ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Big Chuck

Updated on November 14, 2014

Big Chuck of TV8 Cleveland, Ohio

Big Chuck Schedowski was born in Cleveland, OH on June 28, 1934. He graduated from High School in 1952 and went to work in the foundry. Four years later he married his high school sweetheart in 1956. The following year he started National Radio School, where he learned radio and television repair and earned his "First class FCC license"

In 1959 he began a one year course of study for the police and firefighters exam. A year later Chuck passed the exam with flying colors, but also passed his "First class FCC license" He skipped the Cleveland Police appointment and decided to start working at KYW (now WKYC-Channel 3) as a summer replacement engineer in 1960.

Shortly after, Chuck became friends with Ernie Anderson "Ghoulardi" "The Voice of ABC". In the fall of 1960 Chuck became the full time engineer of WJW (TV8)(Fox8) and two years later Ernie Anderson followed Chuck over there to do the the afternoon movie show "Ernie's Place." Big Chuck's Biography Continues Here.

Pee Wee Football With Houlihan & Big Chuck All Stars 1971
Pee Wee Football With Houlihan & Big Chuck All Stars 1971

Did You Know Big Chuck Played Football?

Hoolihan & Big Chuck TV 8 All Stars Played Football For Charity

Big Chuck and Friday Nights went together like cheese on a burger. Hoolihan & Big Chuck and Big Chuck & Lil John was the one program that the whole family could sit down together and enjoy. Big Chuck's work with local charities is worth mentioning.

In 1971, my father along with many members of the Brunswick Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, played football with the Hoolihan & Big Chuck TV 8 All Stars to raise funds for rescue equipment. I remember attending that game, and it was wonderful. I loved it, and the memories of that game will be with me always because the All Stars were wonderful. They not only took the bumps of the game, but took the time out to promote the game and sign autographs, too.

Now On Sale! Big Chuck's New Book!

The Amazon Spotlight Is On Big Chuck

Big Chuck: My Favorite Stories from 47 Years on Cleveland TV
Big Chuck: My Favorite Stories from 47 Years on Cleveland TV

For more than 47 years, Big Chuck worked with some of the most talented people in television, and is one of the most recognized names in Cleveland TV history. Big Chuck's book is a must for Cleveland lovers and Big Chuck fans everywhere.


Big Chuck, Hoolihan, & Lil' John Videos

It is a good thing we have the internet and YouTube to remind us that you can still hang out with friends on Friday Nights.

Big Chuck: The Certain Ethnic Smoke Detector

Quick, what do you think of Big Chuck?

See results

How about that Big Chuck . . .

Big Chuck has been a television icon in Cleveland since the mid 1960s. His Friday Night presence will continue to be missed by many.

You are welcome to share your stories, sightings, thoughts, rants, raves about this timeless talent. This site is made for the fans and friends of Big Chuck Shodowski of NE Ohio.

Shout Out For Big Chuck! - Thank you for stopping by.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      we have ways to make you tok

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I lived in Chardon, Ohio for several years and had many laughs over Big Chuck. Thanks for jogging my memory.

    • clouda9 lm profile image

      clouda9 lm 

      8 years ago

      Well I learned something new tonight...seems Cleveland would not have been the same without Big Chuck, et al! Fun videos.

    • OhMe profile image

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I enjoyed reading about Big Chuck. I had not heard of him.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      [in reply to Sir Howard II] Chick's skits were comedic masterpieces. I have all the programs he and LJ put together and I never stop enjoying them. I also remember Houlihan and BC. When I was a young teacher at Monticello Jr. HS in Clevelandf Hts., I remember a program they hosted (rodan was the movie) When Rodan Kissed her(offspring with her( beak it made a loud CLUNK and never thought I'd stop ;aughing when big chuck held up a wooden beak and kissed a big egg with it. Also the skit BC did when he disco danced with a certain ethnic cleaning woman was a SCREAM. I would like very much to see THAT skit included in a remember when tape.I will try to write again. Gerry Albin, Delaware, Ohio

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Everyone who grew up in Cleveland watched Big Chuck and Lil' John on channel 8. Friday nights were something you looked forward to. Not to go out and party, but to sit in front of the TV and watch Big Chuck & Lil' John! Thanks for the memories Big Chuck, you certain ethnic guy you! (smile).

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      I absolutely LOVED watching Big Chuck and his sidekick. Of course, Ghoulardi was THE man before BC. Cool memories that I cherish growing up in Cleveland. Thank you!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)