Friday, February 11, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Radio & Television

Week 6: Radio and Television. What was your favorite radio or television show from your childhood? What was the program about and who was in it?  About 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History: Amy Coffin of We Tree Genealogy has created a third year of blogging prompts for genealogy bloggers. The theme for 2011 is 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History. These are shared on the web site, hosted by Thomas MacEntee.

I remember spending Sunday afternoons in my bedroom listening to mystery shows like "The Shadow" and "Boston Blackie".  I think it was about 2 hours of shows.  Between Thanksgiving and Christmas a local department store sponsored The Cinnamon Bear.  We all gathered around the radio in the kitchen before dinner to listen to that day's 15 minute  episode.  On Saturday mornings we also listened to The Buster Brown show featuring Froggy the Gremlin.  Of course there were also, The Lone Ranger, Sky King, Hoppalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers.

The first TV I remember was Gorgeous George in wrestling.  Childrens shows we watched include Romper Room. Bozo's Circus, Super Circus, Lunchtime Little Theater, and Kukla, Fran and Ollie.   All of the cowboy shows moved to TV but there was also The Loretta Young Show (remember her twirl in her designer gowns?), Alfred Hitchcock, Your Hit Parade, and Jack Parr.  There were lots more but these rise to the top of my memory bank.