Did any of you grow up in or near a city with a fair amound of local TV shows that were not the news. in Cleveland we ahd a couple of movie hosts, Big Chuck and L'il John, SuperHost and the Ghoul. We also had a woman, named Liz, who hosted morning and afternoon blocks of kids programming called Kidsland.
Now-a-days it seems like all the creative energy and money has been sucked up by cable and the internet. Most over the air stations produce the news and crazy early morning public affairs shows.
Where I was (Toledo), we had a few sparingly number of programs in the 80's like a kiddie show that aired on early Saturday mornings on a CBS affiliate (WTOL ch. 11) called "Patches & Pockets". This show starred two boy and girl ragdolls (though both played by women) who go through learning or teaching lessons in a series of segments while cartoons were added in between breaks (mostly pretty lame ones like the 1960's Popeye cartoons or the minor Terrytoon characters). On a former NBC affiliate (WTVG ch. 13) after the Saturday Morning toonage, came "High School Quiz", headed by local guy Frank Venner who emceed the program where two different teams from area high schools compete for whatever scholarship was offered (or probably not, it's been a long time) through trivia questions. The same NBC station once had on a show about a guy who ran a general store called "Uncle Ben" (not to be confused with the instant rice guy).
Back over on the CBS station on Saturdays as well was a Christian children's program called 'Three Cheers For Life", often bringing up the usual messages associated with religion, and a rather interesting helping of "Jot" cartoons on the side, which I so remember too vividly over Davey & Goliath! On Sundays, the NBC station would present "Sunday Mass for Shut-Ins" where a priest from an area church would present the mass right in the studio with guest parishioners on set.
I hardly remember much in the way of movie presenters, though when a new station started up in '85 (WUPW ch. 36), they used to had a guy presenting the evening movie screenings on the station as well as some girl doing short news updates in the years before they were a Fox affiliate in '87 (nowadays it's pretty much like any other Fox station with it's own 10PM newscast and an hour long one at 4PM).
I also once catched a rather amusing science program that used to air for a long time ad nausem on Detroit's NBC station (WDIV) called "Kidbits", where a guy would show off experiments while cartoons from Warner Bros.' pre-48 era were often seen inbetween the program, though in later years, it was re-edited into a half-hour thing that had all the experiments as they are, but with pretty campy PSA's that were kept in as the show was reran into the 90's.
I sorta feel bad I was born slightly later in the 70's not to go through those glory days when that was how many stations often operated outside of network or syndicated programming, back when local programming meant something more than just news. Nowadays it's a joke if they still have studio space at all that isn't used up for news. Best I've seen now on my ABC O&O (WTVG again) if they do something outside news is probably the local portion of the Jerry Lewis Telethons or the Xmas choir segments where they do bother using their non-news studio for those purposes but that's it.
Of course in bigger markets like NY, Chicago and the like, there tends to be far more memories of what television had been like before my time and during it. Too often those shows began to dry up in the 80's and 90's when it got to the point they couldn't bother affording to do it anymore, or just didn't care to use up adequate time-slots suitable for another infomercial/talkshow/whatever. WGN in Chicago for example had Bozo the Clown for a long, long time until that was ended in 2001. People who grew up in NY may recall the classics that independent stations like WPIX, WNEW or WOR used to air in their childhood that is no longer a reality now that Fox, CW or MNTV rule the roost.