from 1977 by Trisha Katson, GMU)
on WTTG-TV 5
1956 to May 1957
as "Looney Tunes,
Host Pete Jamerson"
Jamerson as "Pete"
live from WTTG-TV 5 studios in
the Raleigh Hotel at 12th St. & Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. with puppet
bits and cartoons.
Star's "News of D.C. Studios" column of April 1, 1956;
is da Place:WTTG-5 may have the season's local small fry sleeper in
"Pete's Place" weekdays, noon to 12:30... The eyes of the front office
help opened wide when a contest conducted by Pete (Pete Jamerson who doubles
as announcer and weatherman) drew 1578 pieces of mail. This is Pete's first
click in the kiddie circuit... Did you know he has a Hollywood background,
appearing in such films as "The Crystal Ball" and "Between Us"?
Fielding recalls that the show's theme music was "a full
version of the 'Comedian's Gallop'. Pete used the
of the piece that sounds very similar to the 'Can-Can'."
A Modern Performance of the "Comedian's Gallop" Recorded by Cuttime
Players at Kidshow
Players' Website at www.cuttime.com)
1954, prior to "Pete's Place", Pete hosted "Peter Jamerson's
For You" on TV 5, every weekday, 1:30 to 2:30PM..
Jamerson in the '70s at WGMS Radio
an ad in Washingtonian Magazine)
by Dave Statter)
1977, Trisha Katson spoke with Pete Jamerson for an article titled "Whatever
Happened To Those Kiddie Show Hosts?".
Katson that "Pete's Place", directed by Lee
"a chance to play himself and rely on puppets for laughs."
states Pete Jamerson directed and produced musicals
County Virginia with high schoolers for "S.T.A.G.E., Inc.".
Callen shares: "I was in those S.T.A.G.E.
shows Pete spearheaded in the late '60s. The acronym stood for "Summer
Theatre And Good Entertainment." Pete and his wife, Cornelia, were
great to all of us kids. I dated his stepson, then known as Sandy
Jamerson. Sandy's legal name is Alexander Chadwick, better known
now as Alex Chadwick of NPR and National Geographic."
Jamerson (on right) in his later TV-7 program "Pete & His Pals",
Michael Ansara of ABC-TV's "Broken Arrow" (on left).
took the "Pete's Place" concept to WMAL-TV 7
of '57 as "Pete &
His Pals". (Later, he did a different
for Channel 7 titled "P.J.'s
Club".) At one time or
he worked for TV 7 News and as a staff announcer.
Magazine, March 1977 Ad
Pete Jamerson's WGMS Radio show.
by Dave Statter)
leaving Channel 7, for many years Jamerson hosted
program at WGMS 103.5 FM/570 AM radio (above).
Wykoff wrote in the DCRTV Mailbag:
my first job in radio I worked with Pete at WMER (1440) in Portland, Maine.
Pete hosted a morning information show on the talk & business station.
Pete retired to Maine but still had the radio bug and worked for the station
for several years. He also had a love for the water and enjoyed spending
time out on his boat in Casco Bay. I was sad to hear a few years ago that
Pete had passed away. He was a good friend and a true gentleman.
"Whatever Happened To Those Kiddie Show Hosts?" by Trisha Katson, 1977,
George Mason University's Phoebe Magazine, (provided by John Ahmad &
Jack Maier). Basic data by "John" on 3/14/00 and Mr. Jamerson's later history
by Scott Wykoff, on 3/16/00 in the DCRTV Mailbag. WGMS ad (from Washingtonian,
3/77) and the blown-up picture of Pete with headphones provided by Dave
on the program's theme music was provided by Tom Fielding.
confirmed from TV listings in the Evening Star and Washington Post.