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The following is a list of local children's television shows in the United States. These were locally produced commercial television programming intended for the child audience with unique hosts and themes. This type of programming began in the late 1940s and continued into the late 1970s; some shows continued into the 1990s. Author Tim Hollis documented about 1,400 local children's shows in a 2002 book, Hi There, Boys and Girls![1][2]

The television programs typically aired in the weekday mornings before school or afternoons after school as well as on weekends (to a lesser degree). There were different formats. Almost all shows had a colorful host who assumed a persona such as a cowboy/cowgirl, captain/skipper/commodore/admiral, jungle explorer, astronaut, king, princess, clown, sheriff/deputy/trooper, cop, firefighter, hobo/tramp, railroad engineer, magician, "cousin", "grandfather" or "uncle", whose role was not only to be the "DJ" for syndicated material (typically cartoons, although westerns were more popular earlier on) but also to entertain, often with a live television studio audience of kids, during breaks.

Early program fare included cartoon favorites such as Koko the Clown, Daffy Duck, Crusader Rabbit, Dick Tracy, Popeye, Bugs Bunny, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Mighty Mouse, Porky Pig, Deputy Dawg, Tin Tin, Mel-O-Toons, Woody Woodpecker, The Funny Company, Mr. Magoo, Space Angel and Clutch Cargo as well as movie shorts such as Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang/The Little Rascals and The Three Stooges and animated versions of Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello and The Three Stooges and live action shorts such as Diver Dan. Some included educational segments like the portraits of wildlife in Nature's Window.

Contents

Television broadcast markets

Alabama

Anniston

Birmingham

Dothan

Florence

Huntsville/Decatur

Mobile

Montgomery

Alaska

Anchorage

Fairbanks

Arizona

Phoenix

Tucson

Yuma

Arkansas

El Dorado/Monroe

Fort Smith

Little Rock

California

Bakersfield

Fresno

  • KMPH: Uncle Woody Show (with Woody Bryant)
  • KAIL: Leebo The Clown (with Leland Harris)
  • KFSN: Fun Time (with Al Radka)

Glendale

Los Angeles

Oakland

Sacramento/Stockton

San Diego

San Francisco

San Jose

Visalia

  • KMPH-TV: Uncle Woody (with Woody Bryant)

Colorado

Denver

Connecticut

Hartford

New Haven

Delaware

(see Pennsylvania, Maryland, and District of Columbia markets)

District of Columbia

Washington

Florida

Fort Myers

Jacksonville

  • WMFj: Here's How", (1962-1963) with host, Virgina Atter and Clown, Clark Winchester, Children's show, visit to manufactures each week to see how things are made.
  • WFGA: Bozo and Skipper Ed Show, (1961–1966) Saturday mornings [clarification needed]
  • WFGA: Popeye & Pals with Skipper Ed, weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings [clarification needed]

Miami

St. Petersburg

Tallahassee

Tampa

West Palm Beach

Georgia

Atlanta

Augusta

  • WATU: Bozo the Clown (weekdays 4:30–5:30 pm, 1970)
  • WJBF: Trooper Terry (weekdays 5-5:30pm; later years 4:30-5pm; featured weatherman Terry Sams; 1960s-70s)

Columbus

Macon

Savannah

  • WJCL (TV): Bozo the Clown (weekdays 4:30–5:30 pm)
  • WTOC-TV: Happy Dan (weekdays 4-4:30 pm; originally Happy Dan & The Little Rascals, later Happy Dan & Popeye)
  • WTOC-TV: Romper Room (weekdays 9-9:30 am)

Thomasville

Hawaii

Honolulu

KHON (Channel 2):

KGU/KITV/KHVH (now KITV) (Channel 4):

KGMB (Channel 9):

KTRG (now KHNL) (Channel 13):

Idaho

Boise

Illinois

Chicago

Peoria

Quad Cities

(see Quad Cities, Iowa market)

Quincy

Rockford

Harrisburg

Indiana

Evansville

Fort Wayne

Indianapolis

South Bend

Terre Haute

Iowa

Cedar Rapids/Waterloo

Davenport

Des Moines/Ames

Mason City/Fort Dodge

Quad Cities

Sioux City

Kansas

Wichita

Kentucky

Bowling Green

Lexington

Louisville

Paducah

Louisiana

Baton Rouge

Monroe

New Orleans

Shreveport

Maine

Bangor

Portland

Maryland

Baltimore

Massachusetts

Boston

Springfield

Worcester

Michigan

Detroit

Detroit Area

Flint

Grand Rapids

Kalamazoo

  • WWMT-TV/WKZO-TV: Channel 3 Clubhouse (with Beanie Brown and Uncle Fred)

Lansing

  • WJIM-TV: Ranger Jim (with John Kelly then known as Jack Kelin,who then went on to host Kelly and Company with Marilyn Turner

Minnesota

Austin

Duluth

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Rochester

Mississippi

Columbus

Missouri

Joplin

Kansas City

St. Louis

Springfield

Montana

Billings

Butte

Nebraska

Lincoln

KOLN/KGIN: Cartoon Corral [clarification needed]

Scottsbluff

KSTF: The Wilmer Worm Show (with June Beaman)

Nevada

Las Vegas

New Hampshire

Manchester

New Jersey

(see New York and Pennsylvania markets)

New Mexico

Albuquerque

New York

Albany/Schenectady

Binghamton

Buffalo

Elmira/Ithaca

New York

Plattsburgh

Rochester

Syracuse/Auburn

Utica/Rome

Watertown

North Carolina

Asheville

Charlotte

Greenville/New Bern

Raleigh/Durham

Winston-Salem/Greensboro

North Dakota

Bismarck

Fargo

Ohio

Akron

Canton

Cincinnati

Cleveland

Columbus

Dayton

Lima

WIMA-TV:

Springfield

Steubenville

Toledo

Youngstown

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City

Tulsa

Oregon

Eugene

Portland

Pennsylvania

Erie

Harrisburg/Lancaster

Johnstown/Altoona

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Rhode Island

Providence

South Carolina

Charleston

Columbia

Florence/Myrtle Beach

Greenville/Spartanburg

South Dakota

Rapid City

Sioux Falls

Tennessee

Chattanooga

Jackson

Knoxville

Memphis

Nashville

  • WSM-TV: Bozo The Clown (Tom Tichenor)[27] Later, on WSIX-TV by a different personality.

Texas

Abilene

Amarillo

Austin

Beaumont/Port Arthur

Corpus Christi

Dallas/Fort Worth

El Paso

Houston/Galveston

Lubbock

Odessa/Midland

San Antonio

Utah

Salt Lake City

Vermont

Burlington

Virginia

Norfolk/Portsmouth

Richmond

Roanoke/Lynchburg

Washington, D.C.

Washington

Bellingham

Everett

  • Channel 3/Everett Cablevision: Jaycee Clown Show (with Crash the Clown (Nik Boldrini) and Officer Pup (Richard Boldrin) (1971–72))

Seattle/Tacoma

Spokane

Yakima

West Virginia

Charleston/Huntington

Parkersburg

Wheeling

Wisconsin

Eau Claire

Green Bay

Madison

Milwaukee

Wausau

Wyoming

Casper

Cheyenne

Guam

See also

External links

References

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  2. ^ NPR episode "A History of Local Children's TV Programs", aired May 22, 2002
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