While the new Club Nineteen set was being constructed in the WXIX studio . (They called it Studio A. I don't know why since there was no Studio B, C, or D. But because there was only one studio it meant Club nineteen was shot in the same studio as the shows I watched as a kid like Larry Smith Puppets, and the Cool Gouhl. I was thrilled to be using the same studio.
ANYWAY… during that time, we shot Club Nineteen on and around the set while it was under construction. This meant there were piles of 2x4s stacks of Plywood and power tools just laying around for me to play with.
Even though wrote scripts for every thing I was going to say during the breaks between every cartoons and every commercials I couldn't help but improv. Especially with all these "props" laying around. While taping the Woody Woodpecker segments that month I picked up a scrap of wood and and said, "I have an idea."
The crew knew me well enough by now that the words, "I have an idea" meant I wanted to do something that was not on the script and I probably wasn't going to tell them what it was. I just wanted them to roll the tape and see what happens.
The crew didn't always like it when I went "off script" But in their defense they had good reason because I had proven time and time again these sudden "ideas" of mine could be bad ideas, sometime real bad. But, this time it worked out great, thanks to Producer Karen Smith who added the sound effects in editing. She made this idea work.
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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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Two months before, I was living in Los Angeles working the top comedy clubs at night and auditioning for network Sit-coms during the day. Both my agent and my manager said they had no doubt I was going "make it."
They saw me, not as the star of a network TV show but, as a supporting role like Norm in "Cheers". All I wanted was to be the next Norm and they felt it was getting very close.
So when the general manager of WXIX called and asked me if I wanted host a local kids show on a UHF station in Cincinnati I said,...
"Hell Yes!!! "
This photo was taken four weeks later. In the photo, left to right, is Karen Smith Producer, David Ashbrock Executive Producer at WXIX, and me, "Cartoon Boy' the shows writer and host.
The set wasn't built yet so the first month we shot in the control room, using the switcher and all the monitors as the back ground.
Club Nineteen premiered on Monday, January 15th, 1990. It was Martin Luther King Day.
I recently found a box containing Club Nineteen Episodes on VHS tapes which I'm digitizing now,
I plan on posting the videos, along with photos and stories from Club Nineteen.
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