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My Tribute to Bob Brandy, The Bob Brandy Show, Ingrid Brandy and Rebel

Bob Brandy starred in the Bob Brandy Show from 1958 to 1978. It was a favorite children's program that featured his late wife Ingrid and his horse Rebel. For twenty years children of the Chattanooga viewing area couldn't wait to get home from to watch Bob and his young guests play a variety of games. All the kids wanted a chance to sit on Rebel. 

Boy scouts, girls scouts and school groups from far and wide will always remember their visit to the old WTVC studios on Signal Mountain. 

In 1978 Bob. Brandy gave up the show to become Channel 9's sales manager. He retired in 2001 43 years, but he continued on as a consultant to the General Manager and Special Projects Director. 

The Bob Brandy show started in Columbus, Georgia in 1956. "There were three of us hired who could sing and be staff announcers," Brandy recalled. "But because I played the guitar, I'm the guy who got the kids' show." Bob was "roped" into coming to WTVC-TV in 1958. 

Nearly every baby-boomer from the Chattanooga area watched the Bob Brandy show. He aired in the 5 pm time-slot Monday through Friday, right after the Mickey Mouse Club. Cub Scouts, Brownies, school baseball teams, kids from everywhere longed to appear, take a ride on Rebel, and play the games to win an RC and a Moon Pie or Golden Flake potato chips. 

Brandy was often asked by admirers what happened to children's programs such as the Bob Brandy Show. "I respond by telling them that most of the audience in the afternoon time period is adults," said Brandy. "I honestly feel network affiliates have given kids over to cable, what have you. And I think that's unfortunate." 


I remember Bob hosting Westerns at The Princess Theater in Cleveland on Saturday afternoons and us kids chanting: 

My autographed photo and napkin from the 1958-1988 30th Anniversary party of WTVC Channel 9

Bob Brandy, Bob Johnson, John Favole, Neal Pascal, Bill Race, Darrell Patterson, Martin Brown?, ............

I would like the names of everyone in this photo. HELP!


Bob Brandy insert from my picture above.


Bob Johnson, Dalton Roberts, Bob Brandy, Darrell Patterson


My memories of three TRUE, funny stories from Bob's LIVE show: (I saw all three of them, live.)

1. Bob had a group of little black Girl Scouts on once. One girl on the back row kept giggling and Bob finally made his way over with the microphone to her. He asked: (sic) "You've been giggling the entire show. What's so funny?" The little girl replied: "Cindy farted!

2. Bob asked the kids on another show if they wanted to say anything to the people back home. There was a series of the kids who one at a time waved at the camera and said "Hello" to different people. UNTIL....... some "Little Johnny" stepped up and......... He said: (Waving) "This is for my momma. This is for my daddy and ... (shooting a bird) THIS IS FOR YOU, HERBIE!" (Bob's face turned white and he said something like "Now, here's Popeye.")

3. (Be advised. This is one is kinda dirty, but it is TRUE.) Bob gave away RCs and a Moon Pies and other stuff all the time. Often he would have kids ask him a riddle. Another "Little Johnny" came up and asked: "How is a woman like a fryin' pan?" Bob says: "I don't know, how is a woman like a frying pan?" The little boy said: (NO LIE) "You gotta gettem both hot 'fore you throw the meat to 'em!" ("On to Popeye!")

Photos Wanted

Photo Wanted of
Bob Brandy's RC and a Moon Pie Cart (Did he give away Little Debbie's, too???)
he would let some lucky kid peddle out to the other kids.
(Wasn't it a "surrey with the fringe on top" with a basket on the front to hold the goodies???)

This isn't it, but it's kinda/sorta similar. 
It's a just stock photo someone sent me. I think Bob's had a basket on the front, but it could have been fabricated by someone.

(photo courtesy of Ron Moore)

Debbie (Stephenson) Moore on Bob Brandy's horse Rebel May 1961

Note: Bob Brandy passed away on Friday, Feb. 28, 2003 at the age of 72 (Thanks for the memories, Bob.)


I remember Bob and his band playing at "The Village" in Cleveland.

I remember Melita Tillery sitting on Rebel, throwing the ball into the barrel at Benton Elementary School and winning "Three Silver Dollars" 
(I think it was three!?!?! Or, was it six? ......... seven?)


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Emails I've received:



From: "randall north" <> 
Subject: website 
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 00:25:25 -0400 

Hello from Randy North, 1972 Cleveland High graduate. I live in Knoxville, TN. I just checked out your Bob Brandy tribute - really good. When I was a Boy Scout in Cleveland my troop got to be on the Bob Brandy show. I was lucky to be picked to peddle the snack cart. Yes - the picture I saw looks similar to the one I peddled. I can't remember if the basket was in front or back. Also I thought the snacks were Little Debbie cakes instead of moon pies - or maybe it was both. I will try to find some Cleveland pictures for you - I lived there from 1955 to 1972. My father (still working) was pharmacist at Cole Drug store at Village Shopping Center. We are both pharmacists now at CVS Pharmacy in Knoxville. Thanks for the memories.

Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2007 20:15:03 EST
Subject: website

My wife and I are certain that is former Hamilton County Executive Dalton Roberts in your photo next to Bob Johnson singing with Bob Brandy and Darrell Patterson. Hope that is some help to you.


From: "Shirlene Rhea" <>
Subject: Re: website
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2007 01:33:02 -0500

My brother was on the Bob Brandy show and won a loaf of bread. (laughing out loud) AND my half brother's fiancť was on there singing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". That is too funny to think about.


From: "Nathan Hixson" <>
Subject: Bob Brandy Show
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 16:15:52 -0400

To Whom It May Concern,

I was looking on line for some information regarding The Bob Brandy Show. My mother and her twin sister were on the show in 1971. I am looking to find a copy of the show for a Christmas gift this year. I have e-mailed Channel 9, but have not received a response yet. Any ideas on where I could obtain a copy of the show?

Thank You,

Nathan Hixson

From: "KEVIN SCOTT" <>
Subject: website
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2007 15:26:01 -0500

Hello! I just found your website. I was on the Bob Brandy show. Our 3rd grade class got to go. I pedaled the cart in with the refreshments. It was probably 1964. The snacks were Little Debbie cakes and Double Colas. Do you know if there is any chance of getting a video of these shows or if they are being re-played on any channel? Thank you very much. Please e-mail to

Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 17:38:02 -0500
From: "Ken Albin" <>
Subject: website

It wasn't talked about much in that era but there was a short newspaper
article in the Chattannoga Free Press one day speculating that Ingrid
may have committed suicide. The article said that she had previously
suffered from bouts of depression. It was a real shame. I remember once
I was in the local K-Mart when Ingrid and Bob were shopping. Ingrid
looked like she was going to a fancy party and Bob had his outfit and
hat on. They were stopped every couple of feet by well-wishers wanting
to shake their hands or get an autograph. I can't imagine how they ever
managed to shop with that level of attention being given to them.

Ken Albin

From: "Jesse Jones" <>
Subject: RE: 8 Track Tapes
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2008 08:34:45 -0500


I found your website by doing an internet search for Bob Brandy. I saw that you had several others, and the next one that I looked at was the Dr. Shock website. From there, I continued to look at the others. There are very interesting to me.

As far as the tapes go, you probably want to look at them and make an offer. A fair price would be all that I want. I have 5 or 6 8-track cases that contain anywhere from 20 to 40 tapes. I started buying them in the early 1970's, but most of them are greatest hits collections that I purchased from 1976 to 1979.


Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2008 09:16:33 -0500
From: "Melvin Purvis" <>

Subject: website
Great site Phil, Do you know our ham radio group has a tower in the Chelhowee bluff there?

Subject: website
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 11:51:26 -0400
From: "David Morrison at 110" <>

Hey Phil,

Bob Brandy was my great uncle. I donít have a lot of pictures since they are put up somewhere so I canít help you out there.

I can go ahead and shed some light that Ingrid wasnít murdered she died from some health related issue.

Then he married my great aunt Belinda who was good friends with him and Ingrid.

The best memories I have of him are at 4th of July parties and everyone coming together to have a good time. He would get out the guitar and sing. He was one of the greatest guys you could talk to and always had a smile on his face, until the Vols lost a football game. J

Hope this helps!

David J Morrison
Student Representative
ITT Technical Institute
5600 Brainerd Road
Chattanooga, TN 37411
(423)-510-6850 (fax)


Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008 23:17:51 -0500
From: "Potential Consumer" <>
Subject: Bob Brandy memories

I just ran across your site and loved it. I wonder if you can tell me if there are any records of John Denver appearing on the Bob Brandy Show? I remember the first time I saw John Denver on a national program and I immediately recognized him (or thought I did) as someone I had see on with Bob & Ingrid. If you know, I'd love to find out if I have a great memory or just a fertile imagination. Thanks.

-TC website
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:57 PM
From: "jimann2000" <>

Hello, I just ran across your website as I was looking to see if you can purchase videos of this show anywhere. My dad was on it many years ago and i would like to obtain a video. If you have any information please email me at thank you

From: Ed Harrison <>
Subject: Live Wrestling TV 12 Shows
To: Phil Lea
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2009, 7:36 PM

Dear Phil,
I just found your site. I really enjoyed your tributes to Bob Brandy & Dr. Shock. They were two of my favorites when I was growing up as well. I'm a few years younger than you. I was born in 1963. I grew up in Chattanooga and I still live here in the Hixson area.
I noticed you had some old wrestling photos under the letter W. I was a big wrestling fan when I was a kid. I don't watch it anymore, as most of it is just pure crap now.I remember very well the WDEF tv 12 shows on Saturdays with Harry Thornton & Nick Gulas. Jackie Fargo was my favorite wrestler.
I was wondering if you would happen to have any of those old LIVE WRESTLING TV 12 shows on dvd or VHS by chance??? I've managed to find several wrestling matches from different arenas that have the Gulas guys on them, but as far as tv shows I've only found one with Harry Thornton hosting.It's from June 1980,around the time Harry & Nick retired. If you have any of the tv 12 shows I would be glad to buy copies from you,or trade you something that I have on dvd.
Again, I enjoyed your site and I hope to hear from you soon!

Ed Harrison
(423) 667-6050

Bob Brandy Site
Saturday, June 27, 2009 7:19 PM
From: "Jane Jansen van Rensburg" <>

Do you happen to know what Ingrid's horse's name was?



Bob Brandy show
Friday, July 31, 2009 7:26 AM
From: "Marsha Smartt" <>
I enjoyed The Bob Brandy show as a child. I am curious , who was the young man that helped out with trigger? does he have a web sight or an email address

Marsha Smartt

Re: Bob Brandy show
Sunday, August 2, 2009 1:11 PM
From: "Marsha Smartt" <>

I am not sure but someone said his name was Anthony Collins, from Cleveland Tn.


Re: Bob Brandy
Monday, August 17, 2009 3:08 PM
From: "Tina Haynes Dyer" <>

Hello Phil,
Thanks for the website. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I, too, had the pleasure of being on the Bob Brandy Show. I have no idea what year. I called the TV station one day on a whime several years ago to ask about video recordings of the old tv programs. I was lucky enough to have Mr. Brandy answer the phone. What a wonderful voice! He told me that unfortunately there were no videos kept of those shows. The episode that I was on, I actually had one of the puppets sing a song to me about pulling my pigtails. I can not remember that puppet's name. Was there one called "The Tennessee Talking Mule"? Thanks!
Tina Dyer
Monteagle Mountain

Bob Brandy
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 10:31 AM
From: "Gene And Wanda Jones" <>

Just found your Bob Brandy dedication page and was totally taken back to my childhood.
I remember Bob, Ingrid and Rebel on TV and once got to see them live in Etowah Tennessee at KC's Supermarket. It was one of my fondest memories.
I now have 2 grown daughters and a 6 year old Grandson. I try to find old clips and pics to show them about my wonder years.
I remember Lays Three Little Pigs meats and have also managed to talk to them about their commercial jingle ( if anyone has a recording of this Please contact me ).
Thanks for the memories.
RIP Bob, Ingrid and possibly Rebel.

Gene Jones
( Still a child at heart )

What happened to Jimmy Paul?
Thursday, November 19, 2009 9:33 AM
From: "Greg Poole" <>

Greg Poole
3112 Glenridge Drive
Raleigh, North Carolina 27604
Thursday, 19, November, 2009

As a native of Chattanooga, I do remember watching Bob Brady all the
time. I remember having met him and Ingrid at Eastgate, long before the days
of Hamilton Place. Anyway, I have been wondering what ever happened to Jimmy
Paul? I remember that he was the old guy who always played bits of the same
old, same old tunes that the kids had to guess what he was playing for bags
of potato chips. Paul also owned a locally based chain of music stores which
might be the reason why Brady always came to Eastgate.
I had moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1979 and there is still a great
deal of information about Chattanooga from the late 1970's that I have not
been able to find any information. What happened to Fowler's? When did Kay's
Kastle close? Any information that someone reading this can provide is
greatly appreciated.
Greg Poole