Webster Webfoot - My favorite Childhood TV Show

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Re: Webster Webfoot - My favorite Childhood TV Show

Post by Lost Fresno » Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:36 pm

Interesting backstory on how Jimmy Weldon came to Fresno in 1956, then left in 1959 but returned to the San Joaquin Valley in 1961. Reprinted form Wikipedia:

In 1948, Jimmy (and Webster Webfoot) moved to Duncan, Oklahoma, where they performed on another 250-watt AM station, KRHD, for two more years. The big 50,000-watt radio station WFAA in Dallas, Texas, recruited Webster and Jimmy as entertainers, and Webster became a real person on television on April 4, 1950, on The Webster Webfoot Show, produced locally by station WFAA-TV.

They moved to California on September 5, 1952, to KCOP-TV, Channel 13, in Hollywood and continued their television careers. During an appearance at a middle school in Brentwood, Jeff Chandler and Randolph Scott collected the tickets from the children and parents who came to see the show. These two movie stars made Jimmy feel very lucky indeed when they commented, "Our children think more of little Webster than they do OUR movie careers." Also, Ralph Edwards was there and in 1955 he gave Webster and Jimmy the positions as co-hosts of a new children's television program titled FUNNYBONERS, a junior version of his famous "Truth or Consequences" radio and television shows.

In 1956 Jimmy and Webster moved to Fresno, California, which began a career in the San Joaquin Valley at KFRE-TV, Channel 12. This was interrupted, however, when NBC executives called them to New York to replace Shari Lewis on the "HI, MOM" Show on the NBC Flagship Station, WRCA-TV, Channel 4. In 1959 Channel 13 in Hollywood once again became their television home.

In 1961 Jimmy and Webster were called back to the San Joaquin Valley. They continued performing their show on KJEO-TV, Channel 47, in Fresno, California, throughout the 1960s. During this time, Jimmy and Webster also did TV shows in Salinas and Bakersfield, California, flying their airplane from city to city for those shows.
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Re: Webster Webfoot - My favorite Childhood TV Show

Post by Guest » Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:38 pm

I got to sing with Webster at Gongs Grand Opening in Caruthers in 1963. I was the only one who knew the Webster Webfoot song. I won a 6 pack of RC cola, a loaf of Rainbow bread, a bag of Freeto chips and a package of Farmer John sausage. AND a yellow Webster record and coloring book. I was 5 and on top of the world. Good Memories
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Re: Webster Webfoot - My favorite Childhood TV Show

Post by mkw » Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:42 pm

Uncle Jimmy came back to Fresno last month ( Feb 2012) for a visit!

Re: Webster Webfoot - My favorite Childhood TV Show

Post by 58pacer » Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:32 am

The Phantom Planet? Saw it at the Wilson Theater. The marquis proclaimed "starring Jimmy Weldon." Jimmy's character actually died before the titles and opening credits rolled. His space ship crashed into the planet (that they couldn't detect). Real stars were Frances X. Bushman and Coleen Gray. What's crazy is I drove Coleen Gray in the Brentwood Fourth of July parade many years later in my Edsel convertible, and didn't recognize her from the movie (what a surprise). Wish I had done some homework, and I might have known.

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Re: Webster Webfoot - My favorite Childhood TV Show

Post by 58pacer » Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:22 am

I had some e-Mail correspondence with Jimmy Weldon back around 2006. At the time he was living what sounded like a comfortable life in his house in Burbank. He was still flying his airplane, but the only passengers allowed were Webster and his collie! I sat on his lap at a grocery store in 1962, and he gave me a loaf of Sunbeam bread to take home. Remember the bread slice that would tear right down the middle? I tried it, they weren't lying.

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Re: Webster Webfoot - My favorite Childhood TV Show

Post by Fresneck » Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:51 pm

I met Webster at Roeding Park... what a swell duck.
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Re: Webster Webfoot - My favorite Childhood TV Show

Post by carlesglass » Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:42 am

I got to talk to Jimmy Weldon on an internet radio program back in 2008. He's still as positive and energetic as ever and has fond memories of Fresno. He is a motivational speaker. He also has some film and TV credits as well. Check out IMDB.com

Carl

Re: Webster Webfoot - My favorite Childhood TV Show

Post by BigBigdog50 » Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:44 pm

Webster Webfoot and Uncle Jimmy Weldon are one of my favorite childhood memories. I remember their theme song, goes like this:

We want you all to know....
This is the Webster Webfoot Show....
It's like a jamboree...
For kids from one to ninety-three...
Now we all know that Webster is an educated duck,
But without Jimmy Weldon he'd be outta luck!
We want you kids in the studio..
And all of you at home to know..
This is the Web...ster Web...foot show.

And he would have this dark haired lady on once in a while who would teach the kids safety. Cannot remember her name...and they also had a song for her segment too:

Courtesy and safety too...
In everything we say and do....
Webster Webfoot knows its true...
Now the rest is up to you.
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Click to Enlarge / Fresno Bee - Oct.16, 1963

Re: Webster Webfoot - My favorite Childhood TV Show

Post by frodoboy » Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:52 am

Does anyone remember the ONLY movie Uncle Jimmy Weldon was in back then?? It was science fiction movie and he lasted only about 30 seconds to 1 minute in the beginning. I always wondered why Webster Webfoot wasn't with him at the control of the spaceship! LOL. I think it was in the late 50's or very early 60's and they were possibly going to Mars?? I got to be on the Webster Webfoot show and it was crazy. Uncle Jimmy always seemed like he had heartburn with that weird scrunched up, almost painful look most of the time. I also got to be on the Old 49'er show. Does anyone remember that?? He lived down the street from me on Winery avenue in a ranch style house. He was very reclusive.

Re: Webster Webfoot - My favorite Childhood TV Show

Post by Lost Fresno » Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:26 am

Webster Webfoot loves "Woodbury" (milk). I answered every time the phone rang with that stupid phrase and ended up winning the coloring book and 45 record to go with it...twice!

Reprinted with permission from Fresno Famous
http://www.fresnofamous.com

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