Tuesday, December 17, 2013

JCSU educator new anchor at Fox46Carolinas

WJZY (Channel 46) announced Tuesday that Cheryl Butler-Brayboy will be the station's new anchor when it launches its own 10 p.m. newscast in January.

Cheryl Brayboy 

Brayboy, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in English and cultural studies, has worked for stations in Allentown, Pa.; Columbus, Ga.; and Washington. She has also worked at Johnson C. Smith University as an assistant professor of literature and languages.

She was host of the "Queen City Blocks," a show about Charlotte neighborhoods and hotspots, on WTVI (Channel 42) in 2009.

She is the wife of Jack Brayboy, a Charlotte producer and former news host on "Fox News Rising" on WCCB (Channel 18). 

WJZY will begin streaming daily rehearsals of its newscasts at 10 p.m. Wednesday on its web site, www.myfoxcarolinas.com. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Al Gardner gets weekly gig on ESPN 730

Al Gardner
Longtime WBT-AM (1110) morning host Al Gardner will return to local radio as a weekly Monday co-host on WZGV-AM ("ESPN" 730).

Gardner will begin next Monday on "The Bottom Line" show, which airs at 6 p.m., with Lanny Ford

Ford said Monday that Gardner, who was host of "Charlotte's Morning News" on WBT for 14 years before leaving at the end of 2011, will discuss local sports and his own two passions -- boxing and golf.

Gardner, 66, said that he looks forward to being part of ESPN 730 because it is a locally owned and focused station. "They're going to grow locally," he said. "That's what I want to be part of."

First question: What does he think of the Panthers' performance Sunday night? "Unprintable," Gardner replied.

ESPN 730 announced in November it will be the flagship station for the Charlotte Knights beginning in April. It also carries Charlotte Checkers and Charlotte 49ers games.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Fly Ty joining WBAV-FM afternoon show

Veteran Charlotte radio personality Fly Ty is returning to CBS Radio as a sidekick to Artie Goins on her "Artie in the Afternoons" show on WBAV-FM ("V" 101.9).

CBS Radio made the announcement at the top of Goins' Monday show. In making the move, the station pairs two well-known Charlotte broadcasters, both of whom grew up in the area.

Goins joined WBAV's sister station WPEG-FM ("Power 98" 97.9) in 1992 and Fly Ty, known as Derrick Jacobs in real life,  joined the old "Breakfast Brothas" show there in 1997.

Fly Ty, who joined WBAV on Monday.

Goins took over the afternoon shift at WBAV in June, replacing the syndicated Skip Murphy show. Her show was No. 1 last month among Charlotte radio stations in WBAV's target demographic, adults 25-54, operations manager Terri Avery said Monday.

Avery said she wanted to team Goins and Jacobs because of their deep roots in the community and to build on the momentum of launching a local show in the time slot this year.

Jacobs graduated from Myers Park High School in 1990 and became a barber with his brother. One of the heads he trimmed belonged to B.J. Murphy, then a  morning personality at Power 98.

He gave Murphy a comedy tape and Murphy, now a broadcaster in Greensboro, got him aboard the "Breakfast Brothas" show.

In 2004, Murphy left "Power 98" for a morning show in Dallas, and took Jacobs along as his sidekick. 

Jacobs returned to Charlotte in 2010 and started working for Radio One-owned stations, WQNC-FM ("Q" 92.7) and WOSF-FM ("Old School" 105.3).

"I could not be more pleased to work with a long-term friend of mine and a veteran in radio, Artie," Jacobs said in a statement Monday.