KIDS Radio Birthday Party: A Ronald McDonald Discovery Record.

Label: Casablanca Kidworks.

1980

MCDONALD’S RONALD MCDONALD DEE JAYS THIS BIRTHDAY PARTY ALBUM WITH SONGS FROM THE KIDS RADIOLAND BAND.

THE GOBBLINS,
INSPECTOR RIDDLE,
MISTEE TONGUE TWISTEE,
KNOCK KNOCK KID,
MUSETTA POETHEAD,
MELVIN MIRTHMAKER,
MRS FAST & MR SLOW

Ronald McDonald is a clown character used as the primary mascot of the McDonald’s fast-food restaurant chain. In television commercials, the clown inhabits a fantasy world called McDonaldland, and has adventures with his friends Mayor McCheese, the Hamburglar, Grimace, Birdie the Early Bird, and The Fry Kids. In recent years, McDonaldland has been largely phased out, and Ronald is instead shown interacting with normal kids in their everyday lives.

Many people work full-time making appearances in the Ronald McDonald costume, visiting children in hospitals. There are also Ronald McDonald Houses, where parents can stay overnight when visiting sick children in nearby chronic care facilities. Since August 2003, McDonald has been officially styled as the “Chief Happiness Officer” of the McDonald’s Corporation.

The origin of Ronald McDonald involves Willard Scott (a local radio personality who also played Bozo the Clown on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. from 1959 until 1962), who performed using the moniker “Ronald McDonald, the Hamburger-Happy Clown” in 1963 on three separate television spots. These were the first three television ads featuring the character.

Scott, who went on to become NBC-TV’s Today Show weatherman, claims to have “created Ronald McDonald” according to the following excerpt from his book Joy of Living:
At the time, Bozo was the hottest children’s show on the air. You could probably have sent Pluto the Dog or Dumbo the Elephant over and it would have been equally as successful. But I was there, and I was Bozo … There was something about the combination of hamburgers and Bozo that was irresistible to kids … That’s why when Bozo went off the air a few years later, the local McDonald’s people asked me to come up with a new character to take Bozo’s place. So, I sat down and created Ronald McDonald.

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