October 8, 2012
John Rovick, 93, the beloved host of a children's show in Los Angeles throughout the 1950s and '60s, died Saturday in Boise, Idaho, after a brief illness, his former station, KTTV-TV, told the Associated Press. For nearly two decades, Mr. Rovick appeared on the daily Cartoon Time show that earned him an Emmy Award for outstanding children's program. It was so popular that KTTV said it added another Rovick show, Sheriff John's Lunch Brigade , that stayed on the air until 1970.
December 23, 2004 |
We '70s kids watched Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids all the time. I remember wearing patchwork jeans, a bumblebee T-shirt, and singing "Nah, nah, nah, gonna have a good time . . . Hey, hey, hey!" I was so small, not only didn't my feet touch the floor, they didn't even reach past the edge of the couch. Those were simpler times, you know, when carpet was a luxury and hardwood floors were standard. Wall-paneling wasn't considered retro. Sisters shared rooms outfitted with twin beds and Raggedy Ann dolls, not televisions and telephones.
February 7, 1990 |
Two new series - ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos and Fox's The Simpsons - made significant breakthroughs in the Nielsen ratings for the week that ended Sunday, while unusual scheduling exposed weakness in a third, NBC's Grand. Home Videos finished a sterling seventh in the ratings, knocking Angela Lansbury's perennial CBS powerhouse, Murder, She Wrote, to a rare position outside the top 10. The half-hour Home Videos and hour-long Murder air at 8 p.m. Sundays. The unseating of Murder, She Wrote is especially disappointing to CBS, which is third in the season-to-date Nielsens and counts on its Sunday-evening lineup - led by 60 Minutes - for a sure ratings win. The Simpsons, Fox's adult cartoon show about a family with seriously funny problems, is bad news for CBS, too. The show, which airs at 8:30 Sundays, came in 32d in the Nielsens, one of the best ratings ever for a Fox series.
May 23, 2010 |
William W. Webber, 80, a fixture on Philadelphia radio and TV for more than 50 years, died Sunday of a heart attack at Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia while awaiting heart surgery there later this week, his son, William W. Jr., said. He lived on Rittenhouse Square. Known as Wee Willie at 6 feet, 5 inches, Mr. Webber was a workhorse, a host of children's TV shows and a radio disc jockey, often on the same days. In 1956, he became host of a two-hour morning children's cartoon show on Channel 6 that ran into the '60s.
January 2, 1993 |
Sally Starr, TV's cowgirl sidekick to a generation of Baby Boomers, suffered a major heart attack while hosting a New Year's Eve party in Northeast Philadelphia. Starr, cowgirl hostess of a children's cartoon show on Channel 6 for two decades, was brought to Frankford Hospital's Frankford Campus in critical condition by a Fire Department rescue unit at 1:16 a.m. yesterday, a hospital spokesman said. By later yesterday, Starr had improved to guarded condition, said hospital spokesman Ed Kiernan.
May 24, 2010 |
William W. Webber, 80, a fixture on Philadelphia radio and TV for more than 50 years, died of a heart attack Sunday at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center while awaiting heart surgery there later this week, said his son, William W. Jr. He lived on Rittenhouse Square. Known as "Wee Willie" at 6-foot-5, Mr. Webber was a workhorse, a host of children's TV shows and a radio disc jockey, often on the same days. In 1956, he became host of a Channel 6 two-hour morning cartoon show that ran into the '60s.
June 5, 1990 |
Jeff Bergman is a man possessed, the kind of man who constantly hears voices in his head. Fortunately, these voices don't instruct this Yardley resident to hijack airplanes, blow up bridges or mow down innocent bystanders at the mall. They may get a little rowdy, but the closest any one comes to mayhem is the slobbery utterance "You're deth-spic-able!" Bergman has earned the right to be a slightly daffy duck. As successor to the late Mel Blanc - who died last July 10, on Bergman's 29th birthday - he's the mouth behind 14 of Warner Bros.
January 3, 1987 |
Today, weather permitting, the Mummers will strut down Broad Street and pre-empt Channel 3's daytime programming. The Mummers, of course, were scheduled originally for New Year's Day, but, for the second time in three years, the weather pre-empted the parade. Independent station Channel 29, though, should hold a parade of its own: It is inheriting NBC's AFC playoff game and three of its highly rated cartoons. DAYTIME HIGHLIGHTS MUMMERS PARADE (8 a.m., Ch. 3) - If at first you don't succeed, move it to Saturday.
December 8, 1990 |
Does NBA Inside Stuff represent the wave of the future in sports television? Even though it's a pretty show, let's hope not. NBA Inside Stuff, co-hosted by Ahmad Rashad and Julie Moran, is the first series produced by a major professional sports league for a broadcast network. Created by NBA Entertainment Inc. for NBC, the weekly half-hour airs here at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays on Channel 3. The danger with a show like this is that viewers won't realize that it's essentially puffery.
October 26, 1994 |
It's a good thing Gary Larson is retiring. Another year of sniffing glue, and he wouldn't even be able to hold the pen. Of course, Larson hasn't really been sniffing glue for the 15 years that his cartoon, The Far Side, has been a hit (1,900 newspapers), along with his Far Side greeting cards (61 million sold), Far Side books (28 million copies, 17 languages), and Far Side calendars (27 million). He's actually a teetotaler alien. Yeah. That's it. That's why he knows so much about spacemen and flying saucers.