Farewell to a golden era

Farewell to a golden era

There are 244 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jun 20, 2007, titled Farewell to a golden era. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

From the cold, detached perspective of a real estate investor, it's not much: a nondescript, boarded-up, single-story building on 19 acres on the Southside.

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Carmel, IN

#42 Jun 20, 2007
I loved Janie and her show so much I invited her to my wedding! She is truly one of the nicest (and smartest) people on the planet.

Jasper, IN

#43 Jun 20, 2007
I am not always serious wrote:
Now let the whining and moaning begin and as well the cries of discrimination.

Knightstown, IN

#44 Jun 20, 2007
Hopefully Walmart did not buy it or another major retailer. The traffic is already heavy enough through there.
It is sad to see it go. There are a lot of memories that flood back to you every time you pass the building.

Louisville, KY

#45 Jun 20, 2007
Have lived in Louisville for many years, but grew up in Indy (during the '60's)...reading all the posts brings back many memories--some I thought I had forgotten...I remember watching "Nighmare Theatre" as a kid and saw Boris Karloff in "Frankenstein" for the first time...scared the daylights out me--loved it!!
Sammy Terry Fan

Bradenton, FL

#46 Jun 20, 2007
Ahhh! Sammy Terry and his spider George.
Sammy Terry's unforgettable "Good Evening" and laugh, hmm hnn hnn hnn. And oh my dad could do that very well. Those are what I consider the good ole' days. As mentioned on the post above, there is to little of WTTV 4's out there. Clean Family Entertainment just seems unheard of now a days.
Question: Was Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman on WTTV 4? I honestly can't remember.

Indianapolis, IN

#47 Jun 20, 2007
Bob Braun...the 50/50 Club...Popeye and Janie...Cowboy Bob...I think Kaptain Kangaroo was there, too. What great memories. We will miss you, Channel 4...you were our source of IU basketball and Pacer basketball, too. We will miss you.
Michael Shoshani

United States

#48 Jun 20, 2007
I grew up watching Chuck Wagon Theater, and for years I thought it was pre-taped. Never ever occurred to me that Cowboy Bob went out live.

The full name of Jane Hodge's show was Popeye and Janie's Tree House. It was an afternoon program that went off the air around 1971 or so, when Popeye cartoons in general disappeared from television screens, probably due to some contractural disagreement. Janie was replaced by Sally Jo, who a few years later was replaced by Peggy, first with Peggy's World and then, when Popeye became available again, with Popeye and Peggy.

Meanwhile, Janie had returned with a morning show that featured Hanna Barbera cartoons that had not previously been in local syndication, and a few puppet pals. A big local highlight was the Indiana State Fair, when just about every major WTTV program, including Janie, originated from the State Fair Grounds.

I don't recall Peggy's last name (of Popeye And), but I do remember that for a while she also did extra duty mid-mornings on the news programs.

And of course there was the mid-morning Studio Four, which originated from Bloomington (a requirement for its dual-city license) in black and white, because Bloomington had no color equipment. This was a host-and-guest talk show unique in its day, but the format is ubiquitous nowadays. The host was Mary Jane Popp, who is today a leading figure in the media administration world.

WTTV was a busy station, and the impressions it gave its audience will certainly not be duplicated in today's cookie-cutter programming world. I hope those staffers and hosts who remain with us are proud of what they did; they certainly have reason to be.
Michael Shoshani

United States

#50 Jun 20, 2007
Man, reading all these other comments...I am so in the mood for Burger Chef, and some dee-licious, MOO-licious, Choc-Ola.

I'm sure that Janie and Cowboy Bob pitched other products, but those two stand out for some reason.
mr astute

Greenfield, IN

#51 Jun 20, 2007
how about championship wrestling --"live' telecasting from -the channel 4 studios how about the telecast of the high school basketball finals-how about the original home of radio station----------WATI-----810a m and I could go on for several days here!
The Voice of Reason

Indianapolis, IN

#52 Jun 20, 2007
I can't believe that no no one has mentioned Chuck Marlowe and Championship Wrestling! Dick the Bruiser, Wilbur Synder, The Cruhser and all the rest!
Before MTV

Bradenton, FL

#53 Jun 20, 2007
I remember watching music video's on channel 4, before MTV became big in Indiana in the early 80's.
Bob Moore

Greenwood, IN

#54 Jun 20, 2007
A Friend wrote:
Am I mistaken, or wasn't Harlow Hickenlooper on channel 4, too...on Saturday mornings with the Three Sttoges Show?
If I remember correctly, Harlow was on Saturday morning on Channel 6. Loved the way he sang, Happy Birthday to his guests.

United States

#55 Jun 20, 2007
rty wrote:
there was a talk show,that was on at noon every day,does anyone remember the guys name who did the show? it`s not mentioned in this article.
Jim Gerard? sponsered by HOOKs Dependable Drug store?

United States

#56 Jun 20, 2007
Anyone remember the Farm Report show that started about 6:00am?

Louisville, KY

#57 Jun 20, 2007
Comment wrote:
Bob Braun...the 50/50 Club...Popeye and Janie...Cowboy Bob...I think Kaptain Kangaroo was there, too. What great memories. We will miss you, Channel 4...you were our source of IU basketball and Pacer basketball, too. We will miss you.
It's been many years, but I thought Bob Braun and the 50-50 Club aired on WLWI (Ch 13)...wasn't it based in Cincy...maybe they moved to WTTV in later years, but Captain Kangaroo was on WISH (Ch 8) from CBS...hard to forget that.

Indianapolis, IN

#58 Jun 20, 2007
WOW I'm having a time warp at work reading all these posts. I lived down the street of Channel 4 and worked at Burger Chef @ Sumner and Madison. Janie used to come in there all the time and order a fish sandwich well done. We would always order " fish and burn it for Janie". It was great. My dad always would hang out with "The Bruiser", Wilbur Snyder, Bobo Brazil, and Pepper Gomez. Childhood has such great memories for me I just wish there was something out there for my grandkids like Channel 4. Maybe they will sell DVD's of the Popeye & Janie show. I think they would sell quite well. Thanks WTTV for a lifetime of fond memories.
Old Vidiot

Louisville, KY

#59 Jun 20, 2007
I had the priviledge, pleasure and life learning experiance of being a Channel 4 Engineer for 29 years, 1961-1990. We pioneered TV events and techniques because we didn't know we couldn't! WTTV had the first "Portable TV Camera" A studio camera mounted in an old bread truck, with aa AMPEX 1000B video tape machine and pulling an Onan Generator mounted on a trailer.
At the Indiana State Fair, for several years, the Host of "The State Fair Variety Show" was Nick Clooney (Newscaster from Cincinatti).
He sometimes brought his kids to the Fair. Yep, you guessed it. It was Him!
There are SO MANY memories..........

Florence, KY

#60 Jun 20, 2007
Jim Gerard
rty wrote:
there was a talk show,that was on at noon every day,does anyone remember the guys name who did the show? it`s not mentioned in this article.
Bryan Maloney

Indianapolis, IN

#61 Jun 20, 2007
There really is no more local TV to speak of. We are all now merely corporate appendages.
#62 Jun 20, 2007
I remember watching Cowboy Bob and Janie, and couldn't wait to get home from school to watch cartoons. I am not sure, but I think they used to broadcast old movies on Sundays - because we used to have dinner at our grandparents' house and then after dinner would watch an old movie with my grandfather ... A lot cleaner entertainment back then. Sure wouldn't be approved of in today's sin-soaked society ... now you have to have as much sex, lewd content, violence and gore as possible or most people want nothing to do with it. All the shows on today are nothing more than clones of other shows on TV. How many WifeSwap type shows do we need? How many American Idol type shows do we really need? "Reality" is a joke ... Wish we could go back to those days when life was more simple and clean.

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