Early Charlotte Television
Sometimes we forget how influential television personalities can be.
WBTV went on the air in 1949. It was the first television station in the two
Carolinas. The photographs that follow were included in a fifth anniversary
magazine for WBTV in 1954.
Jim Patterson, an Asheville native, was the announcer that signed WBTV on
the air in 1949.
Alan Newcomb was from Clinton, N.C. He was a major television personality.
He specialized as the host of public affairs programming.
Betty Feezor was the housewife's friend. She has a homemakers show. She
cooked. She sewed. And she always talked.
Clyde McLean was the weatherman for many, many years at WBTV.
All the kids loved Fred Kirby. He was a singing cowboy. Among his haunts was