Friday, October 14, 2016

Snapshot in Time: A TV Saturday in February 1974

This is a newspaper ad that ran down the Saturday line-up for WLOS-13 in Asheville, NC on February 16, 1974. WLOS was the Jim Crockett Promotions affiliate station for the "Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling" B-show hosted by Les Thatcher.

And at the bottom of this ad, you will see the listing for Mid-Atlantic Wrestling featuring George Scott, Joe Soto, and....


 You've got to love that. No doubt Ole would have.

Wrestling aired at 11:15 each Saturday night on WLOS, following the local news. it later moved to 11:30 PM in 1975 when the local Saturday night newscast expanded to a half-hour.

WLOS also holds a small place in the studio-wrestling history of Jim Crockett Promotions. In the early 1970s, promoter Paul Winkhaus (the local promoter for the Crocketts) would provide film clips of the shows at the Asheville Auditorium or the Civic Center to be played on the late news, usually hosted by Munsey Millaway. They would occasionally tape interviews with the wrestlers right there at the TV station, all in support of the local cards in Asheville. Winkhaus was a great promoter to have as your man on the ground.

It's also interesting to take a look at what else was on TV at the time, including the Pro Bowlers Tour, auto racing, and a preview of Evel Knievel's next motorcycle jump on the venerable sports show "ABC's Wide World of Sports."

"The thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat...."

It also seemed odd that a show like "Shock Theater" would be airing at 1:00 PM in the afternoon. I would think a show like that would be much more fun late at night.

Thanks to Mark Eastridge for passing this newspaper clipping along to us.