Highlights for Gerald Owens
The ambush-style killings of five Dallas police officers on July 7, 2016 ignited a conversation at WRAL-TV about how the station could respond, as tensions increased between police and the African-American community nationwide. After conversations with local leaders, WRAL began work on a documentary focused on shootings of black men in North Carolina, and the relationship between police departments and African American communities in Raleigh, Durham, and Fayetteville, NC.
WRAL Documentary: Black & BlueThe WRAL Documentary, “Black and Blue,” was the first part of a two-hour community conversation on TV, web and social media. The documentary was simulcast on Capitol Broadcasting’s television stations and OTT channels. The exclusive online forum that followed, “Beyond Black and Blue,” was a critical conversation with law enforcement, faith leaders, and members of the black community. “Beyond Black and Blue” was live-streamed immediately following the premiere of the documentary and supported by additional station-produced online content.
The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) honored Capitol Broadcasting Company with the coveted Service to Community Award at its annual Celebration of Service to America gala in Washington, DC on June 20, 2017.
Documentary hosted by WRAL News anchor Gerald Owens.
Forum discussion moderated by Tru Pettigrew.
Aired December, 2016.
“Tar Heel Titans” looks at three companies based in Raleigh and Cary, North Carolina known for leading edge technology and business culture. Cree’s innovations is in LED lighting, Red Hat’s role in the world of open source software, and SAS’s leadership in the development of analytical software for businesses and government applications. The documentary also looks at what the success of these three companies means for our state’s economic future.
The documentary aired March 3, 2011.
Host: WRAL news anchor Gerald Owens
Producer: Clay Johnson
Photographer/Editor: Jay Jennings.
The Golden Years 2015 Holiday Celebration was hosted by WRAL News anchors Debra Morgan, Gerald Owens, and Brian Shrader. Santa Claus makes a special guest appearance.
Entertainment performances by The Capital Ambassadors, Rozlyn Sorrell, The Gospel Sensations, The Oakwood Waits, and the Casablanca Orchestra. Ballroom dancing performed by Dancing Carolina Ballroom of Cary.
Every December, Capitol Broadcasting Company sponsors the Golden Years Holiday Celebration luncheon for the members of the Golden Years Association of the Raleigh (NC) Parks and Recreation Department. Held at the Raleigh Convention and Conference Center in the city’s downtown, the celebration attracts over 1,000 senior citizens each year.
The celebration started in 1958 under the leadership of CBC Corporate Secretary Scottie Stephenson. She continued to be the driving force behind the event every year until her death in 2002. She saw the event grow in attendance from 50 to 1,500 in her over four decades as coordinator. Fred Fletcher, the first General Manager at WRAL-TV, had an active role in the celebration as well.
The event includes a variety of musical entertainment and ends with the attendees pushing back their chairs and taking a turn on the dance floor. WRAL-TV news anchors host the program which began as a luncheon and converted to become a breakfast and morning event in 2005.
A portion of the annual event is televised on WRAL-TV on Christmas Day.The Golden Years Association of the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department sponsors 48 Gold Years Clubs for senior adults aged 55 and older throughout the city. Clubs meet throughout the year and enjoy activities such as hiking, bowling, workshops, trips and a myriad of other activities and special events.
Enjoy watching the victory parade after the NHL Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup championship in 2006. The Canes beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1. It marked the first professional major league sports title for a team from North Carolina. The win came in the 7th game of the series and was played before the second-largest home crowd of “Caniacs” in franchise history. Cam Ward was honored with the Conn Smythe Trophy for most valuable player. Several players raised the Cup for the first time in long NHL careers; Rod Brind’Amour and Bret Hedican had both played over 15 years without winning the Cup, while Glen Wesley — the last remaining Hartford Whaler on the Hurricanes’ roster — had waited 18 seasons. Let’s Go Canes!
WRAL News Anchor Gerald Owens recaps the top local news stories of the year 2006.