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"The Cool Ghoul"
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Sadly we must report the passing of another legend in Cincinnati media, the one and only "Cool Ghoul", Dick Von Hoene. Many of us have fond memories of him as the Ghoul, and many others have memories of him in the numerous other things he did "unmasked". Dick passed away Wednesday, February 4th, 2004. He was a much too young 63.

Memorials may be made to the Senior Citizens of Northern Kentucky
1032 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY. 41011
Bleeh! Bleeh! Bleeh!
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Cable show to celebrate 7th anniversary - Cincinnati Post 08/25/99

Ghoul still gives him chills - Cincinnati Post 04/13/00

Von Hoene reprises Cool Ghoul role - Kentucky Post 10/27/01

Cool Ghoul haunts Channel 19 - Cincinnati Post 10/31/03

'Cool Ghoul' Dick Von Hoene Dies - Kentucky Post 02/05/2004

Actor who played 'Cool Ghoul' dead at 63 - WCPO-TV 02/05/04

The 'Cool Ghoul', TV personality who hosted scary movies, dead at 63 -
Ohio Beacon Journal 02/05/04

'Cool Ghoul's' funeral to be held Monday - WCPO-TV 02/06/04

Channel 19 to air 'Cool Ghoul' tribute - Cincinnati Post 02/06/04

TV era passes with Von Hoene - Cincinnati Enquirer 02/08/04
A brief history ...

Dick Von Hoene lived in Price Hill. He grew up in Madisonville, both in CIncinnati, Ohio.

He graduated from Purcell High School in 1958, went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in History from the University of Cincinnati, and then a Master's Degree in Theater.

Dick began his 40 year career career as a copywriter for WCPO radio. He worked on Bob Smith's Monster Mash in 1961. The 'Cool Ghoul' character started in comedy routines he wrote for Larry Smith.

He moved to broadcast television at WXIX-TV Channel 19 in 1969 where he came up with a costume for his character, the Cool Ghoul, to go with his trademark "Bleeeh! Bleeeh! Bleeeh!" vocalization.

The Cool Ghoul became a regular weekend feature, hosting horror movie presentations on "Scream-In" during the 1970's and parts of the 1980's. He returned last Halloween to host a night of movies.

He released his own LP. titled: "The Cool Ghoul's Phantasmagorical Funny Fonograf Record" on the Artists Records label. Long out of print, one fan of the Ghoul has made MP3 files available for download from this site:


He was hired as a reporter for WUBE-FM 105 in 1973. Became a disc jockey there in 1979. In 1983 he became a news announcer for WFKB Florence. In 1986, he moved to Storer Cable as a nightly news anchor and news director. His last job was as host of "Northern Kentucky Magazine", a weekday morning public affairs show on Insight Communications Channel ICN6. He had been there for the last 12 years. In hosting "Northern Kentucky Magazine", Dick found that he appreciated what he was accomplishing as himself, away from the "Cool Ghoul" character.

In his free time, Dick loved to play golf. In his youth, he and his brother were caddies for golfers at the Kenwood Country Club. He was also interested in History, espeically the history of the Civil War.