CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -"4XD" -- May not sound familiar to you, but when that experimental radio station moved to downtown Charlotte and adopted the call letters "WBT," broadcasting in the Carolinas began its historic run.
On July 15, 1949, Jim Patterson signed WBTV onto its initial broadcast, making Channel 3 the first television station in the two Carolinas.
Now celebrating 90+ years, WBT (1110 AM) was the first commercial radio station in North or South Carolina and the second in the South, after Atlanta's WSB.
While regular broadcasts began in 1922, the station moved to a more permanent home in 1924. The Wilder Building was located at the corner of Tryon and 3rd Streets before being demolished in 1983. Currently the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel occupies that space.