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William A. Mercer – born February 13, 1926 – was a sportscaster.

Originally from Muskogee, Oklahoma, he has retired to Durham, North Carolina after a long residence in Richardson, Texas.

In 2002, he was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

During his time at UNT, he called games involving Kevin Adkisson and Steve Williams, who both became professional wrestlers under the names Kevin Von Erich and Stone Cold Steve Austin, respectively.

He also was the announcer in 1959 at UNT when Abner Haynes broke the colour line in Texas and later became a star with the second incarnation of the Dallas Texans (American Football League).

Mercer provided play-by-play announcing for the internationally acclaimed World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW,) based in Dallas, from 1982 to 1987.

Telecasts were originally shown on Dallas-Fort Worth station KXTX, Channel 39.

Mercer became a wrestling announcer in the 1950s in Muskogee, Oklahoma during the course of broadcasting all area sports for local radio station KMUS.

By the late 1950s, Mercer had relocated to Dallas and began calling televised wrestling matches at the Dallas Sportatorium and in the studio for KRLD-TV (present day KDFW-TV,) Channel 4.

In early 1976, Mercer took over announcing duties for the long-running Saturday Night Wrestling program on KTVT, Channel 11, in Fort Worth, when original announcer Dan Coates retired

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