Captain 11


Captain 11

Captain 11 was a popular after-school children's program for over 40 years on KELO-TV, broadcast on channel 11 from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Station weatherman Dave Dedrick donned a yellow-trimmed blue pilot uniform with hat and daily (later weekly as cable TV began to cut into its ratings) became the jolly host of the show. The show primarily played cartoons and other children's fare, and featured the Captain having all the kids (his "crew") introduce themselves on the air, guessing to win the toy chest, and children with birthdays working the Captain's control panel of lights and switches. The show ended with the Captain playing a game with the children, involving them to first: wave one hand, then both hands. Then wave both hands and jump with both feet facing the camera.

The Captain 11 charge

The show opened with an animated space scene, slowly zooming in to the Captain's space ship, with this charge voiced over:

History

The show ran from March 7, 1955 to December 27, 1996 making it the longest continuously running children’s television program. Dedrick's autobiography ["It Ain't All Cartoons: Memoirs of the Captain", 1989, ISBN 0-9605738-7-9] reveals interesting background about the show, like why the character's trademark rubber headphones were eventually discarded after many seasons, and how the set designers could not agree on a single design and eventually had to work independently on their own sections.

Dave Dedrick retired from broadcasting on December 30, 1996. He was inducted into the South Dakota Broadcasters Hall of Fame on April 18, 1997, and inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 1999. The Captain 11 set and other memorabilia is displayed in the State Historical Museum in Pierre.

References

External links

* [http://www.sd4history.com/Unit9/captian11.htm Captain 11]
* [http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Lot/8256/LocalTV/Captain11/index.htm The Unofficial Captain 11 Home Page]


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