October 31, 2014
Filed under Featured
The story of WBT AM/FM and the Boy Scouts of America in the Charlotte region is about key elements in a community coming together.
Recently, at the Boy Scouts Mecklenburg County Council recognition dinner, legendary host James K. Flynn was the master of ceremonies. The keynote speaker was Bo Thompson,the current WBT AM/FM host of Charlotte’s Morning News. Thompson, who had never met Flynn face to face, had the opportunity to publically thank James K. for being a role model to a youngster who “always knew he wanted to be a radio host.”
As part of the night’s activities, Scott Whitlock, a Senior Account Executive for WBT AM/FM and an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and Scoutmaster for a local troop, was awarded the Earle J. Gluck Training Award presented by the Charlotte Kiwanis Club to the Outstanding Trainer of the Mecklenburg County Council. Interestingly, Mr. Gluck was a founding father of WBT radio, a former president of the local scouting chapter and an inductee into the WBT Hall of Fame.
Bo Thompson, an Eagle Scout and currently a Cub Scout leader for his son’s den, spoke on how his love for scouting and his love for radio merged in his teen years. He also reflected on how our journeys may circle around, and we may have a chance to relive our lives, giving to our youth, through the lens of a parent or mentor. As for the events coming together, Bo said it was surreal to be speaking in the church where he earned his Eagle Scout rank, to share a meal with James K. Flynn and have his friend earn the Earle J. Gluck Award.
This year will mark the 100th anniversary of scouting in Mecklenburg County. Bo Thompson and Scott Whitlock will be a part of the leadership team, as scouting reflects on the impact on the youth in the Greater Charlotte area. Who better, than a pair of Eagle Scouts working for the legendary WBT AM/FM, to tell great stories to their hometown?
October 14, 2014
Filed under Community Involvement
Listeners joined WBT AM/FM Host Keith Larson this past April for the 12th annual Keith’s Ride. The police-escorted motorcycle ride benefits children in the Charlotte community who are battling life-threatening illnesses.
Starting in the Charlotte suburb of Matthews, the 182 motorcycle riders started their morning with breakfast from sponsor Hardees as they filled up their tanks before leaving on the 90-plus mile trip, with a break north of Charlotte at Lake Norman. They returned to the WBT studios for barbecue and live music.
With more than 300 people at the after-party, and many donations online, Keith’s Ride raised more than $25,000 to help four local children: 3-year-old Harlan “The Hero” Sullins, who is bravely battling a brain tumor; Coy Shue, who is 5 years old and fighting a rare bone cancer; Elijah Clark, 16, diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma; and Brett Gideon, 13, with Ewing sarcoma.