Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Special Delivery – Wild Rides

Nickelodeon Takes A Roller-Coaster Ride
Ellensburg Daily Record – March 19, 1982

By Debra Morgenstern Katz
Passive viewing is on the way out at Nickelodeon, which wants kids to get involved with television. Their new program “Wild Rides” (March 28) searches for the greatest roller-coaster ride in America – and you are there.

Matt Dillon hosts the half-hour show, which uses a new camera mount to make viewers feel as if they’re in the seat of the ride; the combination of rock music and the noise of the ride itself combine to provide the closest actual experience.

The pilots for “Kids’ Writes,” another show designed to get children actively involved with TV, make encore appearances on March 24 and 26. A troupe of five performers act out the letters, poems, riddles, dreams, songs and compositions that children have sent in, without changing the words or characters. It’s the closest kids can come to writing their own TV show.

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Part 3 – sorry, no sound on this one

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1 comment:

  1. Kids' Writes quite rather unique and innovative for its time. I only wish I was a little older or I could've tried sending something in too! I do recall the set being basic with perhaps a few elevated platforms they would stand on and maybe a metal railing on one side. I think the background was a cyclorama they could light in different colors.