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Rock & Roll Singers On KPTV's "High Time" 1957-58

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  1. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    The Sunday Oregonian - August 11, 1957

    In order to get a running start on the fall season several new shows will appear this week. Terry Mason, new Operations Manager of KPTV, tells of a new local live daily show on channel 12, High Time starting at 4:45 p.m. Monday. [8-12-57]

    This will be a teen-age dance party, giving Portland high school students their own television show for the first time. Gene Brendler will emcee the dance, interview the teen-agers, visiting personalities, school track stars, supervise contests. Parents are invited to watch the show from the viewer's gallery. It's starting with a half-hour format, will probably be extended to a full hour this fall.

    8-12-57 ad: "HIGH TIME. For Teenagers; About Teenagers; Starring Teenagers; Monday through Friday 4:45 p.m. Portland's First Teenage Show. KPTV channel 12."

    9-17-57 Jane Russell was a guest..

    10-22-57 guests "The Biggest Show of Stars For 57" tour were on High Time: Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters, Paul Anka, The Everly Brothers, Eddie Cochran, LaVern Baker, Buddy Knox, Jimmy Bowen with The Rhythm Orchids, Paul Williams & His Big Orchestra with Harold Cromer, M.C. The show at the Paramount Theatre, tickets: $2.00, $2.75, $3.50. Two shows: 7:00 & 9:30pm. Off the tour in Portland was headliner Fats Domino, who was sick with the flu. Along with Frankie Lyman.

    The Sunday Oregonian - March 9, 1958

    Queen of KPTV's High Time program will be decided this week as viewers vote for a winner from among five finalists selected by three judges. The winner will act as the program's official greeter for one year. Material reward will consist of a $300 clothing credit. Second and third place winners will be named princesses and will receive a $100 clothing credit.

    The finalists were chosen from among nearly 200 candidates who submitted photographs and personal data. Contestants are sophomore, junior and senior girls from high schools within KPTV viewing area. The five finalists were featured, one each day on the High Time program last week. The show is seen each week day at 4:30 p.m. The girls were interviewed by emcee Gene Brendler and featured on the show to give viewers a look at each. Friday all five girls appeared for one last look.

    Voting is by mail, with no votes accepted that were postmarked before 5:30 p.m. Friday. Voting will close at midnight Wednesday. The queen and two princesses will be announced on the program Monday, March 17. The five finalists are Betty Brinker, Siletz; Joan Burgoyne, Portland; Mary King, Gresham; Sharon Pitcher, Hubbard, and Marilyn Yung, Portland. [winner was never published.]

    4-23-58 Skitch Henderson was a guest.

    5-14-58 guests "The Biggest Show of Stars For 58" tour were on High Time: Sam Cooke, Paul Anka, Clyde McPhatter, The Royal Teens, Jackie Wilson, The Everly Brothers, The Silhouettes, Frankie Avalon, LaVern Baker, The Monotones, The Cresendos, George Hamilton IV, Jimmy Reed, The Storey Sisters, Jimmy Dell, Paul Williams & The Big Show of Stars Orchestra with Harold Cromer, M.C. The show at the Paramount Theatre, tickets: $2.00, $2.75, $3.50. Two shows: 7:00 & 9:30pm.

    8-3-58 ad: "Free tickets to the High-Time Show. Free tickets available now in Lipman's new Teen Shop on the Fourth Floor for the High-Time Show Wednesday, August 6th, 5-5:30 p.m., over KPTV Channel 12! LIPMAN WOLFE & CO."

    5-13-60 ad: "Portland's only live and lively teen-time dance party with Gene Brendler. NEW TIME, 3:30 P.M., MON. thru FRI. following American Bandstand."

    The last "High Time" program aired on September 23, 1960.

    Posted on November 10, 2012 - 11:01 AM #
  2. semoochie

    Here's what the "Yesterday's KPTV" website had to say about the program:

    Posted on November 10, 2012 - 12:57 PM #
  3. Uncle Mort

    ill advised name for a teen show.
    and the beginning of
    vote by mail in oregon...

    Posted on November 10, 2012 - 02:51 PM #
  4. semoochie

    The vernacular was probably different in 1957.

    Posted on November 10, 2012 - 03:01 PM #
  5. RobinMitchell

    I recall seeing TONY BELLUS lip-synching to ROBBIN' THE CRADLE!!!

    Posted on November 10, 2012 - 07:21 PM #
  6. msndrspdx

    Buddy Holly's last appearance on "High Time" took place not too long before his death in that now-legendary airplane crash...

    Best, M. 8)

    Posted on November 11, 2012 - 10:19 AM #
  7. scowl

    The vernacular was probably different in 1957.

    I can't recall any fifties movies or TV shows where anyone under forty used that phrase unless they were one of those preppy square characters who wore a v-neck sweater and had a girlfriend was secretly in love with the hooligan hero who drove a motorcycle.

    Posted on November 13, 2012 - 12:19 PM #
  8. semoochie

    I mentioned this to my sister(1958 graduate), who thought it was a combination of "having a good time" and "high school".

    Posted on November 13, 2012 - 09:37 PM #
  9. scowl

    Oh OK.

    I just picture a very white guy with a buzz cut wearing a letterman's jacket sitting in his expensive convertible telling his blond girlfriend, "Goodness, Buffy, we had such a high time at your father's last evening! It was quite a treat to hear his adventures in the Pacific Theater. Those Japanese didn't have a chance against him!"

    Of course Buffy is staring at the guy with the slicked back hair sitting on his motorcycle, smoking and looking sullen because his parents and society just don't understand him.

    It's possible I've watched too many low-budget movies made in the 50's.

    Posted on November 14, 2012 - 11:01 AM #