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Maybe claw's forum could help with this. 

What was the timeline for WOR-TV showing wrestling at midnight on Saturday nights?

When did it begin and when did it end?



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Papa Voo wrote: Maybe claw's forum could help with this. 

What was the timeline for WOR-TV showing wrestling at midnight on Saturday nights?

When did it begin and when did it end?


Found this on the KM Board:

Just one correction JJ. Championship Wrestling started on WOR Ch.9 in the summer of 1975 on Saturday afternoons (actually think it was at 1P)
They bounced around the schedule due to Mets telecasts on Ch. 9 too. After IWA folded (think Sept), Championship Wrestlng moved to the midnight slot. All-Star Wrestling remained on Ch. 47.



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All I can add is WOR eventually became a superstation like WGN and WTBS. It was available on many cable systems throughout the United States. I used to watch Mets games and wrestling on WOR. 



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I always found it odd that the WWWF chose to broadcast it's flagship show at midnight in nNYC, it's biggest market

In Boston it was 11 am saturday morning (and 12 pm had All Star on a different channel)

you can't tell me that a lot of kids didn't miss this show because of the late hour (also it was up against SNL)

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Question about WOR unrelated to wrestling.  Was this the broadcast home of the Dodgers in the '50s right before they left Brooklyn for LA?  I was looking at some old photos of Ebbets Field and I think I saw some WOR banners.  I had never heard that they were on WOR though, I just knew that the Yankees were on WPIX forever until cable took over.  And if the Dodgers were on WOR, where were Giants games televised?  I suppose WOR could've aired both since not every game was on TV back then, but I don't know of a third station that could've carried them if they were separate.



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retroken wrote: I always found it odd that the WWWF chose to broadcast it's flagship show at midnight in nNYC, it's biggest market

In Boston it was 11 am saturday morning (and 12 pm had All Star on a different channel)

you can't tell me that a lot of kids didn't miss this show because of the late hour (also it was up against SNL)

I was a kid and i never missed the Midnight show:).

I think I read that many times in the NY area the show would beat SNL.



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srossi wrote: Question about WOR unrelated to wrestling.  Was this the broadcast home of the Dodgers in the '50s right before they left Brooklyn for LA?  I was looking at some old photos of Ebbets Field and I think I saw some WOR banners.  I had never heard that they were on WOR though, I just knew that the Yankees were on WPIX forever until cable took over.  And if the Dodgers were on WOR, where were Giants games televised?  I suppose WOR could've aired both since not every game was on TV back then, but I don't know of a third station that could've carried them if they were separate.

As an independent station, channel 9's schedule was heavy on sports programming. Early in its history WOR-TV established itself as the home of National League baseball in New York, carrying games of the Brooklyn Dodgers (beginning in 1950) and the New York Giants (beginning in 1951) until both teams moved to California following the 1957 season. From 1958 to 1961 the station aired a small schedule of Philadelphia Phillies games, consisting of matchups against the Dodgers and Giants. In 1962 WOR-TV gained broadcast rights for the New York Mets, the National League's new expansion team. The partnership between the station and the team would last through the 1998 season, after which the Mets moved their broadcasts to WPIX.



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clawmaster wrote: All I can add is WOR eventually became a superstation like WGN and WTBS. It was available on many cable systems throughout the United States. I used to watch Mets games and wrestling on WOR. 

Also watched the Howard Stern Show and steampipe alley.



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bpickering wrote: clawmaster wrote: All I can add is WOR eventually became a superstation like WGN and WTBS. It was available on many cable systems throughout the United States. I used to watch Mets games and wrestling on WOR. 

Also watched the Howard Stern Show and steampipe alley.

Yes I watch Stern too and Morton Downey Jr.



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bpickering wrote: srossi wrote: Question about WOR unrelated to wrestling.  Was this the broadcast home of the Dodgers in the '50s right before they left Brooklyn for LA?  I was looking at some old photos of Ebbets Field and I think I saw some WOR banners.  I had never heard that they were on WOR though, I just knew that the Yankees were on WPIX forever until cable took over.  And if the Dodgers were on WOR, where were Giants games televised?  I suppose WOR could've aired both since not every game was on TV back then, but I don't know of a third station that could've carried them if they were separate.

As an independent station, channel 9's schedule was heavy on sports programming. Early in its history WOR-TV established itself as the home of National League baseball in New York, carrying games of the Brooklyn Dodgers (beginning in 1950) and the New York Giants (beginning in 1951) until both teams moved to California following the 1957 season. From 1958 to 1961 the station aired a small schedule of Philadelphia Phillies games, consisting of matchups against the Dodgers and Giants. In 1962 WOR-TV gained broadcast rights for the New York Mets, the National League's new expansion team. The partnership between the station and the team would last through the 1998 season, after which the Mets moved their broadcasts to WPIX.

Great, thanks.



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clawmaster wrote: bpickering wrote: clawmaster wrote: All I can add is WOR eventually became a superstation like WGN and WTBS. It was available on many cable systems throughout the United States. I used to watch Mets games and wrestling on WOR. 

Also watched the Howard Stern Show and steampipe alley.

Yes I watch Stern too and Morton Downey Jr.


They were a kick-ass station as they showed WWF Superstars on Saturdays at 5pm, right before World Championship Wrestling, a few clicks down on WTBS. I think they later added WWF Spotlight on Sundays.

Their day after Thanksgiving Godzilla movie marathon was a great reason to stay home and avoid the malls.

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So, are we saying that the midnight show on WOR began in 1976?  Do we know when it stopped?



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Papa Voo wrote: So, are we saying that the midnight show on WOR began in 1976?  Do we know when it stopped?


Why, at 1:00 am, of course.

Duh....



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Papa Voo wrote: So, are we saying that the midnight show on WOR began in 1976?  Do we know when it stopped?


I'll guess early 1984.

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beejmi wrote: Papa Voo wrote: So, are we saying that the midnight show on WOR began in 1976?  Do we know when it stopped?


I'll guess early 1984.


I think you're right on the money Beej, it was at midnight through around the end of Q1 1984, then it moved to I believe 10AM.  It could have been in the fall of 84 though, I cannot remember that clearly, but I do remember watching the Hogan/Sheik match at midnight.

Also - to answer a question about why they'd want it at midnight...WOR wouldn't broadcast any bloody matches, if there was blood on All-Star Wrestling, it would get the big red X that said CENSORED.  I think after midnight they did not censor the blood, thus, if WWF wanted to get a big angle across, they could do it after midnight.



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