Archive for the 'Howdy Doody' Category

Playhouse Without a Puppet, December 27, 1947

  In the winter of 1947, television history was made, thanks to a blizzard and production mishap. The television schedule was still sparse, consisting of a quiz show, a western movie, three hours of sports, a newsreel, and not much more. The few homes, businesses, and bars with television were lucky to get even 2 […]

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Playhouse Without a Puppet, December 27, 1947

In the fall of 1947, the television schedule consisted of a quiz show, a western movie, three hours of sports, a newsreel, and not much more. The few homes and bars with television were lucky to get even 2 hours of programming a night, and the networks were lucky if the 75,000 sets in the […]

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Howdy Doody Ends After 2343 Shows – September 24, 1960

After 13 years on the air, and one of the first monumental hits on television, Howdy Doody, Bob Smith, Princess Summerfall Winterspring,  Heidi Doody, and Clarabell the Clown closed shop. Initially a weekday program, Howdy Doody moved to Saturdays in 1956, and continued to have solid ratings to the end.  As with any TV show with […]

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