The world of television horror has lost a true icon amongst horror hosts as Chicago legend Jerry G. Bishop, the original Svengoolie, has passed away at the age of just 77. Read on for details.
According to media columnist Robert Feder, Bishop died this past Sunday, September 15th. “In 1969 Bishop joined WFLD-Channel 32 ostensibly as a staff announcer. Two years later he transformed his off-camera role as the voice of “Screaming Yellow Theater” into the live persona of a wildly funny and enormously popular horror movie host named Svengoolie. Rich Koz, Bishop’s writer and protege, eventually inherited the role, which he made his own and continues to this day.
We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our condolences to Bishop’s friends, family, and constituents. Thanks for the fun-filled frights, kind sir. You’ll always be remembered and revered. Cheers.
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