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Charles Harvey Crutchfield Papers


Charles Harvey Crutchfield Papers
Crutchfield, Charles Harvey
Collection number:
3.50 linear feet including 71 photos and 4 videos
Bulk dates:
Inclusive dates:
1936-1999, and undated
Collection Area:
Library of American Broadcasting
Library of American Broadcasting, 3210 Hornbake Library, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9160, Fax: 301-314-2634, Email:

Charles Harvey Crutchfield (1912-1998) was a mainstay at WBT (Chapel Hill, NC) for most of his career. For ten years, from 1935 to 1945, he served as the station's program director. In the early years, he was an announcer with the legendary WBT Briarhoppers, a group of country musicians who broadcast a live program daily on WBT. In 1945, he became Acting General Manager and eventually became President in 1945. Mr. Crutchfield retired in 1977 after 44 years with the Jefferson-Pilot Broadcasting Company. The collection consists of correspondence, speeches, articles, an oral history, videos and other material documenting Crutchfield's career as well as the history of WBT.

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Historical Note

Charles Harvey Crutchfield (1912-1998) had a long career at WBT (Chapel Hill, NC) including serving as announcer with the WBT Briarhoppers; program director, WBT (1935-1945); Acting General Manager (1945-1963); President (1963-1977).

Charles Harvey Crutchfield (1912-1998) was born in Hope, Arkansas, on July 27, 1912. After attending public schools in Spartanburg, South Carolina, he matriculated at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina for one year, 1929-1930. His first job in radio was at WSPA in Spartanburg, South Carolina. From 1929 to 1933 he was an announcer and program director for various North and South Carolina radio stations, ending up at Radio WBT in North Carolina from 1933-1935. For ten years, 1935-1945, he was Program Director. In the early years he was an announcer with the legendary WBT Briarhoppers, a group of country musicians who broadcast a live program daily on WBT. He was appointed Acting General Manager at WBT in 1945 and subsequently stayed on and became President in 1963. Mr. Crutchfield retired in 1977 after 44 years with the Jefferson-Pilot Broadcasting Company.

Mr. Crutchfield was involved in many other professional activities including a U. S. State Department appointment for a Special Mission to Greece in 1951. In 1956 he was one of forty-eight businessmen representing the broadcast industry touring the former Soviet Union. In 1962 he visited Radio Free Europe operations in Munich, Germany as part of the Radio Free Europe 1963 Fund Drive, of which he was North Carolina Vice Chairman. He was a presidential appointed member of the National Commission on World Population from 1974 to 1975 and served as chairman of the communications Committee for that organization. He also served as secretary-treasurer for the CBS-TV Network Affiliates Advisory Board in 1973.

Mr. Crutchfield was married to wife Jacquelin for 66 years, and had two children, a son, Richard, and a daughter, Leslie.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Charles Harvey Crutchfield Papers span the years 1936 to 1999, with the bulk of the material dated 1972. The collection contains correspondence, speeches and articles written by Mr. Crutchfield, files from the Jefferson Standard/Jefferson Pilot Broadcasting Company, and materials from other organizations Mr. Crutchfield was affiliated with. Additional material include an oral history transcript and video tapes covering Mr. Crutchfield's death and WBTV's 50th anniversary

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Charles H. Crutchfield donated his papers to the Library of American Broadcasting in January 1978. In March 2000, David Eades of WBT (Charlotte, NC) donated additional material relating to Charles Crutchfield.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Karen J. Fishman, June 1997. Revised by Karen J. Fishman, March 2000

Processing note:

Materials were placed in acid-free folders and then stored in acid-free boxes.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Karen E. King, January 2009

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Jefferson Pilot/Jefferson Standard Broadcasting Company, 1945-1975 (1.50 linear feet)

This series contains a variety of materials documenting Mr. Crutchfield's career in the field of broadcasting but is woefully incomplete. The researcher will find correspondence congratulating Mr. Crutchfield on his promotion to Manager of WBT and as President of Jefferson Pilot Broadcasting Company 18 years later, but there is very little material on Mr. Crutchfield's day to day management of the company. Included in this series are speeches and articles Mr. Crutchfield wrote, an accounting report from 1972, staff memos, requisition forms, and other company documents.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence -- Congratulations, Manager WBT, 1945 series 1box 1folder 1
Correspondence -- Congratulations, President, 1963 series 1box 1folder 2
Correspondence -- 30th anniversary, 1963 series 1box 1folder 3
Correspondence -- - James T. Broyhill (Rep.), 1972 series 1box 1folder 4
Fulfillment Week, April 11-16, 1955 series 1box 1folder 5
General Gigantes visit, 1952 series 1box 1folder 6
Staff Memos -- CHC, 1972 series 1box 1folder 7
Staff Memos -- general, 1972 series 1box 1folder 8
Jefferson Productions, 1971-1972 series 1box 1folder 9
Editorials, 1972 series 1box 1folder 10
Editorials, 1972, 1975 series 1box 1folder 11
Editorial Board, 1972 series 1box 1folder 12
Requisitions, 1972 series 1box 1folder 13
Speeches/Articles, 1968-1975 series 1box 1folder 14
Jefferson Pilot -- Board of Directors, 1972 series 1box 1folder 15
Jefferson Pilot, 1972 series 1box 1folder 16
Jefferson Carolina Corporation, 1972 series 1box 1folder 17
Clippings -- Miscellaneous, 1972 series 1box 1folder 18
Wilmington Complaint to FCC -- Exhibits, 1955 series 1box 1folder 19
Wilmington Complaint to FCC, 1955 series 1box 1folder 20
Kirkland, Ellis, Hodson, Chaffetz, Masters & Rowe, 1972 series 1box 1folder 21
WBTV Black Advisory Council, 1972 series 1box 1folder 22
JSBC Foundation, 1972 series 1box 1folder 23
JSBC Strategic Plan, 1972 series 1box 1folder 24
License Renewal, 1972 series 1box 1folder 25
Mortgage Loans, 1972 series 1box 1folder 26
A. M. Pullen Company Accounting Report, 1972 series 1box 1folder 27
Market Research, 1972 series 1box 1folder 28
Broadcasting Bills, 1972 series 1box 1folder 29
Videorecord Corp., 1972 series 1box 1folder 30

Series 2: International Broadcasting, 1951-1962 (1.00 linear foot)

This series contains correspondence, annotated photographs, negatives, postcards, periodicals, and reports from Mr. Crutchfield's numerous activities in world wide broadcasting. Correspondence dates from Mr. Crutchfield's assignment to Greece for the U. S. State Department, his correspondence and reports from his trip to Moscow in 1956, and his trip to Munich, Germany for the Radio Free Europe Inspection Tour in 1962. The photographs (71) are also from trip to Munich in 1962.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, State Department Assignment, 1951 series 2box 2folder 1
Greece-State Department, 1951 series 2box 2folder 2
Greece-State Department, 1952 series 2box 2folder 3
Greece-State Department, 1952 series 2box 2folder 4
Greece-State Department, 1953 series 2box 2folder 5
Radio Advisory Committee, 1956 series 2box 2folder 6
Correspondence, Moscow Trip, 1956 series 2box 2folder 7
Correspondence, Moscow Trip, 1953 series 2box 2folder 8
Reports, Moscow Trip, 1953 series 2box 2folder 9
News From Behind the Iron Curtain, 1953 series 2box 2folder 10
Free Europe Press, 1962 series 2box 2folder 11
Radio Free Europe Inspection Trip -- Photographs, 1962 series 2box 2folder 12
Radio Free Europe Inspection Trip -- Miscellaneous, 1962 series 2box 2folder 13

Series 3: Miscellaneous, 1972 (0.50 linear foot)

Mr. Crutchfield was involved in many organizations not specific to broadcasting. This series contains materials, dated 1972, from these organizations and includes newsletters, correspondence, memos and reports. Organizations Mr. Crutchfield was involved with include The Heineman Foundation, The Newcomen Society, The Billy Graham Crusade and the North Carolina Council on Crime and Delinquency.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
The Kiplinger Letter, 1972 series 3box 3folder 1
The Heinman Foundation, 1972 series 3box 3folder 2
The Newcomen Society, 1972 series 3box 3folder 3
North Carolina Council on Crime and Delinquency, 1972 series 3box 3folder 4
The Billy Graham Crusade, 1972 series 3box 3folder 5
CBS (general), 1972 series 3box 3folder 6
Maximum Service Telecasters, 1972 series 3box 3folder 7

Series 4: WBTV and WBT, 1936-1999, and undated (0.50 linear foot)

This series consists of speeches, correspondence, memos, a transcript of an oral history and other materials relating to Mr. Crutchfield's career and the history of WBT.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Interview with Charles Crutchfield, 1986 series 4box 3folder 8
Radio Moscow, circa 1961 series 4box 3folder 9
Correspondence, 1936-1996 series 4box 3folder 10
Speech to NAB Convention, 1972 series 4box 3folder 11
Commencement address to Appalachian State University, 1973 series 4box 3folder 12
Speech -- Major Regulatory Problems of Broadcasting Industry, 1974-1975 series 4box 3folder 13
Speech -- Broadcasting and Changing World of Communications, 1976 series 4box 3folder 14
Speech -- Broadcast News: Part, Present and Future, 1977 series 4box 3folder 15
Article -- Charles H. Crutchfield, the Father of WBTV, North Carolina, 1975 series 4box 3folder 16
Article -- Charles Crutchfield, Carolina Living, 1977 series 4box 3folder 17
Article -- Retired Pres. Charles Crutchfield Dies, The Jeffcaster, 1998 series 4box 3folder 18
Miscellaneous Articles, 1949-1983, and undated series 4box 3folder 19
Appalachian State University, 1973, 1979, 1989 series 4box 3folder 20
Kolor-Back (Humor Briarhopper), undated series 4box 3folder 21
The Charlotte Country Music Story, undated series 4box 3folder 22
WBT 70th Anniversary, undated series 4box 3folder 23
The History of WBTV-First in the Carolinas, Vol. 1, 1999 series 4box 3folder 24

Related Material

A collection of Charles Harvey Crutchfield Papers spanning 1942-2000 is located at the Manuscripts Department, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.

Separated Material

Doug Mayes interviewed Charles Harvey Crutchfield on December 21, 1977. This oral history (au 968 rl orig) is stored with other audio holdings of the Library of American Broadcasting. Video tapes are stored with the LAB Film and Video collection.

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