Early Television Stations
Gordon Williamson (Don Williams)
Williamson appeared on the show Hoppity Skippity in the late 40s and early 50s
The following was apparently written by Williamson in about 2006
First to be hired to face the cameras were Bob Wolff, as a full-time employee and Gordon Williamson, as an evening announcer, producer and director because an early schedule could conﬂict with his AM radio activities. He was known to listeners as Don Williams, on morning AM radio and was the voice of Thompson's Dairy on other shows.
October was a frantic month because the high-tech engineering of the time was transforming an almost year-old experimental station into a hoped for income stream as the second anchor in the envisioned DuMont Television coast-to-coast network. WTTG would bear the initials of the electronics genius, Dr. Thomas T. Goldsmith, station designer and directing project engineer.
Soon after commercial certiﬁcation by the FCC, Wolff produced and hosted Washington’s ﬁrst sponsored sports program -- in fact, the ﬁrst sponsored any kind of program -- a daily recap and sports summary supported by the Southern Venetian Blind Company. That was the start of a distinguished career in sportscasting over the past 60 years starting as play-by-play announcer with the Washington Senators and the Minnesota Twins. Wolff went on to do All Star Games, the World Series and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of the coveted Ford F rick Award for Excellence and is still active, doing commentary from Madison Square Garden. He also has DVD commentaries and interviews available on line.
Williamson originated the promotional slogan, ‘WTTG, Washington’s Window on the World," which has been adapted for use by stations all over the country. Because there has been so little accurate information on what really happened he is writing a book and is offering pages to anyone who can produce interesting and accurate information. The book tells about several of his “TV ﬁrsts" and the unbelievable problems they had to overcome to broadcast the ﬁrst live television of a hearing from Capitol Hill; the ﬁrst ice show, “Ice Capades” from Uline Arena; the ﬁrst televised Olympic Games in 1952 from Oslo, Norway, and others.
He was the originator of The Moppet Shop children's show on WTTG and still owns the character of Hoppity Skippity, which he originated. Williamson left DuMont in the mid-‘50s and eventually worked with the Washington Evening Star Broadcast Group until 1971.
Recently he has been involved in ﬁlm production and narration. He is an honorary member of the Florida Association of Broadcasters, a member of the Florida Pioneer Broadcasters and in 1996 was honored as Florida Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year.