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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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Add Mr Byram to the list of Mystery Hosts.

We know there was a show on in Denver, CO, because station KBTV was one of the purchasers of the Shock! movie packages in 1958. It's possible that Shock! was the name of the horror host show. It seems pretty certain that George Byram was both the actor's name as well as the character's name. There's no record (thus far) of costuming or audience reaction, or even of exactly how long the show was on the air.

No links, because truly, sadly, there just isn't much more information available.

:(
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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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