George Abel (St Louis)

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George Abel (St Louis)
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George Abel

(1916-11-07)November 7, 1916
St. Louis, Missouri
DiedNovember 1, 1983(1983-11-01) (aged 66)
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materSt. Louis University
  • Actor
  • Radio and TV personality
  • Ringside announcer
  • KSD Radio
  • KSD-TV
  • KPLR- TV Wrestling
  • Channel 5
Known forAnnouncer for the Buck Eye 4 variety show, ring side announcer Wrestling at the Chase, side kick Charlotte Peters Show, Drygulch on the Wranglers Club

George Abel (born 7 November 1916) is an American actor, Radio presenter and ringside announcer. He is known for his trademark style of sharing stories about entertaining wrestlers. Abel is best known for a long career in the entertainment industry at KSD Radio, KSD-TV, KPLR-TVs Wrestling. He gained national exposure for his multiple natural talents in the entertainment industry.[1]

Early life and education

Abel was born on 7 November 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri. He has attended McBride High School and joined St. Louis University.


In 1943 after attending McBride High School and St Louis University, Abel, who possessed many talents started his career with KSD Radio as a news and sports announcer. He remained with the station until 1946, when he left St. Louis to pursue his passion to become an actor. Abel moved to Virginia to work at the well known Barter theatre where he replaced the actor Ernest Borgnine who had left the theatre to work in the movies. During his time at the Barter theatre, Abel worked in a number of shows until he felt lonely and decided to move back to his hometown and begin his television career.

After being successful in publishing and radio operations, The Pulitzer Corporation started St. Louis’s 's first television station on February 8,1947, Abel was hired by KSD-TV as one of the first staff members.

The infancy of the medium of television placed many demands on station employees. There were no employees who had experience in the medium because KSD-TV was one of the first stations in the country. So production techniques had to be developed in real time, during which the station was producing live telecasts. The same thing applied to announcers like Abel. He might find himself sitting in a chair reading the sports report on camera for the Bardahl Sports Report, or serving as the announcer for the BuckEye 4 variety show or standing in as "Dry Gulch while subbing as the host for the Wranglers' Club.

These appearances made Abel a common household name in the St. Louis area.

In 1960, Abel got a major opportunity when he was hired as an announcer on the popular Charlotte Peters Show on KSD-TV. During his time at the show, he also appeared in various skits and has played characters without scripts. In 1962, Abel was then tagged to be part of KPLR-TVs Wrestling at the Chase series’ announcing team and in a span of two years he was promoted to lead wrestling announcer as the show rose in the ratings. He held this role until 1973.

He announced his retirement in 1981 when he was working with Channel 5 as a staff announcer.

Theatrical credit

In 1962, he played the part of Sitting Bull for Annie Get Your Gun at The St. Louis Muny Opera.

In the media



  1. "George Abel". IMDb. Retrieved 26 January 2022.