Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hello Neighbor on KOA

For a series of years in the 1960s "Hello Neighbor" was carried on both radio station 850 KOA-AM and KOA-TV Channel 4.  Through it, KOA sponsored a community cookbook based on the call-in show. It ran 10:30 to noon Monday through Friday for most of it's existence. It had two hosts over those years. Host Merrie Lynn began in 1966 and was preceded by the original host Maxine Mulvey who did the program until 1962. Merrie stuck with the show for 10 years and ended up in the Colorado Broadcasting Hall of Fame. She also married a former governor of Colorado.She went on to have her own "Merrie Lynn Show" on KOA-TV. She is probably the same Merrie Lynn that was on 630 KHOW-AM prior to 1963 also in Denver.
 The cook books came out starting in 1960 and continued until about 1968. The one pictured above is from 1966.  The ones below from 1960, 1962, 1965 and 1967. The program began in about 1960, and was broadcast usually from the Elitch Gardens amusement park. It still exists but is somewhat modernized.  The show had guests including the unexpected like Charleton Heston. It wasn't exclusively about cooking, it was also about other household-related paraphernalia.
 The show ran until at least 1968 as there are no cook books that date after that. But other information puts the show as running until as late as 1974. Cooking shows are among the most poorly documented radio programs, so in these cases the most information we have is typically from the cook books they sponsored.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

What fun. My wife grew up on Deer Trail and didn't know Julia Child, but she knew Maxine Mulvey, Hello Neighbor, and her mom got the cookbooks from her sister in law as a gift each year.
So nice to find your blog!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post. I was just looking at my 1962 version of the cookbook. Speaking of Denver radio, remember Evan Slack? He was the farm reporter. I can still hear his voice.

jose fritz said...

Please tell me more about Evan Slack, I'm not familiar.

marykrach@comcast.net said...

Would anyone have a copy of the 1964 cook book. It was on a top spiral and the one page I love is missing. It is page 18 and 19 and the recipe is for the chocolate covered cherry cake

Judy said...

I moved to Colorado from Missouri in 1961 as a new bride who knew very little about cooking and especially high altitude cooking. "Hello Neighbor" was a wonderful program for me. I have the 1967 cookbook which is stained and dog-eared from many years of use. Does anyone know what has happened to Merrie Lynn? Was Lynn her last name?

Anonymous said...

Merrie Lhynn Junkin of radio fame, married Colorado Gov. Vanderhoff, however, they divorced after 2 years. I was looking for some sort of information on her, but unable to locate anything, other than the obituary of the former Gov, who died in September 2013. I have 4 of the cookbooks--gifts from my mother who was an ardent fan of hers and Maxine's. I was a teenager at the time.

Lea Katherine said...

Interestingly enough, Merrie Lynn is my grandma! I've only recently discovered how famous she was - She had let me go through a few old photo albums of hers and I found a lot of wonderful photos and a lot of fan mail! She was recognized by the BPC Hall of Fame in 2002. She's retired now - living up in the mountains and enjoying life. Lynn is her second name - she has a different last name now I believe.