Marshall Terry

Morning Edition Host

Marshall came to WFAE after graduating from Appalachian State University, where he worked at the campus radio station and earned a degree in communication.  He divides his time between delivering newscasts during the day at the top of every hour and reporting on everything from hot peppers to a museum dedicated to the theory that Abraham Lincoln was born in North Carolina.    Outside of radio, he loves listening to music and going to see bands - preferably in small, dingy clubs.

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Wednesday night, Governor Pat McCrory laid out his political priorities in the State of the State Address.  Michael Bitzer is a political scientist with Catawba College.  He joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry for his take on the speech.


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Mavis Staples of the legendary Staple Singers got her start as a teenager in the 50s in her family’s band.  In the 60s, the Staple Singers, led the by the patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples, become well-known as a voice of the Civil Rights movement.  Mavis Staples is performing at Wingate University this evening.  Morning Edition host Marshall Terry caught up with her before the show, and asked her about her memories of the Civil Rights era.


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In 1961, 10 African-Americans were convicted of trespassing and breach of the peace for refusing to leave a McCrory’s store all-white lunch counter in downtown Rock Hill, South Carolina. The men were given two options at sentencing: serve 30 days in jail, or pay a $100 dollar fine.  Nine of the 10 chose jail and received 30 days of hard labor at the York County Prison farm. It was the beginning of the “Jail, No Bail” strategy of the Civil Rights Movement. That group of nine is known as the Friendship Nine, named for the junior college many of them attended.

Their convictions are still on the books. That will change today.

York County’s Solicitor Kevin Brackett will tell a judge the convictions should be cleared. WFAE's Marshall Terry spoke to him outside the courtroom where today’s hearing will take place.


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It's time for another radio road trip Along the Great Wagon Road - our series exploring the history of the Charlotte region with Tom Hanchett of the Levine Museum of the New South.

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The City of Charlotte maintains six municipal cemeteries, and for more than 30 years Mike Shroyer was in charge of them. He retired at the end of 2014 as supervisor of those cemeteries, which altogether he says average about 450 burials a year.

It’s a career we don’t hear about often. “People would ask me, ‘what do you do, who you work for?'" says Shroyer.  "And I'd say 'I work for the city of Charlotte.'  And I kind of left it at that until they said 'Well, what do you do?'  And I'd say, 'Well, I'm over the city cemeteries,' and you'd get these strange looks.  'Over the city cemeteries, how can you do that?'"

We caught up Shroyer at one of his old “offices” – Elmwood cemetery on the edge of uptown.


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In nominating Tim Moore of Kings Mountain to be the next House speaker, Republican members of the House of Representatives decided to be led by another lawmaker from the western part of the state. And like outgoing speaker Thom Tillis, Moore spread his campaign money. He gave $253,000 to other legislative candidates.

“No one, including me, enjoys raising money," Moore says." So I would certainly say whoever is going to be speaker, majority leader, and these other caucus offices needs to be someone who has the ability and the willingness and the time to go out and raise that money."

Moore will be formally elected speaker when the General Assembly convenes in January. Medicaid expansion is getting more attention leading up to the session. Governor McCrory has said he may propose expansion, and the idea is gaining traction in other states where Republican leaders have rejected it. But incoming speaker Moore isn’t interested in joining them.


Charlotte’s West End is the subject of a book called "Let There Be Light:  Exploring How Charlotte’s Historic West End is Shaping a New South.” It’s a collection of essays by local journalists, scholars, and civic leaders who explore the history and future of this largely African-American part of town just over I-77 from uptown. The book is a project of Johnson C. Smith University. Morning Edition host Marshall Terry visited school president Ronald Carter and asked him how this part of Charlotte is helping to shape the New South.


On the Discovery Show "Mythbusters," hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman test out well-known and some not-so-well-known myths to see if they’re true. For example: the urban legend that combining the candy Pop Rocks and soda can cause your stomach to explode. Now the show is going on the road to theaters across the country for live performances, including a stop in Charlotte. Adam Savage joins us now.

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On this Halloween we’re going to look at a musical adaptation of Evil Dead, a much loved cult horror film.  The film Evil Dead, which came out in the early 80s, is about a group of teenagers who unleash an evil force while at a cabin in the woods.  The movie spawned two sequels and launched the career of B-actor Bruce Campbell.  Evil Dead the Musical is coming to Charlotte on November 11 in Knight Theater.    Christopher Bond is the co-creator and co-composer.  He’s also the director, and he joins us now.


The race for U.S. Senate in North Carolina has gotten a lot of the attention this election.  But when you go to vote, you’ll be asked about a proposed change to the state constitution.  The amendment would allow a criminal defendant to have his right to a trial by jury be waived, per a judge’s approval, as long as the state is not seeking the death penalty.  We reached out to Jeff Welty who teaches public law and government at UNC Chapel Hill to find out more.

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