KRCG-TV broadcast for the first time on February 13, 1955. The station was founded by the Jefferson City News Tribune. The paper’s publisher, Betty Goshorn Weldon, named the station in honor of her late father, Robert C. Goshorn, who had long wanted to bring a television station to the area. Ms. Weldon inherited the paper on his death in 1953 and took over his dream. She was one of the first women to own and operate a television station.
But Mrs. Weldons was equally well-known for her horses. She had as many as 200 at her stables near New Bloomfield. She built the TV station on her Stables property. Beautiful horses grazed in pastures surrounding the station, and KRCG took a mule named Jubie, Jr. as a mascot.
Jobie, Jr. was real, and schoolchildren visiting the station in the early years always asked to meet him. Children arrived by the busload nearly every weekday afternoon to meet Jubie and appear on Showtime, KRCG’s live children’s show.
Do you remember watching Showtime after school? You can see some of the episodes again on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYgFV_ufOjI
One of my favorite memories is visiting the station one evening to watch Lee Mace’s Ozark Opry perform their live weekly show. You can watch it on YouTube, too! https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lee+mace%27s+ozark+opry