from 1977 by Trisha Katson, GMU)
on WMAL-TV 7
1963 to January 1965
as "Funny Company"
Jamerson as "P.J. Moneybags"
the show debuted in September 1964, its title was "Funny Company";
"Pete Jamerson is host for this new cartoon series that attempts to combine
education and enjoyment with examples of the value of enterprise".
the ratings must have been a disappointment to station management. On 10/7,
the TV listings changed to say "Cartoons" while the show was being re-tooled.
Then, on Friday, 10/18, the show offically became "P.J.'s Club".
live from WMAL-TV Connecticut
Ave./Van Ness studios
pre-recorded off-stage voices, sound effects from records,
films, and cartoons.
1977, Trisha Katson interviewed Pete Jamerson for an article titled "Whatever
Happened To Those Kiddie Show Hosts?". Katson wrote that P.J.'s character
wore a fright wig, a suit of tails, and a Walrus mustache. Jamerson told
Katson; "That was a zany, crazy program;
a real wild show.... Bumbly old P.J. and everything would fall down and
we had a lot of fun."
by Ralph Bull
article 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."
The Funny Company (Funny Co.
Prod./Ken Snyder Prod. 1963)
of "The Toon Tracker")
Fielding: "Hey, remember 'The
Funny Company'? Those were
on P.J.'s Club and on Stu
Kerr's 'Mr. Morning' show in Baltimore."
Funny Company Cartoon Theme Music at Kidshow
more at "TheSpaceExplorers.com"
Frame Courtesy of John V.
Jerry Beck's Web Site
Bull of Alexandria recalls... "Pete
occasionally aired two cartoons in serial form with something like 25-30
episodes. One was a fantastic version of 'Beauty and the Beast' and the
other was a wonderfully animated science fiction adventure entitled 'Space
Explorers'. Both were superb and 'Space Explorers' used animation
and live action to weave the story together. I've tried unsucessfully
to locate copies of these for many years."
more at Chuck Scholtz's "TheSpaceExplorers.com"
Jamerson in the '70s at WGMS Radio
an ad in Washingtonian Magazine)
by Dave Statter)
1954, before going to work for Channel 7, Pete hosted "Peter Jamerson's
Matinee For You" for competitor WTTG-TV 5, every weekday,
to 2:30PM. Then, from 1956 to '57, he hosted
Place", (as well as doing other on-air work) at Channel 5.
Jamerson (on right) in his WMAL 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 in Summer
& His Pals". At one time or other, he also worked for
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 a morning 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 3/16/00 in the DCRTV Mailbag. WGMS ad (Washingtonian
, 3/77) and the blown-up picture of Pete with headphones provided by Dave
and still frame from "The
Funny Company" is courtesy "The
Toon Tracker" site.
Explorers" still frame courtesy of John V. from Jerry
Beck's Web Site
more about "Space Explorers"
at Chuck Scholtz's "TheSpaceExplorers.com"
confirmed from TV listings in the Evening Star and Washington Post.