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  •  Howdy Doody Show (9+ / 0-)

    When I was a tot, TV was only broadcasted certain hours of the day.  It would come on in the late afternoon but about an hour before the stations would put on a test pattern.  My mother told me I would keep turning on the TV to see if the test pattern was on.  It would drive her nuts having to turn the thing back off or down.  Once the test pattern came on I would sit down and watch it with it's blaring whistle noise to wait for the Howdy Doody Show.  It would start the week day evening programing.  This clip is an later version of the show after it went on weekends in the late 1950's.  

    •  At the end of the clip you see Howdy on a (7+ / 0-)

      test pattern screen.  The test pattern would switch out a few minutes before the show from the local NBC test pattern and the test tone would go off and the national feed would start with the Howdy Doody test pattern.  That must of gave them a few minutes to check out their reception of the national signal.  I guess I was not the only kid who turned the TV on before the show to the test pattern.  When the test tone went off you would come running from where ever you were to see the show.  Then you would hear "What time is it kids?" after the theme song. "Tra la la boom de day"  was also part of the introduction.  

      Afterwards Gabby Hayes would come on which was a Western series for children.  This was to entertain children after school.

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