Uncle Bobby (Series) (1964-1979)

Aka: Uncle Bobby and Friends; Kids Corner

Uncle Bobby
This early children's show spent 4 years as a local program before being picked up by the CTV network in 1968. It ran on CTV until 1970, when it went back to airing on CFTO-TV and in syndication. The show was later titled "Uncle Bobby and Friends" and in 1979 the show changed titles again to Kid's Corner.

Childrens' birthdays were introduced by Bimbo the Birthday Clown. There were also several puppets, including Happy and a trio with the names of Wilson, Keppel and Betty.

Bobby Ash....Uncle Bobby
Meredith Cutting....Singing Police Officer
Irene Genoe....Arts & Crafts
Cy Leonard....Ventriloquist
Ron Leonard....Magician
Nancy McCaig....Accordian Player
Barry McKay....Wildlife Artist
Ruth Winkler....Clay Artist
Alex Laurier....Guitarist

Original Broadcaster(s): CFTO, CTV

External Links:
The Uncle Bobby Show Page

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I remember that a kid in my grade 2 class was on the show and we watched in during class on the portable TV.
I remember the show. We'd have it only on Saturdays on CFRN. I watched them all though.
I cannot believe I found this. I remeber sending in a letter with a picture of a deer and a background for my BirthDay. I am still thinking and am appreciate the chosen letter which was I. I received a MatchBox car set with track. Man I was happy. Being a Kid that didn't get much, I never forgot that.
Heck of a good inniocent show.
Thanks- Uncle Bobby!
I used to love watching "The Uncle Bobby Show"!

I remember, the sponsors were Humpty Dumpty Potato Chips, Mountain Dew, and Gayla Haugh Kites. They would be announced, while the camera shot a display of each product, tacked to a display board (blue or green).

I well remember Ron's magic tricks, Nancy & her "magic squeezebox" (and that she'd also tap-dance in silver tap-shoes, while playing it), Ruth making little eyeballs of plasticine and putting them into plasticine faces, Big John the policeman, Meredith the singing policeman (who's a member of the same yacht club as my dad and brother, and who performed at some of the children's Christmas parties there), Bimbo and the little dancing clown dolls (named after the famous British music hall troupe of Wilson, Keppel & Betty), and of course Alex Laurier singing and playing his guitar.

I later found out that Alex had attended the same high school as my dad (but was 3 years ahead of him). I found photos of Alex with the school's award-winning Drama Club in a couple of Dad's old yearbooks. Even then, Alex and his fellow students knew that he was a "future star of stage, screen, television and radio" (to quote the 1955 yearbook). All he had to do was choose a good stage name, and he was on his way.

There's a website called staffannouncer.com, and the guy who runs it has a page of photos and memories of "The Uncle Bobby Show". He can also supply you with a DVD of 20 minutes of one episode. Although incomplete, it appears to be the only episode out there.

The theme for the 1970s/1980s version of the show is "Spooks In Space", and it's available on a CD of Breuer-Perrey synthesizer music. In the early 1970s, CTV and other stations seemed to have a thing for using Breuer-Perrey compositions for their show themes. "Hilarious House of Frightenstein" and "Waterville Gang" did too.
In 1968 my mother called up CFTO to ask if Bimbo the Birthday Clown could mention my sister's birthday on the Uncle Bobby Show.
The woman she talked to asked if my sister and I would like to be on the show.
Who could refuse that? I wouldn't even have to sing or dance to be on the air like Tiny Talent Time. I just had to smile and look good.
Pretty sweet deal for a 5 year-old!
I remember how starstruck I was when I met Alex, the guy that sang and played guitar.
The big police officer was there as usual and was very nice.
I don't seem to have any fond memories of Bobby himself for some reason. I seem to recall that I didn't think he was very nice but everyone else was great. That was a long time ago and could be wrong.
I loved seeing Bimbo in person. What a great idea he was! And that little bouncing clown doll thing was neat too as it bounced along to Bimbo singing.
I recall reading an interview with Bobby at least 10 years ago in the Toronto Star and he was living somewhere in northern Ontario. The saddest thing I read in the article was my big buddy Bimbo the Birthday Clown ended up being chucked out in a dumpster when the show ended.
I would have paid good money to get him myself!
Humpty Dumpty was a sponsor I think and sometime in the course of the show my sister and I each got a small bag of chips.
Just before the end of the when we were all getting ready for the group wave goodbye my sister dropped her chips and couldn't reach them under the chairs. She was going to cry if something wasn't done so I crawled around under the chairs trying to get my sister's chips.
Guess what? At the end of the show everyone was waving and smiling to the camera (my sister included). Except for me. I was under the chairs.
The show wasn't live and we were able to see it on a later date. Quite funny. Even to me when I was 5.
I wish I could see that again.

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For an in-depth look at CBC programs (1952-82),
Blaine Allan's directory