The wildest, most innovative children's television host of the baby-boom era, comedian Soupy Sales also scored a series of hit novelty records, including "The Mouse" and "Spy with a Pie." Born Milton Supman in Franklinton, NC, on January 8, 1926, he grew up in Huntington, WV, and later earned a degree in journalism from Marshall University. While working as a radio scriptwriter at Huntington station WHTN, he moonlighted as a standup comic, and ultimately worked his way into a regular on-air position. Reviving his old childhood nickname "Soupy" for broadcasting, Supman also abandoned his surname in favor of the more radio-friendly "Hines," which he later rejected for its similarity to the foodstuffs manufacturer Heinz. Installing "Sales" as a tribute to a friend and rival comedian, he soon emerged as the area's highest-rated DJ and in ...
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