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From the Wrestling Classics Message Board, March 11, 1999

more than a year before the Mid-Atlantic Gateway existed.



Posted by Dick Bourne on March 11, 1999 at 13:38:49:

Subject: Billy Powell (Greenville SC)


An odd request, I suppose, but does anyone who ever regularly watched Mid Atlantic Wrestling in the 70s and early 80s onWFBC-4 (later WYFF) in Greenville SC remember the name Billy Powell? He did local voice-overs promoting the upcoming Monday night matches at the Greenville Memorial Auditorium.

Does anyone know:

(1) was he a Crockett employee (or the local promoter's employee?) Or did he work for WFBC?

(2) What else did he do?

(3) Anyone know what happened to him or where he is now?


Billy Powell did an excellent job with those local promos. He made you feel like you were part of a big family, which I suppose it really was, because they held cards almost every Monday night in Greenville for many years.


(I have a screen-capture of the old graphic that would air when Billy did those promos, if anyone is interested in a deja-vu flashback. Let me know, and I'll e-mail it to you.)


Added on Date: 13:38:49 3/11/99


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Posted by Richard Sullivan on March 11, 1999 at 14:40:11:


Always wondered who those wrestlers were in that hammerlock scene. One looked like a young Bronko Lubich and the other looked like a cross between Brute Bernard and Curly Neal from the Harlem Globetrotters. I would love to have that.

I think Billy worked for a local radio station as well as Ch. 4. WFBC-AM maybe? He was there through all of the house show promoter changings of the guard (from Sandy Scott to Dan Miller to Johnny Weaver). Last time I remember seeing him was in the old South Atlantic group before he was replaced by Fabian Fuente from a station in Gaffney, SC.

Those promos rocked.


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Posted by Andy on March 11, 1999 at 15:08:18:


I remember Billy Powell. He was an institution in Monday night wrestling at the Memorial Auditorium.

Several years back he was working at Leslie Advertising in Greenville S.C. He still does voice overs I believe. I would love to have that image capture. Wouldn't it be great to see a regional promotion revive here in the mid-atlantic area and have Billy Powell as ring announcer? He has alot of class.


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Posted by Richard Sullivan on March 11, 1999 at 15:47:27:


Now that I look at that image capture, the guy who I thought looked like a young Bronko actually looks more like a cross between Big Bill Ward and Swede Hanson (or maybe even the Chef Boy'Ardee guy, but anyway). Plus, it's not a hammerlock after all. In fact, both of the bald guy's arms appear to be free. I can't imagine what the guy behind him is doing. Pinching his back maybe? Giving him a wedgie? I am thinking about this way too much.


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Posted by Blake Cannon March 12, 1999 at 11:37:15:


********The "new" WFBC-T.V. (Formerly known as WAIM-TV 40 and later as WAXA-Channel 40) is now showing Carolina-style wrestling every Friday night at Midnight! It is promoted by former J.C.P. Promoter-Charlie Babb!


By the way, Billy Powell worked for years at WFBC Radio-1330 A.M. and also WFBC 93.7 F.M. I think that he still lives in Greenville and does Bi-Lo T.V. spots. Please E-mail me that old WFBC-WYFF Channel 4 logo at wbcanno@netscape.net. If you are wondering, channel 4 changed their call letters from WFBC to WYFF in 1978. They showed N.W.A. Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling for many years. WFBC radio has never changed. The "new" WFBC-T.V. 40, changed their call letters from WAXA in 1995. They are based in Anderson and have always showed alot of wrestling. They used to film some N.W.A. shows at the old channel 40-WAIM studios in Anderson in the late 1960`s and early 1970`s. A very young Russ Cassell was the host!!!!!!!! Bob Hooper from WESC radio also filmed some shows!


Posted by Jeff Powell on March 12, 1999 at 11:42:03:


I think of summer 1978, being 8 years old and watching Billy Powell telling everyone to come down to the Greenville Mem. Aud. to see Swede Hansen Vs. Johnny Weaver! Please send me that logo! Thanks a million for bringing back a piece of my childhood!