SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) - His voice was legendary. His face, unknown. Now, Central New York has said goodbye to a broadcast icon.
When 'Monster Movie Matinee' started in the mid-Sixties, host Alan Milair hid his face, intending to let viewers guess what the mysterious 'Dr. E. Nick Witty' might look like. But the show took off, and Milair feared his low-budget make-up would never top the viewers' imagination, and leave that contest a flop.
"Dr. Witty" hosted horror films for 16 years on Channel 3 and Newchannels Cable, along with his trusted aide "Epal," played by Bill Everett. Milair was also a well-known announcer at WSYR Radio in a career that spanned 30 years. He died Saturday at the age of 81.