The Ding Dong
School concept was developed by producer Reinald Werrenrath Jr. with the support
of Judith Waller,
director of public affairs programming for the NBC Central Division.
NBC began to carry the half-hour Ding Dong School Monday through Fridays
in November of 1952 (the show began its local run on WNBQ a short time earlier).
Chicago continued as the show's origination point until May of 1955 when Dr. Horwich
moved to New York to assume her duties as Supervisor of Children's Programs for
By 1970 Miss Frances
had returned to Chicago where she collaborated with director Roger Lee Miller
on the "Sunday in Chicago" broadcast and a documentary (in which revealed
herself as a fervent environmentalist). (Read the recollections
of Roger Miller for further insights into what made this remarkable woman
On June 2, 2001,
the Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences inducted
Frances Horwich into its prestigious "Silver Circle". She died in Scottsdale,
AZ on June 22, 2001 at the age of 94.