Joe Pinner

A middle-aged man holding a puppet

Joe Pinner (aka Mr. Knozit). Image from WISTV News 10.

Many South Carolinians who grew up in South Carolina know Joe Pinner as Mr. Knozit from the children's show Mr. Knozit Show. However, Pinner started his career in radio broadcasting at 15 in New Bern, North Carolina. As a college student at UNC-Chapel Hill and later as a soldier at Fort Jackson, he worked in radio stations. In 1963, he joined WISTV and began hosting the local children's program, the Mr. Knozit Show. Pinner was a part of the WISTV family for 55 years, and not only did he host his own show, but he also served as a weatherman, news anchor, and co-host for WIS News Midday and Today in Carolina