Looking back on 40 years of Charlotte News to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the WFAE | DFA 90.7
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
The WFAE signed 40 years ago this week. Charlotte has changed a lot since then. In fact, newcomers today wouldn’t recognize the Queen City in 1981.
Legend has it that the streets of upscale neighborhoods rolled up after 5 p.m. and you I couldn’t even buy a candy bar. To help celebrate our anniversary and recognize how far Charlotte has come over the past four decades, we take a look at some of the most defining events, ideas and people that have shaped the city over the past 40 years.
Here are some major events that we have seen: Hurricane Hugo, the fall of PTL, a demographic boom, the expansion of the skyline of the upper town, our transformation into “Bank Town”, infrastructure in abundance, becoming a sports city and two political conventions. And then there’s Charlotte’s never-ending quest to become “world class”.
We are going to take a little trip down memory lane.
Marie newsom, longtime journalist, retired from UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, now freelance writer in Charlotte.
Tom Hanchett, community historian, former staff historian of the Levine Museum of the New South
Steve crump, journalist at WBTV
Larry Sprinkle, meteorologist at WCNC