Sunday, September 13, 2015

R.I.P. Bob Gordon

Robert Gordon Van Horn : November 16, 1924 - September 11, 2015

During the 60's and 70's Bob Gordon was a very popular TV host on Channel 12, WSJS (later WXII) out of Winston Salem, NC. Over the years the titles and formats of his shows changed but his popularity kept growing.

Some examples of his shows would be Bob Gordon Presents during 1960 -1961. In 1962 his show was Bob Gordon's Cartoon Corner, weekdays at 5:05 p.m. In 1963 it was the Bob Gordon Show weekday afternoons. During February 1964 his show moved to weekday mornings at 9:00 a.m. where it remained until the fall of 1966. In the spring of 1965 (May 1) Bob started a new show titled "Popcorn Theatre" on Saturday afternoons. During football season the show aired as Bob Gordon's Popcorn Theatre and during baseball season the show aired on Sunday afternoons as Bob Gordon's Sunday Theatre. By 1970 the show was known as Bob Gordon's Theater no matter which day it aired. On Monday October 18, 1976 Bob Gordon became the host of "Daybreak". This marked the first time that channel 12 had produced a "live" news show for the 6 A.M. time slot.

I will always have fond memories of Bob Gordon. May he rest in peace.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Susan Caras on WGHP 8

Susan Caras was the host of Dialing For Dollars after Jerry Merritt and before Jo Nelson.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Bob Gordon WXII 12 1976

On Monday October 18, 1976, Bob Gordon began a new chapter in his TV career. His new show was called "Daybreak". This article comes from the Greensboro Daily News archives.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Old Rebel & Pecos Pete - WFMY

This photo and article is from September 1, 1965.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Dialing For Dollars 1969 WGHP 8

Twelve year old Greg McCullough was visiting his Grand-parents during summer vacation. It was Tuesday morning July 1, 1969. Greg was watching "Dialing For Dollars" on WGHP when the phone rang. Greg's Grandmother was busy in the kitchen so she asked Greg to get the phone for her. It was Dick Bennick on the line calling from "Dialing For Dollars". Greg McCullough was able to give Mr. Bennick the correct count on the wheel and the correct amount of the prize, which was $188. In this photo you can see Greg McCullough holding his check from WGHP while watching the show again hoping for another call. That is Jerry Merritt you see on the screen as Dick Bennick left "Dialing For Dollars" the same week Greg McCullough got the call. Mr. Bennick had taken a new job at WAIR radio as their morning man and administrative assistant of the station. Dick Bennick continued doing "Shock Theatre" on WGHP as host Dr. Paul Bearer until leaving for Florida in early November of 1971.

Monday, February 16, 2015

WGNN 45 Schedule

This ad is from February 1980.

Greensboro Cable Channel 7

Thanks to Eric Wilson for submitting this ad from 1970. My area did not get cable until 1990. Does anybody remember this channel ?