Detroit/ Cleveland late-night tv movie horror host Ron Sweed is known to many as, The Ghoul. Growing up, I became a big fan by watching his antics and skits on tv. The Ghoul showed the cheesiest movies likely due to a small broadcast budget. He would make fun of the movie by adding sound effects, burps, and funny music. To a 12-year-old me it was the funniest thing anywhere. The Ghoul blew up model cars and figurines kids mailed in with M-80 firecrackers which he called, Boom Booms. Who could forget his sidekick a toy Frog he called Froggy.
In the 70s The Ghoul tv show was so popular it was syndicated in Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco. Ron Sweed was on and off the air in Cleveland and Detroit for over three decades.
The Ghoul had his arm of fans that would call him our king or leader. Catch phrases like, “zingy-zingy,” and “Overdey!” “Bofo Socko” and “stay sick, turn blue”. Plus a segment where viewers sent in their home movies. This is where I got my 15 mins of fame as The Ghoul showed one of my movies.
Unfortunately, we lost Ron Sweed on April 1, 2019, five months after suffering a massive heart attack after a triple bypass 5 months earlier. Felt a piece of my childhood had just left me.
Remembering The Ghoul this April by playing some of the music he played on his show from, The Beatles to Frank Yankovic polka music. I discovered some great music and artists just by watching his show. I will forever be a member of the Ghoul Army.
Remembering Famous Local TV Host Icon The Ghoul Ron Sweed and his Music. Here are some of the favorites used on the Ghoul TV show.