Season One, Episode Five
Detroit television historian Tim Kiska joins Mike Geeter and Seth Resler to talk about the fifth episode of Comedy Central’s show, Detroiters. They discuss Soupy Sales, U of M, and the evolving television landscape.
Here’s what they discussed:
- Tim is the author of From Soupy to Nuts! A History of Detroit Television and the co-author of Detroit Television.
- Within Michigan, there is a big rivalry between the University of Michigan and Michigan State. There is also a rivalry between University of Michigan and Ohio State University.
- Dearborn has a very large Arab-American population.
- The Hustle is a popular dance in Detroit.
- The Detroit News owned WWJ was the first TV station in the air in Detroit.
- Soupy Sales was a popular TV host in Detroit from 1953 to 1960. He saved ABC.
- Clyde Adler was the puppeteer behind White Fang and other characters for Soupy.
- Mike loved to watch The Ghoul Show and Godzilla Week.
- Mike once appeared on the TV show Kelly and Company.
- Q: The daughter of which famous author married Ossip Gabrilowitsch, the conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra?
- A: Clara Clemmons, daughter of Mark Twain.
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