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Audio-Graphs  - WBT Radio Dial 1110

The company had a good-sized printshop and its presses were kept hot churning out things like this newsletter called Audio-Graphs. These were sent to listeners, clients and employees' families. A lot of time and effort went into creating interesting articles for these pamphlet-sized publications. Here are two items from the Sept-Oct 1962 edition:

The Day Grady Missed The Boat

Coline Prevatte, who responds—for obscure reasons— to the name, "Fuzzy", came to WBT many moons ago (just how many moons she refuses to specify), aspiring to be Grady Cole's secretary.

Fuzzy Prevatte

Unfortunately for Grady Cole, he wasn't in that morning—and the ubiquitous radio program department, sizing upthe situation (and Fuzzy), grasped wildly at this opportunity to add a "schedule-typer" to its roster.

Shortly thereafter, she was asked to try her hand at being a continuity writer. Fuzzy now admits, "I didn't even know how to spell it. But before I knew it, I WAS one!

In a flurry of shuffles between Continuity and Radio Promotion writing, Fuzzy finally settled on the latter—a position which she ably maintains to this day.

In her current capacity as Gal Friday to Larry Harding, Radio Promotion Manager, she intersperses the sundry functions of a writer with occasional brief television appearances. Her gracious proportions have illuminated segments of the "Pat. Lee Show," Ty Boyd's "Foot in the Door," and assorted promotion spots.

Among other accomplishments, Fuz is a regular writer for "Project 60", handling Monday's Good Music Night and is radio and television publicity director for the Charlotte Little Theatre.

Grady Cole was not available for comment.

Huss Creates 'Jefferson Head'

Harold "Whitey" Huss, who numbers among his many chores the printing of the sheet you're now reading, has added to his many-faceted talents that of sculpture.

Whitey Huss

And a glance at the bronze Thomas Jefferson head pictured elsewhere on this page is evidence aplenty that he has mastered this new avocation.

Whitey, who is in charge of WBT's printing department, became interested in sculpture some three years ago—and immediately began a series of study courses which prepared him for the creation of quality pieces.

In preparation, he enrolled in a company course in art, and then attended night classes at Burton Institute and the Mint Museum, in addition to doing extensive study on his own.

From the time he originated the idea of the "Jefferson" to its completion, a period of two months elapsed. During the time, Whitey tore down and rebuilt his creation twice.

Upon completion, the head was shipped to New York for casting, and the finished replica presented to Howard Holderness. President of the Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company.

"As you can tell from some of our printed pieces," says General Manager Charles H. Crutchfield, "Whitey is more than just an expert in operating printing machines. He is a real artist in the creative field."


Jay Torrence (left) and Charles Crutchfield conferring at the main entrance as they await the arrival of the motorcade of Julie Nixon, daughter of then President Nixon.