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Big Chuck! & The Capitol Steps

Posted Friday, October 31, 2008

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Big Chuck! & The Capitol Steps You may know him as the Kielbasy Kid, Certain Ethnic Guy, or Little John’s sidekick. Chuck Schodowski has been on Northeast Ohio television sets for 47 years. Big Chuck, with a newly published biography in hand, will talk with us about working with Ghoulardi, flying with Hoolie, boxing Mike Tyson and ultimately retiring from the longest run in television history. Join the conversation on The Sound of Ideas®, for a conversation with Big Chuck followed by a special Halloween comedy show from The Capitol Steps. It’s an hour of fun – beginning at 9am on 90.3.

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Here Chuck is setting up for a pregame interview with Indians announcer Harry Jones and slugger Rocky Colavito. Big Chuck performing Chuck's dog Rowdy won fame playing King the Wonder Dog. Chuck and Ernie Anderson wear Ernie jerseys from the old Cleveland Barons hockey team. Here Chuck is playing a karate instructor in a skit with Ghoulardi.


Arts and Culture, Government/Politics, Other, Community/Human Interest


Chuck Schodowski, Northeast Ohio TV Legend

Additional Information

Big Chuck and Lil John website
Check out some memorable Big Chuck and Lil John moments on YouTube
Big Chuck Signs Off, By Julie Washington, The Plain Dealer, June 20, 2007
Gray & Company, Publishers, The Best Books About Cleveland, Ohio
Click here to for a list of Big Chuck's book signings
The Capitol Steps

Show Response: Listeners loved sharing their memories and thoughts with us about Big Chuck.
Hi Chuck,
You and Hoolihan once read a viewer joke on the "Pajama 'Party" segment of your show. The set-up was: "How do you goose a ghost?" You said the punchline was too blue to read! How does this joke end??
I've been waiting years to find out.
Thanks for the memories,


Any chance of a local channel running a primetime best of show?
Joe, Garrettsville

The show actually had good movies from time to time. Are you a 'serious' movie fan?
John, Cleveland

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