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When you reach a certain age, say three years after you become eligible for Social Security, you tend to get shy about celebrating your birthdays. Such appears to be the case at WBTV (Channel 3), which marked its 65th anniversary this week quietly with a story by veteran reporter Steve Crump.

In 2001, Creative Loafing columnist Jerry Klein left Charlotte to pursue romance. In 2013, he returned to die.

“When you turn 55, you might as well die – advertisers aren’t interested in you,” says Tom Gentry, whose radio station’s listeners might as well be dead.

WJZY (Channel 46), which started a news department for a 10 p.m. newscast that debuted in January, will add a 6 p.m. news show beginning Monday.

When she was a little girl, JoAnn Bortles didn’t waste her time on Barbies – she was playing with Matchbox cars instead.

Brad Krantz and Britt Whitmire debuted two years ago on WBT-AM (1110). Wednesday’s show was their last.

Former Panthers general manager Marty Hurney will become a full-time talk show host beginning next week on WZGV-AM (ESPN 730).

Charlotte’s WTVI (Channel 42) will shake up its weekday prime-time schedule later this month to put it on a different pattern than competing PBS stations in the region.

It’s time to close the shutter once more on “Carolina Camera.”

WBTV (Channel 3) chief meteorologist Eric Thomas had been up much of the night monitoring tornado warnings, but still delivered a stirring luncheon speech Thursday to the Children’s Home Society in Charlotte.

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Mark Washburn
Mark Washburn writes television and radio commentary for The Charlotte Observer.
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