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          The Old Sourdough and Wachikanoka, hereinafter referred to as OS&W, was a late-night television show that aired on Bay Area local TV stations in the early 1970s. At first, the show was carried on local channel 20 (KEMO at the time), then moved to channel 36 (KGSC at the time). I'll try to fill in more exact dates and details as I can.

          The show was hosted by two characters, a grizzled old prospector (The Old Sourdough - played by Andy Moore), and his Indian Native American companion (Wachikanoka - played by Gary Ferry). The two characters would make a few jokes, rip on the movie being played (early shows ran heavily towards screenings of scratchy Lash LaRue westerns and the like), and joke with guests promoting local items of interest. The two hosts played well off each other, and the humor was appreciated by most who watched. Eventually, the format changed so that, instead of having to sit through, say, "Wolves of the Range" to see the duo in action, the pair would do a half-hour of comedy at the beginning of the show, then roll the evening's picture.

          The show was a cult hit, and OS&W regularly received letters from fans as far away as Montana, owing to the hit-and-miss microwave transmission technology of the day. The show was popular with late shift workers, insomniacs, and night owls in general, particularly those who...er, herbally enhanced their TV viewing experience.

          The show was set in the fictional town of Goat Custard, California, ("a few miles from somewhere"), and the show's opening video (at least while it was shown on TV20-KEMO) featured the pair walking through a realistic-looking western landscape (actually filmed at the gone and missed Frontier Village amusement park in south San Jose) past a sign that read "Goat Custard - 2 miles". The scene would shift to the grubby, sparse interior of The Old Sourdough's shack, and the show would commence. The opening them music was Duke Pearson's "Prairie Dog", which provided a nice atmospheric touch.

          Race Street and Bascom Avenue.

Same guys, same station, same idea. The humor was a little less "out there" compared to OS&W, but the idea was the same: Gary (Race Street) and Andy (Bascom Avenue) would introduce a movie, talk a little with local folks, have fun, make jokes.

They were occasionally joined by another male, their "cousin", who went by the name of "Kerley Drive" (where Channel 36's studios were located). "Race Street and Bascom Avenue" ran until late 1973 or early 1974, when Andy Moore left the show to pursue other interests. Andy Moore has kindly provided pictures of Andy and Gary as "Race Street" and "Bascom Avenue", including a couple of pictures of the entire set, which can be seen here. Warning! The pictures here contain early 70s clothing, including high-heeled boots, dangerously wide lapels and time-appropriate fabrics. Parental guidance is suggested.


          Movies 'Til Dawn with Ga3ry

Gary took over sole hosting duties in late 1973 or early 1974, and continued in that role until at least the early 1990s. The set changed occasionally, and the music with it. At least one piece of music was written expressly for the show, the aptly titled "Gary's theme", penned by a friend of Gary's. If I'm not mistaken, it can be heard on the second clip below.


Gary introducing "Panic in the Year Zero" and "Rogue's Regiment" on the Movies 'til Dawn.



Gary in a brief MMM Carpets commercial, then signing off for the night.