It was 1978.Channel 4 became WDIV-TV in the summer of '77,around my 24th birthday,just before I went to St. Clair College here in Windsor and a month before Elvis died.
Kay Graham paid cash and traded WTOP-TV in Washington, DC for WWJ-TV.
The News got WTOP straight-up. The only thing channel 4 had going for it was that Detroit was a bigger market then Washington at the time. WTOP was as powerhouse news station and a CBS affiliate. Channel 4 had an also-ran newscast and a last place NBC affiliation.
But Elvis did die in August '77.
That's wrong too.Oopsy replaced Bozo because of concerns that Bozo was too aggressive for young children.
Channel 4 simply lost the Bozo franchise for this market to Channel 9 (CKLW) around the late 60's. The franchise eventually was bought by TV2 in the 70's.
Channel 4 needed another kid's show after losing Bozo so McNea became Oopsy.
Which I think he took to Canadian TV after channel 4 was sold.
Wrong again.sports another Don Kremer,who with Chuck "Buck" Walby hosted "Bowling For Dollars "
Bob Allison hosted Bowling for Dollars after the 6pm news.
Kremer hosted Beat the Champ that aired after The Tonight Show.