Once lost 'Bozo's Circus' recording airing Dec. 9 on WGN

By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol


3:31 PM EST, November 27, 2012


WGN is bringing back Bozo, at least for a little while.

After being alerted to the existence of a rare 1971 recording of "Bozo's Circus," WGN decided to broadcast it as a special called "Bozo's Circus: The Lost Tape." WGN's Dean Richards will host the special, which is set to premiere at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 on WGN-TV Chicago and streamed live for viewers outside the Chicago area on wgntv.com.

The Bozo show aired for 40 years on WGN, from 1960 until 2001. Only a few episodes from the show's first two decades have been archived, the network said. No Bozo shows from 1969 to 1974 were thought to have survived exist until recently when one was discovered at the Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia in Athens.

While searching for old programs on the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection website, Rick Klein from fuzzymemories.tv found a listing for a 1971 WGN "Bozo's Circus" tape submission, according to a network press release. The tape had been submitted as an entry for the Peabody Awards and had been preserved in the awards archives ever since. Klein contacted WGN, who then contacted Ruta Abolins, director of the Media Archives.

According to the press release, the episode is notable for the following reasons:

WGN-TV will rebroadcast "Bozo's Circus: The Lost Tape" at 11 a.m. Christmas Day (with live streaming on wgntv.com), while WGN 9.2 Antenna TV Chicago will rebroadcast it at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and noon Dec. 23.

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