am

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