Blast from the Past: Channel 9’s daytime in ’61

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We continue our Blast from the Past series with this Orlando Sentinel advertisement for WLOF-Channel 9 from Nov. 1, 1961.

WLOF? Yep, you read that right. When it signed on in February 1958, Channel 9 was known as WLOF (which stood for We Love Orlando Florida). It would not become WFTV until 1963.

Here’s what this WLOF ad says about the Monday-Friday lineup on Channel 9 in the fall of 1961 …

8 a.m. — The Mickie Evans Show. A relaxed half-hour of music, weather and special guests. Mickie has performed with two Country and Western music stars.

10:45 a.m. — Rich Plan Cooking School. Chef George Nichols uses his continental flair to show you the easy way to creative cooking every day. He’ll also show the perparations of cuisine for a gourmet.

1:30 p.m. — Orbit. Accent on the unuusal and the interesting. This week, host Lowell Fenner introduces his viewers to the lilting song-styles of Martha Tiller (Thursday) and other top entertainment.

4 p.m. — American Bandstand. Dick Clark presents the music most popular with young America, and the artists who made it popular. See the new dance, “The Twist” … in action.

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  1. Back in the early 60’s channel 9 had a TV station on Central Blvd in Orlando…they did Uncle Walt show ….Ms Nancy, with her magic mirror….and I believe on Sats they did a dance show, kinda like American Bandstand…as a tween I use to go there with my friends….what was the name of the show…and who was the host… you have any clips from that show……it was either Channel Nine Bandstand….or something like that ! Can you send the answer to my e’mail ??

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