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50 Years Of Rankin-Bass’ Rudolph

a screen grab from the TV show Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

A scene from the popular 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" TV show. credit: Rankin-Bass

This month saw the return of a holiday television tradition: The Rankin-Bass Production of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer celebrated it’s 50th anniversary.

Rick Goldschmidt serves as the official Rankin-Bass historian. He lives in the Chicago suburbs, and told Illinois Public Radio's Brian O'Keefe some of the secrets to the success of shows like Rudolph, Frosty and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.