It had been a year since his narrow re-election loss, and former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory was ready to open up: about the harassment he says he and his wife have been subjected to in Charlotte, about how Trump voters who backed the Libertarian candidate for governor were partly to blame for his defeat, and about how he wasn’t closing the door on another run in 2020. Republican McCrory made these headline-grabbing comments this month not at a press conference or in an interview with a reporter, but on a radio show hosted by the pastor of one of Charlotte’s biggest churches. The Rev. David Chadwick, who leads a congregation of 6,000 at nondenominational Forest Hill Church, has turned his Sunday morning talk show on Charlotte’s WBT (1110 AM) into a popular venue for newsmakers – including politicians, athletes and fellow clergy – to say what’s on their mind. And for 68-year-old Chadwick, hosting the show gives him a much broader audience than most preachers in town: An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 listeners tune in at 8 a.m. Sunday, and 300 to 400 others download his show as a podcast every week on Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. SUBSCRIBE NOW “The David Chadwick Show,” the host tells his radio flock, seeks to focus on how faith and values intersect with other issues and subjects. Such as politics. McCrory, who has looked to Chadwick for spiritual counseling since his years as Charlotte’s mayor in the 1990s, has been a frequent guest during the show’s 17 years on the air. And then there’s sports. When Carolina Panthers safety Kurt Coleman recently offered a consoling spiritual message to Julio Jones after the Atlanta Falcons receiver dropped a sure touchdown pass on national TV, “the world kind of went, ‘What?’ ” Chadwick said during an interview with the Observer last week. “Well, I thought: ‘I know where that came from.’ ” Coleman was a guest on Chadwick’s hour-long show earlier this year and had spoken at length about his deep Christian faith. “Some of the guys (in sports) have a flimsy faith, a superficial faith. But Kurt’s is real,” Chadwick said. “(He’s) not just the guy who