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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.


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

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Baltimore Sun
Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:26:17 -0700

George W. Collins, a pioneering WMAR-TV broadcaster who earlier had been editor-in-chief of the Afro-American newspaper and covered the civil rights movement and political corruption in Maryland, died Thursday of renal failure at Union Memorial ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
Baltimore Sun
Wed, 26 Dec 2012 12:48:45 -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 ...
Baltimore Sun
Fri, 02 Jul 2010 00:02:06 -0700

Local broadcasting legend Stu Kerr replaced Mr. Wells as "Mr. Fortune" in 1957 when Mr. Wells left WCBM to start "The Jack Wells Show," Baltimore's first morning TV show, on WJZ. "He made this groundbreaking program a template for the type of morning ...
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The Grio
Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:50:30 -0800

If you told someone the voice of Elmo belongs to a 51-year-old black man from Baltimore, they'd most likely not believe you. But Kevin Clash has always done the unbelievable, catapulting himself from homemade puppet shows in his backyard to working ...

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