The Choo Choo Bob Show is one of our all time favorites around here! It airs on KSTC (Channel 45) on Saturdays at 2:30 pm. It was created by Bob Medcraft who 8 years ago in 2005 opened his store called Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store. Choo Choo Bob’s is only eight years old, but it is a well-known and loved destination for little train lovers and big train lovers alike.
Bob Medcraft used to produce music videos and TV commercials until one day he realized that the music video scene was dying. That’s when he decided to open a retail store. What a departure from the small screen. Many of his colleagues thought he was crazy but knew that he liked tinkering with trains.
It wasn’t long after the store was opened that Bob was itching to be behind the camera again and created The Choo Choo Bob Show. What could be better than a show for kids about trains? Putting his two passions together–trains and film–was a perfect choice.
“It’s a fun show that’s really for the whole family,” he told me when he was just in the beginning stages. With financial backing from Bob Vince (a train-lover and a pharmacy professor from the University of Minnesota who developed a drug to treat AIDS), The Choo Choo Bob Show was able to purchase a time slot on KSTC on Saturday mornings (it has since moved to Saturday afternoons) to entertain the local public. It started airing on June 2, 2012.
It has caused quite a stir in just over a year. So much so that it was nominated for five or six emmys by the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. On September 28, 2013, The Choo Choo Bob Show won THREE of them including Best Children’s Show for ages 12 and under.
If you’ve never heard of The Choo Choo Bob Show, let me introduce you. Here are the Emmy-winning clips.
For Lighting (5 minutes)
For Writing (12 minutes)
For Best Children’s Show (25 minutes)
Choo Choo Bob plans to have a big ol’ party to celebrate and we will let you know the details when that happens. There will be drawings, refreshments, a raffle, special one-day pricing, and of course storytime with Engineer Paul!
If you want to check out the store before the big party day, enjoy $5 off a purchase of $25 or more. Don’t forget to print yourself a a coupon when you head down to Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store! [coupon couponid=”986″ coupon_align=”cctor_alignright” name=”Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store”]