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Bo Pittman papers

Identifier: MS0616

Content Description

Contains material related to Pittman's work as a co-founder and general manager of WFAE, UNC Charlotte's student-run public radio station. Includes items related to the Public Radio Advisory Committee, HEW Broadcasting Facilities Program Proposal, a WFAE handbook with operating procedures, programming and history, WFAE program schedules, photographs and a grant proposal. Also includes Norm the Niner hat, beard and boots costume worn by Pittman during the 1976 NIT tournament.


  • 1975-1981

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Bo Pittman papers are the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Robert "Bo" Pittman graduated from high school in Greensboro, NC and subsequently attended UNC Charlotte for his undergraduate degree. While studying at UNCC, Bo was the manager of the student-run radio station, WFAE, he also performed as Norm the Niner at athletic events. Bo helped transform the station from one that only broadcast sporadically to one that would eventually become Charlotte's NPR-affiliated station. At first, the station only served campus and broadcast out of a room in the Cone Center. The station had a variety of programming, including songbird sounds in the early morning, news, interviews with celebrities who came to campus and music from students' own record collections in the evenings. Despite receiving a lot of support from administrators like Bonnie Cone, Loy Witherspoon and Doug Orr, Pittman was unable to secure funding for the station from campus. Instead, he successfully applied for funding from donors and granting agencies, which helped expand the station and kept it alive.

After graduating from UNC Charlotte in 1976 with a BA in Psychology, Pittman continued to manage WFAE until 1981, when he became the Director of the School of Communication at the University of Alabama. Pittman held several jobs throughout his career, including President of Business Development Concepts in Charlotte and Director of Business Development at Richard Childress Racing. Most recently, he founded an organization entitled "Help Prevent the Virus," which provides education and screening for HPV cancers.


1 Linear Feet (2 small bags of binders and 1 bag of clothing)




Papers documenting Pittman's work as a co-founder and general manager of WFAE. Includes program proposals, grant applications, committee work, a handbook, WFAE program schedules and photographs. Also contains a hat, beard and boots from a Norm the Niner costume.


The collection is arranged into a single folder title series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Robert "Bo" and Debbie Pittman in 2021.

Processing Information

The collection was processed in 2021 by Andrew Pack.
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated