n 1955 Jefferson Pilot Broadcasting, WBT-WBTV, moved from the Wilder building to ‘Fulfillment Hill’ on West Morehead where it still is today.
WBT signed on in 1922, like the second station in the country. It became known as the “Colossus of the South” in the 1950’s. WBTV signed on with Jim Patterson in 1949. Both stations were Charlotte and the Carolinas for many years. There was very little competition and there was an honor associated with working there. Most employees held on to their jobs for a long time.
Many of them are still around and we gathered for a reunion and birthday celebration for Fuzzy Prevatte who worked in television for a long time. About 40 former employers of JP gathered at the City Tavern in South Park for lunch and memories. The majority of them were there in the 1960’s. For a change I wasn’t the oldest person in the room. Neither was Ty Boyd, Jim Babb or Robert D. Raiford.
Raif worked at WBT in the 1950’s. I believe Doug Mayes took the age trophy. He’ll be 93 in December. So it was room full of silver haired pros who loved their community and their jobs and stuck together as a team just like they did more than 50 years ago. Have a look and enjoy.