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Who popularized the phrase plunk your magic twanger froggie .

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Who popularized the phrase "plunk your magic twanger froggie". It was not Andy Divine. It was a saturday radio show about 1950 and the show started " Hey kids! It's saturday! There's no school today!"
Submitted: 4 years ago.
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Expert:  Cher replied 4 years ago.
Hi,Customer

This phrase was first popularized by Smilin' Ed McConnell, host of the popular 1950s children's program "Smilin' Ed's Gang" on tv from1950-55 (originally titled Smilin' Ed McConnell and his Buster Brown Gang).

The show did start on radio and ran from 1929-1953. When Ed MCConnell died in 1954, Andy Devine took over, and the program's name was changed to 'Andy's Gang'.

You can find more information, here:
http://www.tvacres.com/child_smilined.htm

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

It has been a long time and maybe memories have faded, but I remember my mom turning on the radio and the show started with the song "teddy bears picnic" then the announcer would say "hey kids, it's saturday, there's no school today". It seems the big ed show had a different opening. Maybe I've confused "froggie" with another show?

Expert:  Cher replied 4 years ago.
Hi again,

I've found an old radio program from the late1940s and early 1950s, which used 'Teddy Bears' Picnic' as it's theme song, called 'Big Jon and Sparkie', that was on weekdays and Saturday morning. This may be what you're thinking of, because the Saturday Show was later named "No School Today". I do think you may have been confusing these two radio shows and the 'Froggie' reference, because they ran during the same periods of time, when you were a child.

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Edited by Cher on 2/6/2010 at 5:14 AM EST
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
As a dog trainer/bmod guy, I will probably ask for you about tough canine questions since I see you do rescue work.
Expert:  Cher replied 4 years ago.
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That's fine. Yes, I am also an expert in the Dog, Cat and (other) Pets category.

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