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More Highlights for Ongoing News Coverage

  • SKY 5 Directs Boy Scout River Rescue

    SKY 5 pilot Mike Allen finds two missing boy scouts and their scoutmaster clinging to trees after their canoes overturned in the Cape Fear River in Harnett County.

    Since SKY 5 is not equipped with rescue gear, the National Guard helicopter was called to execute the rescue., while SKY 5 oversaw the direction.

    Circa 1983.

  • American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery

    Scotty McCreery won season 10 of American Idol in 2011. McCreery is a country music singer who grew up in Garner, North Carolina, a few miles east of Raleigh. WRAL and sister station WRAZ provided extensive coverage about McCreery’s rise to fame on American Idol and ultimately winning the contest. WRAL reporter Monica Laliberte gives us an overview of Scott’s journey from audition to advancing to the finals.


    Cribbage players travel to Raleigh, North Carolina to compete in the annual National Cribbage Tournament – the world’s largest cribbage event.

    Nick Pond, former WRAL Sports director/anchor and avid cribbage player, formed the American Cribbage Congress and national tournament in 1973. The competition was held in the studios of WRAL-TV.

    We have two vintage stories about the tournament. The first story aired in 2013. Scott Mason, the Tar Heel Traveler, provides a bit of history about this brainy card game.

    The second video aired in 1979. WRAL News reporter Del Walters talks with WRAL Sports anchor Nick Pond explains how cribbage, a popular game at family and friend gatherings, came out of the living room to take center stage with its own tournament.

  • NOAA Hurricane Hunter Aircraft

    WRAL News photographer Richard Adkins flew into the eye of a storm named Irene, August 2011. You’ll see what happens inside this special aircraft referred to as a “Hurricane Hunter” as it criss-crosses through a hurricane.

    Adkins wrote and shot this story. It is voiced by WRAL News anchor David Crabtree.

    Hold on to your seat as you watch!

  • “Give Thanks for Carolina” photo essay by Bill Leslie

    “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.

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