- FRITZ THE NITE OWL
- (Frederick C. Peerenboom)
"Fritz the Nite Owl -- Your Voice of the Night"
Universe M Website!
Fritz himself tipped us off about this site, noting that
Universe M includes:
for Green Lantern, Metropolis, E-Man, art created by X-Ray
technology and more. Really well done...with some superb artwork.
'Tis a winner....
- Read Aaron Edgell's interview with Fritz the Nite Owl),
and Edgell's memories of his show and others,
Late Night Horror Shows: Memoirs of a Misspent Youth,
in the very cool
Classic Horror Webzine!
- Tune in Smooth Jazz WJZA
(Columbus, Ohio: 103.5/104.3 on the FM radio dial)
where Fritz the Nite Owl hosts a program of straight ahead jazz
from 9 pm. to 12 Midnight on Sundays.
Listen to the show live on this website!
Read Fritz the Nite Owl's "Real Jazz" column
of CD reviews on the
Short North Gazette Website.
Get a 30-minute DVD-R of Fritz the Nite Owl show clips!
Just $19.95see the cover and contents list on the sidebar, and read Fritz's comments about it in NOTES below.
See a 220K jpeg image
from Fritz' show on WCLL-19.
- Double Chiller Theatre
(Friday night segment of all-week-long Nite Owl Theatre)
- Friday, 11:30 p.m.
- WBNS-TV, Channel 10 (Columbus, Ohio)
- September 1974 - June 1991
- Nite Owl Theatre
- Monday thru Friday, 11 pm - 1 am
- WCLS-TV, Channel 62 (Columbus, Ohio)
- 1992(?) - 1995
- Nite Owl Theatre
- Saturday and Sunday, 8 - 10 pm (chillers Saturday, variety Sunday)
- WCLL-TV, Channel 19 (Columbus, Ohio)
- c. May 2001 - c. July 2003 ("with sporadic showings after that")
- Magazine references:
- Feature article discussing show and reproducing signed photo of Fritz,
"Monsters Are My Life" by
in issue #5 (December 1992)
of Scary Monsters, p. 9-11.
- Letter (with picture) from
Fritz Peerenboom about show
in issue #8 (September 1993)
of Scary Monsters, p. 6.
- Feature article with
"Fritz the Nite Owl," in
Scary Monsters Presents Monster Memories #2, 1994 Yearbook
(January 1994), pp. 55-57.
- Fritz the Nite Owl himself has been keeping us posted on developments in Niteland!
His first e-mail read:
Just a note to thank you for including me on your terrific
I really appreciate the space and attention you gave to
the show and me.
If it's possible, could you add, at your convenience, the
following brief items somewhere---as they are elements of which I
am extremely proud---and are items that might not be typical of
most Horror Hosts.
- I won 5 EMMYS for my On-Air Performances.
- I had a Guest-Cameo with lines in DC's THE POWER OF SHAZAM!
Comics #20, in which I gave a minor assist to Captain Marvel
and Superman in saving the world.
- My show aired 7 nights a week from Fall 1974 -til- Summer
1991---which added up to over 6,000 consecutive appearances,
with no re-runs of my performances, ever. (The films were
shown more than once, but I always prepared new live and
taped elements for each showing).
Fritz The Nite Owl
- In April, 2005, Fritz wrote:
Da Owl turned 70 this past December ---
and all I can say is to quote Bette Davis who said, "Gettin' old ain't for sissies."
But generally, my health is good --- just the normal aches, pains, inconveniences that come with geezerdom.
To answer some questions --
this is embarrassing --
but -- I'm not real sure of the dates my show ran on WCLL-TV-19.
As I recall ---
it started around May of 2001 --
and ran until around July of 2003 ---
with sporadic showings hither and yon after that.
Unfortunately, TV-19 was a low power, commercial TV station --
but for whatever reasons, local cable wouldn't carry it --
so it was probably seen by about 14 viewers.
I enjoyed doing it --- just wish it could have gotten better audience exposure.
My radio show, Nite Owl Jazz, is going well ---
will be going into its 14th year this month.
For more info on that go to
and click on "personalities" --
scroll to the bottom -- and there's a bio and recent pic.
Hope you enjoy.
And my thanks to you for letting the Galaxy know about Fritz the Nite Owl.
Keep in touch --
- In June, 2006, Fritz wrote to tell us about his new DVD-R:
See the link above and the cover pictures on the sidebar for details.
A bit of Owl-news a 30-minute DVD-R of The Nite Owl is now available.
This DVD is my current audition DVD for possible jobs.
It is a 30-MINUTE expansion of the entry I used in my 1991 EMMY submission tape
and helped me WIN my 5th EMMY in 1992 for the performances I did in 1991.
I hope you and your readers will enjoy it!
Fritz the Nite Owl
- At WBNS,
Fritz hosted all types of single features 7 nights a week;
Friday was "Double Chiller" night with a double-feature
of horror movies beginning at 11:30 p.m.
- One Scary Monsters feature reported that
Nite Owl Theatre started as an unhosted, all-night show on
Sunday-Thursday it was Armchair Theatre, with
Double Chiller on Friday.
Nite Owl Theatre originally had an animated stock opening and
closing, with about 100 cartoon slides of an owl
for commercial transitions.
Fritz Peerenboom first provided voiceovers for the owls on these slides,
becoming known to the audience as "Fritz the Nite Owl."
- In 1989, Fritz hosted and co-produced a pilot called 4-Star Nite Owl Theatre
(4-Star Int'l., Burbank, CA) which was available for syndication.
Fritz the Nite Owl postcard
from WBNS in Columbus, Ohio.
Click for fullsize view of front and back.
The Nite Owl's great new DVD-R
of show clips!
Click image for larger view, including
back cover with contents list.