What was your favorite radio or television show from your childhood? What was the program about and who was in it?
|photo from Gary Hunt, ThisIsIt2 on flickr.com|
Kitirik was on in the afternoons from 1954 through 1971. The station's logo featured a black cat (since they were the unlucky number 13) and a contest came up with her clever name by putting i's between the station's call letters. It had a live audience full of birthday parties and Scout troops. Bunny Orsak played Kitirik.
Capitalizing on Houston's identification with NASA and the space program, Cadet Don was on in the mornings from 1959 through 1968. He had a puppet buddy named Seymour ("see more") from the planet of Katark (there's those call letters again!). This show was a little more educational, with frequent appearances by John Werner, then director of Houston's Hermann Park Zoo, with various animals. Don Travis (real name Al Eisenmann Sr.) even did a couple of albums that I owned, Don & Seymour (pictured above) and a folk album called Don & Mac.
I don't remember a whole lot about either show, but a lot of people out there do. There are fan groups for both shows on Facebook! Click all of the links above and links within those links for more info, pictures, and nostaglia.
As for radio, I didn't listen to it a whole lot as a child, more so as a teen though, and always when alone in my car up until five years ago, when I got a car with a CD and cassette player. I do remember the summer of 1972, listening to just about every Houston Astros game on the radio, even while in the hospital recovering from an appendectomy. I was a big fan of third baseman Doug Rader, thanks to the Houston Chronicle's Straight A Student program that gave me two free tickets to three Astros games each season for my six years of middle and high school.
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