National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Inductee: Bill Kersten

Bill Kersten attending his first wrestling event with his dad in Memorial Hall in Kansas City in 1941 and began ushering at wrestling matches in 1947. He began working as a public address announcer in 1956. In 1965, he began his television career as a play-by-play announcer, and the next year initiated his famed “Hellloooooooooooo, wrestling fans” salutation.” He continued his TV role for 17 years. Kersten has donated thousands of hours to various civic and community groups.