South Dakota September 11, 2017
If You Grew Up In South Dakota In The 1970s You’ll Remember This Beloved TV Show
Did you grow up in South Dakota? If so, you likely remember Captain 11, a popular children’s television show that aired on KELO-TV Channel 11 for 41 years.
Captain 11 delighted children of three generations. Its first episode aired on March 7, 1955, and its last episode aired December 27, 1996.
The show was hosted by KELO-TV's weatherman, Dave Dedrick.
Lucky local kids got to appear on the show, and Dedrick introduced every guest. At the end of the show, television guests and kids watching at home played "freezeberg," waving hands and feet until Dedrick said "freeze" and everyone on the set held as still as they could.
Do you remember playing "Freezeburg" at home?
The show originally aired every day after school, but eventually scaled back to once per week.
Dedrick tried to make every child on set and at home feel special.
Visit the South Dakota State Historical Museum in Pierre to see the Captain 11 set.
You'll also find other memorabilia there, including the Captain 11 uniform and posters.
Dave Dedrick retired in 1996, and he was inducted into the South Dakota Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1997.
Want to revisit an episode of Captain 11? Take a look at this episode from July 2, 1986 posted by KELOLAND News on YouTube:
Dave Dedrick passed away on January 22, 2010. He was 81 years old. Jason Bechler posted this tribute to him on YouTube:
Tell us your memories of Captain 11!
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