Howdy Doody was a children’s television program on NBC featuring a freckle-faced
boy puppet (Howdy) and his marionette friends. The show was hosted by Buffalo
Bob Smith and Clarabell the Clown (Bob Keeshan). It first aired on Saturday,
December 27, 1947 and ran till September 24, 1960.The pioneering children’s
show was a template for many similar show to follow.
"Rodeo Ray" is filling in for a vacationing Buffalo Bob Smith on this
episode of Howdy Doody. Smith pre-recorded Howdy’s voice.