New kitchen occupies special place in local TV history

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This plaque is at the entrance to the Feezor Studio at WBTV
This plaque is at the entrance to the Feezor Studio at WBTV

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - When WBTV's new lifestyle program "Morning Break" premieres at 9 a.m. on Labor Day, it will feature a new kitchen set that would make Charlotte's most famous TV chef proud.

Recipes and cooking demonstrations will be a staple of "Morning Break" and kitchen segments will originate from the very spot where the late Betty Feezor prepared her famous "Carolina recipes" for generations of viewers.

The Betty Feezor Show aired from 1953-1977 on WBTV. The new kitchen set is built in the studio named in Feezor's honor.

Crandall Sims, producer of "Morning Break," says her team is excited about this special connection with the station's history.

"To be back in the same room where Betty Feezor once worked is just incredible. My parents and grandparents remember watching her show. She is such an icon for Charlotte television and a pioneer in this business. Even decades later, people still want to make her recipes," said Sims.

The new set features state-of-the-art GE appliances provided by Plaza Appliance Mart. "Plaza is excited to be a part of this new show on WBTV and felt like it would be a great opportunity," said General Manager Bill Pleasants.

The crew and hosts of "Morning Break" are thrilled that the show will carry on the station's rich legacy of lifestyle programming in Charlotte. Many intriguing food-related segments are already in the works.

"We are so excited to have this brand new kitchen. It's going to be such an asset to 'Morning Break.' The team is excited to get in the kitchen and have chefs from across the Charlotte region come on the show to cook. They're also excited to fix some of their favorite dishes for viewers," said Sims.

"Morning Break" will feature a variety of content focused on the local community in a talk-style format.

WBTV News Alert Center Anchor Kristen Miranda and WBTV First Alert meteorologist and traffic anchor Chris Larson will be joined by Certified Master Life Strategist Coach LaMonte Odums as hosts of the show, described simply as "not news."

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