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Rich Koz (Svengoolie) Net Worth 2024

Rich Koz (Svengoolie) Net Worth – $1.5 million

What is Rich Koz’s net worth? Who is Rich Koz’s wife?


Rich Koz is an American TV show host who has broadcast for WCIU Chicago as host of The Three Stooges centric program Stooge-a-Palooza.

Koz is best known for his horror movie hosting alter-ego Svengoolie.

He said:

“People really love horror movies. It’s one of the most entertaining things that people can watch…it’s like riding a roller coaster.”

Koz later added:

”You get a lot of thrills and you get scared, but you know when it’s over with, you’re still going to be fine. I’m not tooting my own horn here, but I think the entertainment value we add to it makes it a complete experience.”


He was born on March 12, 1952, and raised in Park Ridge, Illinois. 

Rich graduated from Northwestern University’s communications program.

”I was actually a really good student,” Koz told The Day in an interview. He added: ”I think that was why I got away with things in class — making jokes and things — the teacher would say, ‘Well, he’s a good student, so we’ll let that go by.’”

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Koz first created the Svengoolie character while a student.

While Rich was at Northwestern University, he sent material for the horror-movie program to Jerry G. Bishop (a television and radio personality who is known for being Chicago’s original “Svengoolie”).

Jerry subsequently invited Rich on to the show.

”In the late ’70s, Jerry moved out to the West Coast. He gave me his blessing to carry on ”the Svengoolie name,” and in mid-’79, I managed to get “Son of Svengoolie” on the air,” he explained in an interview.

When the show was canceled in 1973, Rich and Jerry worked together doing mornings on WMAQ radio in Chicago.

In addition, Rich worked with Dick Orkin (an American commercial radio producer and voice actor who created The Secret Adventures of the Tooth Fairy as well as the Chickenman radio series) on commercials, including “ChickenMan Returns for the Last Time Again.”

When Jerry left for San Diego in 1978, he gave Rich permission to create a show known as ”Son of Svengoolie,” currently simply known as Svengoolie.

Rich began ”Son of Svengoolie” on WFLD in June 1979. In 1986, after the station was acquired by the News Corporation, WFLD canceled the show, as ”Son of Svengoolie” was not considered dignified for a network affiliate. After this, Rich did some freelance radio.

In 1995, he came back on the air as part of the launch team for the newly independent station WCIU-TV, Channel 26.

Rich became Svengoolie and resumed weekly horror movie shows.

In 2004, Rog joined Roger Ebert as a Silver Circle honoree for NATAS Chicago.

In the same year, Koz was inducted into the ChicagoMidwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences prestigious Silver Circle.

In 2019, Koz portrayed Dr. Rummage Goodwill in one episode of the TV series ”Cinema Insomnia with Mr. Lobo.”

In October 2019, it was announced that he will talk about his upcoming event celebrating four decades of Years of Svengoolie at the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

Starting in 2021, Koz appears in the TV series – Toon in with Me.

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Heart Attacks

In 2002, he suffered a heart attack.

Two months later, he returned to work after undergoing two angioplasty procedures (it involves temporarily inserting and inflating a balloon where an artery is clogged).

”Maybe it’s a good thing that rubber chickens are cholesterol-free,” Rich joked about the heart attack.

In 2012, Koz was admitted to a Chicago hospital, where he was treated for another heart attack.

“After a very busy Halloween holiday season, I’ll be taking a short reprieve from updating my blog,” he posted on social media. ”Daily updates will return soon!”

”My second heart attack happened five years ago, like two days after Halloween,” Rich said in 2017. 

He continued: ”My wife and I were watching TV, and all of a sudden, she says, I stiffened up and passed out. They had to use the paddles twice on me. They ended up doing a double bypass, then shortly after put in the pacemaker. But I was gone. Twice.”

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Rich Koz is married, but the name of his wife was not disclosed.


In the early 1990s, Rich ran a production called “The Koz Zone” that showed comedy sketches during the commercial period between Fox’s cartoons.

Koz has won numerous local Emmy Awards for his work in the Chicagoland area TV market.

He appeared as Svengoolie in a commercial for the Empire carpet company of the Chicagoland area.

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Rich Koz – Net Worth & Salary 2024 – Svengoolie

So, how much is Rich Koz (Svengoolie) worth? Koz earned most of his wealth from his horror movie hosting alter-ego Svengoolie. Therefore, American TV show host Rich Koz has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.

Sventoonie premiered in 2022. It is a “scaled” down spin-off of Svengoolie.

In addition, Rich appeared in several commercials.

Rich Koz’s annual salary was not released to the public, but the average pay for a TV host is around $100k per year.

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Andrew Romero

Sunday 21st of April 2024

Andy & Michelle from Louisiana.We watch the show every weekend and love it.Rich Koz is a great host and keeps us very entertained, he should take singing lessons though.LOL My wife is a fan of Lon Chaney seniors Phantom of the Opera.


Sunday 19th of June 2022

If you ever need a lab assistant, I'm good at character voices and impersonations. From Peter Lore to Edward G. Robinson.

Fred Durkas

Sunday 12th of December 2021

A must see every Saturday night. Keep on being goofy and stay healthy.

Angelina Centonze

Sunday 5th of September 2021

does anyone remember dr. shock who was the ghole before him

Lawrie Sanchez

Sunday 3rd of April 2022

I believe it was Marvin shock theater and I think he had a kids program Jabo Waukee place Not spelled right

larry kendall

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

Movie’s could be a little better sometimes but overall good show. Don’t know where he gets his inspiration from at his Age.


Wednesday 1st of September 2021

I tend to agree with you. There are movies that I saw as a kid in the early sixties that would be perfect, but you never ever see them anymore. That said, I enjoy the show very much and look forward to the cast and crew back in the studio as of 04Sep21.