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Gagarin September 16th, 2012 02:15 GMT Print this post
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I was wondering this earlier-

Sure, they taped matches and angles for a whole month in one or two days. But how long did they have between wrapping taping and then the airing of the first show?

Example - the TV taping is done for June (Superstars, for example)... how long did they have to edit that first June show together? Was it just one week? Half a week? When did they have to get the show turned in?

Another question - back in the early expansion, I assume they actually *shipped* the episode on video tape (for the handful of markets they were starting), but later in the 80's they would have been broadcasting it on a satellite and the syndication affiliates would record it for later airing. If I'm wrong on this I'm curious!

Also, was Prime Time and TNT all taped once a month or did they actually do an episode every week?  

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sydneybrown September 16th, 2012 04:03 GMT Print this post
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The first show of a TV taping usually aired a week and a half or so after it was shot.  

I would assume episodes were shipped to the various stations throughout the 80s and into the 90s, since each market would get a different show if there was a house show coming to that area (the event center interviews would be localized instead of generic, and there would be audio cuts in the show where Howard Finkel would announce the upcoming show.)  
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Eater of the Dead September 16th, 2012 05:41 GMT Print this post
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I believe in the 70's and early1980's, the first show aired days after(taped on a Wed, aired Saturday). This would have been the Allentown tapings.

in the later 80's during the expansion, I believe the first show aired a week and a half after taping. At some point, I think 2 1/2 weeks elapsed between taping date and first show.

Someone feel free to correct me if this isn't accurate.

Its weird thinking how far in advance some stuff was taped(almost 5 weeks for the 3rd week of tapings)
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Gagarin September 16th, 2012 16:07 GMT Print this post
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Oh right! They did localized promos far longer than the first stages.

Wow...so that means they duplicated and shipped 500 (?) tapes every week? Maybe multiple stations in nearby markets got the same version?

Of course...then there's the Fink's voiceover's, too.

I bet only markets that they were in every month got the full treatment, but that's still an incredible amount of editing.

But yeah, that's a bunch of tape!

Had to have been many all-nighters pulled in "WWF Video Control" =)
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Motley_Crue_Fan September 16th, 2012 22:33 GMT Print this post
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From all accounts, the WWF production facilities were a site to behold.
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sydneybrown September 17th, 2012 04:17 GMT Print this post
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Quoted from: Gagarin, September 16th, 2012 16:07  GMT
Oh right! They did localized promos far longer than the first stages.

Wow...so that means they duplicated and shipped 500 (?) tapes every week? Maybe multiple stations in nearby markets got the same version?


First off, there's only around 200 TV markets, and the vast majority of those markets didn't have WWF coming to town so they would get the regular version.  It's those cities getting a house show that would get alternate versions and considering how insane the touring schedule was back in the day, that could mean 30-40 different cities getting localized promos.

I do know from various accounts, just shooting house show promos itself was usually an all day and into the night project.
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tamalie September 18th, 2012 20:12 GMT Print this post
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There were about 200 markets getting tapes, but you had Superstars and Challenge on in most areas with many markets getting Spotlight too. So some towns needed three tapes with localized promos sent to three different stations.
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chris September 20th, 2012 13:24 GMT Print this post
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I attended two TV tapings...In 1988, I was at a Superstars taping and then in 1989 I was at a Wrestling Challenge/SNME taping.  

You guys seem about right...I believe I had to wait about 1-2 weeks before the first week's show would air.  I also remember those were very long nights...especially the '88 taping...I want to say it lasted right around 4 hours....They did the tapings/arena interview in "real time" and put a dark match on here and there...At the end of the night the dark main event was Hogan vs. OMG.  


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