Stories written by Wayne Powers
When people tell Wayne Powers, “Gee, you’ve sure had a full life,” Powers usually snaps back, “Hey, I’m still in the middle of having it!” Calling Charlotte home for the past 17 years, Wayne’s career spans television, radio, nightclubs, music, and politics. From his work as a political consultant and campaign manager, to starring on network television, Powers is a jazz vocalist/recording artist, owns and operates Charlotte’s premiere premium tea company, is a frequent guest host/special programming host on Charlotte’s News Talk 1110 WBT — and a brief visit to will show how all this barely scratches the surface of a very interesting Charlottean.


Attending the first official meeting of the Charlotte’s new Airport Commission was a fascinating experience on many levels. The meeting itself provided a unique and authentic mix of suspense, drama, intrigue, irony and amusement – easily surpassing any of the current fare of orchestrated “reality” shows on TV. The cast of characters was equally compelling. […]

November 9, 2013 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

The History Behind At-Large County Commissioner Trevor Fuller’s Latest Tantrum

Back in June, I called for County Commission Vice Chair Kim Ratliff’s resignation after her overtly racist remarks calling for our new County Manager to be someone who is “not a white male.” – She refused to resign. I then called for her colleagues from BOTH political parties to censure Ratliff and remove her from […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Keeping Appointments: A Personal Message to the Community I Love

I am a Christian man of faith, but those who know me well, also know that I normally wear my religion in my heart, not on my sleeve. I love and respect people of different faiths, and those with no faith at all. In light of recent events, however, I feel the calling and need […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Wayne Powers | Read More »

Color Me Outraged

If I wanted to apply for the job of Mecklenburg County Manager, the first thing I’d do is declare that I’m not a “white male” — and I’m really not! (I just checked in the mirror and I’m actually kind of beige, so I do hope that would help my chances.) Kim Ratliff endlessly called herself […]

June 27, 2013 | Posted in House Guests,Wayne Powers | Read More »

Truth in advertising: Open letter to Jerry Richardson

Here in North Carolina, I’ve always been particularly proud that our state motto is “Esse quam Videri” – to be rather than to seem. If you think about it, that’s reason enough for the Charlotte Chamber and Regional Visitors’ Authority (CRVA) to finally adopt a truth-in-advertising campaign. And here’s a great starting suggestion: Welcome to […]

June 14, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Wayne Powers | Read More »

Becoming Former County Manager Harry Jones

That Harry Jones was unceremoniously fired this week should surprise no one, least of all Mr. Jones himself. It might be considered ironic that the insular dynasty he systematically built up around himself over the last 13 years, designed to secure his position and power, wound up feeding a misplaced arrogance which ultimately led directly […]

May 9, 2013 | Posted in House Guests,Wayne Powers | Read More »

Welcome, Mr. President. And while you’re here…

I’m really torn about President Obama’s visit to Charlotte. On one hand, it’s exciting to host the President of the United States in your home town, no matter what bumper sticker you’ve got on your car. Just as it should be. (On the other hand, I’m resigned to the fact that this will be just […]

March 6, 2012 | Posted in House Guests,Wayne Powers | Read More »

Not This Time

Oh, boy.  Here we go again. The latest CRVA scandal has reached the all-too-familiar stage where we now hear our elected representatives start to publicly proclaim how “unsatisfied” they are or how they’re going to “give this a hard look” and demand some “answers.” We’ve been down this road before with so many past scandals […]

April 16, 2011 | Posted in House Guests,Wayne Powers | Read More »

It Must Be Something In The Water

For years, I’ve been suspicious that they must be putting tranquilizers in our drinking water. How else can you explain the voters of Charlotte nodding off, election after election, while those entrusted to do the people’s business have been thumbing their noses at the public, lining their own pockets and pockets of their cronies, all […]

September 15, 2010 | Posted in House Guests,Wayne Powers | Read More »

Untangling Charlotte’s Web

Spiders are truly amazing creatures. They feed by ensnaring their prey in a craftily, durably constructed, but largely invisible web. These stealthy arachnids then proceed to fatten themselves by methodically sucking the very lifeblood from their unsuspecting victims. In comparison, the modern era vampire legend of Dracula seems like a children’s bedtime story — perhaps […]

February 28, 2010 | Posted in Wayne Powers | Read More »

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