Romper Room and Friends

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...



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Comments (17)

Steve

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

July 11, 2010 / 09:52

Cheryl

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.

July 11, 2010 / 11:00

Hobo Joe

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?

July 11, 2010 / 11:38

DIz

I used to love Tiny Talent Time.

July 11, 2010 / 11:51

Lori

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

July 12, 2010 / 22:42

Satya

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

July 13, 2010 / 22:55

Earl

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

August 27, 2011 / 07:13

Jim

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

March 2, 2012 / 23:45

connie Tavormina

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

May 1, 2012 / 21:55

Lincoln

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!

May 11, 2012 / 23:38

Terry R

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

October 19, 2012 / 15:42

Tom

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

January 11, 2013 / 15:36

Nicole Gaudette= Brault

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!

May 10, 2013 / 19:39

Morgen

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

June 30, 2013 / 18:19

Lesley

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?

November 17, 2013 / 08:21

Susan Hostetler

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

December 7, 2013 / 00:25

Eric Posner

I remember Romper Room very well. That's because I was Mr. Music for the Canadian version from 1972 to 1979. The teachers were Miss Betty, Miss Cathie, Miss Diane and Miss Fran. I am still friends with Cathie and Fran. Betty passed away some time ago from cancer. In all I did about 1000 episodes and met about 2000 little ankle biters.

August 18, 2014 / 10:02

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