Bill Cardille as his horror host alter ego "Chilly Billy"
|Born||William Robert Cardille
December 10, 1928
Farrell, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Years active||1957 - Present|
|Spouse(s)||Louise (1953-present), 3 children|
Originally from Sharon, Pennsylvania, Cardille first worked at WICU in Erie. He was for many years a fixture on Channel 11 (formerly call letters WIIC, now WPXI), the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, and was the first voice heard when WIIC went on the air on September 1, 1957.
After years of hosting many other local shows on WIIC (at a time where local stations often produced a significant amount of local programming), Cardille became host of the show for which he is probably best known: Chiller Theatre, a late night Saturday program that showed horror and science fiction films. The show earned him his nickname "Chilly Billy." The program aired from 1963 until its cancellation in 1983. Joe Flaherty, a Pittsburgh native, acknowledges this show as an influence in the formation of the popular "Monster Chiller Horror Theatre" sketches on SCTV.
Cardille also hosted other programs including Studio Wrestling, and a combination game show /movie program that ran in the late afternoon. He hosted a teen dance show, the Four O'Clock Money Movie, and Movies to Laugh By for WIIC. He remains the local host for the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. Cardille appeared in both the 1968 original version and the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead, in the television movie, The Assassination File, and in the documentary American Scary. He was especially famous in Boston, where the weekly pro wrestling program was extremely popular. Cardille also called the play-by-play of western Pennsylvania high school basketball playoff games for many years on WQED-TV, the Pittsburgh PBS affiliate. Cardille also hosted morning radio shows on Pittsburgh radio stations WWSW and WIXZ.
Outside of broadcasting, Cardille owned and operated Chilly Billy Cardille Travel and Tours in Wexford for many years, which was managed by his son, Bill Jr.
Until 2014, Cardille could be heard on radio station WJAS AM 1320 in the mid-day slot. He retired from WJAS in 2014. He resides in McCandless, in Pittsburgh's North Hills, with his wife Louise. He is also the father of actress Lori Cardille who played the lead role in Romero's Day of the Dead.
- Official Bill Cardille Website
- Bill Cardille at the Internet Movie Database
- Growing Up MonsterMad with Pittsburgh's Chilly Billy Cardille and Chiller Theater
- Interview with Bill Cardille
- Goodbye Chilly Billy
- Memories of Studio Wrestling[dead link]
- WJAS Radio jock link for Cardille
- Paula A. Smith, "Former 'Chiller Theater' host's career has endured decades", Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh (2013)
- "Western Pennsylvania leaders honor 'Chilly Billy' Cardille".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- "Tuesday is Bill Cardille Day". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. September 27, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>