Ernie "Ghoulardi" Anderson was king of the Cleveland airways from 1963 to 1966. When he left Cleveland for California, the home to his madness, WJW channel 8, scrambled to find a a new host, starting a talent search to find a replacement. Big Chuck Schodowski, who had worked with Anderson all those years, agreed to help WJW weatherman Bob Welles, known as "Hoolihan the Weatherman" with his audition. Mangaement loved the audition but they not only wanted Welles, they wanted Schodowski too because they loved the chemistry between them. They became co-hosts of The Hoolihan and Big Chuck Show, which launched on December 23, 1966.
The show ran for 13 years from 1966 to 1979, ending when Bob Welles left for Florida to manage a Christian radio station. During the show run, they had employed John Rinaldi in many of their skits. They were looking for a diminutive dancer who could dance to Ray Stevens "Bridget the Midget." Rinaldi was suggested to them, so he donned a wig, and dress to play "Bridget" and the rest was history.
In 1979 Rinaldi became Big Chuck's co-host, they changed the name of the show to "Big Chuck and Lil' John" and ran with it for an incredible 28 years! As the saying goes, you can't keep good men down and the show was revived in 2011.
Tonight, we are proud to welcome Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame and Horror Host Hall of Fame inductee, Lil' John Rinaldi!