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KOIN-TV's Mr. Duffy & Cartoon Circus

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  • Started 4 years ago by Craig_Adams
  • Latest reply from msndrspdx


  1. Mark Moore over at Pdx has recently posted rare color photo's of the kids TV show "Cartoon Circus" which was hosted by ringmaster Mr. Duffy, beginning in 1958. Photos are from the Kinkaid family collection, enjoy!

    September 29, 1958 - TV RADIO HIGHLIGHTS
    4:30 p.m. (Ch. 6) All new live and local show debuts, starring Frank Kinkaid as "Mr. Duffy" and featuring selected cartoons. Cartoon Circus.

    Posted on September 19, 2010 - 12:41 AM #
  2. Wow...that was terrific! Thanks for the link, Craig...and to Mr. Moore for a wonderful resource!

    Great memories...

    Posted on September 19, 2010 - 09:13 PM #
  3. Boy does that bring memories! I remember my kid brother and I fought between that and the 3 stooges which I think were on channel 12. but Mom hated the stooges because they were too violent. so my brother got to watch at 4pm thanks to mom. Later on I got to love the Warner Brothers cartoons which were shown. but it never occurred to mom that the cartoons were more violent, at least thats what I saw. I thought Frank was also Mr. Moon. or was that Ed Lehey?

    Posted on September 21, 2010 - 01:23 PM #
  4. Mr. Moon was Ed Leahy, to the best of my knowledge. I loved Mr. Moon. Mr. Moon was on KOIN. I do not remember Heck Harper before Channel 8, even though it was said he was on Channel 6 first. The 3 Stooges were on Rusty Nails' show on Channel 12.

    I just realized that I used to go to church with both Rusty Nails (Jimmy Allen) AND Miss Dorothy (Dorothy Venables) from Romper Room.

    Posted on September 21, 2010 - 06:44 PM #
  5. Speaking of cartoons, I always loved watching cartoon shows in cities other than Portland because Portland never had any old MGM "Cartunes". Portland had lots of Warner Brothers, Popeye, Terrytoons and some UPA. But it took a trip to Seattle to see some MGM product.

    Posted on September 21, 2010 - 06:48 PM #
  6. jimbo

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    "I do not remember Heck Harper before Channel 8, even though it was said he was on Channel 6 first."
    No. Channel 6 wasn't on the air when he started at KPTV. His show was the "Bar 27 Corral". He also played with his band at the Division Street Corral. He lived on the west side of town and you could see him riding a horse over there. His real name (I believe) was Hector Flateau. I do remember seeing ride his horse once when I was driving around there in the mid-60's. I don't recall for sure but I believe he went from KPTV to KGW and wasn't at Channel 6.

    Posted on September 21, 2010 - 07:56 PM #
  7. Thanks, Jimbo. That data is a little more coherent!

    Posted on September 21, 2010 - 07:58 PM #
  8. Yes, Jimbo's right on every account of Heck Harper.

    Here's something few people remember, "Mr. Moon" began on KPTV channel 27.

    Mr. Moon debuted October 12, 1953 on KPTV with a 15 minute program at 9:45am. The 15 minute program moved to KOIN-TV a month later at 4:45pm beginning on November 17, 1953. Then on September 5, 1958 this was published in Behind The Mike: "Mr. Moon (KOIN-TV) rumored leaving air at end of month. Ed Leahy said to have music panel type show "Set The Scene" scheduled on another station." That date marked the end of Mr. Moon, he never returned to finish September.

    Posted on September 21, 2010 - 08:19 PM #
  9. johnf

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    Very interesting photos. But the one that most caught my attention was the one with Frank at KTVW Channel 13. The caption says he was there in the 1950s when KTVW "was in Seattle."

    But to my knowledge, KTVW, which was licensed to Tacoma, never had studios in Seattle. The station was founded in 1953 as KMO-TV and briefly had studios in a Tacoma theater before becoming KTVW and moving the studios to a hard-to-reach location at its transmitter site atop a Tacoma hill.

    I'm pretty sure Channel 13 didn't get Seattle studios until the 1990s, when then-owner of KCPQ, Kelly Broadcasting, purchased a former candy factory at 1813 Westlake Ave. North near Lake Union and converted the building into the station's new home. And that's where 13 still is today.

    Posted on September 21, 2010 - 11:09 PM #
  10. johnf

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    Actually, I already need to clarify my last post just a bit. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, KTVW DID air a stock market reporting show for several hours each weekday morning, and as I recall it was telecast in glorious black-and-white from a brokerage office or something similar in the Northern Life Tower in downtown Seattle. I think the signal was microwaved to the Tacoma transmitter from there. But that was by no means the station's official home or studios...

    Sigh... every time I write some piece of Puget Sound TV trivia like this I realize how anciently old I'm getting...:-)

    Posted on September 21, 2010 - 11:15 PM #
  11. I worked with Frank Kinkaid in 1975-76. A very personable fellow. You couldn't help but like him.

    I agree johnf. We are all aging. I wonder if Mr. Duff has hiw own show on another time/space continuum.

    Posted on September 22, 2010 - 07:12 PM #
  12. I remember the 3 stooges as part of Addie Bobkins' tv show he showed old Mickey Mouse Club reruns as well

    Posted on September 23, 2010 - 11:13 AM #
  13. If my memory serves me right, Mr. Moon was on Monday through Thursday at 4:30 pm. Fridays, that time slot was occupied by Rin Tin Tin. I never understood Rin Tin Tin. How did a boy not much older than I get to be an Army corporal, anyhow? Likewise, to this day, German shepherds scare me, even though they were de rigeur amongst hippies.

    Speaking of Monday through Thursday programming, my mother used to watch Arthur Godfrey in the afternoons for 1/2 hour, followed by Garry Moore for another 1/2 hour. Then on Fridays, Arthur was off and Garry Moore got a whole hour.

    Posted on September 23, 2010 - 06:23 PM #
  14. semoochie

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    He was probably using the time to sell something to someone.

    Posted on September 23, 2010 - 09:29 PM #
  15. When I was a kid my mom got me on all the local kids shows: Cartoon Circus, Heck Harper, Romper Room, Rusty Nails, Uncle Charlie. I don't remember what other shows did, but on Heck Harper kids each got a huge Sugar Daddy sucker and a mini loaf of Wonder Bread.

    Posted on September 24, 2010 - 09:36 AM #
  16. I grew up several blocks South of that ' remote Tacoma Hill " that KTVW had their studios and transmitter on in the 1950s. ( 1952 to 1958 I lived at that location )

    There is still a stick there. It is considerably shorter than it used to be. It is located at about North 30th between Pearl and Shirley streets next to a reserviour...that used to be an open reserviour, it is not enclosed .

    I was fascninated with that tower and the idea of how invisible 'waves' as my dad described it could send out TV. I wandered off to 'see it ' one day and got lost coming back home. I only got up to the fence to the reserviour. My dad then decided to take me up there one Saturday in our 47 Jeepster. This to fix my curiosity and maybe I wouldnt take off on another adventure. We got up to the transmitter-Studio building and talked to an engineer doing some maintenance on a saturday afternoon. He let us look into the transmitter building thru the door, but not go in. I saw the tranmitter and a monitor and some other equipment in racks....fascninating for this 5 year old !

    I attribute much of my interest in Radio to KTVW and their big tower and invisible 'waves"...

    Posted on September 24, 2010 - 10:40 AM #
  17. johnf

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    Kennewickman, the reason there is still a "stick" there, as I recall, is that the former KTVW Channel 13 transmitter is now the transmitter site for KBTC, Tacoma's public TV station.

    But KBTC's offices and studios are in the former KSTW Channel 11 building on South 19th Street. Bates Technical College, which operates KBTC, purchased the building when KSTW moved to Renton in 2001.

    So, interestingly, KBTC operates on properties that historically belonged to both Channel 11 and Channel 13...

    Posted on September 24, 2010 - 04:19 PM #
  18. Bill: Oh My Goodness! You brought back a memory knocking around in my head for over 40 years, I hadn't thought about until now! Our birthday party group on Heck Harper also received mini loafs of Wonder Bread but no huge Sugar Daddy sucker.

    Posted on September 24, 2010 - 05:26 PM #
  19. semoochie

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    I only thing I remember about the whole experience was that they asked my name, put me in a different place and asked again. My mother mentioned it later so I must have been on camera both times. I remember the different sets and that they weren't laid out the way I thought they'd be. I remember watching the usual news people(Richard Ross, Ivan Smith, Tom McCall, Doug Lamear and Jack Capell)on a monitor before we left. They gave me a picture of Heck and Jody(his horse), which I still have somewhere. I'm pretty sure this was in the old studio that they tore down to build I-405.

    Posted on September 24, 2010 - 11:27 PM #
  20. I also have somewhere the pic of Heck and the horse bowing down and I too was asked my name twice and at the old studios ahhhhh those memories... thanks

    Posted on September 25, 2010 - 06:14 PM #
  21. Heck had both a horse & a dog--I don't recall the dog's name.

    Posted on September 25, 2010 - 06:53 PM #
  22. Bullet..... Opps! Wrong TV Cowboy.

    Posted on September 25, 2010 - 10:59 PM #
  23. Bullet... Good one Craig I do believe that belongs to Roy Rogers. Now the only dog I know besides Bullet & Roy was Feather (wonder dog) Addie Balkins which I had a great time being on his show at KPTV and see him at the KISN window.

    Posted on September 25, 2010 - 11:19 PM #
  24. Saw Bullet once!

    Although I couldn't pet him. He was stuffed in a display at "The Roy Rogers - Dale Evans Museum" in Victorville California.

    Posted on September 25, 2010 - 11:29 PM #
  25. How many of you remember when Roy Rogers and Dale Evans came to Portland in June of 1959? I rode with my parents on the Sternwheeler and didn't get back home until late. I remember them doing "the Battle of New Orleans" which is a favorite of mine from the 50s.

    Posted on September 26, 2010 - 09:29 PM #
  26. Wayne: Roy Rogers & Dale Evans were featured on the Oregon Centennial Stage July 10th through the 20th, 1959.

    Posted on September 26, 2010 - 10:00 PM #
  27. pdxgary98: that should be Addie Bobkins--Bob Adkins turned his name inside out.

    Posted on September 26, 2010 - 10:45 PM #
  28. I have a Heck Harper coloring book, and have resisted actually coloring in it all these years. Anyone remember Addie Bobkin's puppet, 'Weird Beard' - he had (of course) a beard and had a kind of 'beatnik' personality?

    Posted on September 27, 2010 - 07:55 AM #
  29. I loved watching this show in the morning before I went to school. Great memories!

    Posted on May 19, 2011 - 11:15 PM #
  30. It had to have been in the late 1960's because I was born the same year when Cartoon Circus began.

    Posted on May 19, 2011 - 11:23 PM #
  31. msndrspdx

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    When KOIN celebrated its 25th Anniversary, a special was produced outlining the station's history to that point, which included clips of "Hi, Neighbor," "Cartoon Circus," "KOIN Kitchen" and "Battle of the Beat," amongst others. The narrator of that show was Ray Summers, a KOIN fixture at the time.
    When the analog-to-digital transition took place a few years back, KOIN dug this vintage special out of the vault and ran it on analog only as the prologue to KOIN's analog shutdown. Somebody taped it off the air and posted it to YouTube...enter KOIN Analog Shutdown in the searchbox; it's posted as a three-part clip there. The clip of "Battle of the Beat" includes shots of the show's go-go dancers, Patti Benson and the late Rhonda Anderson, who later became Rose Festival Queen.
    When Kincaid retired, he was supposedly the last Fine Arts Reporter at any TV station in America. The clips he produced of the Ashland Festival are historic pieces of footage today.
    Best, M.

    Posted on May 20, 2011 - 05:11 PM #
  32. How about Bob Lynott the weather guy? I went to school with Greg his son. now deceased.

    Posted on May 20, 2011 - 09:02 PM #
  33. msndrspdx

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    Yep, there's some archival footage of Bob Lynott, as well as longtime KOIN spoertsman Johnny Carpenter (He also co-hosted "Hi, Neighbor" at one point) in the KOIN 25th Anniversary mentioned above...Best, M.

    Posted on May 21, 2011 - 07:28 AM #
  34. in 1965 Johnny was the voice on an album that the high school choirs did called "I am an American. He did PSU games too.

    Posted on May 21, 2011 - 10:23 AM #
  35. Robert E. Lynott :

    born 26 July 1914
    died 10 June 1998
    Age 83
    Last Residence 97225 Portland, Washington, Oregon
    SSN : 331-09-0967
    Issued : Illinois

    Frank H. Kincaid
    born : 19 march 1911
    died : 20 April 1990
    age : 79
    Last Residence : Blue River, Lane, Oregon
    SSN : 542-32-7853
    Issued : Oregon

    Posted on May 21, 2011 - 02:58 PM #
  36. semoochie

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    Thank you for the "sideways" tip on Rhonda Anderson. I hadn't heard but was able to all but confirm the information. I ran into her about ten years ago and she had just recently been confined to a wheel chair after about 20 years of MS. Rhonda's sister, Rochelle(Marshall's other Rose Queen)was taking care of her.
    When she was a cheerleader(two years ahead of me)there wasn't enough room on the pep bus so I sat on her lap. I felt like I was in the midst of a celebrity!

    Posted on May 21, 2011 - 08:00 PM #
  37. msndrspdx

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    With Marshall HS apparently heading for closure at the end of this school year, Rhonda and Rochelle go down in history not only to be the only Rose Festival Queens they ever had, but the distinction of being the only set of sisters ever to hold the regal title of Rosaria. Both were very popular Queens, too...Best, M.

    Posted on May 21, 2011 - 10:39 PM #

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