Original ‘Miss Nancy’ of Hatchy Milatchy Fame Dies at 85

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LANCASTER -- For many children growing up in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania, their weekly escape to the magical Land of Hatchy Milatchy was a much welcomed adventure into imagination and whimsy.

It is with extremely heavy hearts that Newswatch 16 announces the passing of one of our own WNEP alums -- "Miss Nancy" Berg, the original hostess of The Land of Hatchy Milatchy in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Berg passed away at her home in Lancaster County on Tuesday evening, April 18. She was 85.

Berg was a staple as an on-air personality on WILK Radio and TV for many years, and when the station became known as WNEP-TV Channel 16, she assumed her best known role as "Miss Nancy."

After a long career in broadcasting, Berg and her husband Hal owned and operated the Hal Berg Advertising Agency in Wilkes-Barre for many years until her retirement in 1997.

We here at WNEP-TV express our sincerest condolences to her surviving family and friends, and cherish the memories and magic Miss Nancy was able to give to children all across Northeastern and Central PA.

6 comments

  • rurbanite

    Didn’t they also do a show called “Carousel” on WBRE? They were real pioneers in local television.

  • Ruth Hagenbaugh

    The memories this brings back to me. Growing up watching Miss Nancy every morning was such a joy to me. My sincere sympathy goes out to her family. Thanks for the memories Miss Nancy.

    • rurbanite

      Given our aging population, I’m surprised no one has thought of reviving Hatchy Milatchy for people in their “second childhoods.” It could be streamed live from local nursing homes. A creative show where “Granny Nanny” says hello to all the centenarians on their birthdays, where elderly people are encouraged to sing along… the song could be updated: “walkers and wheelchairs given away/whenever you enter a store.” They could rename it “Kvetchy Milatchy” and feature a comedy routine with a nursing home patient complaining about the aches and pains of aging and about the level of care in the facility.

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