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When WBT in Charlotte, the state's first commercial radio station, began broadcasting in April, 1922, people's horizons expanded to encompass national and international events and a variety of entertainment.
Connie B. Gay of Wake County was born on a 17-acre farm. By the 1950s, Gay owned fourteen radio stations. The first to operate a country music station in a large metropolitan area, Gay's gross fortune was estimated by THE WASHINGTON POST to be $50 million. Gay sold his businesses and retired to homes in Florida and Virginia in 1972.
Saintsing presents interesting facts from different dates about the state's radio pioneers, starting in 1922 when Fred Laxton, Earle Gluck, and Frank L. Bunker began broadcasting in Charlotte from Laxton's house and chicken coop up to 1994 when UNC-Chapel Hill's WXYC became the first radio station to launch a streaming Internet broadcast.
The student-run campus radio station, WWWS, was extremely popular among students. So popular, in fact, that when the station switched to only FM broadcasting, there was a rush to switch by students on campus as well.
The WPTF radio station, formerly WFBQ, began in the early 1920s as a fifty-watt broadcasting station in Raleigh and currently operates in Durham. The station was owned and operated by Wynne Radio Company, and had the motto, “We Protect The Family.” This article covers the history of the WPTF radio station and changes in the radio broadcasting industry.