The June 16, 2009 front page of
The Charlotte Observer
|Owner(s)||The McClatchy Company|
|Headquarters||550 South Caldwell Street|
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202 United States
The Observer primarily serves Charlotte and Mecklenburg County and the surrounding counties of Iredell, Cabarrus, Union, Lancaster, York, Gaston, Catawba, and Lincoln. Home delivery service in outlying counties has declined in recent years, with delivery times growing later as the paper has outsourced circulation services outside the primary Charlotte area.
Circulation at The Charlotte Observer has been declining for many years. The most recent period (May 2011) showed that Charlotte Observer circulation totaled 155,497 daily and 212,318 Sunday.
The Observer offices also include editors and designers that makeup the McClatchy NewsDesk-East, which is responsible for the production of The Charlotte Observer and McClatchy newspapers from across the region.
From 1927 to 2016, The Charlotte Observer was headquartered at 600 South Tryon Street. The facility included editorial offices, management offices, advertising offices, production, plus a large printing facility with a tunnel and underground railway system to feed paper to the presses. In 2016, the editorial offices moved to the NASCAR building on South Caldwell Street. The old facility was demolished and redeveloped into office space.
The paper was founded in 1886. It was purchased by Knight Newspapers in 1955. Knight merged with Ridder Publications to form Knight Ridder in 1974. The Observer eventually became the fourth-largest newspaper in the Knight Ridder chain (behind The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, Detroit Free Press and Miami Herald). In 1959, The Observer purchased The Charlotte News, Charlotte's afternoon newspaper. All operations were merged except editorial content, which was fused in 1983. The Observer ended circulation of the afternoon News in 1985.
The paper has won five Pulitzer Prizes.
McClatchy purchased most of Knight Ridder's newspapers, including The Observer, in 2006. This made The Observer a sister publication of the state's second-largest paper, The News and Observer of Raleigh; and of The Herald of Rock Hill, the primary newspaper for the South Carolina side of the metro area. As of spring 2008, it is the fifth-largest newspaper in the McClatchy chain (behind The Kansas City Star, Miami Herald, Sacramento Bee and Fort Worth Star-Telegram). McClatchy's share value has been in decline since the purchase. The stock has lost over 95% of its value, far worse than many remaining newspaper companies.
The Charlotte Observer prices are: daily, $1.25 and Sunday/Thanksgiving Day, $3.00 Price is higher outside Mecklenburg and adjacent counties or states.
The Bank of America Corporate Center is an 871 ft (265 m) skyscraper in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. When completed in 1992, it became and still is the tallest building in Charlotte and in North Carolina; the building is 60 stories high. It is the 174th-tallest building in the world. Designed by Argentine architect César Pelli and HKS Architects, it is the 31st-tallest building in the United States and is the most widely known building in the Charlotte skyline. It is best known as the world headquarters for Bank of America.
It is among the tallest buildings on the East Coast behind buildings in New York City, Philadelphia, and Atlanta.
Sometimes locally referred to as the Taj McColl after former Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl, who was responsible for the tower's construction, on a clear day the tower is visible to the naked eye from 35 miles (56 km) away.Carol D. Leonnig
Carol Duhurst Leonnig is an American investigative journalist. Leonnig has been a staff writer at The Washington Post since 2000, and was part of a team of national security reporters that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The Post team's prize was for reporting that revealed the NSA's expanded spying on Americans.CityLynx Gold Line
The CityLynx Gold Line is a streetcar line in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, the first phase of which opened in 2015. The line is an extension of the Charlotte Area Transit System's Lynx rail system. With two additional phases planned for completion by 2023, the line is ultimately intended to connect the University Park area of west Charlotte with Eastland Community Transit Center in east Charlotte via Uptown Charlotte. It is proposed to follow a primarily east-west path along Beatties Ford Road, Trade Street and Central Avenue, through central Charlotte. In 2006, it was projected to be 10 miles (16 km) long with 34 stops and be completed between Rosa Parks Place and Presbyterian Hospital by 2019 at a cost of $211 million. CATS estimated that the completed route would have an average daily ridership of between 14,200 and 16,700 passengers by 2030.The initial 1.5-mile (2.4 km), six-stop segment (Phase 1) between Time Warner Cable Arena and Presbyterian Hospital opened for service on July 14, 2015. A further 2.5-mile (4.0 km) segment (Phase 2) from the Charlotte Transportation Center/TWC Arena to French Street, and from Presbyterian Hospital to Hawthorne Lane, is at the development stage; if funded, it is scheduled to be constructed by late 2016 and to open for service in early 2020.
The third and final phase between Hawthorne Lane and Eastland CTC, and from French Street to Rosa Parks CTC, has been planned for completion by 2023 at a cost of $231 million. It was reported in July 2015, however, that the city had no funds to contribute toward the building of the third phase.Interstate 485
Interstate 485 (I-485) is an Interstate Highway loop encircling Charlotte, North Carolina. Completion of the last segment of the highway occurred on June 5, 2015.Lynx Blue Line
The Lynx Blue Line is a light rail line in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 19.3-mile (31.1 km) line goes from its northern terminus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in University City through NoDa, Uptown, and South End then paralleling South Boulevard to its southern terminus just north of Interstate 485 at the Pineville city limits. There are 26 stations in the system, the light rail portion of which carries an average of over 16,900 passenger trips every day. It is the first major rapid rail service of any kind in North Carolina, and began operating seventy years after the previous Charlotte streetcar system was disbanded in 1938, in favor of motorized bus transit. It opened on November 24, 2007 between I-485/South Boulevard and 7th Street as the first rail line of the Charlotte Area Transit System. Fares were not collected as part of the opening celebration. Regular service with fare collection commenced the next day.An extension from 7th Street, following a northeast path along the existing Norfolk Southern right-of-way along both North Davidson Street and North Tryon Street, to University City and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) opened on March 16, 2018.Shooting of Keith Lamont Scott
Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot on September 20, 2016, in Charlotte, North Carolina by Brentley Vinson, an African-American city police officer. Police officers had arrived at Scott's apartment complex to search for an unrelated man with an outstanding warrant. According to police, officers saw Scott exit a vehicle in the parking lot while carrying a handgun, and he refused to comply with their orders. Scott's wife was also present and disputed that account.
The shooting prompted investigations by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Department of Justice. As is customary for the department, Vinson was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. The shooting sparked both peaceful protests and violent riots in Charlotte over two nights. One person was killed by a civilian, and multiple officers and civilians were injured in the unrest.
In November 2016, county prosecutors decided not to charge Vinson, concluding that the shooting was justified.WAVO
WAVO (1150 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Christian radio format simulcast with WHVN. Licensed to Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States, the station serves the Charlotte area. The station is currently owned by WHVN Inc.WAVO carries newscasts at the start of each hour from Salem Radio Network.WCGC
WCGC (1270 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Christian radio format. Licensed to Belmont, North Carolina, United States, it serves the Charlotte/Gastonia area. The station is currently owned by WHVN Inc. The station is simulcast onto WHVN at 1240 AM.WDAV
WDAV "Classical 89.9" is a non-commercial public radio station located in Davidson, North Carolina and serving the Charlotte, North Carolina market. The station, owned by Davidson College, airs classical music and fine arts programming.WDYT
WDYT (1220 AM) is a radio station licensed to Kings Mountain, North Carolina, serving the Charlotte, NC area. The station is currently owned by CRN Communications, LLC. According to an FCC filing, Iglesia Nueva Vida is buying the station. The format is in Spanish.WFAE
WFAE (90.7 FM) is a non-commercial public radio station in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is the flagship NPR news/talk station in the Charlotte region. The station's main studio is located at One University Place in the University City neighborhood of northeast Charlotte, and a satellite downtown Charlotte studio is located in Spirit Square on North College Street. WFAE's broadcast tower is located at (35°17′15.0″N 80°41′44.0″W).WFAE broadcasts on HD Radio.WFNZ
WFNZ (610 kHz "102-5/610 WFNZ") is a commercial AM radio station in Charlotte, North Carolina. Owned by Entercom, the station airs a sports radio format. The studios and offices are located at 1 Julian Price Place, while its transmitter is located at the site of its former studios on Radio Road in the Oakdale neighborhood of Northwest Charlotte. WFNZ uses a directional antenna and is powered at 5,000 watts by day. But at night it reduces power to 1,000 watts, sending most of its signal to the east, to avoid interfering with other stations on AM 610 and adjacent frequencies.
WFNZ offers local sports hosts weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nights and weekends, it carries programming from CBS Sports Radio. WFNZ serves as the flagship station for the Charlotte Hornets basketball team.WFNZ uses a directional antenna and is powered at 5,000 watts by day. But at night it reduces power to 1,000 watts, sending most of its signal to the east, to avoid interfering with other stations on AM 610 and adjacent frequencies. WFNZ also broadcasts on 200 watt FM translator W273DA at 102.5 MHz, and on the HD-3 subchannel of sister station 107.9 WLNK. AM 610 WFNZ is licensed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to broadcast in HD.WGNC (AM)
WGNC (1450 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News, Talk, and Sports format. Licensed to Gastonia, North Carolina, United States, it serves the Gastonia area.
The station is an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves radio network, the largest radio affiliate network in Major League Baseball and is also an affiliate of the Washington Redskins radio network.WGSP (AM)
WGSP (1310 AM) is a Spanish language radio station in Charlotte, North Carolina, known as La Z Charlotte. The programming is also aired on WXNC, at 1060 AM, along with other frequencies in various locations as of 2008.WLNK
WLNK (107.9 MHz, "107.9 The Link") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to serve Charlotte, North Carolina. The station is owned by Entercom and broadcasts a Hot Adult Contemporary radio format. Studios are located at One Julian Price Place on West Morehead Street, just west of Uptown Charlotte, and the station shares a broadcast tower with former television partner WBTV located near Dallas at (35°21′51.0″N 81°11′12.0″W).WLNK broadcasts using HD Radio.WNOW (AM)
WNOW (1030 AM) "Activa" is a radio station broadcasting a Regional Mexican format licensed to Mint Hill, North Carolina, United States. The AM frequency is currently owned by Mahan Janbakhsh's TBLC Holdings, LLC, through licensee TBLC Charlotte Stations, LLC.The AM frequency is a daytime-only operation, as it operates on the same frequency as clear-channel WBZ in Boston.WQNC
WQNC (92.7 FM) is a Mainstream Urban radio station in Charlotte, North Carolina that is owned and operated by Radio One. The station's studios are located in South Charlotte near the Carowinds, and the transmitter site is in Charlotte's Newell South neighborhood.WSOC-FM
WSOC-FM (103.7 MHz) is a commercial radio station in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is owned by Beasley Broadcast Group and airs a country music radio format, calling itself "Country 103.7." Its primary country competitor is iHeartMedia's WKKT. WSOC-FM's studios are located on South Boulevard in Charlotte's South End and the transmitter is located in East Charlotte near Reedy Creek Park.
WSOC shares its call sign with previously co-owned WSOC-TV, Charlotte's ABC network affiliate.WZGV
WZGV "730 AM The Game" is a sports talk radio station, affiliated with ESPN Radio. Licensed to Cramerton, North Carolina and owned by Marty Hurney's 2G Media, Inc., the station broadcasts to the Charlotte, North Carolina area.
City of Charlotte, North Carolina
Pulitzer Prize for Public Service (1976–2000)