Remembering when television came to Utah

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  • RicoS Orem, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 3:52 p.m.

    Utah Girl: Ooby Mouse drew caricatures and cartoon characters also, so he and Uncle Rosco may be the same person. (I got a caricature once at an Ooby Mouse personal appearance.)

  • scojos Draper, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 2:28 p.m.

    At one time the air waves belonged to the people. When did we sell out to the cable companies. The people didn't! It was the self interests in the Legislatures that did. The first cable companies were financed by taxpayer money and now they control us. We need to retake our airwaves.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 12:58 p.m.

    I grew up in a neighborhood that had some real pioneers of TV and radio. Jakie Nokes who hosted Romper Room on KSL TV lived one street over. Howard Bogart who was the news anchor for KSL TV prior to Dick Norse lived a block away. Howard Johnson who owned and operated KNAK Radio, the number one pop hit radio station in town lived on my street. KNAK would bring the Beach Boys in each summer to play at "patio gardens" at Lagoon. Their hit single "Fun, Fun, Fun" was written to portray Howard's daughter, Shirley, who always borrowed the T-bird to shoot over to the hamburger stand which was the "hi spot" on 2300 east and 3900 south. The TV stations also had Ron Ross who played Fireman Frank and Engineer Ron. It was a great place to grow up as a kid.

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 11:35 a.m.

    Wow Rico, you are as old as I am! I remember Kimbo. I think there was an Uncle Rosco, or something like that, who used to draw caricatures (exaggerated cartoons) from any little line drawn on the paper by the children in the audience. I was one of those children once, and got one of the drawings. I wish now that I knew what happened to it so many years ago. I played my accordion once on "The Amateur Hour".

    The closest thing to live programming for kids that I see now is on a satellite channel called Sprout. The hosts on the program seem to be broadcasting live, or close to it, as the comments and birthday wishes, etc., are on the day of the show. There are animated short programs that come on in rotation all day. My grandkids have their favorites. Even Barney is on it, which is NOT a favorite :).

    We've come a long way since the days shown in these photos. Some of it good, some of it not. I guess that's progress, and I miss some of the "good ole days."

  • RicoS Orem, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 11:05 a.m.

    A few of us remember Kimbo the Clown on channel 5. Even fewer of us seem to remember Ooby Mouse, who had a local kiddie show that ran with "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the early 60s. (My folks tried to convince me that Kimbo and Ooby were the same actor, Jack Whitaker; I was too young then to judge for myself.)

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 9:17 a.m.

    Remember the live kids programing after school in the TV studios on Social Hall Avenue in downtown Salt Lake City? There was Romper Room, Engineer Ron, Captain K C (then promoted to Admiral Bernie) played by Bernie Calderwood. Please pull out some old photos from those shows if you can find them. Of course live kid programing doesn't exist anymore just video games.

  • Lyle Springville, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 6:39 a.m.

    Thanks for digging up all those cool, old photos of Utah's television history. Phil Riesen and Mark Eubank look like kids! Good job!