Sleepy Hollow




An Idea Develops

In 1970, James Hilbrink of FEN - Tokyo conceived the idea of a weekly, locally produced, children's program to serve the dependents of personnel stationed in Japan.  Enlisting the assistance of Navy Journalist Tim Huguenard and the support and approval of John Buey, FEN's production director, Edward McKean, and Chief of FEN Major Frank Morris, the result was "Sleepy Hollow" which aired Saturday mornings from 8:05 to 8:30 a.m. and later expanded to a full 30 minutes from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.  The first broadcast came on August 29, 1970.

Hilbrink created the animal voices for Jerky Turkey, and Grumpy Groundhog, as well as the human voice of Uncle Ed.

Huguenard became known to listeners as the voice of Timmy Turtle as well as Uncle Luther.

Later, Petunia Polecat joined the cast, voiced by Kay Coughlin.

Navy Journalist Rodney Fujii used his mastery of the recording lab to bring it all together on tape.

Promoting the Show

Once the first shows were "in the can," one of the challenges was to build an audience.  Click here to listen to one of the promos that aired.  Click here to listen to a second promo.

On The Air

In addition to a regular cast of characters, Hilbrink and his crew developed a set of program elements that provided consistency throughout each program.

Click here to listen to the opening segment.

Click here to listen to the closing segment

Command Spots for Kids

Sleepy Hollow met its obligation to include "command spots" by creating several especially designed for the show.

Topics such as bike safety, the Boy Scouts, and even general safety tips were designed to fit comfortably within the Sleepy Hollow format.

Sleepy Hollow Characters Supported the Overall FEN Mission

In addition to the show itself, the Sleepy Hollow gang was called upon to help FEN in other ways.  This 1970 promotion for the annual FEN Santa Claus call-in demonstrates one way in which the characters were used.

The characters helped to promote the 25th Anniversary of FEN and even created a special slide show for visiting youngsters to the FEN studios.

Let's Go Under The Magic Waterfall

Here's the demo episode of Sleepy Hollow


Information on this program was gleaned from James Hilbrink's 1972 Masters Thesis completed at California State University, Humboldt. 


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