Story topic this week…
Reunion of Hickory Hideout Cast & Crew
It’s a reunion of the cast of one of the most famous children’s shows in CLE history called Hickory Hideout. Meet the people on screen and behind the scenes, including puppet characters like “Nutso” and “Shirley” alongside a handful of other characters like Buzz Buzzsaw and Cecelia C. Seesaw!
Hickory Hideout was a television program for children which was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio on WKYC-TV and aired nationally on NBC from 1981 to 1991.
It had human hosts, Cassie Wolfe and Wayne Turney, puppet squirrel characters (“Nutso” played by Nancy Sander and “Shirley” played by Linda A. Wells), and a handful of other characters. It addressed psychological issues that children face and was a change from the usual lineup of Saturday-morning cartoons.
Besides winning many regional Emmy Awards, Hickory Hideout also won a Silver Medal at the New York International Film and Television Festival as the “second best weekly children’s program in the world.” (beat out for the gold by Canada’s Anne of Green Gables.) The program also won many other national awards include awards from the National Education Association National Media Award, Family Circle Honor Award, Women in Communication’s National Award for Excellence. Ohio Education Association Award for outstanding Children’s Programming, three Finalist Certificates from International Film and Television Festival of New York and Silver Angel Award from the Excellence in Media Foundation.
Wayne S. Turney won an Emmy Award for his work on Hickory Hideout, as did Cassie Wolfe, producer Robert Noll, and the puppeteers Nancy Sander and Linda Wells. David Gooding won an Emmy for his original songs he composed for both music and lyrics. Kathryn Hahn, a Cleveland native who later appeared in the NBC series Crossing Jordan, had her first TV appearance on the show. The show also featured a young Matthew James Murphy, who went on to perform in the Broadway musical Rent.