CHICAGO, February 4, 2019 – Surviving full-length segments from the first decade of WGN’s legendary “Bozo’s Circus” have recently been digitally remastered. Now, for the first time since their original airings over 50 years ago, WGN-TV will air the segments, in their entirety, in a two-hour primetime special titled “Bozo’s Circus: The 1960s” on Sunday, February 17th at 7p CT. WGN’s Dean Richards will host. The unedited segments are made up of sketches, guest circus acts and the Grand Prize Game, featuring the original cast: Bob Bell as Bozo, Ray Rayner as Oliver O. Oliver, Don Sandburg as Sandy, Ned Locke as Ringmaster Ned, and the show’s musical director, Bob Trendler as Mr. Bob, leading the Big Top Band. Sandburg, the last surviving member of the original cast, passed away on October 6, 2018.
WGN’s Bozo show, recognized as the most popular and successful locally-produced kids’ show in the history of television, aired from 1960 to 2001 (and nationally from 1978 to 2001), with viewers waiting as long as 10 years to be part of the show’s 200+ member studio audience. In 2005, WGN premiered the two-hour retrospective “Bozo, Gar & Ray: WGN TV Classics,” which has since aired annually and become a holiday tradition.
The special broadcast will also be streamed live at WGNTV.com/Live and on the WGN-TV News app, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. A rebroadcast of “Bozo’s Circus: The 1960s” will be seen Sunday, February 24th at 12p (noon) CT on WGN-TV as well as online at WGNTV.com/Live and the WGN News app.
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