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Capitol Records' Original *Bozo The Clown*
From 1959 to 1962
"Bozo the Clown"
Willard Scott as Bozo, (WRC-TV Publicity Photo Appearing In Willard's Autobiography *The Joy Of Living*)
Willard Scott as Bozo
(WRC-TV Publicity Photo)
From Willard's Autobiography "The Joy Of Living"
("Bozo" TM & © 2004 Larry Harmon Pictures Corp. All Rights Reserved)
Aired on WRC-TV 4
Broadcast "In Living Color"
Mondays through Fridays
Various Airtimes,
From August 10, 1959 to August 1962:
"Bozo the Clown"
5:00 to 5:30PM (1959 to 1961)
"Kukla & Ollie/Bozo the Clown
 with Rocky & Friends"
  5:00 to 6:00PM (1961 to 1962) 
"Bozo the Clown w/Kukla"
5:00 to 5:30PM (1962)
Starting in 1961, "Kukla & Ollie" episodes aired at
5 PM with Bozo following at 5:15PM. For a while,
"Rocky & Friends" cartoons were featured as well.
In Fall of 1960, a Saturday AM spin-off called
"The Bozo Show with Cousin Cupcake" began. 
Undated Photo (Donated By Skip McCloskey)
Willard Scott In the
1963 AFTRA Directory
(Donated by Skip McCloskey)
Willard Scott portraying
"Bozo, the World's Most Famous Clown."
Willard Scott as Bozo the Clown (Donated by Jack Maier)
Willard Scott as Bozo
(Photo by Reni Photos, Donated by Jack Maier)
From Willard's Book "America is my Neighborhood", p. 151
Broadcast from WRC-TV,
4001 Nebraska Avenue, N.W.  studios.
In-studio audience participation and
"Bozo the Clown" cartoons.
Willard Scott as Bozo The Clown with a group of youngsters
Photo, some facts from "Whatever Happened To Those Kiddie Show Hosts?" 
by Trisha Katson (George Mason University's "Phoebe" publication;
Summer 1977;  donated by John Ahmad & Jack Maier).
Willard Scott often drove the "Bozo Mobile" Jeep with
an open surrey top to various promotional appearances.
The show was reportedly "First Daughter" Caroline Kennedy's favorite program. Willard played Bozo at The White House for her birthday party and appeared in President Kennedy's 1961 Inaugural parade.
TV Guide Ad 6/3 to 6/9 1961 (Donated by Jack Maier)
"TV Guide" Magazine, 6/3 to 6/9/61 Issue
(Donated by Jack Maier)
 According to research by Tim Hollis (for his book "Hi There, Boys and Girls! -America's Local TV Programs"), Willard needed three weeks time off, so show director Bob Porter filled-in as "Cousin Cupcake". 
The Cupcake character proved such a big hit that a regular Saturday
Morning "Cupcake" program was spun-off and ran for five years.
Sean Hall reminisces "What most people don't know is my dad, Jim Hall, stood in ... as Cousin POUNDCAKE. ... My dad was just a utility guy at Channel 4 in 1961.  He would soon go to the Mutual Broadcasting System, where he would spend the rest of his career. At that time, though, Willard needed someone to do his vacation fill-ins and Jim offered to try it since freelancers were paid piece rate for such things. More equalled merrier.  I was on the show half a dozen times... "
Willard Scott was involved in other children's programming
before and after his days as Bozo.
Click here to visit the "Willard Scott" page.
Sources:  Willard Scott's "The Joy Of Living" and "America is my Neighborhood" with Daniel Paisner;Trisha Katson's "Whatever Happened To Those Kiddie Show Hosts?" (Summer 1977; George Mason Univ. "Phoebe" publication; donated by John Ahmad & Jack Maier).
Tim Hollis in "Hi There, Boys and Girls! - America's Local TV Programs",
Skip McCloskey (from the 1963 AFTRA Directory), Sean Hall in the DCRTV Mailbag.
TV Listings in Washington Post and Evening Star papers.

Some years after WRC-TV 4 dropped the live "Bozo" show,
WMAL-TV 7 got the rights to air "Bozo" color cartoons...

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("Bozo" TM & © 2004 Larry Harmon Pictures Corp. All Rights Reserved) David P. Samson (left) as Elmer Fishpaw in John Waters' POLYESTER
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Page Revised: 8/26/04

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