Charlotte Broadcast Hall Of Fame To Induct Inaugural Class
July 22, 2015 at 1:10 PM (PT)
CHARLOTTE BROADCAST HALL OF FAME is set to induct its inaugural class AUGUST 21st at a special luncheon celebration at CHARLOTTE CITY CLUB. Honorees and attendees will gather during the event to hear keynote speaker BILL WHITAKER, correspondent for CBS' "60 Minutes" and a former reporter for WBTV from 1982 to 1985.
Housed in the WTVI PBS CHARLOTTE studios, the CHARLOTTE BROADCAST HALL OF FAME was started in 2010 by a group of CENTRAL PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE staff and community volunteers to honor the individuals who have played a major role in the region’s distinguished radio and television broadcasting history.
The 2015 class will include:
-GRADY COLE was WBT's “morning personality” for 30-plus years, beginning in 1929.
-CHARLES CRUTCHFIELD was company President, General Manager, Program Director and on-air talent, he was instrumental in the growth and development of WBT Radio beginning in the 1930s and the creation of WBTV, the first television station in the CAROLINAS, in the 1940s.
-BETTY FEEZOR, host of the “BETTY FEEZOR Show” in the '50s, '60s and '70s, she discussed cooking, sewing and other crafts and became the second most popular home-focused program in the country.
-EARLE GLUCK helped pioneer experimental radio station “4XD” in 1920. In 1922, “4XD” became the first commercial broadcast station in the southeast as 100-watt WBT. GLUCK was also the founder of WSOC.
-Rev. BILLY GRAHAM is a CHRISTIAN evangelist whose indoor and outdoor rallies were broadcast on radio and television.
-STAN & SIS KAPLAN’s purchase of 95.1 FM and introduction of WROQ FM signaled the passing of the torch from AM radio to FM radio.
-CHARLES KURALT worked both as a writer for the CHARLOTTE NEWS and an announcer for WBT radio. He eventually went to work at CBS as a writer, widely known for his “On the Road” segments and later served as the first anchor of “CBS News Sunday Morning.”
-DOUG MAYES is widely known as a main news anchor for WBTV from the '50s to the '80s. He began WBTV’s first regularly scheduled news program as “The Esso Reporter.”
-LARRY SPRINKLE has been a fixture in the CHARLOTTE market for close to four decades. He made a name for himself as a “sidekick,” impressionist and comedic writer for WROQ’s popular “MURPHY in the Morning” show in the '80s. Today, he is the longtime weather anchor for “NBC CHARLOTTE Today” and can be seen on the station’s weekly noon newscast.
-BILL WALKER began his CHARLOTTE broadcasting career as a radio news anchor in 1968. He went on to become the longest-running news anchor in CHARLOTTE history with WSOC.
“At the CHARLOTTE BROADCAST HALL OF FAME, visitors will be able to view pictures, video and audio clips that reflect each inductee’s professional journey,” said PBS CHARLOTTE GM AMY BURKETT. “As a result, we are able to honor and preserve the names and outstanding accomplishments of CHARLOTTE’s past and present broadcast professionals.”
Reservations are currently being accepted to the luncheon. Tickets are $100. To RSVP, please email email@example.com or call (704) 330.5915.
To learn more about the Charlotte Broadcast Hall of Fame, please visit https://www.cpcc.edu/tv/programs/charlotte-broadcast-hall-of-fame.