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On Monday, Feb. 10th, 1958 at 10 o’clock, The J.P. Patches Show went on the air on KIRO-TV and dominated local childrens' programming for the next 23 years; twice a day for 13 years (plus Saturdays), 8 years mornings only, 2 years Saturday morning only. That's approximately 10,000 hours of clowning around! When it left the air in 1981, it was the longest running locally produced children’s program in the country.
Here's a short video from KIRO featuring a segment from the very first show. Don't adjust your sets... there is no audio on this clip. Also included is J.P.'s first appearance and the Seattle SeaFair Children's Parade in 1958.
And here's another clip from early on in the show's run.
In addition to topping the ratings for local children's programming, the J.P. Patches Show won numerous Emmy awards over the years including:
Best Children's Program
Best Audio Production (thanks to Duane Smart)
It's a shame to cover up your smile, but now you can wear the famous smile of J.P. or Gertrude! Sure to bring a spark of joy and nostalgia to all who recognize it! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Seattle Children's.
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