From all the way through , preschool children got to learn and play along with a group of television children in the Romper Room , a TV series that was unusual in that it was both franchised and syndicated. Romper Room was a Franchised Series As part of a franchise agreement, local television stations could offer their own version of Romper Room to their viewers. From franchise to franchise, the show was essentially the same…same format, same script…but the hostess and the children were local to the viewing area. But the shows were also syndicated and broadcast in markets where there was no franchise. Some areas tailored the boxed script to fit their geographic needs. For example, the script was translated into Spanish and broadcast to the large Hispanic population in San Antonio, Texas.
Note: This article may feature affiliate links to Amazon. Qualifying purchases made via these links may earn us a small commission at no additional cost to you. Find out more here. Perhaps no one in America publicly exhibits such unalloyed pep, good humor, and energy in the early hours of the morning as Sally Gelbard, known to those of her friends who are between the ages of four and six as Miss Sally. While many people are still grumbling over their morning coffee, these ladies are preparing to fall on the floor, fondle fish or fowls, bang spiritedly on pots and pans, and sit on small seats, surrounded by small children, with big smiles on their faces. Real children doing real things. The children seemed oblivious to the cameras, the lights, and the fact that they had to change clothes to simulate two days of shooting, but the fish man was quite starstruck.
Romper Room: Real children doing real things (1978)
Romper Room is an American children's television series that was franchised and syndicated from to The program targeted preschoolers children five years of age or younger , and was created and produced by Bert Claster and his presenter wife, Nancy, of Claster Television. The national version was presented by Nancy Terrell. Romper Room was a rare case of a series being both franchised and syndicated, so local affiliates— Los Angeles and New York being prime examples—could produce their own versions of the show instead of airing the national telecast. For some time, local shows all over the world used the same script but with local children; some affiliates, starting with KWEX-TV in San Antonio , translated the scripts into Spanish for local airings.