Hard Rock, Coco, and Joe (video)

Another Chicago original: Hard Rock, Coco, and Joe.

I used to love when Christmas-time came around, so that WGN would start showing Hard Rock, Coco and Joe (and Suzy Snowflake and Frosty too).

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  • Excellent!

  • Kate60456

    Thanks, John. I could not wait for these to played on WGN as a little girl. Now as an adult I come to your site every year to relive a bit of my childhood again.

  • pamsfriend

    Too bad kids no longer have local kid programming. It was great. Ray Rayner was a fun show.

  • rmthunter

    omigod! I used to love this one when I was a kid.

  • I’ve always been fascinated by the various things local channels came up with for kids back when there actually had local programming.

    In Buffalo we had Rocketship 7 and the Commander Tom Show. Other places had pirates, sea captains, who knows what. Same basic idea – elaborate set, weatherman dressed up as a character, a few puppets and then Popeye cartoons.

    20 years ago I thought a book compiling quick descriptions of these local kids’ shows with photos would be a fun nostalgia product, but I guess its time has passed.

    Poor Canadians. They had “The Uncle Bobby Show,” seriously creepy. Uncle Bobby was drunk half the time, and came across like the uncle you’re warned not to be caught alone in a room with.

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