The Commander Tom Show

rewindAs a kid growing up in Toronto, there was always plenty of cartoon action on Saturday mornings, but Sunday mornings were a completely different story. The stations were littered with church programming and news talk and the pickings for a kid were pretty slim. As a result, Commander Tom was always a sight for sore eyes.

The Commander Tom Show aired on WKBW-TV in Buffalo, New York and starred WKBW-TV weatherman Tom Jolls as Commander Tom. He'd host the show which featured kids shows, and although they were the runts of the kid show litter, they were fairly watchable. I don't remember the names of the shows except for David and Goliath, a Christian-themed show about a boy and his talking dog. "I don't know, Daaaaaveeey..."

I understand The Commander Tom Show aired for 26 years at various times and in various formats, but I'll aways remember him for airing cartoons on Sunday mornings. Here's some footage of Commander Tom visiting a school in North Tonawanda.



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Kathleen

Good ol' Tom Jolls.

June 6, 2007 @ 8:54 PM

John Kodeski

Wow, this is a throw back. I grew up in Niagara Falls, NY. Do you remember Rocket Ship 7 also?

John

June 29, 2007 @ 5:29 PM

Bob

I used to watch Commander Tom as a small child. Does anybody know where I can hear the theme song on the net? Perhaps somebody could upload it to Youtube? Thanks in advance for the memories.

November 23, 2007 @ 1:09 AM

david clark

what was the name of the female puppet?

Dustmop was the dog w/ glasses

Mattie was the Alligator

but what was the woman puppet, she was sort of a hyllis Diller clone?

June 20, 2008 @ 6:56 PM

Tom

The woman puppets name was Cecily Fripple.

September 1, 2008 @ 8:02 PM

michelle

does anyone konw the name of the mean puppet - it has been driving me nuts that I cannot remember -

September 1, 2008 @ 10:00 PM

Thom

Commander Tom's hairy menagerie included Furry Bunny Creature, Mattie the Mop, Cici & Cecily & Fripple, Ogleston Moose, and "the lovable Dustmop & Flo Sweetley!

Don't forget "BadHead too!

September 24, 2008 @ 11:06 PM

Thom

Commander Tom's hairy menagerie included Furry Bunny Creature, Mattie the Mop, Cici & Cecily & Fripple, Ogleston Moose, and "the lovable Dustmop & Flo Sweetley!

Don't forget my old personal friend "BadHead too"!

September 24, 2008 @ 11:08 PM

dave

It was Mattie the Mod and The Furry Blurry Creature.

October 11, 2009 @ 12:35 AM

David

I don't recall "Davy and Goliath" being on The Commander Tom Show. I do remember that series being on Rocketship 7, which was the children's morning show on the same channel.

March 8, 2012 @ 7:54 PM

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