WDSU-TV ON AIR CELEBRITIES
Wayne Mack -(D)
Billboards around the city
Wayne Mack as "The Great McNutt"
Norma (Hatfield) Alborado - (D)
The Great McNutt called her "Norma Noodle." In the 1960's, she played the
piano on Wayne Mack's kiddie show when an episode of the Three Stooges
wasn't entertaining the kids. Her real name was Norma Jay Stratz Alborado.
Norma became a seasoned performer at an early age playing piano, singing
and dancing with the All-American Girl Review, an American Legion
presentation touring various military installations in the South during
WWII. After the war, she attended Newcomb college majoring in music. After
graduation she joined the Rene Louarpre Society Orchestra. The group
performed for many Mardi Gras organizations at their annual balls.
WDSU-TV selected Norma to star in her own musical show, "The Music Room,"
in 1952. She also became the stations music director. She was a feature of
the "Midday" program and also appeared as an accompanist on the "Tonight
With Mel" TV show (one of the first talk shows in the country specifically
designed to feature local celebs on a program following the NBC "Tonight"
show). While handling all her musical chores at WDSU-TV, the delightful
Norma also found time to perform as organist and director of adult and
children's choirs at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Algiers.
She also directed and was accompanist for musical variety shows presented
by both Arden Cahill Academy and St. Mary's Dominican High School.
Norma Alborado was, indeed, one of the great ladies of WDSU-TV. All of us
will miss her beautiful, smiling face. Miss "Norma Noodle" died at the age
of 70 in June of 1999.
Bill Stanley (D)
Setting his alarm clock for 3:00 AM and getting to the television studio
for 4:00 AM was the order for the day, every day (except weekends) for
Bill Stanley. He had to be there so early to prepare for the WDSU-TV early
morning program "Breakfast Edition" Bill would win a popularity contest
not only as a television viewer's favorite but would also come out on top
in a vote by his broadcast community peers.
John Chase (D)
John Chase and his "Little Man"
Fred "Fritz" Paul
Fritz Paul was also one of the announcers who were heard on WDSU radio and
seen on Channel 6. He was happiest working with local musicians. In the
picture below he is seen as the announcer for the television program
"Rehearsing with Reininger" which featured the music of Johnny Reininger
and his WDSU combo. The group was composed of Reininger (clarinet),
Johnny Senac (bass) and Pete Lauderman (piano). Pete later became WDSU-TV's
Music Director and was featured on many local programs.
"Rehearsing with Reininger"
Jim Landry (D)
Jimmy Landry, whose broad smile was more than mildly infectious, was
chosen by ABC to narrate the annual network origination of the Midnight
Mass on Christmas Eve from the St. Louis Cathedral. His narration was also
heard on the WDSU-TV local TV coverage of the Midnight Mass. Jimmy became
one of the New Orleans TV favorites.
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