presented a music and fireworks salute to the returning American
hostages from Iran entitled, "A Celebration of Freedom." Spike O'Dell
WBT became the first AM station in the Carolinas to broadcast in stereo. Pete Sullivan joined WBT.
Collins joined WBT as a weekend part-timer soon to be hired full-time
to host the morning show (1985) and become Program Director. The
Broadcast Pioneers presented WBT with "The Golden Microphone Award" in
honor of the station's 60th Anniversary. Many of the staff traveled to
New York City for the ceremony.
WBT's Mike Collins and WBTV's Lori Thomas hosted a morning show called "BT AM".
celebrated its 65th Anniversary. Among many events, a concert by "The
Beach Boys" was held at Memorial Stadium. The Park Center, located next
to Memorial Stadium and the CPCC campus was renamed in memory of Grady
Russell and James K. Flynn teamed to host the morning show as "Russell
and Flynn" David Appleford joined WBT. WBT was named the flagship
station of the new N.B.A. team, The Charlotte Hornets. WBT was the
first radio station in the Carolinas to begin a nightly simulcast of
WBTV's Six O'Clock News.
22th... the day Hurricane Hugo struck the Carolinas. WBT engineer Bob
White was at the transmitter site and narrowly escaped being crushed by
a falling tower. Another WBT engineer, Ted Bryan, had to leave his car
in a flash flood river of water while checking on the FM transmitter
near Dallas, N.C. - Electricity and telephone lines were knocked out
for nearly 99% of the city of Charlotte.
The Piedmont and Western Piedmont of North Carolina were heavily
damaged too. - WBT provided listeners with information and news of
businesses operating that had supplies of flashlights and batteries. -
It took nearly a year to get the night-time directional signal pattern