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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 TV Kids Show Hosts from the Past

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1992 Marching Band Showcase

1992 Dulaney High School Lions Roar Marching Band, under the direction of James Paxton. Introuduced by the legendary Stu Kerr.

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Craig Kerr - Solitude (with Lyrics)

Song and lyrics composed by Craig Kerr, drums by Stuart Kerr, additional guitars by Stu Hanna and Bobby Garland. Recorded and mixed by Stu Hanna at Stage2000 recording Studios, Dundee Video...

Aero Balloon Flight - 16th Sept 2011 AM - GoPro HD

Flight from Thame Showground to Bainton in G-OAER. A quick flight covering 14nm is 45 minutes. Joined by Stu and Kerr in the basket. Filmed using GoPro HD www.balloonatic84.co.uk.

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

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

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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 ...
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 ...
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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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