Romper Room and Friends

Published by Toronto Mike on July 11, 2010 @ 09:06 in Memories, Television

TVAnother retro gem shared by Retrontario got me thinking about Romper Room this morning. If you're like me, with a common first name, you remember how awesome it was when the hostess looked through her magic mirror and saw you.

I actually thought Romper Room was a Canadian show, but it turns out it was actually an American franchise. Localities could buy the show and produce their own version of it.

From Wikipedia:

In Canada, the first station to start airing the locally produced version of Romper Room was CKLW-TV in Windsor, Ontario, which at the time was serving the Detroit, Michigan television market, in 1954, the year the station signed on. Besides Windsor, CJCH-TV in Halifax, Nova Scotia also produced a local version during the 1960s. This program (The CJCH version) along with its host "Miss Ann" (Ann Wilson) moved to CHSJ-TV in Saint John, New Brunswick during the 1970s. Another version was also produced at CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario. Another in Kelowna B.C. CHBC. Another version ran from CFCF in Montreal during the 1960's.

A nation-wide program that ran during the 1980s on CTV was produced at CKCO-TV in Kitchener, Ontario and was hosted by "Miss Fran" (Fran Pappert), "Miss Jean" (Jeanette Moffat) and "Miss Betty" (Betty Thompson). The Canadian version of the program used the same opening credits and "Pop Goes the Weasel" theme as the US version, the Jack-in-the-box logo, and other elements such as the Do-Bee character and the Magic Mirror (including the psychedelic visual effect that went along with it). When the US franchise changed the title to Romper Room and Friends, the Canadian series followed suit.

This clip is from the opening of Romper Room and Friends, produced at CKCO-TV in Kitchener. I remember this well...


Comments 16 comments

16 Responses to "Romper Room and Friends"

Steve
July 11, 2010 / 09:52

Wow, that really brings back some memories. I'm going to have that song in my head all day now though.

Cheryl
July 11, 2010 / 11:00

I remember Romper Room. I watched it for years, even when I was nine years old, I would watch it whenever I could which was only when I was sick or on holidays. Don't remember all those mentioned teachers though. The one I remember the most was Miss Sarah. Nothing mentioned about her here.

Hobo Joe
July 11, 2010 / 11:38

Yes, I have a solid memory of this. It goes hand in hand with my memories of Magic Garden. Do you guys remember that one?

DIz
July 11, 2010 / 11:51

I used to love Tiny Talent Time.

Lori
July 12, 2010 / 22:42

I was so jealous of friends who got to be on Tiny Talent Time as a kid!

Satya
July 13, 2010 / 22:55

Harrigan, anyone? "H A Double-R I G A N: it's Har-i-gan."

Earl
August 27, 2011 / 07:13

I was on the show at CFTO back in 1965 with Miss Sarah. I still have my Romper Room diploma from the show.

Jim
March 2, 2012 / 23:45

I was on the CHCH TV Hamilton show in 1962 with Miss Lois. I also have my Romper Room diploma and a ring.

connie Tavormina
May 1, 2012 / 21:55

I too was on the show 1962 or 1963 the Hamilton location.Just wondering if anyone has requested a copy of the taping? Would love to have a copy....especially when the oreo's and milk were passed around....lol

Lincoln
May 11, 2012 / 23:38

I was on the Kitchener Romper Room with my twin brother, some time in the 80s. I don't have video of it anywhere though, but might still have my diploma. I would love to find some footage of it!

Terry R
October 19, 2012 / 15:42

I was on the Hamilton Romper room in 1962... I wonder if there is film of that anywhere?

Tom
January 11, 2013 / 15:36

I was on as well in the 60s is there footage anywhere that can be seen or downloaded.?

Nicole Gaudette= Brault
May 10, 2013 / 19:39

I just wanted to let you know that Romper Room was also filled in Sudbury in 1962...CKSO in Pine street...I know because I was one of the eager little DOObies!

Morgen
June 30, 2013 / 18:19

Anyone know where I can view 1970's Romper Room shows shot in Kitchener?

Lesley
November 17, 2013 / 08:21

My mother was Miss Sarah, the Romper Room lady on CFTO-TV in the 1960's. She died about 30 years ago. Does anyone know where I might find film of her?

Susan Hostetler
December 7, 2013 / 00:25

I was on Romper Room in Kitchener in 1977 and would give anything to see it!!


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