Currently the oldest television station located between Richmond and Atlanta, WBTV first signed on the air on July 15, 1949. Happy 65th anniversary, WBTV! You're an important part of Charlotte history.
What are your memories of the station? I loved 'Those Were The Years' hosted by Mike McKay, late at night. He showed old TV episodes (followed by a movie?). Steely Dan's 'Reelin' in the Years' was the theme song.
July 15, 1949, The Charlotte News
July 16, 1949, The Charlotte News
| 'Bob Bean, second from left, joins Clarence Etters, Jeanne Alexander and Jim Patterson to broadcast the live "Studio Party" show. |
Undated. Courtesy of Robert D. Raiford
Betty Feezor, 1962.
From our 'Television Cameras' file. Dated March, 1962.
I'd love some information!
Doug Mayes, 1966
'The WBT Briarhoppers on the Fred Kirby Show, WBTV in Charlotte, 1976 left to right: Jim Patterson, Hank Warren, Claude Casey, Shannon Grayson, Arval Hogan, Don White Roy Grant, Bill Davis, Fred Kirby.' Photo courtesy of Dwight Moody.
Mike McKay, 1979.
I answered phones at the 1977 Boys Town Auction!
Bob Inman, 1987
'Veteran TV newsman Mike Cozza, his box of supplies under his arm, hustles into the WBTV newsroom as he prepares to edit some videotape.' 2000. Christopher Record/Staff