WBT's Rick Jackson Making An Exciting Jump!

Left to right: Dwight Moody; Tom Warlick; Rick Jackson

WBT's GM, Rick Jackson, is taking an important job in managing 4 radio stations in San Diego with his former employer, Lincoln Financial.

Rick is a great friend to all and especially to the WBT Briarhoppers! He was there when the BHoppers had its "official" debut this past April at the Tosco Music Part and was truly excited that we were carrying on an important tradition. If there is a party for Rick, we would like to play!

Our hope is that Rick continues to fulfill his ambitions with his family and his job. We also hope that whoever replaces Rick will treasure WBT's past and future as Rick does.

Good luck, old friend! You will be missed.


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The Legendary Briarhoppers!

In 1934, a potential advertiser called WBT's Charles Crutchfield to ask if the station had a hillbilly band to help advertise its products. Telling a fib, Crutch said "Yes," which led to the birth of the Briarhoppers. The name comes from WBT announcer Bill Bivens who, during a hunting trip with Crutch, was startled by a rabbit jumping out of a thicket, and Bill yelled, "Look at that briarhopper!" At that moment, Crutch found the name for his hillbilly band.

The original band members were Johnny McAllister, Big Bill Davis, Don White, Thorpe Westerfield, Clarence Etters, and Jane Bartlett. The last original 1934 Briarhopper, Don White, died in 2003. Billie Burton Daniel, who joined the group in 1936, is happy and well in Wilmington, NC. Since that time, The Briarhoppers' fans are/were Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs (who filled in on banjo a few times), Curly Seckler, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and many other entertainment stars.

In keeping with the tradition, the band kept going through the years by adding new musicians to those who left the station or who died. Today, Alana Flowers and Tom Warlick head the band with their stage show including the old Briarhopper songs, new songs, and the original scripted commercials of Peruna, Kolor-Bak, Zymole Trokeys, and Radio Girl Perfume! Enjoy this site and learn about the Briarhoppers' storied past and the bright future that is ahead. Don't turn that dial...Hit's Briarhopper Time!