WBT Celebrates 90th Anniversary

April 6, 2012

April 10th, 2012, News Talk 1110, WBT will celebrate 90 years of broadcasting in Charlotte, the first commercial radio station in the Southeast.

A cocktail reception, followed by the WBT Hall of Fame induction, was celebrated at 6pm on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 at the WBT Studios, 1 Julian Price Place, Charlotte, NC. A WBT History Museum was on display in the studio hallways for WBT alumni to view a large variety of photos and artifacts commemorating the decades from 1920 through today.

*See the 90th Anniversary photo gallery

*Watch a video celebrating 90 years with WBT

*Learn about WBT’s History at our history page at wbt.com/history

*Follow WBT’s History through Facebook’s Timeline at facebook.com/WBTRadio

At 7pm, the ceremony commenced to induct H.A. Thompson into the WBT Hall of Fame (photo available.) His induction plaque reads: “In 1971, H.A. Thompson joined the air staff at WBT. He became the 3rd AM Drive host at the station since 1930, following in the footsteps of Grady Cole and Ty Boyd. Thompson ultimately settled into the midday shift, a time slot that he occupied for 17 years. By 1977, he was rated “#1 Midday Personality in America.” Appealing to everyone and loved by all, H.A., known as “The Midday Marauder,” redefined radio at WBT and in Charlotte.” ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

*Watch video tribute to H.A. Thompson

John Hancock inducted H.A. Thompson into the WBT Hall of Fame and hosted a special edition of his show from 6pm to 9pm, including guest appearances from former WBT alumni. WBT carried live coverage of the ceremony and Hall of Fame Induction.

*Listen to podcast with John Hancock inducting H.A. Thompson

On April 10th, 2012, the City of Charlotte will honor the 90-year heritage and contributions of WBT by changing the lights of Wells Fargo’s Duke Energy Center to blue, red, and white, matching the colors of WBT’s logo.

*Follow Well Fargo’s Duke Energy Center light shows at twitter.com/WellsLightsCLT