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Pat Shingleton: "Chiller Theater and Studio Wrestling"

4 months 1 week 6 days ago July 22, 2016 Jul 22, 2016 Friday, July 22 2016 July 22, 2016 4:14 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton:

Childhood influences both positive and adverse often remain with us throughout our lifetime.  I remember watching a weathercaster from Wheeling, West Virginia by the name of Marshall Fatkin. He had a wacky approach as did Bob Kudzma in Pittsburgh, John Coleman with Good Morning America and Sonny Elliot in Detroit.  When we were in high school, everyone was tuned into WIIC-TV, Channel 11 in Pittsburgh at 11:30 on Saturday night for "Chiller Theater." The show ran old Bela Lagosi and Boris Karloff flicks that included every Bride that Dracula had and Lon Chaney's "Werewolf" and even some "B" rated Korman films such as "The Tingler." "Chiller Theater" was hosted by Bill "Chilly Billy Cardilly" Cardille.  Bill also hosted Studio Wrestling, on the same channel, that aired from 6:30 until 8:00 PM on Channel 11.  This show highlighted Bruno Samartino, Jumpin' Johnny DeFazio, Killer Kawolski, Krusher Laskoski, The Shiek and Skandar Akbar.  Bill also highlighted a few other characters in the mix including, Ringside Rosie and that famous referee Izzy Moydell.  When I was handling the weather duties at WIIC, later changed to WPXI, I enjoyed visiting with Bill and his "Chiller Theater" entourage including Terminal Stare, who stayed in character on and off the set, and Stormin' Norman. Bill also was available to provide a fill-in weather appearance. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette announced today that Bill died in the early hours of Thursday at the age of 87.  When we arrived home on a Saturday evening to watch television with our Mom, she would always instruct..."Put on a good movie boys and not that "Killer Theater..."

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