The 60th Anniversary of the J.P. Patches Show

Categories:History, Video


On Monday, Feb. 10th, 1958 at 10 o’clock, The J.P. Patches Show went on the air on KIRO-TV as the station’s first live broadcast. It ran for 23 years; twice a day for 13 years (plus Saturdays), 8 years mornings only, 2 years Saturday morning only. When it left the air in 1981, it was the longest running locally produced children’s program in the country.

Chris Wedes’ and Bob Newman’s trademark humor entertained generations of children and grown-ups alike. They’re influence on the culture of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest will be forever remembered.

Happy Anniversary J.P.!

Click here to see KIRO 7’s archive of J.P. Patches footage and tributes.

And visit the I.C.U.2 TV page on this site to see more video.

Click here to see more of KIRO 7’s 60 Year Anniversary.


  1. penny prothero
    penny prothero
    March 6, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Such wonderful memories. 67 years old, and I still miss JP. 🙁

  2. Beverly LaDucer
    Beverly LaDucer
    January 23, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Does anyone know when he would come to Tacoma Washington at Easter in a helicopter to a store and who ever found the golden egg would get a helicopter ride with him? I m 58 I would watch him before I would catch the bus and go to school! Loved that show!

  3. J.C. Coleman
    J.C. Coleman
    February 12, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I was a Patches Pal from 1970 until my family moved to Silicon Valley two months before the end of the show. It was J.P. that introduced me to those awesome Jay Ward cartoons like Bullwinkle and George of the Jungle. 🙂

  4. Bruce Bergman
    Bruce Bergman
    July 25, 2019 at 10:24 am

    I grew up watching J.P., even though there were other choices. For some reason, I understood all the jokes, and felt the show was the best

  5. Garrett Trumble
    Garrett Trumble
    December 11, 2019 at 7:22 am

    J.P. , Gertrude (et al), I miss you. You were the greatest part of my childhood, early mornings, cartoons. So many like me…. So very many will always remember the greatest start to the day. And yes, the weekend mornings were a bit unbearable…

  6. cliff
    April 2, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    RE: J.P. arriving in a helicopter to a store in Tacoma,Washington. Would that store be the “B&I” store? Born in 1952, J.P. was one of the children’s shows I’d watched also.

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