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Santa & KAKEman Return!

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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For many KAKE viewers, watching Santa's workshop was a Christmas tradition and that tradition is coming back. Santa and KAKEMan will return this holiday season after taking a few years off from the TV business.

The show is back and so are its stars and despite a 30 year absence from KAKE-TV, little has changed in the north poll.

Santa's Workshop was the only place in the world kids in KAKELand wanted to be between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. In the early 1950's KAKE's Henry Harvey had a direct line to Santa so, he called the North Pole and asked nicely if 'Old Saint NIck would do the show.

"I made a call to the man, and he said sure, I'll do the show," said Harvey.

The rest is history. But, the final chapter of Santa's Workshop has yet to be written. Off the KAKE Airwaves for more than 30 years, the Harvey family connection to Santa lives on. The show is back and KAKE's Jeff Herndon got an exclusive interview with Kris Kringle.

Jeff Herndon: "Is it a little weird getting used to the TV equipment in the workshop after all these years?"

Santa Clause: "Just a little bit, I have to start wearing makeup now."

JH: "What can we expect from the new Santa's Workshop?"

SC: "We will read the story from the bible, the true story of Christmas. We will read the night before Christmas. We have the surprise door, I'm going to sing some songs. One is "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer" and of course "Santa Clause is Coming to Town."

Not much has changed in the North Poll, including the chemistry between KAKEMan and Santa. The pair got together in 1969 when KAKEMan's good friend Hugh Harding talked the funny little fellow into joining Santa. It was obvious the two were made for each other.

"We discovered that we could play off of each other, we could get a thing going like Abbott and Costello," Said Hugh Harding. "There was never a script, and if there had been, KAKEMan would have never followed it."

No script but always a message, including the true meaning of Christmas.

"Santa's Workshop" returns to KAKELand with eight brand new episodes beginning Monday, December 15th. The new shows will air at 4:30 p.m. each weekday through Christmas Eve on KAKE TV 10.


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