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Marty Sullivan, Cleveland's beloved 'Superhost,' passes away at age 87

Sullivan was featured as 'Superhost' on WUAB from 1969 to 1989.
Credit: Mike Olszewski/Facebook

CLEVELAND — One of Cleveland's most recognizable and beloved television icons has passed away.

Marty Sullivan, who was featured as 'Superhost' on WUAB from 1969 to 1989, died on Friday morning in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia at the age of 87. The news was confirmed by Sullivan's niece to writer and local media historian Mike Olszewski.

Donning a blue suit, cape and red nose, Sullivan transformed into 'Superhost,' every Saturday afternoon. The fun would kick off at noon with 'Supe's On,' which would feature Laurel and Hardy and Three Stooges shorts mixed in with skits, gags, and more from 'Superhost.' Then at one, it was time to watch the 'Mad Theater,' which usually featured old monster films, or Godzilla, or maybe Planet of the Apes.

In addition to being 'Superhost,' Marty Sullivan also served as a floor director and station announcer at WUAB. You would often see him fill in for John Lanigan as the host of 'The Prize Movie.'

Sullivan retired from WUAB in 1993, but was always warmly greeted whenever he came back to Cleveland. He most recently appeared with Olszewski for an episode of 'Live on Lakeside' in November of 2019. 

You can watch the interview in the player below: 

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