Detroit Television

Detroit Television

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Detroit broadcasting history is rich with character . . . and characters.


It began atop the Penobscot Building on October 23, 1946, when WWDT shot a signal to the convention center, part of a "New Postwar Products Exposition." WWJ-TV offered scheduled programming in June 1947, and WXYZ-TV and WJBK-TV jumped in a year later. The medium has influenced the city's personality and social agenda ever since. Soupy Sales turned getting a pie in the face into an art form. Mort Neff celebrated the state's outdoor charms. George Pierrot showed Detroiters the world. Other beloved personalities include: Milky the Clown, Ed McKenzie, Sonny Eliot, John Kelly, Marilyn Turner, Robin Seymour, Bill Bonds, Dick Westerkamp, Jingles, Bill Kennedy, Lou Gordon, Captain Jolly, Johnny Ginger, Auntie Dee, and many more.



Author: Tim Kiska, Ed Golick
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Published: 04/26/2010
Pages: 127
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.70lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.40w x 0.30d
ISBN: 9780738577074