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Media Movers: Phil Harris finds himself frozen in time

Phil Harris of WKQC-FM spotted this photo of himself and his son getting off the old Atherton Mills-based trolley while searching the Internet.
Phil Harris of WKQC-FM spotted this photo of himself and his son getting off the old Atherton Mills-based trolley while searching the Internet. Wikimedia Commons

Charlotte radio veteran Phil Harris, morning host on WKQC-FM (“K” 104.7), had what he calls a “time machine” moment while looking for pictures on the Internet of the old Charlotte trolley. Harris was writing a blog for the station’s website about the new trolley launching July 14 and searched for pictures of the old Atherton Mill trolley, which he used to ride for fun with his sons. On Wikimedia Commons, a repository of uncopyrighted material, one popped up with a couple people stepping off. “I thought, that looks like my son in kindergarten. And that guy next to him looks familiar, too.” Turns out it was a random shot taken by someone in 2008 when Harris and his son Sam went for a ride. Nothing goes to waste – Harris used the picture in his blog. …

I thought, that looks like my son in kindergarten. And that guy next to him looks familiar, too.

Phil Harris, morning host WIKQC-FM

Amanda O’Hara leaves WJZY (Channel 46) where she covers entertainment and starts Friday on Time Warner Cable News, where she will cover health. At TWC News, she replaces Stacey Sims on the medical beat. … WLNK-FM’s (“Link” 107.9) Bob Lacey and Sheri Lynch are racking up the miles this week on a swing up the East Coast in a recreational vehicle visiting stations that carry their syndicated morning show. They launched last Friday from the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza in Charlotte, did the fireworks on the Mall in Washington, D.C., and finish in Bangor, Maine, on Friday. …

Fox Sports 1 motorsports expert Steve Byrnes, who died of cancer in April, has been named the winner of the 2016 Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. …

Laura Palka, the former WSOC (Channel 9) anchor who does the station’s midday feature “The Daily Two,” returns to the anchor desk in fiction – she plays a journalist in the movie “Masterminds,” a comedy farce coming in August starring Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson about Charlotte’s 1997 Loomis Fargo heist. Palka also played a newscaster in Showtime’s “Homeland” when it was filmed in Charlotte. …

Jodi Phillips is named digital program director for iHeartMedia’s radio stations in Charlotte, which include WKKT-FM (“Kat” 96.9) and WLKO-FM (“Lake” 102.9). Phillips, who got her communications degree from UNC Charlotte, comes from CBS Radio in Washington. … Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray warns about the consequences of domestic violence in a new series of public service announcements airing on the Beasley Media Group radio stations in Charlotte, which include WSOC-FM (103.7) and WPEG-FM (“Power 98” 97.9).

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