D. B.'s Delight

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D.B.'s Delight is a locally produced St. Louis, Missouri children's television quiz show produced by CBS-owned affiliate KMOX-TV (later KMOV), Channel 4. The show ran 30 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays and aired in St. Louis from 1977 to 1988.

Cast[edit]

D.B.'s Delight featured two regular co-hosts including a live performer and a puppeteer. The live performer was radio personality Bobby Day who hosted the program from 1977 to 1984 and later, Guy Phillips from 1984-1988. The puppet character called "D.B. Doorbell" (performed, at various times, by puppeteers Tom Brooks, Dale Thompson, Doug Kincaid, and Bobby Miller). In addition to prize giveaways (usually special show themed pens, pencils, and T-Shirts), the show also featured comedic sketches and appearances by St. Louis child performers Mickey Dougherty and Ryan Bollman. [1]

Format[edit]

Opening with The J. Geils Band's "Freeze Frame", the format of the show consisted of three rounds, each featuring two contestants (6th grade students selected from a visiting area school, which made up the studio audience). There was also an occasional humor segment known as the "Joke Board", a "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" inspired segment featuring the show's stars telling jokes through small trapdoors in a colorfully painted wall.

During each round of D.B.'s Delight the live host asked questions of an educational nature and the contestant who had the correct answer was awarded points that would later determine the winner of that round. The question topics included history, mathematics, science, geography and current events plus contestants were also asked music questions featuring a brief audio clip of pop music and the contestant would have to identify the title or artist of that clip.

The third and final round of the show, called "The Winners Round", featured a face-off between the two winners of Round 1 and Round 2. The 4 most successful winners from each season were invited back to participate in D.B.'s Grand Delight, a special program that aired at the end of the school year.

Production details[edit]

Jan Landis was the original producer of the show (she was later succeeded by Debi Pittman); the shows were alternately directed by Skip Goodrum and Carl Petrie. Puppeteer Dale Thompson redesigned the first "D.B. Doorbell" puppet character and this was replaced in 1981 by a "Kincaid Karacter" puppet designed and built by St. Louis puppeteers William Kincaid and Doug Kincaid, when Doug Kincaid assumed the role of lead puppeteer that same year.

A winner of many regional Emmy Awards, and a fond favorite of young St. Louis audiences growing up in the late 1970s and 1980s, D.B.'s Delight was followed up by KMOV in 1988 by its production of "Gator Tales", another popular St. Louis children's television show.

Winners[edit]

Each show pitted 4 students from one 6th Grade class in the St. Louis area. The four most successful contestants from each season of D.B.'s Delight were invited to compete in D.B.'s Grand Delight.

Ron Fedorchak, playing for Lewis & Clark Junior High of Wood River, Illinois won the Grand Delight during the 1977–1978 school year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Young Bobby Day
  • St. Louis Globe-Democrat, Wednesday, March 25, 1981, Section E Front Page, "The Disco Kid is dancing along on the road to fame", article on Ryan Bollman & D.B.'s Delight.
  • St. Louis Globe-Friday, July 5, 1985, Living Section Front Page, "Talented brothers are creators...", article on Bill and Doug Kincaid and D.B.'s Delight.
  • Original letter from the TV show producers, 1978

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