Charlotte Financial Host, Station Owner Danny Fontana Dies
May 18, 2015 at 3:56 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of financial advisor and CHARLOTTE radio personality DANNY FONTANA, who died FRIDAY (5/15) in CHARLOTTE at 65, according to the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER's MARK WASHBURN.
FONTANA, a stockbroker at WACHOVIA SECURITIES and entrepreneur, joined News-Talk WBT-A in 1991 as a financial news commentator. He became an afternoon host in 1995-99, then moved to "CHARLOTTE'S MORNING NEWS" with AL GARDNER for financial reports in 2000-2002. Later, after leaving WACHOVIA to found his own company, FONTANA formed CRN COMMUNICATIONS to buy WDYT-A/KINGS MOUNTAIN, TN, moved the station to CHARLOTTE studios and flipped it to News-Talk in 2006, but all local programming was dropped by the end of 2008 and the station went dark in JANUARY 2009, and later that year was sold to IGLESIA NUEVA VIDA OF HIGH POINT for $425,000.
In addition to his radio and brokerage activity, FONTANA appeared on FOX BUSINESS CHANNEL and INSPIRATION NETWORK after debuting on TV at CBS affiliate WBTV (TV)/CHARLOTTE.