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Dick Dyszel as Captain 20 Hosting WOW! (Courtesy:Dick Dyszel)
WOW! Title Slide (Courtesy: Dick Dyszel)
(Donated By Dick Dyszel)
Aired on WDCA-TV 20.
Pre-taped and Broadcast 
from WDCA River Road studios.
Mondays through Fridays
1980 - 1987
Dic k Dyszel as Captain 20 Hosting WOW! (Courtesy: Dick Dyszel)
Dick Dyszel as "Captain 20"
With In-studio Child Participants
In 1979, Taft Broadcasting bought WDCA-TV, but the license
transfer was challenged by some local parents' groups who opposed so-called "violent" kid's programming (such as Ultraman,
Speedracer, and even Bugs Bunny) that had aired on Channel 20.

So, Taft promised to produce two daily shows with educational or informational content, a bunch of Public Service Announcements
and a number of kids' specials. In January of 1980, producer/host Dick Dyszel was asked to create and produce one of those shows.

The hot buzz words at the time amongst the critics were "television viewing skills"; the skills needed to watch TV objectively. Dyszel met with local educators, sat-in on a number of pre-school classes and eventually came up with the concept behind the show "WOW!"

The set was designed for one host and four children (ages 4-6). Sometimes a child did not show, or as on a few rare occasions,
up to six kids would participate due to some special activity.

The format was very simple:  One-by-one, each kid would
slide-in (down the sliding board) ... 

Entering The WOW! Set By Sliding Board (Courtesy: Dick Dyszel)
Guests would enter by sliding board.
...introduce themselves to the viewing audience...
Introducing Herself (Courtesy: Dick Dyszel)
Introducing herself to the home audience.
...and eat a nutritious snack.
Eating a Nutritious Snack (Courtesy; Dick Dyszel)
Guests would eat a nutritious snack
Kids would also tune-in to see the drawings that they'd sent in.
Drawings Would Be Displayed (Courtesy: Dick Dyszel)
Drawings by home viewers would be displayed. 
In the middle segment, the guests gathered
around the TV and watched a film short. 
Watching Educational Segment on TV (Courtesy: Dick Dyszel)
Watching a film short on the "TV".
Sometimes it was a "How things are made"
film, while other times it might be a cartoon short.
*How It's Made*  Film Short (Courtesy: Dick Dyszel)
"How It's Made" educational film short.
 After watching the film, Captain 20 led a discussion about what
the kids' had seen, explaining concepts as needed.
Discussion After The Film Short (Courtesy: Dick Dyszel)
Discussion after watching the flm short
The final segment involved a craft project 
that was related to the film short.
Velcro Bingo Board (Courtesy: Dick Dyszel)
Showing a velcro "BINGO Board"
WOW! earned several local Emmy nominations, but never won.
 However, the program was a finalist for a National IRIS Award
and received several Parents Choice Awards. 
Produced With DC Public Schools (Courtesy: Dick Dyszel)
The show, produced in association with the D.C. Schools Early Childhood Program, aired until Channel 20 was sold to TVX Broadcast Group.
The new owners dropped all local programming after May 1st, 1987.
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Generously Donated by Dick Dyszel
Dick Dyszel as he looks today
Dick Dyszel
runs his own
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in Chicago.
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distant relative,
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