"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by editorial board member, Jess Sessoms.
You can tell the measure of a man not only through what he accomplishes in life, but also by how he goes about doing it.
By all accounts, the late Doug Mayes excelled in both of these areas.
Carl Douglas Mayes has to be considered the Dean of Charlotte news anchors.
Beginning with WBT Radio and continuing with both WBTV and WSOC-TV,
Doug brought integrity, knowledge, and a confident baritone voice to the local airways for four decades.
In addition to being one of just six “Esso Reporters” nationally, Doug was known around here for his “On the Square” interviews with “just plain folks,”
and for taking his “Midday with Mayes” news show to the top of the ratings.
Many of us are familiar with Doug as he came into our homes through television.
But you should also know that he gave a lot back to his adopted hometown of Charlotte.
He was a longtime member of the Oasis Shriners organization, rising to the top position of Potentate.
He worked extensively with the Salvation Army through the years.
And among his many awards, he was recognized with the “Order of the Longleaf Pine” from the state of North Carolina.
Through it all, Doug Mayes was warm, respectful, kind and loving.
He set a standard for TV news broadcasting and community involvement that we strive to duplicate each and every day.
We will miss him dearly.