, center, tapes a segment for "Pepper & Friends" in 2005 with Susan Murray and Tom Bair.
Host Paul Pepper made the announcement at the start of today's show, pausing several times to choke back tears.
"This is the most difficult announcement I have had to make after almost 40 years on the air and 27 with 'Pepper & Friends,' "he
has decided not to continue with our show."
spent several minutes thanking past guests, viewers and supporters.
"Some days we do a good job, and some days we fall flat on our face, but you've always let us come back into your homes," he
Reached by phone before this morning's program, Pepper
said the locally focused show is the last of its kind.
"There's nothing like it; they've all disappeared," he
declined to comment on whether his
show is profitable.
"All I can tell you is, we have not lost any sponsors," he
Calling it a dream job, Pepper
wanted to host a television show since he
was a young child.
said he'll miss the cooking demonstrations, animals brought in from the Humane Society and other staples that made the show so beloved.
In this economy, you need something better than Paul Pepper
and the poor journalism students that painfully try to articulate the news.....argh!
Does anyone else remember when Paul
hosted the afternoon kid's show "Showtime" on KOMU?
And all the kids in the studio audience got bags of Backer's potato chips? ((E sighs wistfully at her
was a weatherman on KOMU
before Pepper & Friends
Although I don't really watch Pepper and friends, it has done a great service to our community-where else can one see the local troops, musicians, actors and good service organizations broadcast their recent news.
It will be missed.
I worked this show for a few years, and the dedication that Paul
and James put into getting that show on the air everyday is really quite something.
and Uncle John (if that's his
name) can start a variety show on CAT TV w/o the stiff arm of the network regulating them.
is an amazing man, and his
show a great forum for interest groups to get noticed!
I wonder how much KOMU
will really save by cutting the show, since it is sponsored by local businesses (D & H Drugstore, anyone?
I'm sure they pay a pretty penny for all their appearances on the show).
It's also a shame that fewer animals will be adopted from our local shelter because of the lack of a few minute blurb about a puppy.
As a community, we really had a lot going with this show and I don't want to see it go.
Columbia is losing it's small town feel, maybe it's just time for me to move... Paul
and Uncle James, feel free to come with me!
Good luck to Paul
I can remember watching Paul Pepper
in black and white, when he
first started, that was - oh, about 40 years ago I guess!
Just a thought, maybe another local station can pick up his
And for the other subject, Paul Pepper
is the perfect example of "I do not care if he
is or is not, he
is just a great person".
will always, always be a fond memory for me.
demenor, great attitude and happy smile are priceless.
Could be another show or options will remain open for Mr. Pepper
, who knows, all I know is that he
is a winner in my book.
can move to Hawaii.
It's a shame that Paul's real demeanor wasn't what was displayed onscreen; he
may have picked up even more fans.
was such a great guy, and he
was very supportive in our community.
is part of Columbia.
I don't know if they're going to stay around or what, and I won't miss what I don't pay attention to anyway, but it is the Columbia I grew up with and love so much.......................
When I heard this morning I had to text my daughter, as she
too talks about how Paul Pepper
was part of her
Thank you Paul!
, you've got untold friends and supporters out here!
I certainly remember Paul
as the weatherman, and as a stand-in for Esther on "Of Interest to Women".
and James broke some major barriers in this town and helped people to accept them as they are.
is a Columbia legend.
Whether you liked the content of the show or not, I always respected the effort and dedication Paul
and James gave to the show and to Columbia.
Heck, I remember watching Paul
as the local weatherman.
did a good job, but he
sure had a hard time pronouncing "possibility".
"Heck, I remember watching Paul
as the local weatherman.
-As do I. I remember him in the 70s, hair almost to his
shoulders, tie knot the size of a softball, scrawling weather fronts and forecasts in longhand on the dry-erase map in his
barely decipherable handwriting.
ran out of ink: "We'll be right back after this message from Glover's the Clothier!
(By the way, I used to prepare lunch for Paul
and James when they'd shop at the old Nowell's store.
I thought Paul
"Turn me on dead man" Wait a minute.
That was Sgt Pepper Paul not Paul Pepper
I do remember Paul
being on Esther's "Of Interest to Women.
I too remember watching Paul Pepper
, the KOMU weatherman many years ago.
I have had the pleasure of working with Paul
and James with Relay for Life and the Humane Society
and James have done more for this community than we could possibly thank them for in a lifetime.
If it was Paul
and James' decision, I would bid them a fond farewell and hope for a parade, but that is not the case here.
Join me and thousand of others in support of continuing this quality community show on KOMU
I was at the old Martin House with my wife a few years ago and saw Paul
and Uncle James get into a spat over a ceramic frog, it was the cutest thing ever!
Not that I get to watch it much (minor things like work get in the way), but the show is an institution and deserves to run as long as Paul
can manage to keep up the good work.
I never watched Pepper and Friends
but did see many ads for the show, mostly featuring Paul
with a pet for adoption or some other local promotion.
struck me as a happy man who repeatedly called his
work a "dream job" and the fulfillment of an ambition he
had held since childhood.
For anyone to have a 40 year career doing anything is astonishing.
But for someone to devote 27 of those 40 years to hauling himself out of bed in the wee hours of the morning to smile in front of a television camera as he
advocates, promotes, and otherwise helps out some charitable organization that couldn't in a million years afford the ad time he
provided is no less than extraordinary.
From Fred Parry and Dan Claxton to Paul Pepper
and James Mouser, we've been watching the slow decimation of our local media (David Lile was "furloughed" this week from KFRU, and the next round of layoffs will likely hit there soon).
As for Paul
and James, they seemed like a couple of real gentlemen.
My daughter still talks about being an awkward 6th grader and being at Nowell's or Wal Mart or somewhere and seeing Paul Pepper
Paul Pepper sat on the board of the local Senior Center 13 years ago when I worked there.
interest in the local senior community was certainly not just window dressing.
really doesn't look the same in person.