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Remember TV bandstand shows? Then you’ll love our new book! The arrival of Rock ‘n’ Roll music created a previously unexplored market for advertisers: the teenager. And in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Sump’n Else show was often the highlight of a teenager’s day. “The Sump’n Else Show” is a fun, new softback book by Bud Buschardt, with his collaborator, Sam Sauls. This tabletop version is Bud’s personal memories of that bygone era, which is to be respected as a music/television history book. During the TV dance craze of the mid-to-late 1960’s, Bud Buschardt was unit manager-floorman-assistant director at the Dallas studio of WFAA-TV in NorthPark Center. There are pages of great old photos and lists of songs that were played on the show.

Collaborator, Sam Sauls, is the driving force behind the creation of the book. He believes that this piece of television history needs to be documented because his research showed that not much information is available on local television bandstand shows. Sam and Bud both desire and hope to correct some of the misinformation now on the internet about the show.

The Sump’n Else show followed the 1964 success of WFAA-TV’s Group & Chapman show, a Saturday night lip-synch show for teens and their parents that starred Dallas/Fort Worth area teenagers. The legendary show began September 6, 1965 and concluded on January 26, 1968. Sump’n Else had new music, dancing, fashions, contests, food, and “The Little Group” – a group of four girls dancing on a platform off the dance floor. Host, Ron Chapman often referred to them as the “stars of the show”. The original group included Calleen Anderegg, Delpha Teague, Joan Prather and Kathy Forney. This is the only book that tells the story of Ron from his beginning high school days in the entertainment business through his successes at KLIF, WFAA-TV and KVIL until his retirement from KLUV.

National guest music stars like Paul Revere and the Raiders, Herman’s Hermits, The Monkees, and The Righteous Brothers made appearances on the show. Local area musicians including The 13th Floor Elevators, The Five Americans, Southwest F.O.B., The Novas, Scotty McKay, Kenny & The Kasuals, Those Guys and many more were also featured guests on Sump’n Else.

The Sump’n Else Show is not only for those who remember the show and the era of television bandstands, but it is also for a curious younger generation that might have only heard about Sump’n Else from their parents or grandparents, or have read about it on the Internet. Although the show was based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, readers from other areas might reflect back to the television bandstand show that aired in their hometown. We look forward to music memorabilia collectors and television history fans displaying the book on their coffee table for all to enjoy, especially over the holidays.

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Weight 20 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 8.5 × 1 in

10 reviews for The Sump’n Else Show

  1. 5 out of 5


    Yea, my copy just arrived today and I am thoroughly enjoying it already. So many memories come flooding back for this 63 year old man of rushing home every weekday afternoon as a high school teen to watch “Sump’n Else” on WFAA-TV back in the Sixties. This 244 page book includes lots of great pictures, stories, info on Ron & “The Little Group” dancers, plus little known behind-the scenes gems, and so much, much more. If “Sump’n Else” was one of your favorite after-school memories, whether you ever attended the show in person or only watched it on TV, you will love this book. My thanks go out to Bud, Sam and Entry Way Publishing for finally making this book a reality and of course, to Ron Chapman, the “Little Group”, guest musicians, behind-the -scenes crew, staff and everyone who had a part in making this show truly “Sump’n Else”!

  2. 5 out of 5


    I pre-ordered my copy direct from the publisher and it just arrived today yesterday. I am already thoroughly enjoying it as so many memories come flooding back for this 63 year old man of times as a high school teen in North Texas during the mid-1960’s when I would come rushing home from school every weekday afternoon to watch “The Sump’n Else Show” (a locally produced teen dance show very similar to American Bandstand) hosted by Ron Chapman on WFAA-TV (Dallas-Ft.Worth). This 244 page book includes lots of great pictures, stories, updated info on Ron Chapman & “The Little Group” dancers, lists of music played and famous guests artists who appeared on the show through the years, little known behind-the scenes gems, plus so much, much more. If you lived in the Dallas-Ft.Worth area or close enough to receive WFAA-TV (Channel 8) on antenna TV in the mid-1960’s and watched “The Sump’n Else Show” on TV or actually attended the “live” show in person, you will definitely love this book. Also if you are a member of the “current generations who are curious about a mostly undocumented era of local television programming: the television bandstand days”, this book is a great source of facts and information for you too. As a “fan of the show”, my thanks go out to Bud Buschardt, Sam Sauls and Entry Way Publishing for finally making this book a reality and of course, to Ron Chapman, the “Little Group”, guest musicians, behind-the -scenes crew, staff and everyone else who had a part in making this show truly “Sump’n Else”!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Janet Mathis

    This book was a true find. I watched every episode of this show. Truly brings back lots of memories. Bud is the one to write this book!! Awesome book!! Reliving my teenage years and enjoying it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Richard A. Root

    As a senior in high school, I was a participant on Sump’n Else on 3 wonderful occasions. This book brought back so many happy memories of one of the greatest local dance shows of all times. If you lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the mid 1960’s, and you were a teenager, you rocked to Ron Chapman and The Little Group as they broadcast from Northpark Center. With the help of Bud Buschardt, I was able to relive those wonderful days. What great memories!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Staley

    In depth history of rock music and local teen dance shows in the 60s. A must have if you were a teenager in Dallas, Texas during the mid-sixties.

  6. 5 out of 5

    David Faulkner

    I’m not quite old enough to remember the Sump N Else show. But I grew up hearing Ron Chapman and Bud Buschardt on the radio. The legendary Sump N Else show would be mentioned from time to time by them or others. I was one of the 6,000 spectators watching from the balconies of the Galleria in 1985 for the 20th anniversary reunion show. It was great fun. Reading this book was too. The charts, photos and written history are fascinating. If you remember the show or if you’re a fan of DFW media and its history, this book is a great read. If you know someone who’s a fan of the show or DFW media history, it makes a great gift.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bill Cox

    Great read with lots of interesting pictures and top song record charts. Takes you back to innocent times full of fun.

  8. 5 out of 5

    J. Schell

    Might work as a textbook/reference to accompany studies in media. I thought I knew what the shows were all about. WRONG! The background on all the good people involved shed new light on those special times and how they made it all happen. This fine book was definitely not “whipped out”. Clearly, a huge amount of work was done to call the book a “wrap”!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Douglas D Box, M.A.

    Bud Buschardt and Sam Sauls have put together this incredibly fun book to read, The Sump’n Else Show. I enjoyed it so much because having been born and raised in the Dallas area and studied Radio-TV-Film in college, the subject matter was right up my alley. Reading Bud’s books helped to reacquaint me with all sorts of DJ’s, local bands and radio/TV stations that I had long since forgotten. I was literally raised on the Gordon McClendon Top 40 radio format of the late sixties and 70’s. I remember watching shows like American Bandstand and the Sump’n Else show as a kid. In those days, watching teenagers dancing on TV was almost considered risque. I remember how embarrassed I was as a youngster when one of my parents would walk in the room and “catch me” watching one of the dance shows! It was great learning about TV personalities such as Jerry Haynes who played Mr. Peppermint on TV as well as radio stalwart Ron Chapman. This books is chock full of radio, TV and music history. I’d recommend it to anyone who has an interest in these topics or to anyone else who has an interest in media history as seen through the eyes of Hall of Fame DJ, Bud Buschardt.

  10. 5 out of 5

    William Scalin

    A great book for those of us Rock and Roll purists!

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