Ghoulardifest 2011 Release

This release on the annual Ghoulardifest is reprinted here in full, due to its wide appeal to our regular readership…the wording is as sent to us… — Your Primary Editorial Voice(tm)


OCTOBER 14th, 15th, 16th

5615 Chevrolet Blvd.
Parma, Ohio

Friday, 5:00p.m. til 9:00p.m.
Saturday, 10:00a.m. til 7:00p.m.
Sunday, 11:00a.m. til 5:00p.m.

Cleveland’s giant pop culture celebration, Ghoulardifest returns with a star studded weekend saluting one of the great radio stations of all time, the legendary WIXY 1260. Ghoulardifest VII will see the debut of Mike Olszewski and Richard Berg’s much anticipated history of the station, WIXY 1260: Pixies, Six-Packs and Supermen (Kent State University / Black Squirrel Press). Along with Mike and Rich, Ghoulardifest will host WIXY jocks Jim LaBarbara, Larry Morrow and Bob Charles, discussing the book along with their own stories about a very special time in Cleveland radio. It’s a rare and exciting opportunity to meet the pioneers of rock radio!

The 2010 Ghoulardifest was a huge success drawing more than 5000 to visit with the personalities that shaped their lives. This year’s Ghoulardifest promises to be the biggest yet, and one of the most successful conventions of its kind in the entire Midwest!


Charles Herbert has been in dozens of yours (and Ernie Anderson’s) favorite films, including The Fly, 13 Ghosts, House Boat (with Cary Grant and Sophia Loren), Please Don’t Eat The Daisies (with Doris Day), The Monster That Challenged The World, The Colossus of New York ….and many more. You’ve also seen Charles in The Twilight Zone, The Donna Reed Show, The Patty Duke Show, My Three Sons, Family Affair, Julia, One Step Beyond, Science Fiction Theatre, Johnny Carson… and on and on! Charles Herbert will be meeting fans all three days at Ghoulardifest!


More guests have been announced for this year’s Ghoulardifest, including:

Dick Goddard
– The long time Cleveland weather forecaster returns to Ghoulardifest with stories of his own career and tales of the pioneering days of Northeast Ohio television. And don’t be surprised to see one of Ghoulardifest’s favorite guests, the Plain Dealer’s Tom Feran discussing his best selling book “Ghoulardi – Inside Cleveland TV’s Wildest Ride”

Bill Ward
– The legendary voice of WJW joins us for a behind the scenes look at a career spanning four decades! Bill will also talk about his movie roles, including the film “Unstoppable.”

Son of Ghoul
– The longest running TV show of its kind in Northeast Ohio history, the Son of Ghoul returns to celebrate his 25th anniversary on the air! A huge fan favorite, SOG presents a side-splitting stage show that’s great fun for everyone in the family!

Jungle Bob
– Carrying on a Northeast Ohio tradition, Jungle Bob will present his hilarious look at the animal world that’s informative as well as entertaining.

Mark Dawidziak
– The respected Plain Dealer TV critic and author will cover a wide range of topics during his visit to this year’s Ghoulardifest.

Mike Olszewski & Rich Berg –
– They’ve authored what is expected to be one of the hottest books this Christmas season, WIXY 1260: Pixies, Six-Packs and Supermen. Rich and Mike will have a special stage salute to WIXY along with the jocks that made the station famous! It’s a rare opportunity to get your book signed by some of the legends of Cleveland radio!

Jim Szymanski
– Veteran radio personality and the original master of ceremonies carries on that long tradition at Ghoulardifest VII. There will also be a special retrospective and salute to Jim for his own work on the Big Chuck and Lil John show. Plus, a Ghoulardifest celebration honoring the comedic talents of Art Lofredo, Roy “Captain Eddie” Leasure and, of course, the one and only Big Stash!

Mary Anne Winkowski,
– The ” Ghost Whisperer” – The true-life inspiration for the show “Ghost Whisperer”, you won’t believe the surprises Mary Anne has for fans at this year’s Ghoulardifest! She’ll be greeting folks at the Ghoulardi fest Saturday and Sunday and will also have autographed books and merchandise

John Thornburg
– You’ve enjoyed his work for years! The long time card artist will be discussing his many contributions to the Big Chuck and Lil’ John show.

The WIXY 1260 Band
– One of the busiest bands in Northeast Ohio makes a special appearance on Saturday to salute the legendary radio station.

– You’ll swear that Elvis has returned when Caesere channels the King on the Ghoulardifest stage!

And, of course, your hosts…
“Big Chuck” Schodowski and “Lil’ John” Rinaldi – Chuck will also discuss his book detailing his life in front of the camera starting with the king himself, Ernie “Ghoulardi” Anderson. John Rinaldi remains one of Northeast Ohio’s most beloved television personalities. Bob “Hoolihan” Wells – The “heir apparent” to WJW’s late night legacy returns with tales of the early days of Friday night lunacy.

And those are just a few of the stars who will be making appearances at this year’s Ghoulardifest, with many more to be announced in the coming weeks.


What would Ghoulardifest be without a HUGE dealer’s room? Here’s a chance to get a jump on your Christmas shopping with one of a kind collectibles, autographs, and hard to find toys, posters, videos, and much more. The dealer’s room has memorabilia and merchandise for every budget, available only at Ghoulardifest! Even more vendors this year!

Ghoulardifest is also a FAMILY FRIENDLY event! This year’s ‘fest includes continuous live entertainment on stage, plus contests, prizes, games, and a movie room featuring nostalgia TV shows & live skits.


One Response to Ghoulardifest 2011 Release

  1. Ed says:

    Why not bring him(The Ghoul) back to late night TV

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