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Employment History

  • Singing Cowboy
  • Partner On the Program
  • Beloved Host
  • Beloved Singing Cowboy
  • Host of Local Inserts
    Jerry Lewis Telethon
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Inman reminds us of the local ..., 3 Aug 2012 [cached]
Inman reminds us of the local heroes of our youth: WAVE's Ed Kallay and Ryan Halloran, WHAS's Randy Atcher, "Cactus" Tom Brooks, Milton Metz and Phyllis Knight, WLKY's Diane Sawyer and Ken Roland, and WDRB's Presto the Clown.
Randy Atcher | Louisville Kentucky | Top Stories, 9 Oct 2002 [cached]
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Broadcast legend Randy Atcher dead at 83
Randy Atcher video clips:
Randy and son, Mark, perform at the 2000 WHAS Crusade for Children
Randy sings the T-Bar-V theme song, "Brush Your Teeth"
Randy sings "Goodbye"
Kentuckiana got to know Randy Atcher by sitting in front of their TV sets or sitting on Randy's lap.
T-Bar-V ranch is part of our heritage in Kentuckiana.Part of growing up, Randy Atcher provided the guiding hand.
T-Bar-V went on the air March 27, 1950.Randy and Cactus Tom Brooks began entertaining children in Kentuckiana from the first day WHAS-TV went on the air.Helping them celebrate their birthdays in the studio with a song written by Randy.That other birthday song would cost too much in royalties.
Cactus Tom Brooks and Randy Atcher on the T-Bar-V show.
T-Bar-V was an instant hit with children and for 21 years, children would line up to be part of the show.Randy said in an interview, "I think in the end we saw 153,000 children."
Children, who as adults, would write Randy letters.A letter like the one we read to him nearly three years ago.It says, "I waited too long to say thank you to Cactus Tom Brooks.I don't want to make that same mistake with you.Thank you for everything you did."
In an interview three years ago, WHAS11's Rachel Platt reads a letter of appreciation to Randy Atcher.
Randy explained, "I got the biggest grin you ever saw."
So Kentuckiana says goodbye to the man who grew up in West Point, Ky. and wanted to do nothing but sing and make us smile.
As one of eight children, Randy grew up singing with his brothers.They would travel by day and play at night.
Randy landed a gig at WHAS radio.His singing would take him to St. Louis and Chicago.He was hoping Hollywood would come knocking on his door needing another singing cowboy.World war II called instead.
He came back home to radio, and then something called television!He became Kentuckiana's singing cowboy and we made him part of our family.
Randy Atcher loved to sing and make people smile.
And for Kentuckiana, losing Randy, is like losing family-losing a childhood friend.
During an interview WHAS11 asked Randy, "How do you want people to remember you?"He said, "I was always hoping there would be a street named after me.And I hope people always associate me with T-Bar-V and the positive influence it had."
So for old times sake Kentuckiana, for Randy, gather round the TV set and be a kid one more time.Pass the story of Randy, Cactus and T-Bar-V on to your children.He was truly a Kentucky legend.
Visitation and Funeral Information for Randy Atcher:
Visitation will be held at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd, from 4-8pm.The funeral will also be held at Highlands, on Saturday at 11am.He will be entombed at Evergreen Mausoleum.The public is welcome at both the visitation and the funeral.
If you would llike to make a donation in memory of Randy Atcher, his family asks that you send it to the WHAS Crusade For Children, P.O. Box 1100, Louisville, Ky. 40201.
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Atcher's last appearance on Crusade for Children
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Heroes of 1937, 28 Jan 2007 [cached]
Many here will remember Tom Brooks' later incarnation as "Cactus," Randy Atcher's partner on the T-Bar-V program. Features, 15 Oct 2002 [cached]
More than Randy Atcher is gone now that the beloved host of "T-Bar-V' has been laid to rest.
With Atcher's passing last week went the last visible presence of a generation of local children's shows.There hasn't been anything like "T-Bar-V' in a very long time on Louisville television, or on most local stations anywhere for that matter.
Once upon a time, almost every town with a TV station had a local show like "T-Bar-V' featuring a cowboy or clown host who entertained the kids of their areas.
But those shows became endangered species when stations started turning after-school television over to adults and outsiders to produce., 1 Dec 2002 [cached]
Randy AtcherWe lost T-Bar-V's beloved singing cowboy Randy Atcher, longtime WFPK jazz guru Phil Bailey, 24/7 guitarist Sam Murphy, veteran rocker Joe Peebles (Xperts, Epics), Frankfort singer-songwriter Scott Robinson, and Louisville Music News writer Keith Wicker.
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