Legendary local TV host Brakeman Bill still chuggin’ along in his 90s

Brakeman Bill was played by native Tacoman Bill McLain on channel 11 from 1955 to 1975; his sidekick was a sock puppet named Crazy Donkey, operated and voiced by Warren Reed. (Courtesy Tacoma Public Library)

For some kids – not to mention any names – summer vacation used to mean sitting around and watching a lot of TV. And one of the things that kids around here used to watch – again, not to mention any names – was The Brakeman Bill Show on Channel 11.

With unfounded rumors swirling on social media earlier this week, KIRO Radio caught up with the Brakeman,

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