Saturday, January 4, 2014

New York's last kids show host: Ranger Danger (1990's)

Fox affiliate WXXA, in the early days of Fox's weekday afternoon schedule, launched the Fox 23 Kids Club, an umbrella title for local presentation of not only the Fox lineup that ran from 3-5 pm (ET), but also the morning block (6-9 am). What the station decided to do was revive the idea of a kids show host in the region, something that hadn't happened since the 60's at WTEN.

Ranger Danger, a bumbling but well meaning sort, presided over the blocks, appearing in short comedy skits, a trio of which will be shown in the following video. Sometimes he attempted to do interviews or interact with local athletes, but more often than not, he was alone performing slapstick comedy.

Unfortunately, after the station was sold to Clear Channel (which has since sold WXXA to another interest), the Ranger was given the ol' pink slip, and never seen again. It's been nearly 20 years since we've seen these silly bits, uploaded by Vito106:



I'll let you in on a little secret. Vito106 is the YouTube handle of WPYX DJ Uncle Vito, the radio alter-ego of Ranger Danger himself. Maybe someday, he'll bring the Ranger back.......!

Rating: B.

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