“On Your Mark?!” review by Kevin Butler
ABC TV Network & Local: WNEW TV Ch.5 in NYC
Saturday mornings: Saturday September 23,1961-Saturday December 16,1961
Host/Moderator/Creator: Sonny Fox
Announcer: Johnny Olsen
The format of this saturday morning kids tv game show has a panel of four kids boys and girls ages 8 to 12..who have genuine ambiitions to become doctors, lawyers, pilots, teachers, actors,etc.
The panel has to try and answer questions and perform skills based upon their expertise on the subjects..EG’s operating on a paitent,knowing about the Eygptian Dynasty, aeronautical skills, dramatic techniques, musical compostions and theories.
The young person..who is able to answer the questions and complete the assigned tasks in the least ammount of time would win a scholarship to a medical school,a chance to go on an archaeololgical expedition,learn about astronautics at Cape Canaveral,attened a drama school,work on a tv show as a guest actor etc.
Because Sonny Fox was under an exclusive contract to host tv shows for WNEW TV Ch.5 in NYC only…the series almost didn’t get on the air..until the heads of Metromedia TV and The ABC TV Network made a deal. “On Your Mark?!” could air on The ABC TV Network..but not on their NYC flagship station:WABC TV Ch.7..the series would air on
WNEW TV Ch.5.
Despite the program’s noble concept..”On Your Mark?!” was not a hit with the young viewers..who felt that the format was unrealistic and “On Your Mark?!” was cancelled following The Saturday December 16,1961 broadcast.
The series was pre-taped before a studio audience of kids at one of The ABC TV Studio theaters in NYC.