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Thomas Stewart Kerr, more familiarly known to audiences as Stu Kerr (March 9, 1928 - July 17, 1994), was a Baltimore, Maryland, television personality who developed and hosted a number of programs on Baltimore television from 1952 through the 1980s. Playing a "conductor" on the show Caboose in 1978, he discovered Kevin Clash and Todd Stockman.

Kerr was born in Yonkers, New York and as a teenager worked as an NBC page at the network's Rockefeller Center headquarters. He later recalled "sitting in Lowell Thomas' [sic] seat right after he left, while it was still warm", practicing script reading[1] His first full-time broadcasting job was on radio at the age of 19. Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950, he saw combat action during the Korean War.

Kerr's television career began in 1952 at WMAR-TV in Baltimore, where he created The Janitor, a late-night show displaying his talent for improvisation. He then played in various children's shows at WMAR-TV, beginning with The Early Riser and Bozo the Clown in the 1960s and, later, inventing the character Professor Kool on his popular Professor Kool's Fun Skool program in the late 1960s early 1970s. He was also the weatherman on the early and late evening news programs throughout most of the 1970s. The station's weather set was notable for having hand-movable dials that looked like a digital thermometer and barometer.

Kerr also hosted Dialing for Dollars on WMAR-TV until that show ended its 38-year run on Baltimore radio and television in 1977.[1] After leaving WMAR-TV in 1981, he was a weatherman on WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., and also performed in 54 Space Corps, a puppet show televised on WNUV-TV in Baltimore. For a number of years he hosted a call-in gardening program, airing Saturday mornings on WCBM radio.

Kerr had a bit part in the movie Diner and small roles in "The Adventure of the Action Hunters" and Morgan Stewart's Coming Home, both filmed in 1987.

He created the recurring character role of "Scoop Toot" on the long-running national network children's program Captain Kangaroo.

Kerr died of multiple myeloma in Baltimore on July 17, 1994.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Scott Shane, "Television host Stu Kerr, beloved by children, dies", Baltimore Sun, July 18, 1994.

External links[edit]


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Morris Daily Herald

Morris Daily Herald
Thu, 10 Mar 2016 06:18:34 -0800

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award this year was given to both Jane and Stu Kerr of Apple Butter and Shugies and Kevin Brown of Brown Bear Painting. "The Kerrs put Grundy County on the map when they were honored in August in New York City as a ...

WBAL Radio

WBAL Radio
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 11:30:00 -0800

Folks like Royal Parker, Stu Kerr, Larry Lewman, George Lewis (Capt. Chesapeake), Johnny Dark, Bob Jones, Jim West, Chuck Thompson, and Jay Grayson, and news people like Galen Fromme, Eddie Fenton, Rolf Hertsgard, Ron Smith, Mike Hambrick, ...

WBAL Baltimore

WBAL Baltimore
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:25:56 -0700

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TechCrunch

TechCrunch
Sat, 12 Jan 2013 08:07:49 -0800

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Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun
Sun, 15 Sep 2013 12:18:45 -0700

Mr. Stidman helped write and direct shows including "The Early Riser," "Bozo the Clown," "Professor Kool's Fun Skool" and "Dialing for Dollars," all starring local personality Stu Kerr. Mr. Stidman also made a rare appearance in front of the camera on ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:05:11 -0800

He made his own puppets, built his own set and met his first mentor as a result - local television host Stu Kerr. He was a fixture on local CBS affiliate WMAR, news announcer, weatherman, popular children's entertainer. He approached Kevin after his ...

Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun
Wed, 26 Dec 2012 12:55:34 -0800

His puppeteer act caught the eye of local television host Stu Kerr, who put Clash on his kids' show "Caboose." That led to performances on nationally broadcast children's shows "Captain Kangaroo" and "Sesame Street," which Clash was involved with for ...

Toledo Blade

Toledo Blade
Sun, 04 Mar 2012 21:31:54 -0800

LMHA Executive Director Linnie Willis said officials have talked about making public housing smoke-free for about 1½ years and are working with Stu Kerr, the health department's tobacco program coordinator. Collingwood Green, a 65-unit senior housing ...
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