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More Highlights for Ray Wilkinson

  • Ray Wilkinson spits with the best of them

    WRAL legend spits watermelon seed while NC Ag Commissioner Jim Graham cheers him on.

  • That’s “Bubba” in the Middle. WRAL News Anchor John Hudson

    From left to right we see Ray Wilkinson, CBC VP and President of Ag News, WRAL News anchor/reporter John Hudson and WRAL reporter Fred Taylor. The picture was taken in Studio A on September 28, 1989. The occasion was a
  • Sets Were Simple in ‘63

    Take a look at this picture of Ray Wilkinson, WRAL Farm Director, seated at the Farm News set in 1963. Nothing fancy schmancy here! Ray Wilkinson joined the WRAL-TV staff as farm news director November 29, 1963. Of course he
  • Memories of Fred Fletcher

    Memories of Fred Fletcher. This video features two programs edited together. The first video is “30 Minutes” hosted by WRAL News anchor Bill Leslie. The second video is “Q&A” hosted by WRAL News anchor David Crabtree.

    Fred, son of AJ Fletcher – founder of Capitol Broadcasting Company, helped launch WRAL-AM in 1939 and soon made a name for himself as the host of a daily talk show called “Tempus Fugit.” Fred would entertain, inform and hold forth with a cast of characters that included his most memorable persona –the lovable “Fairy Tale Man.” During every show Fred would transform into a master storyteller to read the classics from the Brothers Grimm. He was the proverbial one-man-band who created his own sound effects and made up the voices of all the characters. Listeners young and old loved it, and before long “Tempus Fugit” was the top-ranked show in its time period.

  • Fred Fletcher Obituary on WRAL News at 5:30

    WRAL news announced the passing of Fred Fletcher to the public on January 8, 2000. He was 89.
    Fred Fletcher was a broadcast executive, entertainer and public servant who — as General Manager of WRAL-AM, WRAL-FM and WRAL-TV — helped shape the first quarter century at Capitol Broadcasting Company.
    Fred started as WRAL-AM’s Education Director and then moved up to General Manager in 1942. Later he took on additional management duties when CBC signed WRAL-FM on the air in 1946.

    The 1950s brought television, and the long, arduous legal battle that eventually won Capitol Broadcasting the coveted license for Channel 5 in Raleigh. Fred was an integral part of the CBC team that fought for and won the license at the FCC.
    When WRAL-TV signed on in December 1956 – Fred Fletcher was at the helm as the first Vice President and General Manager. He was later named President of Capitol Broadcasting Company–a title he held until his retirement in 1975.

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