A few weeks ago, WFAE, one of the public radio stations in Charlotte, North Carolina, did a lengthy series called “The Buffalo/Charlotte Connection,” exploring why so many people from up here in western New York end up migrating to that other Queen City on the North Carolina/South Carolina border. (Yes, there’s yet another “Queen City” on the Ohio River, but we don’t have any fresh Cincy IDs at the moment…)
OK, so it’s easy to understand the appeal of Charlotte this time of year, when the sun seems to rise around 11:30 AM in western New York, at which point it looks around, sees no signs of life and promptly sets again a little after 1. (I understand it’s even bleaker in, say, Appleton, Wisconsin, though.)
On the other hand, I can get from my nice suburban house to the radio station downtown in all of 15 minutes – at rush hour. Try that on the Belk Freeway in Charlotte, where road construction has, shall we say, failed to keep pace with the population boom.
Also, our economy up here doesn’t depend on two huge banks that just cratered. Just sayin’…
In any event, it was a very pleasant 75 degrees or so during most of the time I spent in Charlotte back in September 2007. In the first of two installments from that trip, we offer you most of the city’s AM dial, including a few stations with some, er, questionable ID practices – and some more prominent ones, too, like WBT, featured this week over at Tower Site of the Week, and the unusual “Franchise” sports-talk pair of WFNZ 610/WFNA 1660, which simulcast more often than not. (We offer them in both simulcast and non-simulcast mode.)
And, no, we didn’t manage to snag an ID from WFAE itself, for some reason. That – and some of the others missing here – are in a pile of IDs from a 2003 Charlotte visit that will surface here on Toppy sometime next year, if I get my act together.