The Varsity Show

The Varsity Show was a live TV dance show on KTVA Channel 11 from 1959 to 1971 for Anchorage teens.

The Varsity Show Anchorage MemoriesBehind the scenes, late 1960's

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Dancing to the Latest Hits

It was called "The Varsity Show"

it ran on from 1959 to 1971 on KTVA channel 11

All across America, lots of cities had local teen dance shows on TV, and Anchorage was no exception.

Saturday afternoons from September to May, Anchorage teens could tune to KTVA channel 11 to watch area high school kids dance to the latest hits, talk about what was happening in their local high schools and even catch a performance by local teen bands.

It was a lot of fun to go to the studios of KTVA to dance on live TV. Your family and friends could watch while you were out there on the dance floor showing off your best moves. And it was a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon with your friends.

A live Alaskan teen dance show with a "twist"

KTVA and Augie Heibert had a great idea.

Create a live local TV dance show for Anchorage teens and give Anchorage teens the opportunity to work in front of and behind the scenes on the show.

Did you dance on the program?

Did you watch the TV show?

Or, did you work on the show? visitors would love for you to post your stories and comments.

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Behind the Scenes

The Varsity Show crew Anchorage MemoriesVarsity Show Crew, mid 1960's

Around Spring time each year, The Varsity Show held auditions for high school teens that wanted to be on the shows crew in the fall.

Teens that were chosen would spend the summer learning their crew position. Camera, directing, sound, stage manager, "Go Go Dancers", or commercial models - just to name a few.

When school began in the fall, the show went live each Saturday from the studios of KTVA Channel 11 in the McKinley building near downtown Anchorage (later the Mackay building following the 1964 earthquake). And then from the KTVA studios in Spenard.

The show ran from the 1950's to the early 1970's.

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video courtesy of Varsity Show Alumni, Mary Jane Dougherty

Your Varsity Show Stories

If you danced on the show, watched the show, or if you worked on the show, would love to have you post your stories and comments right here.

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The Challenge of Live TV 
On one show, while pitching a commercial-live TV-for Gilman's Bakery as brother Dennis played background piano, I attempted to open a fresh loaf of cellophane …

Dancing on the Varsity Show 
Watching the Varsity Show on KTVA channel 11 was always fun because you could see Anchorage teens dancing to the latest hits, you'd see the latest dance …

My Terrifying Varsity Show Audition 
When I had just turned 13, The Varsity Show allowed teens from 13 years of age to seniors in high school to dance on the show. I got all spruced up …

The Arsons on the Varsity Show Not rated yet
The Arsons were invited to play on the Varsity show early in our career. Dave Paxton (Farfisa Organ) and myself were just beginning to skate board. …

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The Show

For so many years, having a live TV dance show for local Anchorage area teens, meant fun, music and having your friends watch you dance on TV.

Parents could drop their teens off at the KTVA channel 11 studios, go home and watch them dance on the show, then pick them up at the studio.

And because of the show on KTVA, lots and lots of people who still live in and around Anchorage, and those who now live in other states, have great memories.

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The Crew

Because Augie Heibert, who started KTVA, had a vision to give local Anchorage area teens a way to experience television broadcasting by working on this very special, one-of-a-kind, TV dance show, there are now hundreds of alumni still living in and around Anchorage and in other parts of the U.S. and the world.

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