The Mother Moose TV Show

by Michael R Dougherty

Our daughter Nikki with Mother Moose

Our daughter Nikki with Mother Moose

In the 1970's, "Mother Moose" premiered on KTVA channel eleven and Anchorage TV screens were never the same.

Later moving to KENI-TV, channel 2 (now KTUU), the show was created by Larry Beck, also known as "Alaska's Ambassador of Good Will" because he traveled Alaska and the lower 48 doing live shows about Alaska and reciting Robert Service stories like "The Shooting of Dan McGrew."

On the Mother Moose Show, Larry played the part of "The Old Sourdough" and was joined on the show by Carol Beck (his wife at the time, now Carol Edgar).

Carol played "Miss Northern Lights" and would also put on the huge, hot and heavy Mother Moose costume.

Another fun part of the show was everyone's favorite cartoon, "Rocky and Bullwinkle". Take a moment to enjoy the opening of that super fun cartoon show by clicking on the video below.

Besides Mother Moose and Bullwinkle, the show featured a host of other characters created by Larry and Carol, including "Gorp", "Glacier Gruff", "Oil Finch" and "Wrangell Worm." Alaska children loved them.

Soon after the Mother Moose TV show premiered on KTVA, Larry and Carol took the show on the road by doing live Mother Moose appearances at local grocery stores and other venues.

Today, the Mother Moose Show has remained a fond memory for Anchorage children that are all grown up now and may be all over the world, but they're still fans.

Were you a fan of Mother Moose?

Then head on over to the Mother Moose Facebook Fan Page created by Mother Moose fan Scott Wallace.

Be sure to drop by for a visit because Carol Edgar, Miss Northern Lights herself, stops by from time-to-time to remember and to answer questions from her fans about everyone's favorite Mother Moose.

As the author of this story, I had a really interesting connection with the Mother Moose Show.

I was at KTVA and helped Larry and Carol secure the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons for the show. We also combined the old KTVA children's show set for "The Buckaroos" with the forest set for the Mother Moose show.

And when the Mother Moose show went on the air, I directed lots and lots of episodes.

The picture up above is a picture of Mary and I's daughter Nikki visiting with Mother Moose. Our family cherishes that picture and we have a real soft spot in our hearts for Larry and Carol and that wonderful world they created for Alaskan children called "Mother Moose."

Click on the link below to hear the "Mother Moose" theme song -

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A Wonderful Welcome to Alaska
by: Anonymous

My family moved to Anchorage in the fall of 1974 when I was 9 (I turned 9 the day we crossed from Canada to Alaska).

I recall very fondly watching the show, probably from the first day.

I was enamored of Mother Moose and the Old Sourdough who both imparted the Alaskan spirit in my impressionable 9-year-old mind.

Thanks to all who were involved.

I wish I could see some video of the old show.

A Note from Anchorage Memories

You'll always remember your 9th birthday -

Yes, the Mother Moose Show was a very special part of Alaska television. I was fortunate enough to direct the show on television. Sadly the Old Sourdough (Larry Beck) is no longer with us, but happily Miss Northern Lights (Carol Beck-Edgar) is, and she participates on this page.

While there is no video of the show that we can find, you should also check out the Mother Moose Facebook Fan Page where Miss Northern Lights and others drop by to share their Mother Moose stories.

BiLo Sponsoring Mother Moose
by: Carol Beck-Edgar

The BiLo Stores were the first sponsor of the Mother Moose Show and they remained a sponsor throughout her TV run.

Larry Beck wrote the BiLo jingle.

The wife of the owner of the BiLo stores was a grade school teacher in Anchorage and she arranged for some of the school children to record the song. I seem to recall they were fourth graders.

Maybe there's someone who remembers doing that recording. I do know that we heard from lots of parents who said that they were badgered by their children to do their shopping at BiLo!

Mamma was a very successful spokesmoose.

Mother Moose Bi-Lo Grocery Store Song
by: sheepwolf2004

I remember on the mother moose show, Larry Beck and Carol would sometimes sing the Bi-Lo grocery store song that was also sang in a Bi-Lo television commercial that was aired often at the time.

I think it aired in 1973.

When they were going to sing the song, Larry would get out a sign that looked just like the sign on the Bi-Lo grocery store that was in downtown anchorage where the Federal Building is now.

Does anyone remember the Bi-Lo grocery store song that was in that commercial?

who composed that song and who performed it on the commercial?

I keep hoping someone will post that Bi-Lo commercial on YouTube.

I also remember a ventriloquist lady who was sometimes on the Mother Moose show and she had a dummy who was named Cordova Corky and I remember Wrangell Worm who one time tried to steal Mother Moose's bag of Nalley ruffled potato chips when she had fallen asleep on a bench.

The ladies behind Mother Moose
by: Carol Edgar

Several different people played Mother Moose during her career.

I started off doing both MM and Miss Northern Lights.

But there were times when we needed to have MM and Miss Lights appear together. The ladies we hired to play Mother Moose had to be able to ad lib because there was no script for our shows. Only an outline.

And the first year or so was live, so there were no re-takes. It kept us all on our toes.

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