| Captain 11 was
really a man named Dave Dedrick. He was called Captain 11 because his
program was on Channel 11. It was better known as KELO-TV. KELO started
in 1953 in Sioux Falls. Dave Dedrick was an announcer and a weatherman.
Then he became the host of the children's show. It, too, was called
"Captain 11." In his blue jumpsuit, Dedrick would talk with
children who came from all over the Upper Midwest to be on the show. He
would run cartoons and give away prizes. Children who came to the show
on their birthday could flip a switch on his famous control panel. It
was called the time converter. "Captain 11" was on the air for
the last time in December 1996. For forty-one years, it was the
longest-running children's program in the area. Dave Dedrick is in the
South Dakota Broadcasters Hall of Fame. The "Captain 11" set
is now in the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the
Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.
Dakota State Historical Society