Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The "Golden Voice" of Channel 4

by Don Holbrook
Special to the Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Billy Powell was a local celebrity in Greenville, South Carolina and the surrounding area. He had his own daily radio show on WFBC radio and eventually became program director. He did voice over work for WFBC TV. He was a fill in weatherman on TV and he did ad agency voice over work on the side. All that plus, ring announcer at the Greenville Memorial Auditorium on Monday nights. He did the additional local spots during TV wrestling on channel 4 telling us who would be in Greenville on Monday nights.

Paul Winkhaus (local promoter for Greenville and Asheville) was a good man but his voice sounded sort of like Uncle Joe's on Petticoat Junction. I remember one Monday Billy was sick and Mr. Winkhaus had to do the ring announcing. That was when he told me just before the show started, "Well, the golden voice of channel 4 isn't going to be here, so it looks like all these good people are stuck with me tonight."

And he was right because no one could ever top Billy's unique sound and style. He was as much of a part of Greenville wrestling as anyone who ever stepped into the ring.