Mike Collins

Charlotte Talks Host

WFAE's Charlotte Talks is hosted by veteran Charlotte broadcaster Mike Collins, who has been a fixture in local radio and television since 1985. His knowledge of North and South Carolina combined with his 30 years experience in broadcasting has helped to make Charlotte Talks one of this area's favorite call-in programs.

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We learned something about new CMPD chief Kerr Putney on Thursday. In an appearance on Charlotte Talks, host Mike Collins asked Putney what attracted him to becoming a police officer.

"Well Mike, nothing. That’s the truth of it. I did not want to be a cop," Putney said.

In fact, Putney says he didn't care for police officers growing up in Roanoke Rapids, NC.

Obviously, that changed. After 23 years on the job, Putney took over as police chief July 1st.


Courtesy of the Governor's Office

The toll lanes scheduled to be built along Interstate 77 have drawn the ire of public officials in Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville. Those towns and the Mecklenburg County Commission have passed resolutions asking the Governor McCrory to delay or stop the project.

But McCrory isn’t impressed with their pleas.

“It’s ironic when I hear state senators and other local mayors and county commissioners, all of a sudden, 'Woe and behold, we’re reading if for the first time?' " McCrory said to Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins.

Asked if he supported the toll lanes, McCrory said, "I would not have been if they opposed it two years ago. I would have stopped it."


Gwendolyn Glenn/WFAE

Growth has both an upside and a downside. It’s a sign of the health of a community. It can also threaten the character of a community. The challenge is in growing in a way that protects and enhances. WFAE’s ongoing series Block by Block looks at the challenges of growth. As part of that series, WFAE’s Charlotte Talks addressed how to grow “the right way.”

Host Mike Collins spoke to Charlotte architect Tom Low about community fears of neighborhoods like Plaza Midwood becoming sterile.