|The voices of AAPW|
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents
About four years ago I sent a private message via Facebook to a guy named Chris Hagstrom. I had never met Chris in person, but we had several mutual friends. He was a DJ on a local radio station, a ring announcer for All American Pro Wrestling, and doing work with the Frontier League baseball team here, The Southern Illinois Miners.
I was contacting Chris to find out if he could help me land an interview on the phone with wrestling legend Jerry "The King" Lawler. Sure enough, Chris made it happen, and the interview aired on News 3 This Morning. (This was before the days of My 1-2-3 Cents)
Nearly a year after that, in March 2011 I got a message from Chris. He told me he was working with AAPW and his students at SIU (by this time he was working for the University and teaching a class among a million other duties) to produce a pilot for AAPW Collision. Chris asked if I'd like to do color commentary with him. As a life long wrestling fan, I jumped at the chance. At that point, there was no TV deal or Internet in place, it was just a project for his students, but I was excited to help none-the-less.
I was gone to Wrestlemania 27 that weekend, but Chris and I did commentary in post production. He spent hours (maybe even days) editing the 60 minute show and presented it to the management at the station I work for, WSIL. Chris got the green light and in September 2011, AAPW Collision made its television debut.
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