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Highlights for State Fair

  • 60 Years of WRAL History Came Together at State Fair

    Thousands of visitors walked through the WRAL-TV tent at the 2016 North Carolina State Fair and were treated to a history lesson about the Big 5.  WRAL-TV Promotion & Event Coordinator Debbie Tullos talked to Capcom about how the idea
  • Color. HD. State Fair.

    Many people associate the annual North Carolina State Fair with sticky cotton candy, gut wrenching deep fried food, vertigo-inducing rides, pettable goats, and parking madness. But, each year they come back for more. Capitol Broadcasting Company CEO Jim Goodmon delights
  • First LIVE HD Newscast from State Fair October 13 2000 (Short Version)

    This is a short version showing behind the scenes activity of the first HD Newscast by WRAL, the leader in HD broadcasting. On October 13, 2000 WRAL made history by broadcasting the entire 5:00 PM newscast LIVE in HD from the State Fair. The historic newscast was broadcast from a special stage at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. The broadcast came just days after WRAL announced it was purchasing equipment from Panasonic to allow the station to gather all of its news stories in the 1080i format. WRAL was the first in the country to convert its entire news operation into HD. This video documents the historic moment from a behind-the-scenes perspective.

    In 1996, WRAL was the first station in the nation to start broadcasting in HD even though most viewers did not have an HD television set.

    The complete 30 minute HD broadcast is available for viewing on this website.

  • The State Fair and WRAL Through the Years

    The North Carolina State Fair has been around since 1853. WRAL joined the fun shortly after the station signed-on the air in the mid 1950s. Viewers have come to count on The Big 5 to cover horse shows, pig races,
  • Good Morning Charlie with guest Jimmy Dean

    “Good Morning Charlie” hosted by Charlie Gaddy. The show featured a variety of entertainment and information for viewers and a live studio audience. Country music entertainer Jimmy Dean (also famous for Jimmy Dean sausage) performed at the State Fair in Raleigh and dropped by the WRAL studios for an interview.