The Paul Dixon Show is an American television variety program originating in Cincinnati on WLWT Television beginning in 1955 and ending in January 1975, one month after Dixon's death in December 1974. The show began as a 30-minute series expanding to 90 minutes in the 1960s, but the other stations along the Avco Network in nearby Dayton, Columbus and Indianapolis only ran 60 minutes of the show. Pre-recorded episodes were sold to other markets throughout the Midwest.
The show was originally co-hosted by Bonnie Lou and Marian Spelman, who was later replaced with Colleen Sharp. The house band, originally called The Bel-Aires, was led by pianist Bruce Brownfield.
A fan of the long time Cincinnati morning television host had sent Dixon a rubber chicken as a souvenir. Dixon took to calling the chicken Pauline, using it/her as a prop when he did commercials for the Kroger supermarket chain, saying "Kroger has a special on chicken", and then invariably tossing it/her over his shoulder.
Another fan sent him an additional rubber chicken which Dixon took to calling Harry, who became a "companion" for Pauline. Over time people began to ask if Dixon was going to marry the feathered couple. Dixon was initially against the idea, but as more and more people, including WLWT boss John Murphy, continued to ask when he would perform the "Chicken Wedding", Dixon finally capitulated, and in so doing made television history.
On Tuesday, March 11, 1969, Dixon staged the first ever wedding for two rubber chickens complete with all the trimmings. The wedding itself was broadcast live on the show, and featured then-WLWT news anchor Tom Atkins narrating and midday television personality Bob Braun as Best Man, with co-hosts Bonnie Lou and Colleen Sharp as matrons of honor. Marian Spelman made a guest appearance singing a humorous version of "A Bird in a Gilded Cage."
People actually stayed home from work and school to watch the Chicken Wedding live. It went on to become the highest-rated episode in the show's history, and to this day WLWT gets more requests and questions about this particular episode than any other show in the station's history.