Before Nickelodeon: Pinwheel.

Before it was called Nickelodeon [wiki], the TV channel was actually called Pinwheel. Buzznet has the video clip:

Some of you may remember Pinwheel, the children's television show that aired from 1979-1989 on Nickelodeon. However, did you know that until 1981, Nickelodeon itself was also called Pinwheel?

Pinwheel featured live action segments between humans and puppets as well as animation from around the world. Some of the characters were Plus and Minus, Sal and Smitty and Jake. There were a total of 260 episodes of the show, the largest number of episodes a show has had in Nickelodeon history.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you, TomorrowPerson. I know that your post is 2 years old, but your post and link has helped me so much. I watched Pinwheel and never knew the name of that short and I to have been singing that song for 30 years. I will now start showing it to my 4 year old nephew:)
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The French show with the two little kids (one boy, in blue, and one girl in red) was called Chapi Chapo. It was great -- I've had that theme song in my head for 30 years. Seeing it again almost brings tears. I feel so old now! Where t=did the years go?

You can now catch it on YouTube. My 6 year-old loves it now too.
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does anyone remember a cartoon show ...french-canadian I think...2 little girls with large hats...come ci come ca I think was the name.......same timw as pinwheel...LOVED plus and minus
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I have been singing the theme song to my daughter since she was born three years ago! I can't believe I still remember it after all these years. I use to love watching it.
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