Just Like Chuck, John is always involved with the community, almost
always with his side-kick Chuck doing events.
(If you see one, just turn around, because you will probably see the
John Rinaldi, known
throughout Northeast Ohio as “Lil” John,” is co-host of the Emmy Award-winning
BIG CHUCK & LIL' JOHN SHOW, seen Saturday afternoons and at midnight on FOX 8.
Prior to joining
“Big Chuck” Schodowski as the program's co-host in September 1979, Rinaldi
served as a regular in various skits and productions for ten years on FOX 8's
HOOLIHAN & BIG CHUCK SHOW, the forerunner to the BIG CHUCK & LIL' JOHN SHOW.
A graduate of
Cleveland's John Adams High School, Rinaldi attended The Ohio State University
and graduated with a degree in marketing. In December 1980, John opened his own
jewelry store in downtown Cleveland, Rinaldi
Jewelry, after being associated with Cowell & Hubbard Jewelers since 1968.
Rinaldi has won 12
local Emmys and a Cleveland Addy Award. Throughout his career he has earned more
than 250 service awards for his active involvement in numerous community service
and fund-raising projects. He was inducted to the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in
1996. He was also presented the prestigious Silver Circle award in 1995. Rinaldi
is the official celebrity spokesperson with Our Lady of Wayside Homes. John was
awarded the Cystic Fibrosis Volunteer Man of the Year Award in 1990. John has
helped raise millions of dollars for charity organizations.
participated in the local portions of the national Jerry Lewis Muscular
Dystrophy Telethon. He has also served as the celebrity chairman for several
charity golf outings.
A native of
Cleveland and resident of Solon, Rinaldi enjoys sports and making people laugh.
He and his wife Sherry have two sons, John and Dino, daughter-in-law Becky and
grandchildren Abbey, Evan and Elena. John stands 4'3” tall, weighs 100 pounds
and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Big Chuck and Lil John wearing ESPN T-shirts
This is from when John first started at TV8
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