Sonny Fox (b. Irwin Fox, 1925, Brooklyn, New York) is an American television host, executive and broadcasting consultant, remembered best as the fourth full-time host of the children's television program, Wonderama. Year 1925 ( MCMXXV) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Brooklyn (named after the Dutch town Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. Television ( TV) is a widely used Telecommunication medium for sending ( Broadcasting) and receiving moving Images, either monochromatic For the band see Broadcast (band Broadcasting is the distribution of audio and/or Video signals which transmit
A World War II veteran, Fox's first experience in children's programming came in 1954, with a St. Louis program, The Finder on KETC-TV, a children's news and travelogue program. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including Year 1954 ( MCMLIV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar) KETC is the PBS member station in St Louis Missouri. The call letters KETC represent E ducational T elevision C ommission the organization It was considered the first show of its kind. His first national exposure came when CBS brought him aboard in 1955 to co-host the children's travelogue, Let's Take a Trip---"Taking two children on sort of an electronic field trip every week--live, remote location, no audience, no sponsors," Fox himself described that show, during interviews for PBS's The American Experience. CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. Year 1955 ( MCMLV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar) The Public Broadcasting Service ( PBS) is a Non-profit Public broadcasting Television service with 354 member TV stations in the American Experience (sometimes abbreviated AmEx) is a Television program airing on the PBS network in the United States
Fox became the first host of The $64,000 Challenge, the game show spinoff of The $64,000 Question, in 1956, but he was fired a few weeks into the series and replaced by Ralph Story-- the reason being he simply wasn't as funny or bright hosting the game as he was in person, according to producers. The $64000 Question was a popular United States Television Game show from 1955 to 1958 Year 1956 ( MCMLVI) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Ralph Story, originally Ralph Bernard Snyder ( August 19 1920 – September 26 2006) was an American television The primary role of a television producer is to control all aspects of production ranging from show idea development and cast hiring to shoot supervision and fact-checking As Fox himself admitted later (in the same PBS interviews, for segments about the quiz show scandal of 1958-1959), he was so awkward that he "had a predilection for asking the answers. The American quiz show scandals of the 1950s were the result of the revelation that contestants of several popular Television Quiz shows were secretly Year 1958 ( MCMLVIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The year 1959 ( MCMLIX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. "
But Fox's blink-of-an-eye tenure on the show may have been the biggest break of his career. He escaped any taint from the coming quiz show scandal, though he told The American Experience he'd been horrified by some of the testimony to Congress---including that of child star Patty Duke (who once played The $64,000 Challenge), who eventually admitted in tears that she'd been coached to lie to Congressional investigators. The United States Congress is the bicameral Legislature of the federal government of the United States of America, consisting of two houses Anna Marie "Patty" Duke (born December 14, 1946) is an Academy Award - three-time Emmy Award - and two-time Golden Globe By that time, Fox's involvement in game shows went no further than occasionally filling in for the original host of The Price is Right, Bill Cullen, or Beat the Clock host Bud Collyer. Widely Known Facts The Price Is Right is an American Television Game show that is currently owned by the FremantleMedia William Lawrence Francis "Bill" Cullen ( February 18, 1920 – July 7, 1990) was an American Radio and Television Beat The Clock is also a song by Ghostface Killah from his album The Pretty Toney Album Beat the Clock is a Goodson-Todman Productions Bud Collyer (born Clayton Johnson Heermance Jr, June 18, 1908 &ndash September 8 1969) was an American Radio actor/announcer
It turned out that the job for which he was suited best came the year the quiz scandals accelerated: Independent television network Metromedia (born of the ashes of the former DuMont Network) hired Fox to host of Wonderama on its New York flagship station, WABD (soon to become WNEW-TV), succeeding the team of Bill Britten and Doris Faye. Metromedia (also often MetroMedia) was a media company that owned radio and Television stations in the United States from 1956 The DuMont Television Network was the world's first commercial Television network, beginning operation in the United States in 1946 Bill Britten is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Bozo the Clown. Hiring Fox ended what some called the "musical-hosts syndrome" that Wonderama had for its first few years. The show had been created as well as originally hosted by actor-comedian Sandy Becker, who became a New York children's program star in his own right. George Sandford Becker ( February 19, 1922 &ndash April 9, 1996) went professionally by Sandy Becker, was a Television Fox became Wonderama's sole host for eight years, until August 1967. Year 1967 ( MCMLXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the 1967 Gregorian calendar.
Suave, congenial, and dryly witty, Fox balanced effortlessly between the serious and the slapstick, turning the marathon Wonderama (during Fox's tenure the show ran for four hours on Sunday mornings) into a weekly academy at which anything could happen and often did---whether Shakespearean dramatizations, guest celebrities, magic demonstrations (customarily by legendary magician James "The Amazing" Randi), art instruction, spelling bees, learning games, or other elements. Slapstick is a type of Comedy involving exaggerated physical violence or activities which exceed the boundaries of common sense such as a character being hit in the face with William Shakespeare ( baptised James Randi (born August 7 1928 (stage name The Amazing Randi) is a stage magician and scientific skeptic best known as a challenger of Paranormal A spelling bee is a competition where contestants usually Children, are asked to spell English words
Fox was deft at balancing what could have been a haphazard hodgepodge into a seamless whole, and he was consistent in never talking down to his young guests and viewers, treating them with legitimate respect and tolerance. The result was that Wonderama, all four hours worth, was rarely if ever known to have bored either the children who appeared on the show (the segments showing the weekly 25 or 30 children waving cross-armed, leading in and out of commercial breaks, were as much a signature as Fox himself) or those who watched it. A television advertisement or television commercial (often just commercial or advert (US or ad (UK is a span of television programming produced
For a few years it seemed as though Fox owned children's weekend television in the New York metropolitan area. In the same year he joined Wonderama, he reached back to the "color war" team competitions he knew as a child in summer camp to create and host Just For Fun, a two-and-a-half hour Saturday morning show involving two teams of kids in Blue and Gold jumpsuits to compete in contests ranging from the mildly athletic to the wildly bizarre. Color war is a game played in Summer camps schools and some social organizations (such as Sororities and Fraternities) Summer camp is a supervised Program for Children and/or Teenagers conducted (usually during the Summer Months in some countries One mainstay was the Treasure Chest competition: One contestant from each team would be placed in front of a locked chest and 1,000 keys. When the winner found the key to open their chest, a siren would sound, and whatever was happening at the time (be it cartoon, commercial, skit, etc. ) was interrupted. The winner would stand with arms outstretched and a towering pile of board games and toys would be placed in their arms.
A year later, Fox hosted ABC's first original Saturday morning show, On Your Mark, a game show in which children ages 9 through 13 answered questions about various professions. The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network. On Your Mark lasted one season, but the lively Just For Fun lasted until 1965. Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar.
Fox left Wonderama in 1967; his successor, Bob McAllister, continued the show both locally (in New York City), and in national syndication through the 1970s. Bob McAllister ( June 2, 1935 &ndash July 21, 1998) was an American television personality magician and children's entertainer and the host In Broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast Radio shows and Television shows to multiple individual stations without going through This article is about the Decade 1970-1979 For the Year 1970 see 1970. Fox gradually withdrew from television work (he'd also played Mr. Prim in the 1966 television film, The Christmas That Almost Wasn't), spending time in theater and other entertainment while raising his own four children. Year 1966 ( MCMLXVI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. The Christmas That Almost Wasn't is a 1966 film that stars Rossano Brazzi and Paul Tripp. He spent one year (1977) running children's programming for NBC (and taking one more stab at hosting, with the short-lived Way Out Games in 1976), while spending time concurrently as a lecturer at the State University of New York at Stony Brook campus in the 1970s. Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Lecturer is a term of Academic rank. In the United Kingdom lecturer is the name given to University Teachers in their first permanent State University of New York at Stony Brook, commonly known as Stony Brook University, is a public research university located in Stony Brook, New York This article is about the Decade 1970-1979 For the Year 1970 see 1970.
Eventually, Fox joined and became a chairman of the board for Population Communications International, a New York-based nonprofit concern dedicated to influencing media coverage and presentation of family planning issues--including work with U. S. and international soap opera producers, helping them develop "more healthful" family planning story lines, as a newspaper article described it in 2002. A soap opera is an ongoing episodic work of Fiction, usually broadcast on Television or Radio. See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar.
But it is Wonderama for which Fox's name and personality are most remembered. And it is a remembrance he appreciates. When the TVparty. com Website for television nostalgia added a Wonderama page featuring comments from past fans of the Fox-era show, it received a reply from Fox himself. "Stumbling on the Wonderama site and reading the thoughts of past acolytes," he wrote, "I feel a bit as though I had died and am eavesdropping on chit chat at my funeral. Eerie. But delightful . . . I am struck by how vivid the relationship remains. What wonderful satisfaction to know that one has left a thumbprint on the malleable minds of young people--an impression which is still alive after thirty years. "