If you don’t believe in coincidence, you should skip this.
You remember Ashley Anderson, who for years has filled in as co-host on the WCCB (Channel 18) nightly magazine show “Edge.” When she was growing up in Plano, Texas, Anderson went to the same schools as a guy named Rance Adams.
Year after year, on the same lines in the yearbooks, were Adams and Anderson.
Push forward three decades. Adams, still living in Texas, gets a job offer from Charlotte – as co-host on the “Edge.”
Oh, there’s more.
About eight years ago, Adams and WCCB had talked about a job. He called his childhood friend Anderson for the low-down on the station, but nothing ever came of the job.
A few months ago, Adams says, his wife, Lisa, told him she had just had a dream about living in Charlotte. She got to wondering about that old job.
Within a week, Adams says, he saw that WCCB was advertising for an evening show host after the radio team Matt Harris and Ramona Holloway decided to leave the “Edge.” Adams followed up and was invited to come and interview in Charlotte. He did so, auditioning with Anderson, and was offered the job as “Edge” co-host.
He was told he’d be paired with Cassiday Proctor, who works on the WNKS-FM (“Kiss” 95.1) “Drex and Maney” morning show. He called her to get acquainted. His first question was whether she had red hair. He’d dreamed he’d had a co-host with red hair.
Proctor wears her hair so red it’s two shades off of orange.
None of this surprises Adams. He’s into meditation and astrology. Things like this seem to happen to him. Proctor, too. She says she’s had dreams that came true the next day.
Adams, 40, whose television background includes production work and hosting an extreme sports show called “Xtreme Motion” (you can find some episodes on YouTube), moved with his wife and 5-year-old daughter to Charlotte and went through weeks of rehearsals with Proctor.
“Edge” producer Reid Sartin says he wanted their chemistry to grow organically before going on the air. “I wanted to make sure everyone was comfortable.”
Proctor, 29, who grew up in suburban Kansas City (she has the Kansas state motto tattooed on her arm: “Ad astra per aspera,” which is Latin for “Overcoming obstacles to reach the stars”), says she was always out for attention as a kid.
Her mother told her that she’d sing in the cart at Wal-Mart to get attention. She was a middle school cheerleader and on the dance team and in theater in high school, along with president of the school chapters of the National Honor Society.
“Introvert is not a word I would use to describe myself,” she says.
After college, she moved to Austin, figuring it would be a good place to get acting jobs. There was lots of TV production work there, but she soon realized that she didn’t want to be just an extra. “I wanted something that fulfilled the performance side, but still paid the bills.”
She saw an ad on Craigslist for a producer for a radio show. She got the job, learned the business and gradually moved up to the morning show.
A year ago, Steve Maney brought her to Charlotte to audition for a spot on “Manny & Drex” and she landed the job. When the team did an “American Idol”-themed show from the WCCB studios, she got to know the Channel 18 staff and was invited to fill in on the “Edge” on New Year’s Eve. That led to her getting the job full-time.
Morning radio and evening television can be a squeeze. Proctor says she only gets about four hours sleep a night and naps by day.
Channel 18, the station branded for more than a decade as Fox Charlotte, is reverting to its call letters, WCCB, while it works out its future. In June, Fox shows will be moving to one of the stations that the network bought in Charlotte this year, and WCCB is still settling details of what it expects to become next, says station manager Jim White. “Fox” has been dropped from the morning, 10 p.m. and “Edge” programs, replaced by “WCCB.” On the Web, the station has also changed its Internet address from FoxCharlotte.com to WCCBCharlotte.com. It might change again, White says, depending on what the station works out for its future programming. …
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Coming to Charlotte’s McGlohon Theater at 7:30 p.m. May 16 is the public radio show “The Moth,” founded by writer George Dawes Green, which specializes in traditional storytelling and airs locally at 9 p.m. Fridays on WFAE-FM (90.7). … Garrison Keillor of “Prairie Home Companion” will appear 8 p.m. Tuesday at Holmes Convocation Center at Appalachian State University with his personal show “A Brand New Retrospective.” …
York County’s Jeffrey Venables, who teaches chemistry at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, will be among South Carolina educators featured in SC ETV’s “In Our Schools” production at 1 p.m. April 28. Venables is one of five finalists for S.C. Teacher of the Year.
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