The production methods were crude, the writing mediocre and work shifts long, but from that primordial television ooze emerged iconic characters such as Ghoulardi, Barnaby, Miss Barbara and Captain Penny who became entwined with our city's DNA. "Local TV was pretty primitive, but they made up for it with great personalities and creativity," says Mike Olszewski, who, along with wife Janice, has written Cleveland TV Tales (Gray and Co., $15.95), a revealing look at the formative years of Cleveland television. Olszewski, a veteran radio personality and curator of the Ohio Broadcast Museum, will be on hand Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at Ghoulardifest signing copies. "That was the first golden age of Cleveland television," he says. "I'm waiting to see the second." Here are his takes on four of the city's TV trailblazers.
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October 20, 2014