Bill - Los Angeles-based kiddie show who appeared on
BEACHCOMBER BILL broadcast on KCOP Channel 13. In the fall of 1964, Bill Biery moved his act
to WPIX Channel 11 New York City.
As his name implied, Beachcomber Bill dressed in a casual beach outfit and liked to draw
pictures for the studio audience. "March of the Baby Elephants" was
the show's theme song.
In between cartoon segments of Lippy the Lion, Touche Turtle and
Wally Gator, Beachcomber Bill
entertained his young viewers with stories, zoo animals and
characters like Melvin the Giraffe, and Uncle Ant. Puppeteer Herb
Bass (and later Terry Bennett) manipulated the puppets on the show.
BEACHCOMBER BILL was canceled in the fall of 1966, but host Bill
Biery returned a year later with THE BILL BIERY SHOW. This format
featured cartoons, old serials film shorts like Buck Rogers and
Flash Gordon and a bunch of new off screen characters including
Thumbsey Clumbsey, Outo Phocus and the Genie In The Box.
Bill Biery's revised show format ran for about six months until it ended
on March 17, 1967. Biery stayed on as a staff announcer at Channel
WPIX -TV Channel 11 through the 1980s.
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