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Bob Smith

Children's Show Creator/Host - The Howdy Doody Show

"Buffalo" Bob Smith on going on the air with the very first Howdy Doody Show

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Kids would come home from school, sit in front of the television, listen to the recorded music and watch the test pattern until I got there. And at five-thirty we'd say, 'say kids, what time is it?' Then the whole world blasted out, 'it's Howdy-Doody time!' If they were watching television, they were watching Howdy-Doody.

About this interview

In his nearly three-hour Archive interview, "Buffalo" Bob Smith (1917-1998) discusses his early success at CBS and NBC radio. In 1947, he created Puppet Playhouse, which was re-titled The Howdy Doody Show and ran on the NBC television network for 13 years.  Not only was this one of television's first children's shows, but the first show aired in color on a regular schedule. Michael Rosen conducted the interview in Flatrock, NC on April 30, 1998.

Kids would come home from school, sit in front of the television, listen to the recorded music and watch the test pattern until I got there. And at five-thirty we'd say, 'say kids, what time is it?' Then the whole world blasted out, 'it's Howdy-Doody time!' If they were watching television, they were watching Howdy-Doody.

Interview Highlights

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"Buffalo" Bob Smith on going on the air with the very first Howdy Doody Show

Children’s Programming00:53
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"Buffalo" Bob Smith sings the theme song from The Howdy Doody Show

Pop Culture ^^ TV Theme Songs00:54
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"Buffalo" Bob Smith on how the Howdy Doody Show came about

Howdy Doody16:20
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Buffalo Bob Smith on the puppeteers on The Howdy Doody Show

Howdy Doody

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