After coming to St. Louis as a radio host on KWK with his wife Nance, Clif caught the attention of Pulitzer Broadcasting. His subsequent move gave him the chance to appear on both radio and television. From 1956 to 1988, viewers watched him on Channel 5 performing a variety of tasks, hosting shows, presenting the weather and taking on the persona of a clown when he hosted children’s shows.
“Corky” had two different kids’ shows in his career, “Corky the Clown” and “Corky’s Colorama,” the latter a nod to its position as one of the first local kids’ shows to be broadcast in color. At one point, St. James appeared daily in the clown clothes and then magically transformed into a weather presenter in a coat and tie.