Birmingham TV

Early Days
Birmingham TV
Huntsville/Decatur TV
Florence Era







At a time when cowboy westerns were king, Hollywood stars who visited his Circle Six Ranch reads like a who’s who:  Gene Autry, Pat Buttram, Tex Ritter, Hank Williams, The Lone Ranger, Ken Maynard, Guy Madison, Smiley Burnett, Dennis Weaver, Duncan Renaldo, Johnny Mack Brown, Vincent Price, John  Caradine, Steve McQueen, Captain Kangaroo, Little Big Man, Arnold Stang, Vic Morrow, Amanda Blake, Milburn Stone, Leslie Neilsen, Jane Mansfield, Andy Griffith, and Chuck Connors

1949 WAFM-TV13 signs on (First TV station in Alabama) Benny starts a few weeks later

Live commercial- Selling Ideal Dog Food on Western Theatre  1949

Benny Carle's Circle 6 Ranch meeting -full house, Saturday Mornings at the Alabama Theatre  

Benny with children on set at WBRC-TV Circle 6 Ranch   1958

In the fishbowl at Cerebral Palsy Telethon   1961

Another day's delivery of contest mail    1962


Benny recommends children drink lots of milk

Benny welcomes good friend & fellow children's host Capt Kangaroo (Robt Keeshan)  1962

Tryin' to find the winner of the donkey contest   1963

The Cisco Kid (Duncan Renaldo) hams it up with Benny  1963

Screen actor Edward Everett Horton helps Benny dress the part   1964

Junior Auction   Saturdays at 11AM, bidding for prizes with Golden Flake potato chip bags  1964


(L)The 6 family in the early '60's- Joe Langston, Pat Gray, Ward McIntire, Harry Mabry, Benny Carle, Fannie Flagg (Tom York was on vacation)


The Benny Carle Show featured the famous Framischlocker (where the Looney Tunes cartoons came on in the studio)



Benny Carle in“The Rifleman”     

Excellent Book on Birmingham Broadcasting from Tim Hollis-go out and buy today! (similar pictures of other Birmingham classic shows from the era in the book)


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