Friday, October 31, 2008

Dick Bennick

I have been working on narrowing down the date when Dick Bennick started working for WGHP channel 8 in High Point ,NC. So far I have a newspaper article published on Nov.9, 1965 that has him still working at radio station WTOB as a disc jockey in Winston-Salem, NC. The article also states he will doing his magic act at a dinner banquet. The above photo of Dick Bennick as Count Shockula appeared in a Nov. 19, 1966 newspaper article about the upcoming "Mess" America contest to be held on Nov. 26, 1966 at the Carolina Theatre in Winston-Salem , NC. The contest was sponsored by WGHP channel 8 and Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine. Dick Bennick was hosting Shock Theatre as Count Shockula. The Count was going to be there to crown "Mess America". Dick Bennick also hosted "The Dick Bennick Show" (Saturday afternoon's) and Quiz Club in 1966. By mid-1966 his Saturday afternoon show had become a dance party type show featuring teenagers from area high schools and area garage bands as well as some recording artists. Percy Sledge is one of the stars I remember seeing perform on the show. On January 1,1968 Dick Bennick began co-hosting morning show on WGHP with Bob Poole called "TV Party Line." Later Bennick would host the "Dialing for Dollars" movie on WGHP.

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