WBT History

1970's
The History of WBT

9/17/2009

1970

WBT and WBTV's "Write Hanoi" campaign produced 380,000 letters urging the release of POWs.


1971

WBT switched from a middle-of-the-road format to a Top 40/Adult Contemporary format. H.A. Thompson joined WBT. Mike Ivers started WBT's "the Original Sunday Night Hall of Fame." It spotlighted classic rock n' roll of the 1950's and 1960's.


1972

Bob Lacey joined WBT and began hosting a popular night-time talk show, "Lacey Listens".


1973

"Rockin' Ray" Gooding began hosting "The Original Sunday Night Hall of Fame."



1975


"Jeff Pilot" (short for Jefferson-Pilot) began airborne traffic reports on WBT. "American Top 40" began a run on WBT. Bob Lacey became WBT's newest morning man. Don Russell joined WBT.




1976


In Honor of America's 200th Anniversary, WBT launched Charlotte's first fireworks display called "Sky Show '76", a massive music and fireworks presentation. WBT won "Billboard" Magazine's "Adult Contemporary Station of the Year" award.



1977

WBT's H.A. Thompson was rated "The Number-One Midday Personality in America" by Television/Radio Age. The 1110 WBT Penny Pitch Children's Charities began. It was dedicated to financially helping children up to age 18 who suffer from serious medical and medical-related needs. All money raised went to institutions, hospitals, and organizations for specific needs of children.




1978

WBT was rated at "One of the Top Radio Stations in the U.S." by Arbitron. WBT won "Billboard" Magazine's "Station of the Year" award...again. WBT's editorials were judged best in the nation and Larry James won a Country Music Association Award for Medium Market Broadcast Personality of the Year.




1979


Longtime WBT morning man Grady Cole was killed in an automobile accident. In September, Henry Boggan joined WBT to host a night-time call-in show named "Hello Henry". Appalachian State University in Boone, NC dedicated their new radio and tv building to Mr. Crutchfield.



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