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  • 1992 NCAA Basketball Final Four tournament Compilation of WRAL Sports Coverage

    Enjoy watching a compilation of newscasts featuring coverage of the 1992 NCAA Basketball Final Four and championship game. Spoiler alert! Duke University won the championship.

    WRAL sent a news and sports team to cover the excitement of the event. You’ll meet the student who was the Duke Blue Devil in 1992.

  • WRAL Sports anchor Tom Suiter tosses hat like Mary Tyler Moore

    The 1992 NCAA Basketball Final Four tournament was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Duke University won the championship game. WRAL Sports anchor Tom Suiter was part of team coverage of all the festivities that surrounded the sporting event and of course the game itself.

    This short clip shows Tom having fun imitating the iconic hat toss by Mary Tyler Moore as seen during the open of her highly acclaimed weekly CBS comedy show during the ’70s.

  • WRAL Sports anchor Tom Suiter’s Last Sportscast Dec 18 2008

    WRAL Sports anchor Tom Suiter retired as the primary WRAL Sports anchor on December 18, 2008.
    Tom Suiter started at WRAL in 1971 and worked under legendary sportscaster Nick Pond. He worked his way up in Sports and joined the 6 PM anchor team in 1981 … a position he held for nearly 28 years. In 2008, Tom went part-time and continued to play a major role by continuing his signature franchises – Football Friday and the Extra Effort Award. WRAL Sports director Bob Holliday presents Tom with his own Extra Effort Award at the end of the sportscast.

    Surrounded by the WRAL News and Sports staff, Tom thanked the viewers for letting him into their homes, via television, every evening.

  • WRAL Sports anchor Tom Suiter farewell 2008

    Tom Suiter, worked at WRAL in sports for 45 amazing years. Tom started at WRAL in 1971. He worked his way up in Sports and joined the 6 PM anchor team in 1981 … a position he would hold for nearly 28 years. In 2008, Tom went part-time and continued to play a major role on our Sports staff. His signature franchises have truly stood the test of time. Football Friday and Extra Effort have been going strong for 35 years!

    This video commemorates his retirement from the sports anchor chair in 2008. It was produced by Bob Holliday, long time WRAL Sports Anchor.

  • Bob Holliday WRAL-TV Sports

    Bob Holliday was known as “The Captain” in the WRAL Sports department. A University of North Carolina graduate, Holliday spent 10 years with Village Companies, as news and sports director at WCHL radio. His time there included several years on the Tar Heel Sports Network.

    Holliday moved to WRAL in 1981 and quickly made his mark as the station’s coverage grew. WRAL anchor Tom Suiter, with Holliday handling the logistics, launched the ambitious Football Friday show that covered 28 high school football games. That show became a WRAL staple and an enormous hit with viewers.

    Holliday was a mainstay on the weekend news, knowing how to balance the ever-growing sports news in the market with information viewers needed on the national scene. He covered just about every sport imaginable whether it was local or international.

    Enjoy listening to Bob talk to John Harris, Corporate Director of Special Projects. You will be amazed at some of the behind-the-scenes stories.

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