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legace
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Anyone remember when Ray Morgan took over the commentary on CWC Wrestling From Capital Arena? I believe the show began in 1956 and THINK he might have started in 58 but am not 100% on that.
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How could I forget! I grew up in the Washington DC area and used to see wrestling on TV every Thursday night - except for the "dark" matches (non-televised main events).
Ray Morgan did an excellent job describing the ring action, making it seem more believable AND conducting interviews that were often the most exciting part of the show. Ray played it straight and exuded credibility. I think he played a big role in the early success of Capitol Wrestling and the WWWF.
Does anyone know what happened to Ray after he left TV wrestling?
Think of the great book he could've written about the inside story of pro wrestling!

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I started paying attention in '58, and Morgan was already there, so 1958 has to be his latest start date.

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quote:
Originally posted by doug:
How could I forget! I grew up in the Washington DC area and used to see wrestling on TV every Thursday night - except for the "dark" matches (non-televised main events).
Ray Morgan did an excellent job describing the ring action, making it seem more believable AND conducting interviews that were often the most exciting part of the show. Ray played it straight and exuded credibility. I think he played a big role in the early success of Capitol Wrestling and the WWWF.
Does anyone know what happened to Ray after he left TV wrestling?
Think of the great book he could've written about the inside story of pro wrestling!

That's a good question actually, I've no idea if he even stayed in the business after leaving the WWWF.
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quote:
Originally posted by JJ Bklyn42:
I started paying attention in '58, and Morgan was already there, so 1958 has to be his latest start date.

There's defo footage of him on Capitol TV from 1958 floating around so he was there from at least then like you say.
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This might be an off the wall question. Is Roberta Morgan his daughter? She was the author of the 1979 book Main Event.
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Some years ago, I read an obituary for Mr. Morgan in The Washington Post. It mentioned that he had also been a broadcaster on WTOP radio (I believe that Arthur Godfrey was too at one point).

When something dramatic happened in the ring, Morgan would yell "Good Night!" But otherwise as Doug said, he was quite straight in his annoucing and interviews.

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quote:
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This might be an off the wall question. Is Roberta Morgan his daughter? She was the author of the 1979 book Main Event.

I want to say no, but it's an interesting theory. My buddy had the book as a kid, was pretty much a book of pictures. She was featured on one of the telecasts when the book was released. Pretty sure Vince interviewed her and she was pretty nondescript. Mind you this is a fleeting 35+ year memory, but I don't remember anything about her having any ties to the industry prior other than being a fan, and I want to say she wasn't much of a fan either, just a passing fancy.

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I talked George Napolitano and he mentioned she was a fan and wanted to write a book. He helped her with it.

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