Saturday, June 27, 2015

Theme Music: Mid-Atlantic Wrestling - Raleigh Intro (1973)

Throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, the wrestling show taped in Raleigh was taped using a "dual" audio-track system. While the video was being taped of the weekly program, two separate audio tracks were being recorded. The first was specifically for the Raleigh market, the second was for syndication to the other affiliate TV markets in the Crockett wrestling network.

Bob Caudle was the voice of the program that went out to the stations around the territory, in cities like Richmond, Roanoke, Wilmington, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville SC, etc. These were markets that didn't have their own local wrestling broadcasts. Throughout this time, Charlotte and High Point (Greensboro market), NC, had their own local wrestling broadcast taped at local television stations.

Nick Pond was the man who called the action for the Raleigh show throughout the 1960s, with his co-host Raleigh promoter Joe Murnick. But sometime in late 1972 or early 1973, Elliot Murnick, one of Joe's sons, took over the job as voice of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling for Raleigh.

When Elliot took over the Raleigh taping, there was a custom open for his show, and extended version of the Mid-Atlantic theme music with a separate studio announcer introducing Elliot Murnick.

Here is a rare, low-fidelity recording of that open:

"It's Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, an hour of excitement and thrills..."