We get a lot of the same questions asked by our loyal Sven fans- through no fault of their own- and, though many of the answers can be found in the Jerry G. Bishop and Rich Koz chapters of the fine book “Chicago TV Horror Movie Shows- from Shock Theatre to Svengoolie”- available at most decent books stores under “local interest”- and at our sponsor Horrorbles- but- since I happened upon this list while sifting through some old documents- I thought I’d post them in this blog to enlighten those who need these answers (though I can’t imagine why!) Here we go…
Were you “Son of Svengoolie?”
Yes- running on WFLD from 1979 to 1986
Who was the original Svengoolie?
Jerry G. Bishop- on WFLD- from 1970 to 1973.
He gave me permission to be “Son of Svengoolie” and, when I came to WCIU in 1995,gave me permission to just be “Svengoolie.”
What was his theme song?
His original theme song (and mine for my first year) was “Rumble” by Link Ray- sweetened with a track of a woman screaming!
What is your theme song?
It’s an original tune by Doug Graves, titled “Son’s Theme”-derived from my days as Son of Svengoolie.
What’s the deal with “BERWYN?!”
When Jerry G. was starting his show, “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” and Johnny Carson were making small town jokes about “beautiful downtown Burbank.” Also, famous Cleveland horror host Ghoulardi, who was on TV opposite Jerry when he was there, made fun of local suburb Parma.
Jerry discovered the little town that had a parade in honor of mushrooms every year, and decided it would be his target for jokes.
What’s the deal with the rubber chickens?
Rubber chickens are an old comedy prop going all the way back to vaudeville days- Jerry thought it would be funny for him to be pelted with them every time he did a corny punch line. I continue the “family” tradition.
Do they hurt when they hit you?
Did you used to do “the Koz Zone” on Fox?
Yes. Don’t hold that against me.
Do you now- or did you ever –live in Berwyn?
Did you used to play Wizzo on “Bozo”?
No. No. NO!
Can I request or suggest a movie for the show?
Yes, but that doesn’t mean we’d be able to run it-
It depends on broadcast rights, scheduling, etc.- but I’m always happy to hear what you’d like to see.
Can I order a previous design of Sven t-shirt that came before the current shirt?
Unfortunately, no- all previous designs have sold out before we offered a new design.
How can I contact you?
By e-mail- svengoolie @wciu.com
By snail mail-
26 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL – 60661
…see how much you know now? We’ll be posting these “FAQ” here on the Sven web page some time next week for future reference- or, the next time I get one of these questions asked again… if your question is “what is Sven showing this week?” –come back tomorrow for the lowdown on a spine –tingling creature that will have you screaming- for your own good!