WBT History

2000's
The History of WBT

9/17/2009

2000

 Danny Fontana joined Charlotte's Morning News with Al Gardner in December. 

2001

John Hancock returns to WBT to host an evening talkshow from 

8pm-12midnight in September.

September 11, 8:50am: WBT joins the nation's media in full coverage of the terrorist attacks in New York and in

Washington.


2002

March 22, WBT launches the all-new WBT.com... taking it's reputation for news, weather, traffic and sports to the internet. WBT.com has up-to-the-minute local, national, world and financial news, college and professional sports news, scores and standings, customized traffic reports for your commute, weather forecasts for anywhere 

in the country and much, much more. 

In May, Keith Larson replaced Dr. Laura as WBT's midday host. Keith quickly became known as the host who likes to "poke people in the eye who are full of it, full of themselves and just deserve a good poking."

On April 10, 2002 WBT celebrated it’s 80th Anniversary highlighted by the naming of it’s main broadcast studio in honor of the legendary Ty Boyd.  During a ceremony at Spirit Square in Charlotte, WBT inducted Grady Cole and Loonis McGlohon into the WBT Hall of Fame.

In September, Stacey Simms joined Al Gardner on Charlotte's Morning News, a fast paced news and information program airing 5am to 9am.

 

2003

WBT has been the station of record, covering all of the news that affects the residents of Charlotte and the surrounding areas.  Listeners of WBT were first informed of the War in Iraq in March of 2003.  

In 2003, WBT instituted it’s Hometown Hero program, recognizing weekly the unsung hero’s in our community. 

In October, Jason Lewis became the new afternoon drive host on WBT. Jason called himself "Charlotte's Mr. Right" and kept after Liberals as well as Liberals in Conservative clothing.

2004

WBT carried complete coverage of the Carolina Panthers historic run to Super Bowl 48 on February 1st, 2004.

In November of 2004, WBT brought outdoor ice skating to the Green Uptown with it’s Holiday on Ice.  

2005

In August of 2005, listeners relied on wall to wall coverage of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina on WBT and, as WBT has done throughout the ages, spearheaded an effort to raise money.  In cooperation with the Carolina Panthers, WBT raised over three-hundred thousand dollars to help with relief efforts in the Gulf States.

2006

In August, Jeff Katz replaces Jason Lewis in the afternoons.  Jeff, a native of Philadelpia, comes to WBT after hosting shows in Las Vegas, Boston and San Francisco.

In 2006 WBT saw it’s first ownership change in more than 60 years when Jefferson Pilot merged with the Lincoln Financial Group.   WBT became part of the Lincoln Financial Media Company of North Carolina.

2007

On April 1st, 2007, Charlotte mourned with the news of the death of two Charlotte Police Officers, Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton.  WBT provided coverage in the days that followed this devastating event and opened it’s phone lines to Charlotte in an effort to help the city cope with the shock, share their grief, and show their support for our law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve our city.

The WBT Briarhoppers, Arthur Smith, Ty Boyd, and Earle Gluck are inducted into the WBT Hall of Fame.

"The WBT Briarhoppers - Eight Decades of a Bluegrass Band Made For Radio," written by Tom and Lucy Warlick, is published by McFarland Publishers.  Tom Warlick joins the WBT Briarhoppers.

2008

December, Tara Servatius is named new afternoon host.

In Februrary of 2008, Lincoln Financial Media sold WBT to it's current owner Greater Media, Inc. 


2009

The WBT Briarhoppers celebrate their 75th anniversary.

Alana Flowers is the first female in 70 years to join the WBT Briarhoppers.

Trent Moody joins the WBT Briarhoppers.


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