Art Linkletter 1912-2010 98 TV pioneer. Canadian. Left on the steps of a church when only weeks old, Linkletter was raised by the pastor and his wife and never knew his biological parents. Obtained a degree in teaching but turned to radio because the pay was better, then to TV where he became an early fixture and at one time had 5 shows running during a single season.
Art Linkletter House Party premiered on CBS Radio January 15, 1945, and ran weekdays at 4 p.m., three days a week, through January 10, 1947. On December 31, 1948 the show switched to ABC Radio where it ran till December 30, 1949. It returned to CBS Radio days later, making it’s longest continued run from January 2, 1950 to October 13, 1967. The audience participation show was hosted Art Linkletter. The Sponsors included General Electric, Pillsbury, and Lever Brothers.