More Highlights for Clay Aiken
Coverage of the annual Raleigh Christmas Parade has been a tradition at WRAL-TV for many years. Enjoy watching the 2003 LIVE broadcast with WRAL News personalities Laurie Clowers and Mark Roberts. Mark filled in for Bill Leslie who was not feeling well that day. Special guest commentator was Clay Aiken, a finalist in the popular television program “American Idol.” Clay is a resident of Raleigh.
On May 8, 2003, American Idol finalist and hometown star Clay Aiken traveled to Raleigh. He visited the NC Capitol Building and met Governor Mike Easley. Later Clay hopped into SKY 5 to fly to the Durham Bulls Ballpark to sing the national anthen and throw out the first pitch.
This video is the “raw” footage shot from inside SKY 5 during the trip. You will hear Clay respond to questions in an interview with WRAL News anchors while he was inflight. Notice that the helicopter hovered over an area between Raleigh and Durham during the interview. After the interview, Clay changed into a Durham Bulls baseball shirt. SKY 5 then made the descent into Durham and landed at the Durham Bulls Baseball Park. SKY 5 pilot Steve Wiley opens the door for Clay and instructs him where to go; directly to the pitchers mound.
American Idol finalist Clay Aiken arriving via SKY 5 at a Durham Bulls game. Aiken threw out the first pitch and was honored at the game. He is greeted by Bulls mascot Wool E. Bull and GM George Habel.