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Chuck Adams
Dave Archard
Daisy Mae & Old Brother Charlie Arnett
Bert Arnold
Guy Bagli
Roger Bennett
Dick Bingham
Jay Black
Jack Bland
Otis Boggs
John Bohannon
John Browning
Pat Chamburs
Marshall Cleaver
King Coleman
Roger Connell
Bob Currie
Fred Davy
Glen Dill
Scott Dilworth
Tom Dunkin
Harry Dunlap
Hampton Dunn
Frank Evans
Ruben Fabelo
Wayne Fariss
Jack Faulkner
George Fee
A.G. "Tony" Fernandez
Charles Fernandez
Bonita Fishback
Salty Sol Fleischman
Florida Calling
Woody Garcia
Carl Glicken
Marlen Hager
Jim Harriott
George Harvey
Paul Hayes
Bobby Hicks
Bob Hoffer
Allan Hollar
Dan Johnson
Warren Johnson
Norman Jones
Warren Kauffman
Don Kimberlin
Max Kimbrel
Jerry Krumbholz
Cuz'n Larry Lane
Sam Latimer
Ernie Lee
Louis Link
Bandel Linn
Clair Linn
Bobby Lord
Dick Marsh
E. Martin
Tom Matthews
Burl McCarty
Gerald McGougan
Bernie McGovern
Spencer Mitchell
Joe Mitchell
Jeff Moshier
Robert Nelson
Roy Nilson
Priscilla Parker
Frank Parker
Paul Harvey News
Rich Pauley
Bill Polk
Nelson Poynter
Paul Reynolds
Rock Robbins
Pasco Roberts
Major George Robinson
Gene Robinson
Robert Rounsaville
Dayton Saltsman
Drew Shankle
Ken Skelton
Gordon Solie
Neil Spencer
Bob Stanton
Bill Steis
Hack Swain
Jack Swift
Wes Talbot
The Breakfast Club
Goldie Thompson
Walter Tison
Jack Weldon
William Wells

Big Jon & Sparkie

“Big Jon & Sparkie” was a children’s program that originated on a local Chicago station around 1947 and went nationwide on the ABC Radio Network beginning in 1950. Jon Arthur, the show’s creator, played the part of Big Jon, and Sparkie was “the little elf from the land of make-believe who wants more than anything else in the world to be a real boy.” The show ran for 30 minutes weekday afternoons but was reduced to 15 minutes in 1951. It found a much larger audience a few years later when ABC moved it to a two-hour block on Saturday mornings under the title “No School Today.” 

Both shows began with the unforgettable theme, “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic” (“If you go down in the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise…”) as sung by Ann Stephens, and featured recorded songs and stories, like Little Orly (created and narrated by Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum, better known as Mr. Green Jeans on TV's "Captain Kangaroo"). Another integral part of the show was its cast of fantasy characters, like Yukie Butcha (the comic cab driver), Daffodil Dilly, Mayor Plumpfront of Cincinnati, and Gil Hooley Mahoney and his Leprechaun Marching Band. 

The weekday “Big Jon & Sparkie” show aired Monday thru Friday afternoons at 5:00 until 1954. Saturday morning’s “No School Today,” which aired at 9:00 for two hours before being shortened to 90 minutes, ended its run in 1958. Both shows were popular with the kids and were heard on WSUN in the 1950’s.

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