Commander Ralph

WTEN (Television Station : Albany, N.Y.)1961/1967

Museum of Innovation & Science

Museum of Innovation & Science
Schenectady, United States

“The Good Ship News” was created in 1961 as a news show for children and was hosted by Ralph Vartigan. The show began as a five-minute program that aired before Captain Kangaroo and expanded to twenty minutes because of its popularity. It left the air in 1977, shortly before WTEN switched from CBS to ABC and became obligated to show Good Morning America. Commander Ralph’s co-host, a puppet named Mr. Monkey, gave the weather forecast.


  • Title: Commander Ralph
  • Creator: WTEN (Television Station : Albany, N.Y.)
  • Date Created: 1961/1967
  • Location: Albany - Albany County - New York
  • Physical Dimensions: 8 x 10
  • Original Language: English
  • Subject Keywords: Television programs for children; Entertainers; Education; WTEN (Television Station : Albany, N.Y.);
  • Type: Photograph
  • Publisher: General Electric Company
  • Rights: This digital image may be used for educational uses. Please cite as miSci- Museum of Innovation & Science. Prior written permission is required for any other use of the images from miSci.

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