It’s Howdy Doody Time!


“It’s Howdy Doody Time” by Edward Kean
It’s Howdy Doody time,
It’s Howdy Doody time,
Bob Smith and Howdy Doo
Say Howdy Doo to you.

Lets give a rousing cheer,
‘Cause Howdy Doody’s here.
It’s time to start the show,
So kids, let’s go!

The character first came to life from the creative mind of Bob Smith who created Howdy Doody during his days as a radio announcer on WNBC (AM). At that time, Howdy Doody was only a voice Smith performed on the radio.

When Smith made an appearance on NBC’s television program Puppet Playhouse on December 27, 1947, the reception for the character was great enough to begin a demand for a visual character for television. Frank Paris, a puppeteer whose puppets appeared on the program, was asked to create a Howdy Doody puppet.


One comment on “It’s Howdy Doody Time!”
  1. Jamie says:

    That character never made it over here in the UK. Interesting to learn about this one.
    The earliest puppets I can remember, from around 1960, were Andy Pandy, Muffin the Mule and Bill and Ben The Flowerpot Men.


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