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Dr Meridian hosted Shock! on WPTA around 1958 in Fort Wayne Indiana. All we as fans really know about Dr Meridian comes from Elena Watson's thorough book, T.V. Horror Movie Hosts where she writes:

"[Dr Meridian]...liked to work in his laboratory conducting experiments (including)
...brain transplantation and the preservation of a human head."
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As will become obvious with far too many of these entries, the search for information about America's horror host programs often leaves one with precious few facts.

Such is the case with Baltimore's television program Shock!.

Shock! was broadcast on WBAL-TV from November 9, 1957 to some time in 1959. This time, the program was presented as a family affair, with Richard and Nancy Lee Dix playing the husband and wife team Dr Lucifer and Mrs (Grace) Lucifer. Promotional photos show they were accompanied by daughter Lucretia little Baby Borgia, and a Great Dane with a tendency to present varied arms and legs to Dr Lucifer, but not much is apparently known about who filled these roles. The family photos have a definite "Addams Family" type of look to them.

We do know that Dix was a seasoned and versatile actor, and that Dr Lucifer was a bit of a bungling scientist...full of ambition, he was more often than not the victim of his schemes and experiments.

For more information and a photo about the Lucifer family:
http://myweb.wvnet.edu/e-gor/tvhorrorhosts/grafix/drlucifer2.jpg
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Western PA native Don Kennedy (born in 1931) hosted The Shock Show for WSB-TV in Atlanta.

Not much is known about the show other than that it ran from the fall of 1957 until late 1958/early 1959, when Kennedy moved on to host the much-better-known children's show The Popeye Club.

Don's major love is big band music. Though he's known for providing cartoon voices for The Cartoon Network, including Space Ghost and Aqua Teen Hunger Force, he is most known for his radio program Big Band Jump.


For more general career information about Don Kennedy:
http://bigbandjump.com/article1.html


* Note: I will try to track down more information about Mr Kennedy and this program.

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