June 20, 2013
Greater Media’s WRAT-FM took top honors in two categories during a special awards luncheon that took place on Wednesday, June 19th at the 66th Annual New Jersey Broadcasters Conference at Caesars in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The station won the Best News 2012 Award for its “Superstorm Sandy Community Coverage”. In addition, Scott Edwards and WRAT-FM team received the Best Commercial 2012 Award for the station’s “E Street Bagels” submission.
“I am so very proud of Dan Finn, Carl Craft, Scott Edwards and the entire WRAT-FM team for receiving these coveted awards,” said Greater Media Chairman and Chief Executive officer Peter Smyth. “They are a shining example of what radio does to help the communities it serves during challenging times. I am so very proud to have them in our Greater Media family.”
In addition, the late and former WCTC-AM & WMGQ-FM Vice President and General Manager Anthony (aka Tony) V. Marano was inducted into the 2013 NJBA Hall of Fame at the event. Greater Media Chairman and CEO Peter Smyth reflected on the tremendous legacy and countless contributions that Marano made to Greater Media and the community throughout his distinguished career. Smyth presented the distinguished award to his two sons, Tommy and Tony Jr. on stage during the luncheon.
June 18, 2013
Greater Media Charlotte announces longtime WBT AM/FM Personality John Hancock will be shifting from his current 6pm-9pm time slot into afternoon drive from 3pm – 6pm beginning on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
Hancock originally joined the station back in 1990 in the 9am – 12pm time slot. In 1996, he moved to afternoon drive from 3pm – 6pm. In 1999, John left the station for a short time and returned in 2001 back to the 6pm – 9pm shift, which he has held ever since.
The Brad and Britt Show (consisting of Brad Krantz and Britt Whitmire) will remain on the air and will be moving from 3pm – 6pm to 6pm – 9pm.
“John Hancock has been a staple of WBT for years, earning him the title of Charlotte’s Most Beloved,” said Rick Feinblatt, senior vice president and market manager of Greater Media Charlotte. “We are excited to have him with our listeners for the drive home.”
“John is the most dynamic and recognizable personality on WBT,” said station Programming Director Jason Furst. “We look forward to continuing to provide the most comprehensive programming to our listeners in both day parts with both John Hancock and the Brad & Britt Show.”