"Hiya kids..." - On the
children's show SMILIN' ED'S GANG/NBC/CBS/ABC/1951-55 host Ed
McConnell began the program with "Hiya, kids" followed by the
audience singing the sponsor's song (Buster Brown Shoes) "I got
shoes, you got shoes, everybody's got to have shoes, but there's
only one kind of shoe for me-good old Buster Brown shoes!" Ed then
said, "Thank you buddies and sweethearts. Good old Buster Brown shoes
are on the air out here in Hollywood for another good old Saturday
When Ed McConnell died, he was replaced by veteran western actor
Andy Devine. He began his show ANDY'S GANG/NBC/1955-58 saying, "Hiya,
kids, it's ANDY'S GANG. [Audience sings] "I got a gang, you got a
gang, everybody's got a gang; but there's only one gang for me-good
old ANDY'S GANG."
At the program's close, Andy Devine said, "Yes, sir, we're pals and
pals stick together. And now, don't forget church or Sunday school.
And remember, ANDY'S GANG will get together right here at this same
time next week. So long, fellows and gals."
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