Friday, January 27, 2017

Conrad Thompson announces new podcast with Tony Schiavone

by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Conrad Thompson announced today on his podcast with Bruce Prichard that he will launch a second podcast with longtime Jim Crockett Promotions and WCW announcer and producer Tony Schiavone.

The podcast is called "What Happened When" (WHW Monday) and debuts this Monday, January 30, on the MLW podcasting network. Follow them on Twitter here or on the MLW Radio Network website. and Conrad will bring you classic stories from Jim Crockett Promotions and World Championship Wrestling from over the years. It is expected that the show will be similar in format to the extremely successful Prichard podcast on MLW, except with a focus on 1980s Jim Crockett promotions and 1990s WCW.

Given the success of the Prichard podcast on MLW, we look forward with great anticipation to "What Happened When" every Monday to hear Tony's take on what took place behind the scenes during an amazing era in professional wrestling. Much like the "Something to Wrestle" podcast, followers of WHW Monday on Twitter will get to vote on the topics for future episodes.

One of the things that interests us personally about Tony at the Gateway is that he grew up a big fan of "Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling" during the exact same years David Chappell and I did in the 1970s. So we're the same age and share a lot in common with him as far as what made all of us wrestling fans to begin with. I imagine many of our favorite wrestlers and storylines from that era are the same as his.

Schiavone got his start in wrestling in 1983 when Jim Crockett, Jr. moved him over from the baseball side of their business to doing interviews on the wrestling side. It didn't take long for him to move up within the ranks there, and was soon co-hosting "World Wide Wrestling" with David Crockett on their syndicated TV network.

Schiavone and Crockett on "World Championship Wrestling"
His biggest break came, though, when Jim Crockett, Jr. and booker Dusty Rhodes decided to make him the lead announcer on their newly acquired nationally televised program "World Championship Wrestling" on SuperStation TBS in the spring of 1985. Schiavone became the face and voice of NWA wrestling nationwide for the next five years, much in the way Gordon Solie had been the face and voice of "Georgia Championship Wrestling" in the same Saturday 6:05 PM time slot for the previous 10 years.

After a year-long stint as a top broadcaster in the WWF in 1990 and 1991, Schiavone returned to work for Ted Turner's WCW and became major player in production behind the scenes for the company in the mid-1990s, eventually hosting and co-producing "WCW Monday Nitro" on the TNT network during the 'Monday Night Wars.' Tony was the face and voice of that program during a period where WCW dominated the professional wrestling business.

All of that experience will be relived weekly on "What Happened When (WHW Monday)" when Tony and co-host Conrad Thompson will explore a different issue, angle, or performer from the glory days of Jim Crockett Promotions and WCW. Those topics will usually be selected by fans from their votes in polls on Twitter. The WHW Twitter page can be found at @WHWMonday.

Official information from the MLW Radio Network.

For a few more posts here on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway involving Tony, check out these stories:

Ross, Caudle, and Schiavone Reunite in Charlotte
Three of the top announcers ever share memories and fellowship at the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling legends Fanfest in Charlotte in 2015.

Tony Schiavone Talks Mid-Atlantic Wrestling on the Ross Report
When Tony was Jim Ross's special guest on "The Ross Report" podcast, he talked about getting his start with Jim Crockett Promotions and growing up a fan of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling. (Special audio excepts included.)

Andersons Don't Wear Fedoras
Tony Schiavone and the First Four Horsemen Promo
Part of a discussion with Arn Anderson led to the learning that Tony Schiavone played a big roll in the birth of the Four Horsemen.
Caudle, Schiavone, and Ross a highlight of Fanfest
The Gateway was looking forward to seeing these three great broadcasters at Fanfest!

Norfolk TV Station Catches the Tidewater ara up on Tony Schiavone
The voice of the Gwinnett Braves returns to his home state covering baseball.

Tony Schiavone's best Starrcade Memory
We loved Tony's answer to a question he got on Twitter.

Tony Schiavone Profile (Charlotte O's in 1982)
before he worked for the wrestling division of Jim Crockett Promotions, Tony was the radio voice of the baseball side of the business.

Schiavone: "There Was No One Like Bob Caudle"
A fan asked Tony on Twitter if Lance Russell or Gordon Solie were some of his favorite wrestling announcers. Tony set the record straight.