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Longtime TV Host And Radio Personality Calls It Quits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – “Our Gal Sal” is calling it a career, again, as 1960’s local TV icon Sally Starr ends her latest career as the host of a weekly country music radio show in South Jersey.

At age 88, Sally Starr has done it all, although face it, most of us remember those weekday afternoons on channel 6 where she hosted “Popeye Theatre”, a mix of live TV and cartoons.

Even though her health is forcing an end to her WVLT radio show, she still has public appearances planned and enjoys getting out among her fans, young and old.

“I get lots of kisses and hugs and I’m received extremely well. I feel like they have accepted me as a member of their household and I don’t do anything to jeopardize that.”

Starr still lives in South Jersey and plans to remain in her home as long as she can keep up the mortgage payments. Always blunt, that’s Sally.

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Reported By David Madden, KYW Newsradio.

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  • Bernard

    Just for the record, Popeye Theater not only featured cartoons but also The Three Stooges. Sally played a big role in introducing the Stooges to baby boomers, and she appeared in their final feature film. Woo!Woo!Woo!Woo!Woo! Hey, Moe!

  • Liz

    Sorry Linda that you never heard of Our Gal Sal. She is an icon of the area. Maybe you are younger than a lot of her fans,

  • Ron Griffith

    My dad and his band(Uncle Reds & the Walker bros.)did a lot of apperances with Sally as she toured the Delaware valley(mid 50’s)..My sister has a lock of her hair.

  • Jeff

    Sal, I grew up with your show and still miss it. Give us a wave of your hat as you ride off into the sunset!

  • Mary Ann

    Happy retirement Sally!

  • Linda Bremme

    you are a priceless treasure from my childhood and i love you so much- i wish you good health and happy retirement- you are so loved and will be sadly missed our gal sal- love, luck and lollipops forever xo

  • Mike Miller

    I wish you nothing but the best Sally Starr. Your a blessing to the USA.

  • John

    My mother was a few years older than Sally, and she passed seven years ago. In a way I wish she were still here; however, I saw Sally on a recent video, and I realize Mother would have a similar appearance. It is with all due respect that I am much happier with her at rest, waiting up ahead for the rest of us.

    So, Sally, you just have yourself a happy landing, and we’ll see you over there.

    • Johnj

      By the way, this interviewer Dave is hilarious. I sure as Hades wouldn’t want his job.

  • Randy Ordille

    My favorite childhood star. Love Luck and Lollipops!

  • Sam De

    I have met her several times and always a pleaseant] upbeat person. I met her the las time in 2005. She was still the same peerson. Loves and kisses. I was fortunate to get a picture and an auotgraph. By the way I have been a fan since 1964. Take care and always be as sweet as you are. Love and kisses to YOU.

  • Trish

    Say it ain’t so, Sal! We love you, and you brought us so much happiness that we will never forget!! You’ll always be our shining Starr! Love, luck and lollipops from one fan of many.

  • janice

    Our gal Sal alot of great childhood memories. Does anyone remember Dr Shock!

    • grumpy

      This story brings back fond memories of the good old days. Sally was great. I met Dr. Shock at the MacDade Drive in during a horror show double header. Like I said “the good old days”

  • Ed Carty

    Sally Star is awesome!
    I ran into her at the Berlin Farmer’s Market one Saturday afternoon in the 1980’s in line for funnel cake. She told me such funny and interesting stories about the entertainment industry. She invited me to be a guest of hers at the Golden Nugget bar in Tansboro and me and my husband hung out with her and her friends that same night….what a gal

  • Linda

    Life long New Jersey resident and I’ve never heard of her! I wish her the best.



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