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On this day in 1952: Collier’s magazine profiles Grady Cole as “Mr. Dixie.” Cole, a homespun announcer who wakes up the Piedmont every morning on WBT, has been Charlotte’s premier celebrity since 1929. “Cole says he’s still not a professional radio man,” Collier’s notes. “But he snows under all rivals, and his droll news and […]

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“In my opinion, the way I see it, and I heard it all back then, there was bluegrass before Bill Monroe ever got into bluegrass. There are several tunes we recorded where the banjo sounds like bluegrass. The Morris Brothers also were playin’ like that. “Bill Monroe wasn’t doin’ any good, let me tell you, […]

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On this day in 1956: Bob Raiford, a disc jockey on Charlotte’s WBT, is fired for denouncing on the air the racial beating of Nat King Cole during a concert two days earlier in Birmingham, Ala.

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