Monday, February 19, 2018

Bob Caudle Named Program Director at WRAL (1975)

Article published 12/21/75
This article appeared in the Raleigh News and Observer on December 21, 1975. Bob Caudle, longtime host of "Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling" taped at the WRAL TV studios in Raleigh, was being named program director for WRAL.

James Goodman, president and general manager of he station, made the announcement.

The most relevant piece of information to come from this report was confirmation of the date Bob first came to WRAL, listed here as April of 1962. 

A light-hearted promotional video was made at the time which aired during the WRAL newscasts when Goodman later named Bob Debardelaben as Bob Caudle's replacement doing the weather forecasts. The video also included cameos by Blackjack Mulligan, longtime Raleigh wrestling announcer Nick Pond, and Raleigh promoter Joe Murnick.

We posted that video and story a few years ago and it has been one of our most popular posts.

Check that out here:
1976 Weather Promo has 5 Wrestling Connections 

Special thanks to Carroll Hall at the "All Star Championship Wrestling" website for sending us this terrific bit of news from the past. This sure was good news for the Caudle family four days before Christmas in 1975.