(Above: Scene from ‘Wonderama Christmas Special.’ Source: YouTube screenshot)
In the special, which runs only 42 minutes minus the original commercials, David Osmond hosts such guests as his Uncle Donny and Aunt Marie, Vy Higginsen’s SING Gospel Choir, the One Voice Children’s Choir and the Osmond Chapman Orchestra.
The rebooted Wonderama, now in its second season, runs over the air on such stations as New York’s WPIX, channel 11, which kindly posted the same Christmas special, also ad-free, for all to see for free:
The original Wonderama (1955-1977) was hosted first by Sonny Fox and then Bob McAllister.
Here’s Fox interviewing Senator Robert Kennedy, with participation by the kids in the audience:
Wonderama could include such serious segments as the Kennedy interview because the original version went on for hours and hours. In a less serious vein, here’s McAllister playing “Snake in a Can,” a game which has been retained in the current rebooted version:
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