Big Chuck!: My Favorite Stories from 47 Years on Cleveland TV

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Gray & Company, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 294 pages
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“A vivid picture of an honest man in the insane world of television. Highly recommended.”— Midwest Book Review

Cleveland TV legend “Big Chuck” Schodowski tells hundreds of funny and surprising stories from a lifetime in television—in his familiar, good-natured, Cleveland-to-the-bone style.

Since 1960, Chuck has been on camera, behind the camera, and in the director’s chair. He collaborated with Ernie Anderson on the groundbreaking “Ghoulardi” show, and continued to host a late-night show across four decades—the longest such run in TV history. He wrote and directed two thousand hilarious sketches that were watched religiously by adoring fans.

Revisit favorite characters including the Kielbasy Kid, Certain Ethnic Guy, Ben Crazy, and many more. Chuck's stories will entertain fans—and anyone who enjoys behind-the-scenes tales of television and celebrities.

 

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If you grew up in the Northern Ohio area..you MUST read this book! Of course, anyone would enjoy it! Its laugh out loud funny and wonderful. So many memories! We are so proud to have you as one of ours Chuck! Sharon

Contents

Introduction
1
Little Big Chuck
5
The TV Light is Lit
16
Live and Local on TV8
24
Ghoulardi and Me
38
With the Browns and the Tribe
47
Ernie and Me
63
The Fortune Cookie
82
Playing for Laughs
170
In Like Flynnski
182
Big Chuck Lil John
190
Police Action
195
Some Time with the Browns
200
Other Shows Good Guys
205
Motor City Breakdown
210
Believe in Goddard
215

From Ghouli to Hoolie
86
Rowdy and the Kid
93
Building the Laughs
104
Tribe Fever
112
Moving Up But Not Out
118
John Art and Soooulman
128
New Talent Plus Pizza
135
Ali and Others
141
Real Specials
149
Flying with Hoolie
158
That Was a Close One
163
From Fats to Tex
222
Roaring 80s
227
Fighting Mike Tyson
237
Change Bad Advice and a Few Props
242
Song and Dance Man
249
Counting Down
255
TV Pride and Pals
261
Skits 2K
264
Outro
272
Epilogue
277
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About the author (2009)

“Big Chuck” Schodowski began his television career as an engineer at KYW Channel 3 in 1960, but quickly moved to a temporary position at WJW TV8, which lasted for 47 years. Schodowski appeared in humorous sketches with Ernie “Ghoulardi” Anderson on the late-night TV show Shock Theater and eventually took over as co-host with Bob “Hoolihan” Wells, and later alongside Lil' John Rinaldi on The Big Chuck & Lil' John Show. He is the recipient of two-dozen local Emmys, numerous television and film awards, and a Grammy nomination. Schodowski retired from television in 2007 but continues to make public appearances and host the annual Ghoulardifest.

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