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Blast from the Quad Cities' past: Dr. Igor is up for Horror Host Hall of Fame

Played by Gene Edwards, Dr. Igor hosted WQAD's "Chiller Theater" from 1963 to 1965.

MOLINE, Ill. — You know about WQAD's news station, but what about its spooky history? 

Dr. Igor, the host of WQAD's "Chiller Theater," was the station's first on-air horror movie host back in 1963. Now, the character is nominated for induction into the Horror Host Hall of Fame.

Gene Edwards, the actor behind Dr. Igor, also played Jungle Jay for a kid-friendly afternoon show. No footage remains of these two characters, but they are fondly remembered by those who watched in the 1960s.

Credit: WQAD
Old advertisement for "Chiller Theater" on WQAD

Dr. Igor is the third Quad Cities-based horror host to be nominated for the Horror Host Hall of Fame. Chuck Acri of "The Acri Creature Feature" and Marlena Midnight of "Midnight Mausoleum" have already been inducted.

Watch"Midnite Mausoleum" at 11 Saturday nights on MyTV 8-3.

Anyone can vote for the hall of fame inductees, but you can only vote once. To vote, email your top five horror hosts from this list to TheHorrorHostHallofFame@gmail.com. Voting ends on Aug. 5. 

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