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Detroit broadcasting history is rich with character . . . and characters. It began atop the Penobscot Building on October 23, 1946, when WWDT shot a signal to the convention center, part of a "New Postwar Products Exposition." WWJ-TV offered scheduled programming in June 1947, and WXYZ-TV and WJBK-TV jumped in a year later. The medium has influenced the city's personality and social agenda ever since. Soupy Sales turned getting a pie in the face into an art form. Mort Neff celebrated the state's outdoor charms. George Pierrot showed Detroiters the world. Other beloved personalities include: Milky the Clown, Ed McKenzie, Sonny Eliot, John Kelly, Marilyn Turner, Robin Seymour, Bill Bonds, Dick Westerkamp, Jingles, Bill Kennedy, Lou Gordon, Captain Jolly, Johnny Ginger, Auntie Dee, and many more.


Journalist Tim Kiska joined the Detroit Free Press in 1970. He moved to the Detroit News in 1987, covering the television industry between 1990 and 2002. With a doctorate of philosophy in history from Wayne State University, Kiska serves as an associate professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and is a producer at WWJ-AM. Ed Golick has been a superfan of Detroit television since he first heard the guttural growls of White Fang on the original Lunch With Soupy show. In 2002, he created, a Web site dedicated to Detroit children's television programming. Golick has taken his high school "AV Geek" title to the next level--as audiovisual technician for the Detroit Board of Education.