As March Madness arrives, this week host Tim Boyum takes a slight detour from politics to talk tobacco and basketball.

The North Carolina rivalries developed on “Tobacco Road” are in peril as conference realignment threatens to dramatically change college sports. Andrew Carter, with Raleigh News & Observer, recently wrote an article exploring the actual history of the real tobacco road, and how evidence of the state’s past agricultural history continues to fade away. The two then compare and contrast the modern sports version of Tobacco Road, and whether conference realignment will repeat history.

It inspired a lot of powerful stories and reminded Tim about the sense of community and larger human stories that often emerge from sports.


With the speed of the local news cycle, it's easy to forget that the politicians who represent us and the influencers in our communities are more than just a soundbite. North Carolina’s veteran reporter and anchor, Tim Boyum, loosens his signature bow tie to give listeners a glimpse behind the curtain, showing us who these power players really are and why they do what they do. Through Tim’s candid conversations on “Tying It Together,” his guests reveal their most fascinating life stories, passions, and help all of us get a better grasp on the issues affecting our communities.