Friday, January 18, 2008

On Channel 3 With "Big" Bill Ward


This photograph was shot directly off a black and white TV screen, circa 1964. Johnny Weaver is being interviewed at ringside by wrestling host (and Charlotte TV personality) "Big" Bill Ward.

Jim Crockett Sr. started airing live wrestling from the WBTV-3 studios in Charlotte NC in 1958. The live (and later taped) broadcasts continued until 1974 when all of Crockett's regional TV tapings were consolidated to WRAL-5 studios in Raleigh NC. For more see Studio TV Wrestling on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.)

From Johhny Weaver's personal scrapbook. Photo credit unknown.