More than 50 years ago, with the flip
of a switch and the turn of a dial, local television
became an unforgettable part of New Orleans culture.
For many viewers, the memories remain vivid, even
if much of what they saw was in black and white. This
collection of vintage photographs highlights the history
of popular programs and personalities, beginning with
the city’s first station, WDSU-TV.
After signing on the air in 1948, Channel 6 introduced
favorites like Mrs. Muffin, The Great MacNutt, and
Midday while building a news team that included local
icons Mel Leavitt, Nash Roberts,and Alec Gifford.
In 1957, WWL-TV took to the airwaves, developing a
reputation for quality local programming and dominant
news coverage. Channel 4 made household names out
of Morgus the Magnificent, Hap Glaudi, John Pela,
Phil Johnson, Bill Elder, and Angela Hill.
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (August 11, 2008)
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Terry Flettrich on the "Midday" set
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"The John Pela Show"
Orleans Television uses close to 200 archival photographs
to trace the history of local television from its earliest
days in 1948, with memories of popular programs and personalities
over the past 60 years. The memories remain vivid, even
if most of what we saw was black and white.
Topics include well-loved children's shows hosted by Mrs.
Muffin, the Great MacNutt and "Uncle Henry Dupre",
as well as must-see favorites Morgus the Magnificent,
John Pela and Jim Metcalf.
Pioneering news coverage by Alec Gifford, Mel Leavitt,
Nash Roberts, Bill Elder, Phil Johnson and Hap Glaudi
is remembered, along with memories of Midday, the fondly-remembered
program produced and hosted by Terry Flettrich, and featuring
Al Shea and Bob and Jan Carr.
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