Here’s something that doesn’t happen very often: WBT-AM (1110) is breaking up with CBS Radio.
Through most of its 92-year history, WBT has had a relationship with CBS. From 1929 to 1945, CBS actually owned WBT, which is among the first commercially licensed radio stations in the nation.
After selling WBT following World War II, CBS continued as its network provider. In the late 1940s, you could hear the radio show “Gunsmoke” on WBT, long before the show was recast into one of the longest-running series in the history of CBS television.
After a time with NBC, WBT returned to the CBS fold, where it has been for two decades. In most people’s minds, CBS and WBT are inseparable.
“It’s like … it’s like … well, I don’t know what it’s like,” says Ty Boyd, WBT morning host from 1961 to 1973, when he moved over to Channel 3. “It’s unthinkable.”
Already this week, the station has interviewed ABC correspondents like Ann Compton at the White House, Terry Moran from Crimea and Jim Ryan on domestic connections to the strife in Ukraine. Thompson’s morning show has been the beneficiary of such reports during drive time.
CBS Radio and Fox News Radio are also known for making talent available to affiliates, Furst says, but he thinks ABC offers more.
“I’ve been following the ABC News product for a long time. I think their two-way coverage is great, their breaking news coverage is great. … I felt this change put the right people on our air with our hosts.”
WBT puts together its own top-of-the-hour newscasts during the day and evenings, and will use the ABC network newscasts overnight.
Joining WJZY (Channel 46) is Kacie Hollins from Toronto, who most recently has been with Rogers SportsNet and the CBC network in Canada. An experienced sportscaster, she will work in news in her new assignment. …
Charlotte native Amanda Gullickson, 18, is among the models in the new Oxygen reality series “The Face” airing 10 p.m. Wednesdays. … Jennie Lyon, who has appeared in FX’s “Justified,” is co-starring in the new series “Saint George” (9 p.m., Thursdays, FX) opposite George Lopez. Lyon – daughter of Matthews United Methodist Church pastor Ken Lyon and wife Lydia – is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts. …
Goldsboro native Carl Kasell, turning 80, has decided to semi-retire from NPR’s weekend quiz show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me.” He’ll visit the show occasionally and will still lend his voice to answering machines as a prize. Kasell got his start in radio at age 16 at WGBR-AM in Goldsboro and then attended UNC Chapel Hill.