It was a children's variety show on every Sunday. It had a live children's audience and it was on Channel 5 in New York, which was WNEW, a local station before FOX. Sandy Becker was the ... See full summary »
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Pat Meikle ...
 Herself - Co-host (2 episodes, 1955)
Sonny Fox ...
 Himself - Host (2 episodes, 1961-1963)
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It was a children's variety show on every Sunday. It had a live children's audience and it was on Channel 5 in New York, which was WNEW, a local station before FOX. Sandy Becker was the first host. Then came Sunny Fox. After Sunny left, the last host was Bob McAllister. It had live guests and cartoons. Written by Mark Helfand

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A nine-hour Christmas special was aired on Christmas Day of 1956 with, among other features, an all-puppet version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". "Wonderama" also presented lengthy Christmas specials on Christmas Day of 1957 and 1959. See more »

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Referenced in The Roth Show: The New York City Way (2014) See more »

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Fun kids' entertainment from a simpler place and time
29 December 2004 | by (Cherry Hill, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

As with my fellow posters, I, too, grew up in the greater New York area and viewed "Wonderama" as nothing less than a weekly ritual, as hosted by Sonny Fox and, a little later, the late, great Bob McAllister. Both men had a real knack for talking to children without talking down to them. Really, they seemed to be having as much fun as the kids. And the kids were having a ball, obviously. From the exercise segments ("Exercise! Exercise! C'Mon, everybody, do your exercise!"), to the dance contest (where the main songs always seemed to be the Grass Roots' "Midnight Confession" and the Foundations' "Build Me Up, Buttercup," long after both had ceased to be hits), through McAllister's superficially nonsensical, but ultimately unforgettable songs ("Nobody Here Has an Aardvaark," "I've Got You"), to his Professor Fingleheimer creation ("The more you fingle, the less you heimer. Fingleheimer! Fingleheimer! Fingle-dingle-heimer!"), it was the sort of simplistic (But fun!) programming that would never pass muster with today's more sophisticated youngsters. And for that reason, I pity today's kids. They don't know what they're missing.

But we former "Wonderama" fans DO know. It was an irreplaceable part of our childhood, one we'll always treasure.


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