More Highlights for WRAL-TV
In spring 1987, WRAL-TV pulled out all the stops with a Hollywoodesque film production for the image promo called “We Mean a Lot to Each Other.” The two minute – long promo starred the duo Roberta Flack, best known for
Explorer Post 5 was established in 1969 and is associated with the Learning for Life program, a part of the Occoneechee Council of Boy Scouts of America in Raleigh. Powell Kidd, a WRAL engineer and volunteer Boy Scout leader, started Post 5 for high school age boys and girls to apply the skills learned in scouting to a possible career in broadcasting.
Post 5 and now Post 50 are still going strong today.
“Give Thanks for Carolina” was primarily shot and edited by WRAL news photographer Rick Armstrong and set to music composed and performed by WRAL news anchor Bill Leslie.
“The Pumpkins Strike Back” is a delightful, cheesy series of four vignettes that aired on WRAL-TV during the late night Halloween movie on October 31, 1981. During the commercial breaks, “The Pumpkins Strike Back” would air prior to the commercials, then back to the movie.
Rowell Gorman, “The Man of a Thousand Voices”, wrote the script and provided different voices to the pumpkin characters, as well as appearing in the production. Other “actors” were staff members at WRAL, many who had never acted before – and that will be apparent! The vignettes were produced by the WRAL production staff.
The parody is loosely based on several blockbuster movies including STAR WARS, PSYCHO and PATTON. But “The Pumpkins Strike Back” is in a league of its own. Enjoy!
NOTE: Single channel audio. Originally produced on 3/4 inch videotape.
As the dramatic colors in the WRAL Azalea Gardens are reaching their peak, WRAL-TV Anchor Bill Leslie got together with photographer Bob Ayers for a visual and musical stroll down the piney paths in this 2017 production. WRAL.com VIDEO: Amazing