My Pro Wrestling Announcer Days

To the New England Pro Wrestling Classics Facebook fans:

I must have spent an hour last night going through the page… great stuff. Thanks to whoever organized it and thanks to Ken Watson for giving me the heads up on it. When I was in high school, a bunch of us kids in the neighborhood had the wrestling dream. We’d go to the Cumberland County Civic Center WWF matches in Portland, Maine – always first in line so we could buy front row tickets near the wrestler entrance. The one I never thought would go far was Scott Garland. He was a scrawny kid and lightweights were jobbers at best back then.

Scott, Bushwacker Butch, Me (I seriously regret waiting til 2000 to buy my first mirror.)

Scott, Bushwacker Butch, Me (I seriously regret waiting til 2000 to buy my first mirror.) We always thought we were cool doing the Four Horsemen sign with WWF wrestlers.

I lost interest in wrestling and gravitated toward radio, but as Scott rose up through the independent scene, he often had me be a guest ring announcer from whatever radio station I was working for at the time. It was a really fun experience to live the childhood dream without having to destroy my body!

Greg Valentine and I at a N.E.W. event sometime around 1993-1994.

Greg Valentine and I at a N.E.W. event sometime around 1993-1994.

I was the N.E.W. ring announcer for a few years as “J.T. Harris” but if anybody remembers me, it’s probably for being the host of “Inside Pro Wrestling” with Phil Apollo on the Talk America Radio Network around 1994 or 1995. We were on the air in Boston on 1510 WSSH and around the country on various little AM stations. At the time, I also did some announcing for Walter Kowalski too – such a great guy. I was sad to hear he passed. Anyway, thanks again for the page. I have a ton of old N.E.W. stuff since I used to do the newsletter Joe Eugenio would mail out. Ahhh those pre-internet days! I remember working on that thing using the word processing software in my college library, shielding the screen so those passing by didn’t see what I was doing.

Proud moment introducing “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan:

Years later, while working for WBCN in Boston, I finally met my childhood hero.

Rowdy Roddy Piper

Rowdy Roddy Piper

Here’s a clip I think you guys will enjoy too. It’s from Inside Pro Wrestling when we had Paul Levesque on during the early part of his run in WCW. Triple H in 1994 Interview.

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