Way back when, the Company gave out service pins—in five-year increments. Is it true, that someone figured out that it would be more cost effective to buy only WBTV pins, then, if the recipient worked in WBT radio, just snap off the "V"?


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WBTV personalities in 1977
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A very special Thank You

In response to our recent appeal for funds to keep this Web site going, the following supporters have come through in a big way:

Barbara C. Arrington   Alan Newcomb
Carolyn Biltcliffe   Patty Perkins
Carl Capps   Carolyn Phillips
Bud Coggins   John Reichard
Mike Collins   Doug Reitan
Joe Epley   Jim R. Rogers
John Hancock   Tom Rogers
Vivian Harris   Anna Rufty
Nancy Haynes   Cullie Tarleton
Jay Howard   Keets Taylor
Bill Jennings   H. A. Thompson
Kenneth Johnson   Jan Thompson
Don McDaniel   Virgil Torrence
John McDonald   Scott Tredwell
Kathy Moore   Rob Veerman
Bill Napier   Lee Withers

The list is growing. Won't you join in? The entire fund will be spent on future years' hosting and domain name fees (about $230 per year—see What's New).

Send your contribution to Reno Bailey, 10612 Round Rock Rd., Charlotte NC 28277. 'Preciate it.

Long ago in a galaxy far, far away...

there was a broadcasting company called Jefferson-Pilot, whose flagship stations were WBT and WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina. From WBT's beginning in 1922, and WBTV's sign-on in 1949, until about the late 1980s, they were the pride of Carolina broadcasting. They were beacons to those who aspired to and were proud of being a part of something special; who held a unique feeling of responsibility to their audience and the community; who had the talent and enjoyed the freedom to create original, tasteful programming that could appeal to the entire spectrum of listeners and viewers.

This site is all about yesterday, and how things used to be.

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Diane's Scrapbook Libby Hahn Squandered Valor

Big Bill Alan and Robin

Making Commercials at Jefferson Productions Marty Lambert was WBT's "Jeff Pilot" Rob Veerman remembers

Anniversary Shows Jeffcaster Snippets The Crutchfield Chronicle

Ken Tredwell story and photos

Revisit the 1940s and '50s. Hank Warren's Proof Sheets

Wanna see my 1970's JP production stills?

WBT in the '30s

Hillbilly Tunes

Updates! Lots of new entries in Feedback and two names in In Memoriam.

Bailey Hobgood was WBT's program director in the late 1950s.

Spencer Mountain today. And we thought the old WBTV tower had been dismantled!

Rear View

It's outrageous. You'll bust your buttons laughing at this Hello Henry booklet from 1984.


Like a Frank Lloyd Wright creation, WBTV's first transmitter site jutted out over the crest of Spencer Mountain, about 20 miles west of charlotte. For over 30 years a succession of transmitters here beamed WBTV's sights and sounds into millions of Carolina homes. In the '80s a new site was established further west, where a taller tower was erected. The Spencer Mountain installation was dismantled. And so it goes.