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Tune in as 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.


“Make for a nostalgic trip down memory lane.” -- Sun Newspapers

“A trip down memory lane for the Cleveland TV star's many fans. The book reads like Big Chuck is right there talking to you over a couple of Manners' Big Boys.” -- Hudson Hub-Times

About Chuck Schodowski

“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.

About Tom Feran

Tom Feran has been a writer and editor for the Cleveland Plain Dealer since 1982. He was named Best Columnist in Ohio in 2007 by the Society of Professional Journalists, and is former president of the Television Critics Association of North America. His work has appeared in publications including Ohio, Cleveland and DirecTV Magazine, and he has been a regular pseudonymous contributor to the tabloid Weekly World News. He is author with R.D. Heldenfels of Ghoulardi: Inside Cleveland TV's Wildest Ride and "Cleveland TV Memories." He was co-author with John Gorman of Gorman's memoir The Buzzard: Inside the Glory Days of WMMS and Cleveland Rock Radio, and with Chuck Schodowski of the memoir Big Chuck! He is a graduate of Harvard College, where he was president and editor of the Lampoon, and of Cleveland St. Ignatius High School. He and his wife are the parents of two daughters and two sons.



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