Thursday, October 30, 2008

Screaming Yellow Theater




The original Svengoolie was Jerry G. Bishop, a rock 'n roll dj on WFLD, our "Federation of Labor" station. SCREAMING YELLOW THEATER was broadcast on Channel 32, which is now Fox but back then you pretty much had to stick the antennae out the window to get a clear signal. I honestly never knew the show to be broadcast in color, as I watched in on a b&W TV in my room. Somehow I got to watch CREATURE FEATURES downstairs, but I think my parents were annoyed by Link Wray and the Ray Men playing over a woman's screams every three or four minutes. That, and the stupid jokes. One night, I saw HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM with Vincent Price for the first time, and the woman whose eyes get poked out by the binoculars with the spikes in them freaked...me...out.

3 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Definitely kind of freaky. These guys that hosted these shows must have been certifiably insane.

HemlockMan said...

If you go to my blog, you can see a bit I did about the local shock theater dudes when I was a kid. First: Bestoink Dooley who was the local monster dude when I was in grade school in Atlanta. Then there was Dr. Shock (and his sidekick Dingbat) who served the same function for Shock Theater in Chattanooga TN. That was about the only station we could get when we lived in the mountains of northern Georgia. Both of those guys performed with humor and lowbrow wit.

Steve Malley said...

I remember Elvira, and that's about it.

Of course, for me, poor, wee, hormonal me, Elvira drove everyone else off the map...