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On Your Mark


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Sonny Fox Productions Inc.
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Characters & Voices
Host/ Moderator/ Creator/ Producer - Sonny Fox
Announcer - Johnny Olsen
This Saturday morning kids tv game show debuted on both The ABC TV Network and on WNEW TV Ch. 5 in NYC on Saturday September 23, 1961.

A panel of four kids would try to answer questions and perform stunts based upon their chosen field of expertise (EG Aeronautics, Science, history, medicine, drama, music, art, dance etc.)

The kid who was able to answer the most questions and perform the stunts successfully in the least amount of time would win a scholarship to a medical school, to a drama or dance school, a chance to join an archeoloical dig, train at Cap Canaveral or any number of unique experiences that youngsters with dreams of preparing for a successful career could hope for.

Sonny Fox created and produced this series as a means of showcasing kids with a genuine desire to become what they want to be and have the chance to fulfil their dreams. The show was bought by The ABC TV network and by The Enemee Toy Co. for ABC's 1961 Saturday morning schedule. But Fox had a problem. He was still under contract to Metromedia tv to create, produce and host kids tv shows for WNEW TV Ch.5 in NYC only. Therefore, he was violating his agreement with Ch.5 and "On Your Mark" almost didn't get on the air.

Since the series was already taped, the only way to get the show on the air was to air the program on WNEW TV Ch.5 in NYC. Instead of the NYC flagship station of The ABC TV Network WABC TV Ch.7. Despite all of his efforts, Sonny's dream project turned out to be a failure and "On Your Mark" was a disapointment. The wishes of the kids couldn't always be fulfilled and "On Your Mark" was cancelled in December of 1961.
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