WPIX-TV History – 1966 – Cartoons/Frankie Crocker

1967 WPIX-TV Cartoon LineupIf you were lucky enough to have seven TV channels (in New York and Los Angeles) – there was always something to watch. After school – New York’s WNEW-TV (channel 5) and WPIX-TV (channel 11) gave us a diverse line-up of kid’s shows and cartoons. It was also the era for local personalities. Here, WPIX-TV has six.

There was plenty to go around: cartoons, super marionation (Stingray), live action (Superman) and of course – Bozo the Clown.

Back then, WPIX-TV children’s programming brought in the bulk of the station’s advertising dollars – and, as you see here – a 1966 advertiser presentation pitching the channel 11 kid’s lineup. WPIX-TV scheduled this programming around noon – then again late afternoon into early evening – as late as 7pm.

Here’s a rare look at just what the station was telling the advertising community – and a fond look back at “the old” channel 11.

Check out the “Barney Google” cartoon. It’s the first time I heard the word, “Google.”

Below – New York radio DJ icon Frankie Crocker did a short stint hosting a Saturday night music show over WPIX-TV. “Electric Village” didn’t last long and at the time, Crocker was a “Soul” DJ at WWRL – but wanted to broaden his appeal. A year later – he would be heard on top-40 station WMCA. This was after Clay Cole left his music show and comes to us from September, 1968:

Frankie Crocker WPIX-TV Show 1968

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Gary West