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paulsonj72
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When did the AWA TV move from WTCN-11(KARE-11 today) to KMSP-9. Was it right after the big network switch in March of 1979 or did it happen a bit later. Also when did TV taping move out of the WTCN studios.
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Looks like the Minneapolis studio tapings ended in April 1986 according to clawmaster's results.
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Did they ever occur at the WTCN studio? When I went to the taping it was shown live from the Dyckman hotel in Mpls. That was around 73 or 74.
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I believe it was at the time of the network switch.

They were still doing studio tapings at times in 1985, but they were using the Channel 29 (then KTIN) studios in Nordeast Minneapolis, even though the show was still on KMSP-9. Saw a very young Rick Steiner under his real name at one.

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Paging Senor Tamale- Line one...
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I'm on it and will have the answer shortly.
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The affiliation switch in the Twin Cities took effect Monday March 5, 1979. KSTP-5 switched from NBC to ABC. KMSP-9 switched from ABC to independent. WTCN-11 switched from independent to NBC.

All Star Wrestling aired on channel 11 for the last time on Saturday March 3, 1979 at 11:00 PM and aired on channel 9 for the first time on Sunday March 11, 1979 at 11:00 AM. Apart from moving back to 10:00 AM around 1989, the AWA remained in that spot until the promotion finally died off in 1991.

The switch to channel 9 was a boon for the promotion. Even if it was on a weekend, the late night spot on channel 11 practically disqualified a great number of kids from viewing.

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Through Saturday September 4, 1976 channel 11 aired All Star Wrestling for 90 minutes beginning at 7:00 PM. On Saturday September 11, 1976 the show was reduced to 60 minutes and went to 11:00 PM.
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Related question. At what period in the 80s was there both a TV studio taping and a ESPN Championship Wrestling taping in a casino or larger than studio venue simultaneously? Meaning, did AWA ever have an "A" and a "B" show with different matches?

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quote:
Originally posted by Big Daddy Meatybone:
Related question. At what period in the 80s was there both a TV studio taping and a ESPN Championship Wrestling taping in a casino or larger than studio venue simultaneously? Meaning, did AWA ever have an "A" and a "B" show with different matches?

The AWA started airing on ESPN in September 1985, so from that point on there were at least two shows. They also did a separate TV taping for Winnipeg as well for awhile.
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Thinking about when I first saw the AWA on TV, as a casual but curious fan, I've always put it in 1977 or 1978, but now think it was 1979 after the move to channel 9 or in 1976 before the move from prime time to late night. There is absolutely no way my folks would ever have let me stay up to midnight in order to watch pro wrestling in that September of 1976 to March of 1979 timeframe.

It would be interesting to look at Twin Cities attendance figures during that two and a half year or so period compared to before and after. The AWA had some boom times prior to the time change in 1976. The 1979 to 1983 period was one of massive prosperity for the AWA and the Sunday late morning airing that was so easy for kids to see had to play a role in that. Things were still decent for a couple of years after that too. I can't imagine there wasn't some fan attrition after the show went from 7:00 PM at a time when Saturday was a big TV viewing night to 11:00 PM.

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Was the 90 minute AWA show like the 90 minute Memphis show that was edited to 60 minutes in the other markets? AWA was always 60 minutes in Chicago in the mid 70s.
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The 90 minute show seen in the Twin Cities was cut down to 60 minutes when sent to the rest of the promotion's TV affiliates.
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