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North Carolina NOW Broadcast Schedule
(Subject to Change)

Monday, September 1st


  • 21st Century BBQ--Bob Garner takes a look at the nearly 350 year old art of barbecue in the Tar Heel State to find out if the traditional or high tech approach is the preferred choice in preparing pork. (Johnston, Orange and Wake Counties)
  • Midwood Smokehouse--Bob continues his barbecue treks by visiting the Midwood Smokehouse in Charlotte.  The restaurant is unique in that it not only represents traditional North Carolina barbecue, but it also provides a tantalizing mini-tour of most of the significant barbecue destinations in the United States.   (Mecklenburg Co.)
  • Newsmaker:  Bob Garner/BBQ Guru--North Carolina NOW original and barbecue expert Bob Garner stops by our studio to present the sights...and smells of original Tar Heel barbecue such as Eastern and Lexington--as well as some new additions that are becoming part of the North Carolina barbecue tradition.  Of course Bob brings the unique sides and desert to make the meal complete.

Tuesday, September 2nd

  • Instrument Zoo--Kelley McHenry takes us to the "Instrument Zoo," an outreach program conducted by the North Carolina Symphony.  The program not only teaches youngsters to create music but also helps them to develop better math skills.  The North Carolina Symphony has one of the top music education programs in the country,  (Wake Co.)
  • "Cotton" Ketchie Profile--Bob Garner travels to Mooresville and introduces us to "Cotton" Ketchie, whose career evolved from salesman to artisan.  Mr. Ketchie has a passion for preserving the our state's historic heritage through photographs, paintings, pottery--and even playing music.  (Iredell Co.) 
  • North Carolina Music Hall of Fame--Derek Long visits the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in Kannapolis.  The Tar Heel State has had a connection to many musical talents that include James Taylor, Thelonious Monk, Randy Travis, Roberta Flack, John Coltrane, Kate Smith, Nina Simone, and Ronnie Milsap. (Cabarrus and Rowan Counties)
  • Newsmakers:  Ben Owen/Ben Owen Pottery, Inc. and Lee Abbott/Chairperson, 2014 Potters Market---September 6, 2014 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Mint Museum Potters Market Invitational (PMI). This annual event is held on the grounds of Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC. Since 2004, PMI has raised more than $200,000 and now attracts close to 1,300 people. The reputation of PMI continues to grow each year attracting local, regional, and national collectors. This exhibit will showcase over 40 North Carolina potters in one place, including master potter Ben Owen. An internationally-renowned institution, The Mint Museum is dedicated to collecting, conserving, exhibiting, inspiring, publishing and protecting important works of art and design from all over the global art community.

Wednesday, September 3rd


  • Democratic Incumbent U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and Republican North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis representing Mecklenburg County will face off in the first of two scheduled televised debates originating from UNC-TV at 7 p.m.  The moderator is Norah O'Donnell, Co-Anchor of "CBS This Morning."

Thursday, September 4th

  • U.S. Senate Debate Recap--Kelly McCullen will present the highlights of the first televised debate between Democratic Incumbent U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and Republican North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis.  The debate, hosted by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, was moderated by "CBS This Morning" Co-Anchor Norah O'Donnell.  NCAB will present a second debate on October 7th from UNC-TV at 7 p.m.  It will be moderated by George Stephanopoulos, Chief Anchor at ABC News.  (Durham Co.)
  • Marine Sniper/Coffee Shop--Carol Jackson introduces us to Matt Victoriano, a former Marine sniper who exchanged his life of going on deadly missions to become an entrepreneur.  As the sole owner of Intrepid Life Coffee and Spirits, the former sergeant has accepted another mission of using his establishment to address the problems surrounding veteran unemployment and suicide as well as to help veterans adjust from the combat of war into the world of work.  He recently traveled to the White House to be honored for being an entrepreneurial veteran but now faces a challenge in keeping his unique operation functioning.  (Durham Co.)
Newsmaker:  Sean Haugh/Libertarian Candidate, U.S. Senate--Libertarian Sean Haugh from Durham, North Carolina is running for U.S. Senate and will join us as part of a series of interviews that will begin airing on September 4th as part of UNC-TV's 2014 Election Coverage.  Mr. Haugh is a former political director of the Libertarian National Committee, and former executive director of the North Carolina Libertarian Party.

Friday, September 5th

  • Wicked Chicken Auction--Kelly McCullen introduces us to Mechelle Watson who has created a booming business that takes birds and bidding to a unique level.  The Wicked Chicken Auction in Wilson's Mills, North Carolina near Clayton provides the venue where buyers and sellers trade cash for chickens, birds and small barnyard animals.  (Johnston Co.)
  • Bright Leaf Hot Dogs--Bob Garner travels to Smithfield to get a taste of Bright Leaf Hot Dogs, the last remaining hot dog producer in the Tar Heel State.  Although Bright Leaf is well known in the eastern part of the state, the red franks have a unique following among the nation's 20 best selling hot dog brands.  (Johnston Co.)
  • Dairy Farmer--Carol Jackson introduces us to fifth generation dairy farmer Randy Lewis from Eli Whitney, North Carolina.  In 2009, the price of milk tumbled.  Instead of the proverbial "crying over spilled milk," Randy decided to "diversify" by bottling milk on his property, something that only a hand full of dairy farms are doing in the state.   (Alamance Co.)
  • Newsmaker:  Brenda Cleary Ph.D./Democratic Candidate, 13th Congressional District--Democratic 13th Congressional District Candidate Brenda Cleary is a registered nurse and former executive director of the North Carolina Center for Nursing.  Residing in Cary, she came to North Carolina in 1994.  In the November General Election, Dr. Cleary faces Incumbent Republican Congressman George Holding, who has represented the district since 2013.  The 13th district is located in northern North Carolina and includes parts of Granville, Wake, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Vance, Wayne and Wilson Counties.