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Thursday, March 1, 2012

WBFF Ghost Host intro 1980s


Okay, this is the last one. One more horror host of yore. The Ghost Host out of Baltimore. This guy came on at midnight. Love the cheap recorded effects ... was that a record crackling I heard? The strange thing was this character had no real performance, no hook. He just stood there stiff in the middle distance, welcomed you briefly, and told you what movie would show tonight. A classic, low budget bit. I wonder if he's still around?

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

His name is George Lewis. Was better known as CAPTAIN CHESAPEAKE (kids midday toon show). Sadly lewis passed away many years ago. On another sad note, when fox took over WBFF tv they threwaway all past show materials, so only bad vhs copys can be found these days. Where did you get yourt clip? thanx for posting!!!

J.S. Brooks said...

Thanks Anonymous for the information. Sorry to hear that George Lewis has passed and what Fox did to the WBFF archives when they took over. That was wrong. You'll find this clip on YouTube (where everything washes up eventually).

Stanley Doris said...

I watched a lot of Ghost Host Theater movies when I was in middle and high school. It's really too bad that there are only a few dvd's around of the show. I really didn't know that "Captain Chesapeake" was the host of Ghost Host.
Does anyone know how long the show ran for?

J.S. Brooks said...

Hi Stanley,

Thanks for the memories. From what I have found, it looks like the Ghost Host ran from 1971 to approximately 1985. That was a good, long run for George Lewis's show. Apparently, before he was Captain Chesapeake, Mr. Lewis was Captain Pitt out of Pittsburgh for the same broadcasters.

Matt said...

Hello,

I have been looking for old recordings of Ghost Host for the past 5 years. I have only been able to find three, but I'm always looking out for more (if there are any).

I watched the show on WPTT in Pittsburgh. It just dawned on me one day that I would love to see the show again and thus begun my mad hunt for episodes.

From what I understand, the studio in Baltimore just tossed the tapes out. It was only by blind luck that someone walking by a dumpster just happened to notice them and he pulled the tapes out. I have contacted the studio a few years ago to see iLife they had any of the tapes left, but they didn't.

Such a shame.

If anybody has any episodes of the show laying around, let me know!


Matt

Mike Mower said...

I was a huge fan of the show. I enjoyed the Ghost Host as much as the films WBFF showed.
FYI... Ghost Host came on at 11:00 PM.