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‘Monster Mash’ expected to live on

Aimi Xistra

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Director John Paussa tapes a segment for Robey O'Day's "Monster Mash" that airs on K-MTN TV Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

“Monster Mash,” a Lake Tahoe late-night favorite is expected to stick around, even during the business reorganization at South Tahoe’s K-MTN television station.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, K-MTN TV broadcasts Robey O’Day’s unique take on late-night TV with the offbeat show that features him, as the host, dressed in ghoulish garb, introducing classic movies and shows. The set at the K-MTN studios illustrates O’Day’s eclectic nature.

“K-MTN has come along way. It used to only pan the lake but (K-MTN General Manager) Stan (Koplowitz) turned it into a real station by joining the satellite station America One Network,” O’Day said in a March interview. Unfortunately, with changes at the station, the future of local shows like Monster Mash is uncertain.

This Tahoe phenomenon began broadcasting several months ago. Koplowitz had the idea of possibly putting together a monster show, and Robey O’Day came to mind. With the idea planted, O’Day nurtured it into a fast-paced, excitement-filled hosted monster show. Along with Director John Paussa, O’Day creates an imaginary monster world right in the K-MTN studio.

Late-night monster shows are not a new thing. K-MTN also broadcasts Eddie Munster’s show out of L.A. with host Ivanna Cadaver. There is also a monster show broadcasted from Reno called Zombo. However, the biggest influence on O’Day would be the Bay Area’s Creature Feature with Bob Wilkins.

“I watched Creature Feature and I never imagined I’d have my own one day,” said O’Day.

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“Monster Mash” is O’Day’s baby. He named the show, designed the set, chooses the movies and is the overall inspiration behind the “Monster Mash” project. Years ago O’Day had the idea to name one of his funny cars Monster Mash, but the name was never put to use.

“It just came to me to use this name I had thought of years ago,” he said.

His favorite movie is “Night of the Living Dead,” but he also really enjoys “Corpse Gunders” and “Wasp Woman.” In the future, O’Day plans to integrate silent films like a 1920s version of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde into Monster Mash.

“It will be difficult because the film is silent, but that leaves more room for comments,” he said.