Celebrating WBTV's anniversary

WBTV has been serving the Carolinas since it first signed on air at 12 p.m. on July 15, 1949.

It was the 13th television station in the United States and the first in the Carolinas, and is the oldest station between Richmond and Atlanta.

Veteran Charlotte broadcaster Jim Patterson was the first person seen on the station and welcomed people as they crowded around store fronts to see the show.

In 2009, WBTV celebrated 60 years of broadcasting and put together a tribute show. The videos above are from that show, in it's entirety.

Thank you!