1 9 7 0 – 1 9 7 4 (Canada)
30 minute episodes
In the early 1960s, Rex Hagon and Susan Conway had etched themselves into the memories of Canada’s youth as two of the children on The Forest Rangers.
They were less successful in the 1970s as hosts of Drop-In, a general interest show for ten to fourteen-year-olds. Although the program was eclectic, shows usually concentrated on a specific theme, such as magic (with guest Doug Henning) or love or changing fashions.
Hagon, Conway, fellow hosts Pat Rose and Nina Keogh, and occasional visitors Lynne Griffin and Jeff Cohen explored such topics through in-studio interviews and filmed reports.
Drop-In also included puppet performances by Nina Keogh, comic sketches (called “the Drop-In Little Theatre”) and music by semi-regular Ron Nigrini’s Gentle Rock Band, and by guest bands such as Copper Penny, Milestone, The System, Yours Truly, and the Perth County Conspiracy.
By the 1972 season, Drop-In‘s format expanded to include a selection of hosts from eight centres across the country. By the 1973 season, the producers sent Keith Christie to shoot thirteen shows on Canadian children’s activities in France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the UK.