I recently wrote about The Buddy Deane Show, a Baltimore TV teen dance show that preempted American Bandstand in that market. There were dozens of similar teenage dance parties around the country in those days so I thought it might be interesting to take a look at a few of these programs.
Let's start with The Buddy Deane Show:
In Steubenville, Ohio, WSTV was beaming its rocking signal into the Pittsburgh area as early as 1955, when Teen Time began. This clip is from a bit later in its run (circa 1968) and features a young-looking Del Curtis as its host. Curtis later worked for New York City country station WHN under his real name, Del Demontreaux:
This clip will likely come up if you do an Internet search for American Bandstand, but don't be fooled. This February 1958 clip of teenagers doing The Stroll is actually from Channel Five, WOI-TV, in Ames, Iowa:
Interestingly, a continuous half-hour segment of the show from which the above clip was taken is available, sort of. The complete video of the segment is available, but the music is not. In a concession to copyright holders, audio was deleted from the clip when music was playing, giving viewers the odd sensation of seeing teenagers silently dance, then audibly applauding their efforts.
The clip has other items of interest, too, (and not just the bubble-blowing contest). The host, Dick Green, is a backup to the regular host, Ron Scott, who was off hosting a teen hop in Minnesota. Astute observers will note that Scott filled in for Dick Clark on American Bandstand for one day in August 1958.
Early in the program, Green gives a plug to Clark's Jamboree movie and midway through, pony-tailed Betty Lou McVay makes an appearance. McVay was better known as the host of a popular WOI children's program, The Magic Window. Here's the show:
Do you have any stories about Bandstand, Dick Clark or growing up in the Philadelphia area during the show's run at WFIL-TV? Please share them in the comments section or e-mail them to me.