WWL ON AIR CELEBRITIES
Don Westbrook___Hap Glaudi (D)___Jim Kincaid
Bob Jones___Hap Glaudi (D)____Don Westbrook
Hap Glaudi (D) - "THE" New Orleans Sportscaster
WWL-TV Newsroom Staff - 1963
Henry Dupre (D)
"Popeye and Pals"
One of the popular television kiddie shows in New Orleans, "Popeye and
Pals" was hosted by the WWL radio "Dawnbusters" favorite, Henry Dupre' (D).
Henry Dupre (D)
Miss Jinny and her "Do Bees" on "Romper Room"
John Pela hosts "Saturday Hop"
The "Saturday Hop" teenage dance party host, John Pela, brought the musical
excitement of "American Bandstand" to the WWL studios in the re-modeled
7-up building on Rampart Street. The program later was called "The John
Pela Show." The party aired from the late 50s to the early 70s. John also
paid his dues to kidvid as Captain Mercury.
John Pela as Captain Mercury
Pela was picked by the Loyola VIPs to head up an acquired station in
Lafayette, LA. He later became manager of WLAE-TV in New Orleans. His
voice was and is still heard on various radio and television commercials.
"A Sunday Journal" with Jim Metcalf - (D)
Peabody Award winner Jim Metcalf's "A Sunday Journal" was the kind of "class act"
seldom seen on television today. His Sunday late-night series brought
people and their hobbies, mood scenes and sounds, and poetry to the television
receivers in New Orleans. The WWL award winning poet died in 1977. There
are still many who remember his delightful program and seek more of his
contribution to the arts.
"The Weather with Jean"
Jean Doherty was the FIRST LADY OF WEATHER in New Orleans. Jean has also
been a model and has been heard on many radio shows and commercials. She has
also seen in TV commercials. The beautiful lady is also an accomplished
musician. The harp is her instrument. Her Sunday night weather show followed
the 10 PM local news during most of 1967.
In May of 1967 she married Charlie Matkin, an announcer/newsman at WWL-AM.
Both Jean and Charlie later left the broadcast community to become hotel
owners. They purchased and operate the Old World Inn in New Orleans. Charlie
has frequently returned to radio as, more or less, a hobby. He has been heard
as co-host, with former WDSU-TV Producer/Director Paul Yacich, of "Seems
Like Old Times." The program features old time radio program segments and
Morgus The Magnificent
Momus Alexander Morgus lectures to his "students of science"
A typical morgusectomy at M.A.M.I. (Momus Alexander Morgus Institute)
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