TV Iowans Grew Up On
For over 30 years, in the Sioux City area, Jim Henry reigned as the star of Canyon Kid’s Kartoon Karnival. 03:24
From 1965 to 1974, Captain Ernie's Showboat was the afternoon escape for children living in the Quad Cities area. 03:27
In the Cedar Rapids/Waterloo area, Dr. Max and Mombo ruled the airwaves as the most beloved children’s TV show in the... 03:25
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Program Description: In Iowa, when television was first becoming popular, kids spent their afternoons watching TV programs hosted by space commanders, river boat captains, clowns and puppets.
Starting in the 1950s, it became popular for local television stations to produce their own programs to accompany children's cartoon shows. In Iowa, these programs were hosted by space commanders, river boat captains, clowns, puppets and even a doctor. Some of the shows lasted well into the 1990s. During this period, Iowans faithfully tuned in to watch children's television programs like Dr. Max and Mombo, Betty Lou and her Magic Window,The Floppy Show and many more. These locally-produced broadcasts taught important educational concepts, entertained and enthralled young viewers across the state. TV Iowans Grew Up On is a nostalgic look back at these programs and the impact they had on young Iowans. [41 minutes]