WBT History

1960's
The History of WBT

9/17/2009

1960


Bill Curry joined staff. Pat Lee did the first-ever live broadcast from a jet plane flying over Charlotte. The "Tempo" format was started, showcasing recorded music interspersed with fast-paced information and entertainment by deejays.




1961


Grady Cole stepped down as the announcer-after 31 years-of early morning radio. Ty Boyd joined WBT, to host the morning show.




1962

WBT-FM signed-on again, in stereo. It was still Charlotte's first FM station. "Radio Moscow" was broadcast over 26 stations coast-to-coast. WBT began daily editorials, and won a Freedoms Foundation Award.




1963


Mr. Charles Crutchfield was elected President of the Jefferson-Pilot Broadcasting Company, and remained in that job until retirement in 1977. "Radio Liberty" was prepared in New York and broadcast over WBT to provide Cuban-based Soviets with an undistorted view of international events. These broadcasts were the targets of extensive Soviet jamming.



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