Who is Rich Koz?
Rich Koz is an American actor and television program presenter, who is best known in the world as Svengoolie in the TV show “Son of Svengoolie”, which first aired from 1978 to 1982. Then started again in 1995 under the name “Svengoolie” , among numerous other contributions to the show business industry.
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Rich Koz Wiki – Age, Childhood and Education
Born Richard Koz on March 12, 1952 in Park Ridge, Illinois, USA, he has not shared anything from his childhood, not even the names of his parents. After high school, he enrolled at Northwestern University, where he earned a degree in communications.
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Rich began his career on high school radio station, WMTH-FM in his hometown of Maine East. After a while, he caught the attention of Jerry G. Bishop, the original Svengoolie, and the host of the show “Screaming Yellow Theater”. Rich started sending content for the show and in a short time he was officially called up to the show. A great honor, Rich took every opportunity that came his way, and they worked together on the show until it was canceled in 1973.
Still, this didn’t hinder their collaboration as the two started working on their own show, which aired on WMAQ radio in Chicago in the morning.
In addition, Rich also started working on commercials and syndicated features with Dick Orkin, a radio legend, such as “Chicken Man Returns for the Last Time Again”.
His colleague Bishop left Chicago for San Diego in 1978, but before he left, he struck a deal with Rich so that he could start his own show “Son of Svengoolie”. The show made its debut in 1979 on WFLD-TV, and in its first run it lasted until 1986. In the years it aired, the show Rich won a number of local Emmy awards and has been broadcast to Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit and San Francisco too.
However, when ownership of the station changed, Rich Koz was removed from the program by new owner Rupert Murdoch and his subsidiary Fox News.
“The Koz Zone”
Three years later, Rich returned to WFLD, which is now Fox 32, but under the new name and new show. Initially, they didn’t have a name for the new creation, but the fans who wanted to send letters were told to send to “Lose Weight by Selling Real Estate, No Money Down”. The show featured cartoons, with Koz the show’s host, and did sketch comedy items that would be played in the middle of the cartoon.
The show eventually became known as “Koz Zone for Kids,” winning Rich his next local Emmy award. In addition, he was the host of the morning show on WCKG radio, and co-hosted live July 4 and New Year’s Eve programming, while also being hired as a weekend and weather anchor for Fox 32 News.
Rise to fame
Svengoolie returned to the screen in 1995 and Rich was selected as one of the faces of the independent station WCIU-TV, channel 26.
Before launching the show, he got permission from the original Svengoolie, Jerry G. Bishop, to start using the name “Svengoolie”. The show continued in its old format – Rich would air B-production horror and sci-fi movies, and during the airing he would make comedic comments and offer trivia related to the movie. He grew in popularity with each new show, winning regional Emmy awards, while also being accepted into the NATAS/Emmy “Siler Circle” for “outstanding contributions to Chicago television.
Some of the films he aired that helped him achieve the stardom he enjoys today are 1954’s “Creature from the Black Lagoon”, “Revenge of the Creature” (1955), “Creature with the Atom Brain” (1955 ), “The Birds” (1963), among many others. In addition to Emmy awards, he has also won eight Rondo Statuette Awards, for being the Favorite Horror Host, and presented by the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. Since its first episode on WCIU-TV, Rich has hosted over 165 episodes, and as of 2011, his show has also aired on the popular classic MeTV TV network, which has only further increased his popularity.
Rich Koz Net worth, height, weight and appearance
Rich Koz is a successful TV show host and one of the legends of the horror genre. His net worth has increased by a large margin, and Rich Koz’s net worth is estimated at around $3 million, according to sources, as of mid-2020.
Rich is 1.85 m tall, but his weight is unknown in the media. His eyes are brown and he has dark brown hair.
Rich Koz Personal life, marriage, wife, children
Rich, while continuously on the small screens, hasn’t talked much about his personal life, rather he was focused on his work. However, he is known to have a wife although he never revealed her name.
She was the one who saved him in 2012 when he had a heart attack; she called the paramedics and he was rushed to the hospital and eventually came out on a bypass, after being initially assessed. He had had his first heart attack in 2002, but was back at work within two months.
Rich Koz Legacy
Rich has become a Chicago legend, and in addition to the Silver Circle, he has been celebrated every Halloween in Chicago since 2014, since the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago proclaimed it Rich Koz/Svengoolie day. Furthermore he was honored by the Museum of Broadcast Communications in 2019.