Doug Mayes, Former WBTV, WSOC Anchor, Dies at 93

By Mark Joyella 

The man who became Charlotte’s “first permanent TV anchor” has died. Doug Mayes died Sunday morning at 93, reports his former station, Charlotte ABC affiliate WSOC.

“With a courtly manner and a backwoods Tennessee twang, Doug Mayes launched the first generation of local TV news in the Carolinas, leaving a distinguished imprint perceptible six decades later,” said the Charlotte Observer in an obituary today.

Mayes joined CBS station WBTV in 1952 as host of “Your Esso Reporter,” a 15-minute newscast. His move to WSOC in 1982 was a seismic event, having been the face of WBTV for years. “Mayes would come to define the first generation of television news anchors – bigger-than-life figures whose images and voices were familiar in nearly every living room in their broadcast area.”