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Meg Butterly of WKKT facing brain surgery after discovery of tumor

Meg Butterly and Paul Schadt, morning team at WKKT-FM.
Meg Butterly and Paul Schadt, morning team at WKKT-FM.

She doesn’t get migraines, so after a headache lasting four days, WKKT-FM (“Kat” 96.9) morning co-host Meg Butterly headed to the emergency room. After a CAT scan at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, she landed in neurological intensive care – with a brain tumor the size of a golf ball.

“They say it is presenting as benign, which is good,” says Butterly, who has done the morning show on “Kat” for seven years with Paul Schadt and Geoff Knight. “It’s scary but I’m remaining positive.”

Butterly, 45, will meet Tuesday with her neurosurgeon and they will plan an operation in which the tumor will be removed. It will then be analyzed to ensure it is benign.

Butterly returned to work on light duty on Thursday and talked about the tumor. “When you have a listener call you and say, ‘I went through this and I’m going to be OK,’ it helps me get a better idea of what to expect – the outpouring of support has been unbelievable,” she says.

Because other members of her family live so far away, Butterly says she considers listeners and other members of the country music community like family.

Among the first to reach out to her were Rob Tanner and Catherine Lane, the morning team on rival WSOC-FM (103.7). Tanner has had his own health issues with cancer in recent years. …

Tanner, Lane and Chris Allen have been nominated for the Country Music Awards major market broadcast personalities of the year for their show. WSOC-FM is also nominated as major market station of the year. In small market nominations, Eddie Fox and Sharon Green of WKSF-FM (“Kiss Country” 99.9) were nominated for personalities of the year and the station for station of the year. Winners will be announced in November. …

After nine years with Time Warner Cable News, reporter Kate Gaier departs. … Savannah Levins joins WCNC (Channel 36) as York County reporter from WLTX (Channel 19) in Columbia. She is a University of Georgia grad. …

‏General sales manager Ryan Petrosso is promoted to senior vice president of sales for iHeartMedia’s Charlotte’s station cluster of stations, which includes WRFX-FM (“Fox,” 99.7) and WKKT-FM ( “Kat,” 96.9). … Ace & T.J. sign a new five-year contract for their morning show at WHQC-FM (“Channel” 96.1). …

Publisher Richard Thurmond leaves Charlotte Magazine after 20 years to take new job with Charlotte Center City Partners as senior vice-president of community and business development. … Steven Cole joins Center City Partners as director of communications. A Charlotte native and West Point graduate, he just retired after 20 years in the Army, where he reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. …

Ben and Erin Napier, hosts of “Hometown” on HGTV, will be appearing at Bank of America Stadium on Sept. 8 as part of a media tour promoting successful tailgating techniques.

Mark Washburn: 704-358-5007, @WashburnChObs

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