Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"Too funny!" Billy Bobb videos on YouTube

Holy cow!! Now I have seen everything.

Years ago there was a local television station called WGGT Channel 48, broadcasting from Greensboro. This was back when unaffiliated stations were extremely independent in their programming and such. Well, WGGT might have been one of the last to have what many people will fondly remember as a "horror host": a home-grown character who presented various scary movies and sci-fi flicks on Saturday afternoons.

Except that WGGT did things a little different. It's "horror" host was a goofy redneck named Billy Bobb, and his show was called Billy Bobb's Action Theatre.

And believe it or not, someone somewhere has a trove of old recordings of Billy Bobb from WGGT and is now putting them on YouTube.

Here's a set of promos for Billy Bobb's Action Theatre...

And here are some commercials featuring Billy Bobb for area businesses...

I wonder whatever happened to Billy Bobb's puppet sidekick Junior Prankster. Probably moldering away forgotten in a sock drawer somewhere.

What else can be said but "Too Funny!" :-)

7 comments:

shanethacker said...

Geez, I hadn't thought about this for years, but I remembered him instantly when I saw the picture. :)

Geoff Gentry (aka xforce11) said...

I watch that show on Saturdays. I'll have to check it out.

Matt said...

...

That was stupid.

End of broadcast.

Prepare for fire and pitchforks from overly nostalgic people.

Anonymous said...

Does that bring back the memories! Billy Bobb also had the 48 Fun Club on weekday afternoons. That was the real life Krusty the Clown show!

Jonathan said...

I found your "Junior Prankster" http://inlinethumb48.webshots.com/22831/2195256380100477929S500x500Q85.jpg

Anonymous said...

I had the fortune to meet him when I was a kid. I remember how would miss pronounce Halloween as "Halloreen". One time a girl tried correct him.

Dana Lowell said...

Thanks Chris.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"Too funny!" Billy Bobb videos on YouTube

Holy cow!! Now I have seen everything.

Years ago there was a local television station called WGGT Channel 48, broadcasting from Greensboro. This was back when unaffiliated stations were extremely independent in their programming and such. Well, WGGT might have been one of the last to have what many people will fondly remember as a "horror host": a home-grown character who presented various scary movies and sci-fi flicks on Saturday afternoons.

Except that WGGT did things a little different. It's "horror" host was a goofy redneck named Billy Bobb, and his show was called Billy Bobb's Action Theatre.

And believe it or not, someone somewhere has a trove of old recordings of Billy Bobb from WGGT and is now putting them on YouTube.

Here's a set of promos for Billy Bobb's Action Theatre...

And here are some commercials featuring Billy Bobb for area businesses...

I wonder whatever happened to Billy Bobb's puppet sidekick Junior Prankster. Probably moldering away forgotten in a sock drawer somewhere.

What else can be said but "Too Funny!" :-)

7 comments:

shanethacker said...

Geez, I hadn't thought about this for years, but I remembered him instantly when I saw the picture. :)

Geoff Gentry (aka xforce11) said...

I watch that show on Saturdays. I'll have to check it out.

Matt said...

...

That was stupid.

End of broadcast.

Prepare for fire and pitchforks from overly nostalgic people.

Anonymous said...

Does that bring back the memories! Billy Bobb also had the 48 Fun Club on weekday afternoons. That was the real life Krusty the Clown show!

Jonathan said...

I found your "Junior Prankster" http://inlinethumb48.webshots.com/22831/2195256380100477929S500x500Q85.jpg

Anonymous said...

I had the fortune to meet him when I was a kid. I remember how would miss pronounce Halloween as "Halloreen". One time a girl tried correct him.

Dana Lowell said...

Thanks Chris.