Farewell ‘Chilly Billy’ Cardille
Before SNL, there was Chiller Theater in Pittsburgh. Every Saturday night on WIIC-11 – now WPXI – there was a double-feature of sci-fi films, hosted by “Chilly Billy” Cardille, and his creepy entourage. Most of the footage has been lost over the years, but Cardille was entertaining Pittsburghers during commercial breaks for over 20 years. His family sadly informed the public that he died at home at age 87, after retiring from 60 years of television and radio broadcasting in the Pittsburgh region.
After Chiller Theater, Cardille went on broadcasting, finally landing at WJAS until their format switch to conservative talk. While broadcasting, Cardille also became the public face of fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Pittsburgh. He hosted a yearly telethon, and came out to see walkers during the yearly MDA Walk-a-thon. Cardille will be sorely missed in the Pittsburgh region, but definitely well-remembered.