Chicago Television: Looking for a Smaller Audience

with Jim Engel

November 10, 2010

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Bozo the Clown is one of many characters in Chicago television's rich history.

From the time Burr Tillstrom and his Kuklapolitan Players first appeared in 1940 until government restrictions changed the entire landscape of local television, Chicago was at the forefront of Children’s programming. Led by WGN-TV, the staffs of local stations were flush with talented and creative people that are still remembered today. The shows were innovative and used every resource to its greatest possible extent; but most of all they were fun. Local Children’s TV historian Jim Engel talks about this “Golden Era” of kids’ TV in Chicago.

 

 


Recorded Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at the Chicago History Museum.