Thursday, November 06, 2008

I was made aware tonight about the passing of one time game show host Bob Kennedy back in June.According to what little I could find, he was born January 23,1922 and died June 26,2008 in Englewood Cliffs, NJIn the 1940's he appeared on Broadway in Oklahoma and made several soundies (copies exist in the UCLA film and TV archive)He was the featured singer on Name that Tune prior to George DeWitt taking over.Bob hosted not one, but two of TV's shortest run game shows, "Wingo" in 1958 (5 weeks in CBS primetime) and "Window Shopping" in 1962 (13 weeks on ABC daytime). I have one copy of Wingo, but still have never found any copies of Window Shopping. Window Shopping was the last game show produced by Wolf Productions and Wingo was produced by Jan Murray.In the 60's, he filled in as announcer on Password, mostly when Jack Clark subbed as host.In the 50's, he also hosted several local shows in the New York area including a dance show on channel 13 (before it went non-commercial)Later on, I believe, he ran an industrial films company in New Jersey.Maybe someone has other info to add to this.

Dave Schwartz