Documentary airs tonight on Detroit TV’s fascinating, unforgettable history

From slapstick comedian Soupy Sales to legendary newscaster Bill Bonds, Detroit TV’s pioneers and unforgettable entertainers will be featured at 8 p.m. tonight in a nostalgic documentary, “Detroit Remember When: The History of Detroit TV.”

Five years in the making, the documentary is everything public television should be – informative, entertaining and great to watch as a family. The film, created by Tim Kiska and Michael Collins, explores Detroit TV’s fascinating past in interviews and rare, vintage clips, some of which were tracked down at estate sales and inside boxes of forgotten archives.

The documentary includes Bill Kennedy, Johnny Ginger, Ray Lane, Bill Kennedy, Sagebrush Shorty, Bwana Don, Sonny Elliot and Auntie Dee. Among the shows were Milky the Clown, Teen Town, Bowling for Dollars and the American Black Journal.

The documentary also cleverly weaves in vintage advertisements like The Faygo Kid.

During breaks in the documentary, Bill Bonds, Amyre Makeupson, Bob Allison will be talking from Detroit Public Television’s studios.

Abigail Shah

Co-founder of Motor City Muckraker, Abigail Shah is a native Detroit and graduated with a BS in psychology from Wayne State University.

  • StretchRun

    It was a good show. I didn’t start watching until the early sixties so there were some I didn’t know but Bowling for Dollars, Bill Bonds, Soupy Sales, Bill Kennedy, Ray Lane and Sonny Eliot were all favorites. Bill Bonds and Sonny Eliot were my favorites of that group.