Cowboy Outfit Worn by Beloved Houston TV Personality

Don Mahoney, host of "Kiddie Troupers," entertained generations of Houston children

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In the early days of television, local television stations produced their own children's shows, which often went out live over the airwaves. Local children were usually invited to participate in the shows, and the hosts became beloved figures to generations of young viewers.

KPRC-Houston's show was called Don Mahoney and Jeanna Clare’s Kiddie Troupers and featured youngsters tap dancing, singing, and playing instruments accompanied by Mahoney and Clare in western garb. This outfit belonged to Don Mahoney. The Kiddie Troupers show ran on KPRC from 1950 to 1977 and continued on cable television during the 1980s.

Among the children who had their start in show business on KPRC were actress Annette O'Toole and famed blues and rock musicians Johnny and Edgar Winter. 

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Cowboy Outfit Worn by Beloved Houston TV Personality Artifact from Site of KPRC Studios, Houston, Harris County
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