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THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE

The Weirdness Really Bad Movie is a public-access TV / internet program. Billed on its website as "120 minutes of your life that you can never have back," The Weirdness Really Bad Movie hosts public domain movies and splits them up, giving facts about the movie and inserting original comedy sketches that are for the whole family.

This monthly program began airing on Hudson, Ohio Community Television (HCTV) in January of 2010 and on Wadsworth, Ohio Community Television (WCTV)in November 2010.


Program Origin

The Weirdness Really Bad Movie was inspired by a previous show with a similar format that aired in Northeast Ohio. In 1966 the show featured hosts Hoolihan (Bob Wells) and Big Chuck (Chuck Schodowski.) Then in 1979 Big Chuck and Lil' John (Rinaldi.)1 Chuck Schodowski wrote sketches that were inserted into a movie package that Cleveland's WJW, now Fox, Channel 8 had purchased to run. The program often had higher ratings than Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. After 47 years Big Chuck retired from the weekly broadcasting in 2007.2

The Weirdness Really Bad Movie Beginnings

In 2009, Northeast Ohio resident David Binkley who had had written and produced programs for an Akron, Ohio Radio Reading Service for the blind began exploring the possibility of hosting public domain movies with original comedy sketches - much in the manner that Big Chuck did. David sought the help of friends, who were Radio Reading volunteers, to help host the movies and act in the comedy sketches.


One difference between this and other movie hosting programs is that the Weirdness Really Bad Movie does not have a studio to work. Each movie is hosted from a different location - sometimes the movie is selected to fit in with the location. The Weirdness Really Bad Movie has been hosted from fun locations including a furniture store, a restaurant, an auto body shop, and a row boat on a lake. It also has been hosted in historical locations including The McKinley Monument, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens , and the former Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield.


Home page of the Weirdness Really Bad Movie

Radio - Weirdness Begins

In 1979, high school senior and sophomore brothers David and Tim Binkley began writing and recording a weekly hour-long radio show using comedy and novelty records for the Tri-County Radio Reading Service (later known as Written Communications Radio Service3) and began writing and recording a weekly hour long radio show using comedy and novelty records. Influenced by Jack Benny , Laural and Hardy , Abbot and Costello, Ernie Kovacs, Stan Freberg, and Bob and Ray, Dave and Tim started crafting their own comedy sketches, usually satirizing TV shows, commercials, and interviews.


Through the course of the program Dave and Tim created their own characters and situations for them. Some of the more memorable characters were Inspector Bumbling of Scotland Yards, field reporter Itchy Armstrong, Mama and Papa Strudel, the Dean of Highly Cultural Events J. G. Stuffy, Charlie Atlas, poet Freddy Firstlove, and Artie - who ran the Weirdness Weather Station and Used Car Lot.


At one point Weirdness was broadcasting an original hour at the Akron Radio Reading Service, and a revamped hour along with a live hour on the Defiance College station WDCW where Tim was attending. The program had a four and a half year run. David Binkley went on to produce a variety of state and national award winning radio programs - including a series of 26 original radio dramas.



References

1Lil' John Rinaldi - Fox 8

2Big Chuck Signs Off - Cleveland Plain Dealer

3WCRS on "The Art of Living"

External Websites

Big Chuck and Lil' John Studio Set

Life According To Big Chuck - Cleveland Magazine

Interview with Big Chuck

Interview with Lil' John

Big Chuck and Lil' John Fan web page

WCTV schedule