Goodnight to The Ghoul

April 03, 2019

The Ghoul Cleveland

At first, people thought it was another gag foisted on us by The Ghoul. Instead, one of Cleveland’s most beloved TV icons indeed left us on the most appropriate of dates, April 1.

The Ghoul, born Ron Sweed, began his TV career in 1963 at the age of 13. After wearing a gorilla suit to a live appearance by his hero at Euclid Beach Park, young Sweed, a Euclid native, was hired by Ghoulardi, played by Ernie Anderson, as an assistant. When Anderson headed to L.A. three years later, Sweed stayed on to help out the Hoolihan and Big Chuck Show, which replaced the Ghoulardi show.

During his time with Anderson, Sweed managed to meet the Beatles by sneaking into the band’s hotel with a camera covered in Channel 8 stickers. His photos were shown on that evening’s newscast.

In 1971, with Anderson’s blessing, Sweed took the Ghoulardi-inspired Ghoul character to Channel 61, where he stayed until Channel 43 absorbed its rival in 1975. He continued on with The Ghoul in Detroit where he had become quite popular via a syndication deal.

While Channel 50 there had dropped him in 1975, Channel 20 almost immediately picked up the show. Other cities, though, like Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, L.A., and San Francisco weren’t keen. However, Detroit audiences took to him. When Channel 61 came back on the air in Cleveland as WCLQ in 1980, The Ghoul also returned.

Always a bit raunchier than his counterpart Superhost on Channel 43 or his former employers Hoolihan and Big Chuck (Big Chuck and Little John by the time he returned to Channel 61), The Ghoul made fun of local celebrities, abused his inanimate mascot Froggie, and “feuded” with local D.J. (and close pal in real life) Uncle Vic from WGCL 98.5.

The Ghoul left the air for a while in the mid-80s when Channel 61 began airing the Home Shopping Network 24 hours a day. He was on and off the air in both Detroit and Cleveland until winding up on WBNX, Channel 55 in July of 1998 where he remained for 6 years. After that, he appeared in a few local furniture commercials, did a radio show, and had a run on the Internet. He remains a significant part of Cleveland (AND Detroit) TV history.

Size Chart

Needing to know what size to order? Have no fear! This page has all of the answers to your sizing and garment questions.


Unisex T-Shirt - Solid Colors are 100% combed ring spun cotton

Heather Colors are 50% combed ring spun cotton, 50% poly

Heather Grey is 90% combed ring spun cotton, 10% poly

Women's Scoop Neck T-Shirt - 52% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton, 48% poly

Women's V-Neck T-Shirt - 50% polyester, 25% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton, 25% rayon

Women's Racerback Tank - 50% poly 25% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton 25% rayon

Women's Muscle Tank - 65% poly, 35% viscose


Unisex Long Sleeve T-Shirt - 52% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton, 48% poly

Unisex Hooded Sweatshirt - 55% cotton, 39% polyester, 6% rayon

 Unisex Crewneck Sweatshirt - 80% ring-spun cotton/20% polyester

Unisex 3/4 Sleeve Raglan - 50% poly, 25% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton, 25% rayon

Youth T-Shirt - 93% combed ringspun cotton, 7% polyester


Toddler T-Shirt - 93% combed ringspun cotton, 7% polyester

Onesie - 100% combed ringspun cotton

 Still don't know. Just contact and we can give you more details!