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Remembering Bill Thompson of KPHO's 'Wallace & Ladmo Show'

A Welcome Letter

Welcome To The CBS 5 History Page!

One of the Valley's earliest and most popular television personalities welcomes you to relive the days when KPHO signed on the air from a hotel and Wallace, Ladmo, Gerald, Aunt Maud and Ladmo Bags were all the local rage.
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  • Historical Timeline

    Historical Timeline

    KPHO-TV Channel 5 in Phoenix signed on as the first television station in the market on Sunday, Dec. 4, 1949. Read about the milestones at CBS 5 over the more than six decades of broadcasting.
    KPHO-TV Channel 5 in Phoenix signed on as the first television station in the market on Sunday, Dec. 4, 1949. Read about the milestones at CBS 5 over the more than six decades of broadcasting.
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  • Early History Of CBS 5

    Early History Of CBS 5

    The first programs created by KPHO which were directed at children included "The Man From Planet X" and "The Lew King Show."
    KPHO was Arizona's first television station. It was started by entrepreneurs John Mills, Rex Schepp, Dr. J.N. Harber and John Mullins.
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  • Sharon Kelley's Wallace & Ladmo history

    Sharon Kelley's Wallace & Ladmo history

    Wednesday, April 8 2015 4:52 PM EDT2015-04-08 20:52:43 GMT
    Thursday, April 9 2015 4:15 PM EDT2015-04-09 20:15:27 GMT
     Wallace and Ladmo was a "kids show" on KPHO/Ch 5 that aired for over 35 years, considered to be one of the longest running shows (with the same cast) in TV history.
     Wallace and Ladmo was a "kids show" on KPHO/Ch 5 that aired for over 35 years, considered to be one of the longest running shows (with the same cast) in TV history.

  • CBS 5 remembers TV pioneer Marshall Faber

    CBS 5 remembers TV pioneer Marshall Faber

    (Source: Obituary)(Source: Obituary)
    Marsh became the expert behind the camera at fledgling KPHO-TV, Arizona's first TV station. All programs were broadcast live from sign-on to midnight sign-off.
    Marsh became the expert behind the camera at fledgling KPHO-TV, Arizona's first TV station. All programs were broadcast live from sign-on to midnight sign-off.
  • CBS 5 History- Wallace & Ladmo

    CBS 5 History- Wallace & Ladmo

    Click here for a photo tour back in time.  These images are sure to bring back memories of Wallace and Ladmo.
    Click here for a photo tour back in time.  These images are sure to bring back memories of Wallace and Ladmo.
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  • Bill Thompson Biography

    Bill Thompson Biography

    Wearing a beanie and armed with cartoons, "Wallace" burst onto the scene with his own show "It's Wallace" in 1955 and went on to create and sustain the longest-running children's TV show in America.
    Wearing a beanie and armed with cartoons, "Wallace" burst onto the scene with his own show "It's Wallace" in 1955 and went on to create and sustain the longest-running children's TV show in America.
  • Ladmo Biography

    Ladmo Biography

    Ladmo in his youth had his eyes set on becoming a major league baseball player until one day in 1956 "Wallace" came along and the rest is history!
    Ladmo in his youth had his eyes set on becoming a major league baseball player until one day in 1956 "Wallace" came along and the rest is history!
  • Pat McMahon Biography

    Pat McMahon Biography

    With a Midwestern upbringing under his belt, Pat moved to Phoenix after the Army, landed a "jack-of-all-trades" job at KPHO, and was soon snatched away by "Wallace."
    With a Midwestern upbringing under his belt, Pat moved to Phoenix after the Army, landed a "jack-of-all-trades" job at KPHO, and was soon snatched away by "Wallace."
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