Kid Shows Chicago-Style

Right: The poster promoting the kickoff of the Museum of Broadcast Communication's "Kid Show" exhibit on April 21, 2001. Featured are artifacts from a wide range of Chicago-produced juvenile shows, including Kukla, Fran & Ollie, Ding Dong School, Super Circus, Romper Room, Here's Geraldine, Elmer the Elephant and Bozo's Circus (which WGN-TV recently put out of its misery).

The quality of these shows ranged (in descending order) from superb to wretched. But one or more of them are bound to bring fond memories to those who grew up in the video era.

(The Musuem of Broadcast Communications is located in the Chicago Cultural Center at Michigan and Washington. The Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Call the Museum at 312-629-6000 for further information)

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WMAQ radio history | "Amos 'n' Andy" | "Fibber McGee and Mollie" | "The Breakfast Club"
Dick Kay | Television at the Merchandise Mart | 1970 television facilities tour | Channel 5 turns 20
The "Chicago School" of television | "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" | Dave Garroway | Mary Hartline
"Lights Out" | Sound effects | 1930 studio tour | WLS | "Empire Builders" | Barry Bernson
Floyd Kalber | The Queen of Love and Beauty | "Today's Children" | Staff announcers | Carol Marin
Ron Magers | Studs Terkel l "Chicago Tonight" | Channel 5 News scrapbooks |Roger Miller recalls
Zoo Parade | Clifton and Frayne Utley | Val Press | Len O'Connor | Johnny Erp | Bill Ray | Daddy-O
Experimental Television: 1930-1933 | Bob Deservi | Kermit Slobb | Ding Dong School | Quiz Kids
Bob Lemon | The Korshak Chronicles | KYW: The Chicago Years | WENR | O.B. Hanson | Renzo
Jack Eigen | Ed Grennan | The World's Best Cup of Coffee | Glenn Webster | Mr. Piano | Hawkins Falls
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Radio Hall of Fame |The NBC News Night Report: 23 February, 1967
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