Ron Sweed, a TV personality known to 70s Detroit television viewers as “the Ghoul,” passed away April 1 at age 70.
Although taped in Cleveland at a sister Kaiser Broadcasting station, Sweed’s late-night horror show “The Ghoul Show” had a major following in Detroit, airing on WKBD-TV, Channel 50.
In a lab coat and fright wig as “The Ghoul,” Sweed would show awful horror movies and provide low-budget mayhem with goofy stunts, flying Cheez Whiz and exploding firecrackers.
When he was in high school, Sweed got his start at Cleveland’s WJW Channel 8 as an assistant to Ernie “Ghoulardi” Anderson. Anderson became a TV legend with his “Shock Theater” on Channel 8. In 1971, a few years after Anderson had left for a more fruitful career in Los Angeles, Sweed adopted Anderson’s shtick and dropped a few letters off the end of Ghoulardi to become “The Ghoul.” He launched his late-night show while still a student at Bowling Green State University.
Sweed had suffered a heart attack five months prior to his death and is survived by a wife, Mary Therese.