this is Billy Powell...."
familiar words greeted Greenville, South Carolina wrestling
fans every Saturday afternoon for years on WFBC-TV channel 4.
In addition to the local match promos taped at the WRAL
studios in Raleigh (conducted by Les Thatcher, Ed Capral,
Rich Landrum, and others), the Greenville office inserted
their own promos as well. Each featured the still image of two
grapplers with the word "Wrestling" simply printed
underneath. And then the smooth, warm voice of Billy Powell
invited us down to the
Greenville Memorial Auditorium on
Monday Night for the excitement of Mid-Atlantic Championship
Paul Winkhaus called Billy "the golden voice of channel 4." He
was an institution in Greenville. And he is fondly remembered
by the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.
Ads for TV
SC TV Promo 1982)
Billy Powel with Dick Shannon in the ring
in Greenville SC, 1973.
Studio Wrestling: WFBC-4 in Greenville
featuring comments by the great
Billy Powell discussion
Classics message board from 1999.
Despite what the
caption indicates, promoter Paul Winkhaus is on the LEFT,
Billy Powell is on the
Greenville/Asheville promoter Paul Winkhaus and Greenville
ring announcer Billy Powell at the Greenville Memorial
Auditorium, circa 1970.