WWF Club

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Television broadcast
Original title WWF Club
Country of production Germany
Year (s) 1980-1990
Rhewes film, later Filmpool
length 50 minutes
genre Entertainment show
music Peter Thomas
First broadcast September 5, 1980 on German television
The building of the former WWF Club in 2014

The WWF Club was a weekly show by Westdeutscher Werbeffernsehen (WWF), hosted by presenters Jürgen von der Lippe (as caretaker ), Marijke Amado , Frank Laufenberg and a robot named Bruno (built by apprentices from the Cologne utility company GEW , now Rheinenergie ) was presented to a WDR television studio in the north of Cologne. From 1985 Jürgen Triebel replaced Jürgen von der Lippe. In the period from 1980 to 1990 around 400 programs of 50 minutes each were produced and broadcast live on Fridays with an audience in the regional evening program of the WDR on First German Television . The last edition ran on May 25, 1990. From the 36th episode onwards, some editions were also distributed on the ARD stations of Radio Bremen .

The show consisted of music, sketches, interviews, pantomime ( Mehmet Fıstık ), trivia ( Professor Pi-Quadrat , played by Alexander von Cube ) and spontaneous humor; regardless of whether Marijke let "wuscheln" (that meant drawing the winner of a competition after carefully shuffling the cards) or the robot made its comment. The highlights were above all the national and international stars of the show.

Due to the relaxed level of the program, it was also known colloquially as the “Warm Sausage Fan Club”. The show was produced by Rhewes-Film, later Filmpool . A former factory building ( Glanzstoff ) at the beginning of Neusser Landstrasse in Cologne served as the studio, which is now a discotheque.

The title melody, composed according to an algorithm from the club's telephone number, comes from Peter Thomas and his orchestra . Nino de Angelo had his first TV appearance in the WWF Club with the song An angel flies through the night . In 2004 a double CD with some hits from the show was released.

On August 3, 2012, a 3-CD box and a 3-DVD box were released by Sony Music. Individual episodes cut together to a length of about 30 minutes were broadcast at Einsfestival . A first repetition of six complete broadcasts in their original length (including the premiere broadcast) was broadcast on WDR television on the night of October 2nd to 3rd, 2018.