Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Charlie Harville & Buddy Rogers 1962

Carroll Hall recently posted this very cool newspaper ad from 1962 on his All Star Championship Wrestling blog. It features WFMY-2 sports anchor Charlie Harville and NWA Champion Buddy Rogers on the 11:15 "Sports Final" in Greensboro NC. Harville would later become the host of Jim Crockett's "Championship Wrestling" on WGHP-8 in High Point NC in 1964. Both stations were (and still are) part of the same Greensboro / Winston-Salem / High Point TV market.

It was unusual in the 1960s or 1970s for wrestling to get mainstream sports media attention, even on a local level.

Hall wrote on his blog: "Charlie Harville interviewed NWA World Heavyweight Champion Buddy Rogers two nights before Buddy defended the belt against Billy Darnell in the Greensboro Coliseum.The match took place on April 5,1962."
Original post http://allstarchampionshipwrestling.blogspot.com/2012/11/buddy-rogers-wfmy-1962.html

Here are the newspaper articles and ads for that match and card in Greensboro, courtesy the collection of Mark Eastridge on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.