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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.

  • Correct pronunciation of Camp Lejeune

    Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is named in honor of the highly decorated 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, John A. Lejeune. It is a military training facility located in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

    The name, Lejeune, has French origins. In fact, John Lejeune was born at Pointe Coupee, Louisiana. Unfortunately, the name has been mangled through the years by those, including ABC network news anchor (the late) Peter Jennings, who have unknowingly mispronounced it.

    WRAL News anchor Charlie Gaddy decided to seek out one of the relatives of John Lejeune and set the story straight. On December 9, 1983 Charlie Gaddy, news photographer Bruce Wittman, and SKY 5 pilot Mike Allen flew to the campus of Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Virginia where Lejeune served his final years of military service. Gaddy found Lejeune’s daughter, Laura, living near the campus.

    Watch this story and find out, once and for all, how to correctly pronounce Camp Lejeune.

  • Goodmon Honored with Award Named for Former WRAL Anchor

    A former WRAL-TV legend wanted an award in his name to honor a man who has helped him support an organization he holds dear.  Charlie Gaddy served as an esteemed anchor at the WRAL-TV newsdesk for several decades and during
  • 1981 Tower Lighting for Christmas and a look back by Charlie Gaddy

    The annual lighting of the tower for Christmas happens on December 1. It is a special time of the year when WRAL spreads Christmas cheer by providing a visual Christmas greeting to the viewers by lighting the tower with more than 3,000 multi-color bulbs. The result is a spectacular Christmas tree. The tradition started in 1959.

    This particular tower lighting on December 1, 1981 was extra special. For the first time, WRAL was able to give viewers a bird’s eye viewer LIVE via SKY 5 – WRAL’s news helicopter – during the ceremony. WRAL News anchor, Charlie Gaddy, shares his memory watching the magnificent images that SKY 5 provided that evening.

    Flying SKY 5 was pilot Randy Watkins.

  • Action News 5 6:00 PM Newscast January 7, 1985

    Action News 5 hour long newscast that air January 7, 1985. At this time, WRAL was still an affiliate with the ABC network.

    One of the main stories of the day was Jim Martin’s first full day as Governor of North Carolina. (full coverage of his inauguration on January 6 is available on this website) Other stories of the day were reported by Shelly Kofler, Sharon Nash, Connie Howard, Tim Kent, Tina Seldon, Fred Taylor, Denece Boyer, Renee McCoy and Joe Oliver. Sports with Tom Suiter. Weather with Bob Debardelaben. Editorial by Joel Lawhon.

    The commercials that aired that day are included as well.

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