Saturday, December 15, 2012

Live Augusta Wrestling - WRDW 12

Live Wrestling premiered on channel 12 WRDW in Augusta,Georgia on March 26,1956.The first commentator was Don McIntyre.He was assisted by Lou Stratton.

Live Wrestling - WWL 4

Live Wrestling premiered on WWL channel 4 in New Orleans,Louisiana on April 18,1959.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Six - Gun Playhouse On WFMY 1954

This show was hosted by The Old Rebel (George Perry) and Pecos Pete (Jim Tucker), before the format was changed and became "The Old Rebel and Pecos Pete Show". Six-Gun Playhouse was revived in the 1960's for early Saturday morning western movies and tv shows on WFMY.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Johnny Valentine - Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion

Big Bill Ward interviews Johnny Valentine who is holding the original Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight belt.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

WDBJ Studio Wrestling from Roanoke,VA

This is an early photo from the live show on channel 7 WDBJ. The show debuted in the spring of 1957 and ended in early January 1967.This photo is courtesy of Thom Brewer of Roanoke,VA.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

TV Wrestling - Dec.22,1962 WFMY

I just received this piece of history from my friend,Mark Eastridge. This was a short-lived wrestling show on WFMY 2 in Greensboro,NC. I was so wrapped up in watching the Roanoke and Charlotte shows on Saturday evenings back then that I missed this one. In searching the tv listings I have available right now,the show was not on the WFMY schedule at the end of October 1962 and the last time it was on the schedule was Jan.12,1963. The other odd thing is that it was a 30 minute show. Now I wonder if the show was produced in the WFMY studios and how many weeks it was on the air. At any rate,this is a great find by Mark Eastridge. Many thanks to him for sharing this.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Championship Wrestling - WGHP 1968

Pictured are George Becker, Charlie Harville and Johnny Weaver. George Becker and Johnny Weaver were the Southern Tag Team Champions at the time. The ad is from November 9,1968.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Captain Gene - WWAY 3 Wilmington,NC

"Captain" Gene Johnson featured in this ad from February 1967.

Ed Spiegel - WCYB 5 Bristol,VA

Ed Spiegel was the host of this local cartoon show on WCYB. The ad is from April 1966.

Update: One of my good friends just sent me this note about an appearance on this show.

"I actually attended one of these tapings right around the time of this ad, maybe a few years later. I was five or six years old. I remember I was so frustrated because one of the cameraman was blocking my view of the monitor when they were showing a cartoon. I was so mad! That picture really brings back good memories. DB"

Captain Al - WATE 6 Knoxville,TN

"Captain Al" Carpenter, hosting Popeye and His Friends. The ad is from October 1967.

Monty DuPuy - WFBC 4

This ad is from April 1966

Championship Wrestling - May 17,1958

In 1958, WBTV in Charlotte,NC aired a live religion show at 12 noon each Saturday called "Parson's Answers." After that show completed, the studio had to be cleared so Jim Crockett's wrestling ring could be set up for his live 3:45 p.m. show. After finishing the show you can see from the ads here where some of the wrestlers appeared later that evening. Lexington,NC and Spartanburg,SC were the regular Saturday night towns at that time. Both towns were easy for the wrestlers to make after appearing on the tv show. If a third show was run that night,it was a spot town.

Paladin - WSPA 7 Spartanburg,SC

Richard Boone as Paladin in May 1958.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

TV Wrestling - July 27,1968

From WNBE 12 in New Bern,NC. This show was the syndicated "Championship Wrestling from Florida."

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

TV Wrestling - Sat. June 21,1969


Championship Wrestling - Oct.27,1967

Taped in the studios of WGHP 8 in High Point,NC on Tueday night Oct.24,1967.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Bill Jefferson Show - WSLS

This ad for the Bill Jefferson Show on WSLS 10 in Roanoke, VA is from April 1961.

Monday, June 25, 2012

TV Wrestling - Sept.8,1967

During the 1967/1968 tv season, Championship Wrestling on WGHP 8 in High Point, NC, moved to Friday night. The show returned to Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for the 1968/1969 season. That is Chief Little Eagle and one of the Infernos in the photos. Walter Buckner is the referee.Bobby Red Cloud and Chief Little Eagle wrestled Aldo Bogni and Bronko Lubich managed by Homer O'Dell on this Friday night telecast.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Scoop & Snoop -WHIS

In the area where I live near the NC,VA border,we were able to receive WHIS 6  from Bluefield,West Virginia. Scoop and Snoop would sit in their rocking chairs and were host to a variety of movies and tv shows over the years. My brothers and I would watch especially on the days they were featuring a Roy Rogers movie. The ad is from January 1967.

TV Wrestling - WRAL

At this time the show was hosted by Ray Reeve at WRAL 5 in Raleigh,NC. The ad on the left is from November 1959. The one on the right is from March 1960.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Championship Wrestling - WGHP

This is a group of newspaper ads that appeared between 1968 and 1974. Championship Wrestling was taped in the WGHP 8 studio which was located in the old Sheraton Hotel in High Point,NC. Charlie Harville was the host during the show's entire run from 1964 until 1974.

Cactus Joe - WSLS

The Cactus Joe Show on WSLS 10 in Roanoke,VA.The ad is from December 1967.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

TV Wrestling - June 25,1960

WBTV 3 in Charlotte,NC
WRAL 5 in Raleigh,NC

Ebb & Andy - WSLS 10 Roanoke,VA

From June 1965.

Hal Grant - WDBJ 7 Roanoke,VA

Hal Grant was the channel 7 weatherman.From June 1957 until January 1967, he was also the host of promoter Pete Apostolou's live wrestling show each Saturday evening. The ad is from August 1965 and the tv listing for the wrestling show is from June 22,1957.