Sarah Delia WFAE

For over two decades, a Charlotte man has had a successful music career singing throughout the city. But, it’s not his songs he’s best known for but those of Elvis Presley.

Charlotte can’t seem to get enough of Rene Escarcha, better known as Renelvis. And the Filipino native is grateful for the Elvis inspired career he’s had. 

But as WFAE’s Sarah Delia found, walking a mile in Elvis’ blue suede shoes is both a blessing and a curse.

Lara Americo

You've probably wondered at some point in your life—what would it be like to be a rock star?

One woman in Charlotte is giving that chance to other women, some of whom have never picked up an instrument before in their lives.

As the mother of an almost six-year-old boy of color, choreographer Christal Brown thinks a lot about what it means to be a black teenager and a black man in America.

“We live in a small town in Vermont,” Brown says. “My son knows he’s brown. He knows his racial identity is black. But he doesn’t yet know what the social implications of his blackness are.

Sarah Delia WFAE

Over ten years ago, Frank Warren was a small business owner living in Maryland.  He wanted to find a way to connect strangers with one another through an art project. The rules were simple. On a postcard people anonymously mailed him a secret they’ve never shared before—and they still do. It’s become a huge success known as PostSecret.

Normally when we interview filmmakers, we would play sound of their movies to give you a taste of their work. But we can’t do that for Petter Hutton. He’s still making silent films, which he admits is a tough job the older he gets, especially with younger audiences.

“In this day and age, you kidding me?” Hutton says.  “You know I’ve had so many different interesting reactions from young people with iPods, listening to music during the films.”

Bree Stallings

This week, it’s time to get out and vote. No, not for the next mayor or president…but for public art that could brighten your commute. 

Tina Turnbow

Her music fans may know her as Emily Kinney. But for fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead, she’ll always be the farmer’s daughter with a lot of heart, Beth Greene.

Spoiler alert for those not on the current season.

Sarah Delia WFAE

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is full of talented and experienced musicians. But talent doesn’t always correspond to a certain age. WFAE’s Sarah Delia explains. 

The Charlotte Observer

A story from Charlotte made its way through the national news cycle. It wasn’t over politics or global warming, but a Christmas display at SouthPark Mall. The massive traditional Christmas tree Santa usually visits families under was replaced with a glacier which sparked a social media uproar.

The tree is now back and the glacier is history, but there’s one perspective we haven’t heard from, Santa.

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Consider just how brief a 100-word story is. And consider how tough it is to have something important to say and be limited to a mere 100 words. Ninety nine is too few, and 101 puts you over the limit. There’s nothing extraneous about 100 words. It takes real discipline to be succinct. A scalpel, in fact. Remember the famous quote, “If I’d had more time, I would have written a shorter letter”? There’s truth to it. Paradoxically, shorter is much harder and takes more effort. It’s almost effortless to be long and lazy. Brevity? Now, that’s a remarkable feat.