Inside Cleveland TV's Wildest Ride

Tom Feran, R. D. Heldenfels


The behind-the-scenes story of the outrageous Ghoulardi show and its unusual creator, Ernie Anderson. The groundbreaking late-night TV horror host shocked and delighted Northeast Ohio in the mid-1960s on Friday nights with strange beatnik humor, bad movies, and innovative sight gags. Includes rare photos, interviews, transcripts, and trivia.

Softcover / 171 pages / 8 x 8 in. / 160 photos / ISBN 9781886228184


“Captures a hint of the mania that made Ghoulardi a Cleveland idol in a sleepy era before long hair, drugs, assassinations, war and protests.” — Columbus Dispatch

The definitive story of the outrageous Ghoulardi TV show and its unusual creator—on screen and behind the scenes, with rare photos, interviews, original scripts, and trivia.

Ernie Anderson shocked and delighted Northeast Ohio in the mid-1960s, when his Ghoulardi show was not to be missed on Friday nights. More than 30 years later, the Ghoulardi legend is still firmly rooted in the minds of the people who watched and in the pop culture of an entire city.

In early 1963, months before the Beatles arrived in America and years before Howard Stern hit the radio airwaves, Cleveland TV actor Ernie Anderson pioneered the modern counter-culture media celebrity. His offbeat late-night movie show was so popular locally that it got ratings higher than the Tonight Show, and the Cleveland police department reported a significant decrease in crime during its broadcast.

Ghoulardi captured the hearts and minds of Cleveland’s first TV generation and inspired other creative talents, including Tim Conway and Drew Carey.

A great piece of TV history writing.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Chuck Schodowski

Chapter 1: Life Begins at 11:20

Chapter 2: The Man Who Would Be Ghoulardi

Chapter 3: What is This Thing Called Ghoulardi?

Chapter 4: The Best Location

Chapter 5: The Monster That Devoured Cleveland

Chapter 6: Parma!

Chapter 7: Killing The Golden Ghoulardi

Chapter 8: Ghou-Ghoulardi, Good-Bye

Epilogue: The Ghoulardi Legacy


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