Big Top Talent

Children’s amateur talent show hosted by Oopsy The Clown (Bob McNea) from 1979 until 1994. Big Top Talent followed many years of the same type of program – “Big Al’s Talent Showcase” hosted by Big Al (Al Jones).

Along with his self-titled show, Oopsy was the host of the station’s variety program, Big Top Talent.

“Big Top Talent was a different animal,” said Kathryn (McNea – Bob and Frances Kay’s daughter). “My mom, Frances Kay, drove the production bus. She would gather and co-ordinate all the talent, review all the shots with the director, then make sure everything was in place and on time for Oopsy’s arrival. The kids and their families were always gobsmacked — it was bigger than life.”

Excerpt from The Waterloo Chronicle  (August 12, 2015) – A Trip Back To Daisyville With Oopsy


December 22, 1979 – Times Herald, Port Huron ~ Oopsy, Mike McNea, Mike Syck (camera) ~ October 30, 1984 – The Sun Times, Owen Sound

Video courtesy arithmecode

Video courtesy Chris Inch

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Piano and Organ Courtesy Baldwin Music Centre

Director – Charles P. Reekie
Writer / Producer – Frances Kay McNea

Technical Director – Ken Elliott
Audio – Jamie Niven
Camera – Mike Radcliffe – Tom Farwell
Boom Operator – Mike Kelly
VTR Operator – Bob Tiffin
Video – Alan Frazer

Sets and Properties – Peter Badenhorst
Best Boy – Phil Molto
Floor Director – Susan Mondoux

Studio Usher – Pat Taylor

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CKCO Television Co-Production