Commander Tom Show
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December 20, 1965 – 1993
was a Commander Tom Show children's television series that aired weekday afternoons on Channel 7 WKBW-TV in Buffalo, New York, premiering on December 20, 1965.
The host of the show was
Tom Jolls, who had joined WKBW as a weatherman earlier in 1965. When the show launched, it consisted of interstitial segments with Jolls shown around episodes of the TV series. Dustmop the puppet (a dog) was introduced in 1967. An alligator puppet, Matty the Mod followed, along with the first female puppet Cecily Fripp, modeled after American comedian Phyllis Diller. Adventures of Superman
In the early 1970s, Superman (whose rights had
moved to the networks) would be replaced with other family and children's programming including re-runs of , The Three Stooges , The Flintstones , Batman , Little Rascals , and The Munsters . Many short animated cartoons also were shown: Warner Bros. The Addams Family and Merrie Melodies were staples for many years, including some of the earliest Looney Tunes and Porky Pig shorts from the 1930s. Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as Bugs Bunny and Touché Turtle replaced Bugs and his friends after a time. A number of MGM cartoons from the 1930s were shown as well. Near the end of its run, the show was renamed Peter Potamus Commander Tom's World and relegated to weekends. In later years, it played such shows as , Davey and Goliath , and Rainbow Brite . After its cancellation in 1991, the "Commander Tom" character was merged into a revival of The Getalong Gang in 1992. That, too, was cancelled in 1993, ending the character of "Commander Tom" for good. Rocketship 7
Tom would often travel from school to school to speak to young children. He was an annual event in the Holland Central School district's "Let's Give America a Chance" career day.