Working Without A Set

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After the first month they moved Club Nineteen. We moved from shooting in the control room to, actually using the station's TV studio. This was a big deal for me. The WXIX-TV Studio on Taconic Terrace was famous but the set was, as they called it, “temporary".

The temporary set consisted of three ply-wood panels. Each panel was given a coat of white paint then splattered with child like graffiti in bold poster paint colors.
To me, it looked like like a crayon factory threw-up on three innocent pieces of plywood.

They said it was temporary because they needed time to go over designs and build the real set. I think the real reason was they wanted to make sure I could make the jump from night club stand-up comic to kids show host.

I didn’t care for the set but thrilled with the studio. It was famous. This is where legendary Kids Shows like Larry Smith Puppets, and the Cool Ghoul were produced and broadcast. These are the shows that had me, as a kid, glued to a black and white Zenith for years.

These shows were an important part of growing up to every kid in Cincinnati. I know that for a fact, because, we talked about them every day at school, and couldn’t wait to get home to watch them again.

So that's why when i was offered the opportunity, and the responsibility, to do that for another generation of kids. I said HELL YES !!

By the way I’ve found boxes of VHS tapes from Club Nineteen and I’ll be posting these episodes to YOUTube so please subscribe to my page to see more.

Here are a couple of YouTube video links to Club Nineteen clips from 1990 using our "temporary set."

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