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As a Wilmington native Tom Cheatham started his television career in 1975 at WRET TV in Charlotte NC.
After 3 years he came to Wilmington and WECT as a director working on Carolina in the Morning. During that time he experienced many changes at WECT. Film vanished from the system and we became an all videotape station. New construction took place at WECT but after 17 years he left WECT for WWAY.
Three years later in 1999, Tom went back to Charlotte to work as a line director for WBTV. After working evenings and weekends for one year he returned to Wilmington and rejoined WECT as their News Production Supervisor.