Hi everyone, this is Paul Cameron at my desk in the WBTV Newsroom.
Tonight, I’m remembering my former colleague and good friend, Doug Mayes, the first anchorman in Charlotte.
From the moment I met Carl Douglas Mayes, I knew he was the one broadcaster I should watch closely. And I did. As a sportscaster, I sat next to him on the set. I watched his every move—how he delivered the news without passion or prejudice as a trusted, seasoned pro in fair and honest fashion. I thought of him as the Cronkite of the Carolinas.
Broadcasting was one aspect, but working alongside him at Shrine Bowls and other community events, that’s where the real Doug Mayes star shone brightly. His personality drew people to him naturally. You couldn’t help but love a guy who had a folksy style and a dead pan sense of humor.
And Doug was so much more than just a television news anchor.
His philanthropic work behind the scenes for years with the Shriners was monumental and legendary. No wonder they named the street leading to the Shrine temple after him.
In the last few years, Doug returned to where it all started for him—music. He could play any instrument that had strings and I feel fortunate that he and I got together from time to time to bang out a few “oldies” on the guitar. By the way, no one sang “Mountain Dew” any better.
Two years ago, I went out of the country for vacation and I asked my buddy, Doug, to fill in for me on the anchor desk. Then 91 years old, he didn’t miss a beat and we still hear from viewers how much they enjoyed his encore.
There will be an empty seat at Stacy’s restaurant in Denver where Doug and his gang of friends often lunched and told tall tales.