• A.J. Fletcher

    A.J. Fletcher

    Alfred Johnson “A.J.” Fletcher is the founder of Capitol Broadcasting Company. He and a small group of partners formed the company in 1937 with hopes of winning a license to operate a radio station in Raleigh. They were successful and ever since that simple start years ago Fletcher’s company has grown into one of the premier communications organizations in the nation.

    A.J. Fletcher learned the value of hard work at an early age. Born in 1887 to a Baptist minister in Ashe County, NC, Fletcher spent his formative years working as a stable boy, bank clerk, bellhop, delivery boy for a grocery store and an attendant at a fruit stand.

    Fletcher’s first brush with the communications business came early; as a law student at Wake Forest College he ran out of money for school and began running the small weekly paper in Apex. He served as news reporter, editor, ad solicitor and publisher, working every angle as a one man show.

    In 1910 Fletcher married Elizabeth Utley and took the $900 he had saved working at the paper to return to school. He never graduated from college but learned enough law to join the bar and run his own practice as an attorney.

    He founded the Fuquay Springs Gold Leaf weekly newspaper and invested the money he earned at law and the paper in a variety of interests. Radio Corporation of America was one such company that caught his attention.

    In 1919, Fletcher moved his young family to Raleigh. He and Elizabeth had three sons—Fred, Frank and Floyd–and added a daughter, Betty Lou, three years later. He looked for new pursuits in the Capitol City while he continued to practice law and publish the weekly newspaper.

    By the late 1930’s Fletcher’s son Frank had followed his father into the practice of law and was among the first group of lawyers hired by the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, DC.

    Because of A.J. Fletcher’s interest in music and business and Frank’s encouraging reports from Washington, DC on the new medium of radio, Fletcher and his partners applied to the federal government for a radio license. On July 28, 1938, the FCC granted their request to operate station WRAL on 1240 kilohertz with power of 250 watts. WRAL-AM signed on the air on March 29, 1939, with NC Governor Clyde Hoey and Raleigh Mayor George Isley issuing welcoming addresses.

    A.J. Fletcher wasn’t content to just own radio stations—his interest in television had already been piqued shortly before WRAL-AM went on the air. He and his eldest son, Fred, saw a demonstration of television at the RCA booth at the 1939 World’s Fair. When the television industry began taking off in the early 1950s, Fletcher was ready to take on a new challenge. At the customary retirement age of 65, A.J. Fletcher began a legendary battle in Washington, DC to win the first VHF television license for Raleigh.

    After a grueling three-year competitive application process, Fletcher’s Capitol Broadcasting team beat out heavily-favored Durham Life Insurance Company and won the license for VHF channel 5 in Raleigh. On December 15, 1956 – WRAL-TV signed on the air as an NBC affiliate in the state’s capitol city. A.J. Fletcher’s hard work had paid off.

    A.J. Fletcher had a wide variety of non-broadcasting interests, but remained particularly devoted to opera. Himself a bass singer and avid performer, he formed the National Grass Roots Opera Foundation in 1948. He wanted to make opera available and accessible to the public and also sought to provide young artists with professional careers. As a result of the Foundation, more than two million North Carolina school children heard opera sung in English. The Grass Roots Opera Foundation eventually evolved into the National Opera Company and later the Fletcher School of Performing Arts.

    A.J. Fletcher’s many personal philanthropic efforts included grants to churches, orchestras, the Baptist State Convention, Duke University, East Carolina University and Southeastern Theological Seminary. In 1961 he founded the non-profit A.J. Fletcher Foundation to carry on cultural and educational outreach. The Fletcher Foundation has blossomed into one of the state’s leading philanthropic organizations, focusing on education, human service and poverty programs, and new and emerging non-profit groups across the state.

    Not only did A.J. Fletcher launch WRAL-TV, he designed the station’s landmark azalea gardens that opened to the public in 1959. “It was simply my way of paying tribute to beauty for beauty’s sake,” said Fletcher, who loved azaleas and enjoyed finding new varieties for the property. In 1974, Fletcher received a national award from the American Association of Nurserymen for the design of his beloved gardens.

    Fletcher was the recipient of many other honors and awards. In 1975 he was elected to the North Carolina Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. Also in 1975 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Duke University. And in 1978 he received the North Carolina Public Service Award from the Pfeiffer College Alumni Association.

    A.J. Fletcher died April 1, 1979 at the age of 91.

     

    • WRAL 60th Groundbreaking Retrospective by The Tar Heel Traveler

      In recognition of WRAL’s 60th Anniversary, Scott Mason – better known as The Tar Heel Traveler – took viewers back to October 17, 1956 for the groundbreaking ceremonies of the studios on Western Boulevard in Raleigh. WRAL would sign on two months later on December 15, 1956 using a temporary studio in the garage of the transmitter building near Garner.

      Scott Mason interviewed Wesley Williams, former President of Greater Raleigh Merchants Association, for his recollection of that rainy day in October. Also interviewed is CEO Jim Goodmon, grandson of founder A.J. Fletcher and nephew of Fred Fletcher.

      WRAL-FM carried the dedication ceremonies LIVE with Fred Fletcher, VP of Capitol Broadcasting introducing the guest speakers and providing commentary. George Geoghegan, VP of Wachovia Bank and Trust served as Master of Ceremonies. Other speakers included Charles Campbell, President of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Wesley Williams, at the time Secretary of the Raleigh Merchants Association.

      The highlight of the event was Dorothy Collins, star of the NBC television program “Your Hit Parade,” joining CBC Founder and President AJ Fletcher to turn the soil with a gold color shovel. The day was rainy and gray, but everyone beamed with excitement. Dorothy Collins said, “I hope this station goes on forever and ever.”

      Feature edited by WRAL Tar Heel Traveler photographer Bob Meikle.

    • Elon College Honors Mr. A.J. Fletcher 1987

      Elon College, located in Elon, North Carolina near Burlington, honored the legacy of Mr. A.J. Fletcher (1987- 1979) on the 100th anniversary on his birth. This video, produced in 1987, features Mr. Robert Anderson who was the assistant to the president of Elon College.

      Anderson presents a biography of Fletcher with emphasis on the impact he had on the community of fine arts, specifically in regards to opera.

      Included in this video presentation is David Witherspoon who worked at the Fletcher Foundation. Frank Fletcher, one of AJ’s three sons, shares memories of his father.

      The video was viewed by an audience prior to a performance by the Elon College community orchestra.

      *Elon College is now Elon University.

    • WRAL Radio 20th anniversary broadcast

      CBC President AJ Fletcher speaks at anniversary ceremoney for WRAL Radio in Marcy 1959.

    • AJ Fletcher Christmas Eve Story

      Christmas is a very special time of the year at WRAL. It is marked with the telecast of the annual tower lighting ceremony. The tradition started in 1959 with Capitol Broadcasting Company and WRAL founder A.J. Fletcher reading “A Christmas Carol” before the tower was lit. The lighting has grown to include musical performances and live aerial video from Sky 5.

      This video was part of the broadcast in 1974.

    • Ground Breaking of WRAL-TV Studios Oct 17 1956

      October 17, 1956 was ground breaking day for construction of the WRAL-TV studios and offices located at 2619 Western Boulevard in Raleigh, North Carolina. WRAL-FM carried the dedication ceremonies LIVE with Fred Fletcher, VP of Capitol Broadcasting introducing the guest speakers and providing commentary. George Geoghegan, VP of Wachovia Bank and Trust served as Master of Ceremonies. Other speakers included Charles Campbell, President of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Wesley Williams, Secretary of the Raleigh Merchants Association.

      The highlight of the event was Dorothy Collins, star of the NBC television program “Your Hit Parade,” joining CBC Founder and President AJ Fletcher to turn the soil with a gold color shovel. The day was rainy and gray, but everyone beamed with excitement. Dorothy Collins said, “I hope this station goes on forever and ever.”

      The construction seen in the video occurred in the weeks and months after the dedication ceremony. WRAL-TV signed on the air December 15, 1956 and initially broadcasted from the transmitter building until the completion of the building on Western Boulevard.

  • Barbara Goodmon

    Barbara Goodmon

    Barbara Lyons Goodmon is President of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, which is the charitable fund created by the founder of Capitol Broadcasting Company.

    Goodmon graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Memphis, TN in 1965. It was there in Memphis that she met Jim Goodmon—CBC’s President and CEO. The couple married and moved to Raleigh in 1968.

    In addition to her leadership role at the Fletcher Foundation, Barbara Goodmon has served on a number of community boards in the Triangle. With primary interests in the field of human services, she has served as Chairman of the Salvation Army, Vice Chairman of The Healing Place of Wake County, and Chairman of Wake County Human Services.

    Barbara Goodmon is a 1994 graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in History. She also earned a Masters of Liberal Studies degree at North Carolina State University in 2000. She received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Barton College in 2009.

    Goodmon has received numerous honors, including the William Booth Award from the Salvation Army. She was inducted into the Academy of Women of the Raleigh YWCA and–along with husband Jim–was inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame in 2008.

    Barbara and Jim Goodmon have three children: Elizabeth, Jimmy and Michael, along with seven grandchildren.

     

    • Jim and Barbara Goodmon

      CBC President Jim Goodmon with wife Barbara, who is President of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation.

    • Barbara Goodmon

      A.J. Fletcher Foundation President Barbara Goodmon.

    • Barbara Goodmon

      Fletcher Foundation President Barbara Goodmon

    • Award for Jim and Barbara Goodmon

      AIDS Day award for Jim and Barbara Goodmon

    • The Healing Place

      In the late ‘90’s, former WRAL-TV General Manager Fred Barber traveled to Kentucky with Barbara Goodmon and Maria Spaulding to tour the model for what they hoped could be a facility to help homeless men find sobriety in the Triangle. The trio came back determined to make The Healing Place happen in Raleigh. This documentary shows the work of The Healing Place in Louisville, Kentucky which became the inspiration for the The Healing Place in Raleigh, North Carolina.
      “Fred just was a unique person,” said Goodmon, now President of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. “He made a decision and went forward with that. He kept us going. He was our engine.”
      They worked together to raise $4 million to build the facility near downtown. They broke ground in 2000, and celebrated the grand opening in January 2001.
      “It totally changed Raleigh,” said Goodmon. “It totally changed downtown Raleigh. It could not be the place it is today without the Healing Place.”
      Fred Barber served on the Board of Trustees and was an active volunteer at The Healing Place up until the time of his death.

  • Frank Fletcher

     

    No one had more impact on the birth of Capitol Broadcasting Company than Frank Fletcher, the middle son of CBC founder A.J.Fletcher.

    Frank Utley Fletcher grew up in Raleigh, but left home after college to make a name for himself as an attorney in Washington DC. In 1934 he went to work as one of the first staff attorneys at the FCC–a new federal agency set up by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to oversee the nation’s growing communications industries.

    Fletcher rose swiftly through the ranks and performed virtually every legal job available at the FCC. He became an expert in station licensing procedures and saw firsthand that the business of broadcasting offered great promise and potential.

    With that knowledge in hand, Frank Fletcher was instrumental in convincing his father to get into broadcasting. He first assisted in obtaining an FCC license for WRAL-AM in Raleigh and later played critical roles in securing the licenses for WRAL-FM and WRAL-TV.

    It’s fair to say that Capitol Broadcasting Company might not exist at all if not for the astute knowledge and persuasive efforts of Frank Fletcher.

    Frank left the FCC in 1939 to join Spearman and Roberson—a new communications law firm in the nation’s capital. He took a leave of absence to serve as a legal officer in the Army during World War II, but returned to private practice at the end of the war.

    Frank’s reputation as a trial lawyer spread throughout the D.C. Bar and broadcast industry and it wasn’t long before he was serving clients large and small in the communications industry. The law firm’s name was eventually changed to Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth, and Frank served as Chair of the firm until his retirement in 1985.

    Frank Fletcher dominated the communications law profession for fifty years. He served as President of the Federal Communications Bar Association, President of the Broadcast Pioneers, a Director of the National Association of Broadcasters and on the Board of Visitors of the Wake Forest Law School.

    In 1995 Wake Forest Law established the “Frank U. Fletcher Professorship in Administrative Law” in his honor. Fletcher also served as a Trustee of Shaw University, which awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws.

    In 1986 Frank Fletcher was inducted into the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, joining his father and brother Fred in the ranks of honorees.

    Fletcher devoted the final years of his life to philanthropy, providing counsel to the A.J. Fletcher Foundation and its charitable efforts.

    Frank U. Fletcher died July 23, 1995 at the age of 83.

     

    • Elon College Honors Mr. A.J. Fletcher 1987

      Elon College, located in Elon, North Carolina near Burlington, honored the legacy of Mr. A.J. Fletcher (1987- 1979) on the 100th anniversary on his birth. This video, produced in 1987, features Mr. Robert Anderson who was the assistant to the president of Elon College.

      Anderson presents a biography of Fletcher with emphasis on the impact he had on the community of fine arts, specifically in regards to opera.

      Included in this video presentation is David Witherspoon who worked at the Fletcher Foundation. Frank Fletcher, one of AJ’s three sons, shares memories of his father.

      The video was viewed by an audience prior to a performance by the Elon College community orchestra.

      *Elon College is now Elon University.

    • Frank Fletcher

      CBC attorney Frank Fletcher, who was instrumental in the founding of Capitol Broadcasting Company.

    • Frank Fletcher

      Communications attorney Frank Fletcher in a 1960 photo that appeared in Broadcasting Magazine.

    • Frank Fletcher NCAB induction ceremony

      Frank Fletcher inducted into NC Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1984

  • Fred Fletcher

    Fred Fletcher

    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.

    The eldest son of CBC founder A.J. Fletcher — Fred’s on-air talent, marketing savvy and community spirit made him a perfect fit for the company’s early ventures into broadcasting.

    Fred 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 grew up in North Carolina, but left for college in the Midwest. He earned an undergraduate degree from George Williams College in Chicago and then went to work at a YMCA in South Chicago. Along the way he fell in love with Marjorie “Marjie” Lempke, and they were married in 1936. The young Fletchers soon moved to North Carolina, where Fred earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Only then—in 1939–did he turn his attention to his father’s new business – a radio station known as WRAL-AM.

    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.

    Fred Fletcher always had an entrepreneurial spirit and his professional career was marked by a series of firsts. Among them, creation in 1954 of the first network of shortwave radio operators to collect and disseminate hurricane information under emergency conditions; creation of the Tobacco Radio Network, which was the first radio news and sports network in North Carolina; and the hiring of the first African-American morning radio host (JD Lewis) in the Deep South.

    Fred also started the UCP telethon on WRAL-TV and went on the air each year to personally raise thousands of dollars in the fight against Cerebral Palsy.

    From his beginnings with the YMCA in Chicago, Fred Fletcher maintained a deep affection for recreational groups and facilities. One of his favorite events was the annual holiday celebration for the Golden Age clubs at the Raleigh Parks & Recreation department. Fred created the event that grew from less than a hundred attendees to more than a thousand each year. The Golden Years Celebration still thrives each December at the Raleigh Convention Center.

    Fred was a devoted public servant. He was elected to Raleigh’s first City Council in 1947 and served Raleigh and Wake County for more than 50 years as a member of various Parks and Recreation commissions. He served as chair of the boards for more than 30 of those years.

    In recognition of that service, the City of Raleigh honored Fred by naming a park on Glenwood Avenue after him. In 1985 he was awarded the National Parks & Recreation Association’s “Robert M. Artz Award” for Citizen Volunteer Leadership. In 2007 he was inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame.

    Fred Fletcher was also active in the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters and served as President of the organization in 1963. The NCAB honored him in 1982 by inducting him into its Hall of Fame.

    Fred Fletcher – CBC’s beloved “Fairy Tale Man” — died January 8, 2000 after a long illness. He was 89.

     

    • WRAL 60th Groundbreaking Retrospective by The Tar Heel Traveler

      In recognition of WRAL’s 60th Anniversary, Scott Mason – better known as The Tar Heel Traveler – took viewers back to October 17, 1956 for the groundbreaking ceremonies of the studios on Western Boulevard in Raleigh. WRAL would sign on two months later on December 15, 1956 using a temporary studio in the garage of the transmitter building near Garner.

      Scott Mason interviewed Wesley Williams, former President of Greater Raleigh Merchants Association, for his recollection of that rainy day in October. Also interviewed is CEO Jim Goodmon, grandson of founder A.J. Fletcher and nephew of Fred Fletcher.

      WRAL-FM carried the dedication ceremonies LIVE with Fred Fletcher, VP of Capitol Broadcasting introducing the guest speakers and providing commentary. George Geoghegan, VP of Wachovia Bank and Trust served as Master of Ceremonies. Other speakers included Charles Campbell, President of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Wesley Williams, at the time Secretary of the Raleigh Merchants Association.

      The highlight of the event was Dorothy Collins, star of the NBC television program “Your Hit Parade,” joining CBC Founder and President AJ Fletcher to turn the soil with a gold color shovel. The day was rainy and gray, but everyone beamed with excitement. Dorothy Collins said, “I hope this station goes on forever and ever.”

      Feature edited by WRAL Tar Heel Traveler photographer Bob Meikle.

    • Ratings Dominator from the Start!

      WRAL’s dominance in ratings started right-off-the-bat after The Big 5 signed-on in December, 1956. According to then WRAL General Manager Fred Fletcher in his book Tempus Fugit, “By July, 1958 – a year and a half after sign-on – we
    • Tempus Fugit show

      Host Fred Fletcher conducts an interview during live Tempus Fugit program at NC Farmers Market

    • Andy Griffith Discovered by Fred Fletcher?

      The case can be made that Andy Griffith owes his start in showbiz to Fred Fletcher. Actually, Fred Fletcher made that claim in his book Tempus Fugit. One thing for sure, Fred knew talent when he heard or saw it.
    • Ground Breaking of WRAL-TV Studios Oct 17 1956

      October 17, 1956 was ground breaking day for construction of the WRAL-TV studios and offices located at 2619 Western Boulevard in Raleigh, North Carolina. WRAL-FM carried the dedication ceremonies LIVE with Fred Fletcher, VP of Capitol Broadcasting introducing the guest speakers and providing commentary. George Geoghegan, VP of Wachovia Bank and Trust served as Master of Ceremonies. Other speakers included Charles Campbell, President of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Wesley Williams, Secretary of the Raleigh Merchants Association.

      The highlight of the event was Dorothy Collins, star of the NBC television program “Your Hit Parade,” joining CBC Founder and President AJ Fletcher to turn the soil with a gold color shovel. The day was rainy and gray, but everyone beamed with excitement. Dorothy Collins said, “I hope this station goes on forever and ever.”

      The construction seen in the video occurred in the weeks and months after the dedication ceremony. WRAL-TV signed on the air December 15, 1956 and initially broadcasted from the transmitter building until the completion of the building on Western Boulevard.

  • Jim Goodmon

    Jim Goodmon

    James Fletcher “Jim” Goodmon literally grew up in the broadcast industry. He was so young when he first went to work at WRAL-TV that he had to be paid from petty cash so as not to run afoul of wage and hour standards.

    Jim Goodmon learned the business of broadcasting at the knee of his grandfather A.J. Fletcher—founder of Capitol Broadcasting Company. Goodmon observed station operations carefully and learned well, and in turn–A.J. Fletcher recognized his grandson’s potential. This close, early relationship laid the groundwork for the future leadership of the company.

    Jim Goodmon grew up in Raleigh and graduated from Broughton High School in 1961. He attended Duke University, but left for the Navy in 1965 before obtaining a degree. While serving his enlistment in Memphis, Tennessee, he met and married Barbara Lyons. The couple soon moved to Raleigh.

    Upon his return to North Carolina in 1968, Goodmon was named Operations Manager at WRAL-TV. In 1973 he took on corporate responsibilities as Executive Vice President of Capitol Broadcasting Company. In 1975 he became CBC’s President, and in 1979 he was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the company, the position he holds today.

    During his 49-year career Jim Goodmon has guided the growth of CBC’s broadcast holdings and led the company’s expansion into satellite communications, new media, real estate and professional sports.

    Known as a trailblazer and a pioneer, Goodmon explores new technology with passion and energy—always seeking out the latest and best methods of serving audiences, clients and community partners.

    He holds a fierce dedication to the public interest, and all CBC divisions not only meet but exceed industry requirements and standards. In 1998 he was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. Known as the Gore Commission, this prestigious panel recommended public interest obligations for American broadcasters as they made the transition to digital television.

    Goodmon led CBC and its stations into the digital age, gaining industry-wide recognition as a visionary whose stations constantly pushed the boundaries of technology. In 1996 the FCC granted the nation’s first experimental HDTV license to WRAL-TV, which was the first in a long line of CBC technological achievements in the field of high definition television.

    Jim Goodmon’s interests go well beyond broadcasting. Under his leadership, Capitol Broadcasting Company has expanded into real estate—developing the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham and turning it into an award-winning example of entrepreneurial restoration.

    Durham is also home to another CBC-owned icon, the Durham Bulls. Jim Goodmon has always loved baseball, and in the early 1990s CBC took over the most famous franchise in minor league baseball history. Under CBC ownership the Bulls have won championships, risen to Triple-A status, and set attendance records at the state-of-the-art ballpark that has become a centerpiece in downtown Durham.

    Whether it’s broadcasting, real estate, new media or professional sports–Jim Goodmon is at the forefront of the industry. His leadership is based on principle, vision and a strong commitment to the community, and those ideals inspire the divisions of Capitol Broadcasting Company each and every day.

    Goodmon has also been instrumental in the success of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, a charitable fund that donates millions of dollars annually to organizations throughout North Carolina. The Fletcher Foundation supports programs that foster care for the elderly, infirm and indigent. It also provides funding for initiatives in Education, the Arts, Public Recreation, Communication Arts, and Religious Faith. Jim serves as the Foundation’s Chairman of the Board.

    Jim is the recipient of numerous awards and honors:
    • Named 2003 Tar Heel of the Year by The News &Observer of Raleigh. The newspaper gave Jim the honor “because of his involvement and influence in two arenas: the redevelopment of Durham’s American Tobacco complex and the national debate about how many television and radio stations a single media company should be allowed to own.”
    • Inducted into the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2003. The Hall recognizes and honors people who have made significant contributions to the broadcast industry over an extended time.
    • The Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented Jim with the Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2000 for his contributions to the community and outstanding achievements in broadcasting.
    • DTV Pioneer Award. Presented by Broadcasting & Cable magazine, this award recognized Jim’s leadership role and achievements in the advancement of digital television.
    • Inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame in 1997.
    • Inducted along with wife Barbara into the Raleigh Hall of Fame in 2008. This recognized the Goodmons’ service to the Raleigh community and their work with the Fletcher Foundation, the Healing Place of Wake County and other groups providing hope to the less fortunate.
    Jim Goodmon holds Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Pfeiffer College and Duke University. He serves on the boards of many organizations across the Triangle and state.

    Jim and Barbara Goodmon have three children: Elizabeth, Jimmy and Michael, along with ten grandchildren.

     

    • Boy Scouts Honor Jim Goodmon with Lifetime Achievement Award

      The Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America recently honored CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon with its NC Good Scout Lifetime Achievement Award.  Goodmon received the recognition at the 2017 Friends of Scouting Breakfast, held at the North
    • WRAL 60th Anniversary “The Early Years” by The Tar Heel Traveler

      WRAL celebrated 60 years of broadcasting on December 15, 2016. In recognition of that anniversary, Scott Mason – better known as The Tar Traveler – took viewers on a time travel, via black and white film footage, to witness several news events covered by WRAL during the early years.

      A few of the highlights include President John F. Kennedy’s visit to the campus of UNC to WRAL News Director Bill Armstrong’s interview with NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong while he was training at the Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill. Meet Marlene Carole, WRAL’s first female weatherperson who used a chalkboard to write the high and low temperatures – with an eye-wink. Later we see WRAL transition to color and then lead the nation in HD technology.

      Feature edited by WRAL Tar Heel Traveler photographer Bob Meikle.

    • WRAL 60th Groundbreaking Retrospective by The Tar Heel Traveler

      In recognition of WRAL’s 60th Anniversary, Scott Mason – better known as The Tar Heel Traveler – took viewers back to October 17, 1956 for the groundbreaking ceremonies of the studios on Western Boulevard in Raleigh. WRAL would sign on two months later on December 15, 1956 using a temporary studio in the garage of the transmitter building near Garner.

      Scott Mason interviewed Wesley Williams, former President of Greater Raleigh Merchants Association, for his recollection of that rainy day in October. Also interviewed is CEO Jim Goodmon, grandson of founder A.J. Fletcher and nephew of Fred Fletcher.

      WRAL-FM carried the dedication ceremonies LIVE with Fred Fletcher, VP of Capitol Broadcasting introducing the guest speakers and providing commentary. George Geoghegan, VP of Wachovia Bank and Trust served as Master of Ceremonies. Other speakers included Charles Campbell, President of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Wesley Williams, at the time Secretary of the Raleigh Merchants Association.

      The highlight of the event was Dorothy Collins, star of the NBC television program “Your Hit Parade,” joining CBC Founder and President AJ Fletcher to turn the soil with a gold color shovel. The day was rainy and gray, but everyone beamed with excitement. Dorothy Collins said, “I hope this station goes on forever and ever.”

      Feature edited by WRAL Tar Heel Traveler photographer Bob Meikle.

    • Because No One Else Would

      “Because No One Else Would” challenges our notion of what it means to revitalize a city.

      Starting with the largest surrender of the Civil War, Durham rose to become a 19th century industrial powerhouse with worldwide tobacco brands including Bull Durham and Lucky Strike.

      But when the tobacco factory closed in 1987, it took all the jobs, banks and businesses. “Durham was like a ghost town,” says Mayor Bill Bell. The old tobacco factory was used for police training.

      In 2004, Capitol Broadcasting Co., Inc. bought the old American Tobacco factory campus and ignited the Durham Renaissance. It’s the story of vision and risk, partnerships and perserverance to rebuild a community.

      Written and produced by Hal Goodtree. Directed by Tim Finkbiner and Dan Oliver. A co-production of Goodtree & Co. and Horizon Productions.

      Produced in 2014.

    • History of the Golden Years Celebration

      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, especially reprising the song “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.”

      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.

  • Jimmy Goodmon

     

    James F. Goodmon, Jr. (“Jimmy”) is a life-long broadcaster with a passion for the business. Starting as a camera operator for the 5AM news at 16 years old, his career path has spanned a multitude of television and radio station functions. From promotions, programming, and operations to selling radio and television advertising, he has spent his career working in various roles at multiple Capitol Broadcasting Company entities.

    In March of 2005, Goodmon assumed responsibility of CBC New Media Group at Capitol Broadcasting Company, serving as its Vice President & General Manager. At CBC New Media Group he has developed a successful vision and strategy for emerging media business opportunities.

    Specifically, Goodmon and the CBC New Media Group are charged with managing WRAL.com, Capitol’s digital channel initiatives including three MDTV channels, and Albright Digital, a digital solutions provider that aids car dealers with Internet marketing.

    Goodmon also successfully developed and spun out News Over Wireless (now StepLeader, Inc.), a mobile solutions provider that powers mobile platforms for over 300 TV and radio stations across the country.

    In his role he also oversees strategic acquisitions and investments and start up projects for the company. In addition to digital initiatives, Goodmon serves as Vice President & General Manager of Sunrise Broadcasting, a five-radio-station cluster, and WILM-TV–both located in Wilmington, NC. He also oversees WRAL-FM and Microspace Communications–both located in Raleigh, NC.

    Before his role with the New Media Group, Goodmon served as Director of Programming for WRAL-TV/DT, evaluating and negotiating syndicated program purchases, coordinating program planning with the CBS Network, monitoring station compliance with regulatory requirements, and supervising non-news, local program development, branding, and placement.

    During 2002/2003 and 2003/2004, he organized and executed the production and broadcast of 24 Carolina Hurricanes hockey games in High-Definition.

    Goodmon is a member of Capitol Broadcasting’s Board of Directors and serves on the company’s Executive Committee. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Mobile 500 Alliance.

    In addition to his broadcast interests, Goodmon is very active in the community and serves on the Advisory Board to the Salvation Army, where he is co-chair of the Salvation Army’s $12 Million Center of Hope Campaign. He also serves on the Director Boards for the Achievement School, the Fletcher Foundation, Wells Fargo Central Region, and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Goodmon also serves on the Advisory Boards to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, StepUp Ministry, Wake Health Services and Band Together.

    He is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and earned his M.B.A. at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

    Goodmon resides in Raleigh with his wife Anna and his three sons Fletcher, Watson and Walker.

     

  • John Greene

     

    Broadcast executive John Greene served Capitol Broadcasting Company for more than three decades – steering WRAL-TV through the pivotal 1980’s when the CBC flagship gained national recognition as one of the most dominant and decorated local television stations in the country.

    Greene grew up in Shelby, NC and paid his way through UNC-Chapel Hill working in radio news. After graduation in 1966 he joined WBTV-TV in Charlotte as a News Reporter. He was promoted through the ranks as Producer, Managing Editor and News and Information Manager for WBT Radio and WBTV.

    In 1973, Greene moved into station management as Station Operations Manager for WWBT-TV, the Jefferson-Pilot Broadcasting facility in Richmond. Three years later he received a job offer from longtime colleague Fred Barber, who had just been hired to lead WRAL’s management team. Greene accepted the offer and joined WRAL-TV in 1976 as Station Operations Manager. For the next three years he teamed with Barber to put a lasting imprint on the WRAL operation.

    Greene brought new standards of excellence to WRAL and helped propel the news operation to unprecedented ratings success. He also instilled a spirit of creativity that led the station to many industry firsts. In 1979 Greene was instrumental in the launch of SKY5, which made WRAL the first station in North Carolina with a fulltime helicopter dedicated to newsgathering. The station also broke new ground in 1984 with the acquisition of LiveStar 5 – the state’s first KU-band transportable uplink vehicle.

    Greene was named WRAL-TV’s Vice President and General Manager in late 1979. In 1984 he took on corporate responsibilities when he was promoted to Senior Vice President of the company. In that expanded role Greene continued direct management of WRAL-TV, but oversaw CBC’s three other television stations as well.

    In 1990 Greene left WRAL-TV to become a lecturer at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication. However he maintained ties to Capitol Broadcasting as a consultant to CBC President Jim Goodmon.

    In 1994 Greene rejoined the company fulltime as CBC’s Vice President of Special Projects. His assignments included new business development, consulting and lobbying at the state and federal levels. One of his primary missions was to help shape the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

    Over the next decade John Greene also played an integral role in CBC’s groundbreaking efforts with digital television (DTV) and High Definition Television (HDTV). He supervised the completion of WRAL-HD, the nation’s first commercial digital television station.

    John Greene retired from CBC in 2009, not long after WRAL and the rest of the nation’s television stations made the historic transition from analog to digital transmission. His career with Capitol Broadcasting spanned more than three decades.

    Greene earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1966 and graduated at the top of his class in the School of Journalism. He has served as a member of the Board of Visitors and Journalism Board of Visitors at UNC. Greene has also served on the boards of North Carolina Central University and Gardner-Webb University.

    In 2007 John Greene was honored by industry colleagues who inducted him into the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. The honor recognized his career-long contributions to the broadcast industry in North Carolina. Greene is a Past President of the NCAB and received the 1993 Distinguished Service Award from the organization.

    Greene founded and chaired “Save Our Sounds, Inc.” – a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to coastal preservation. In 1994 he was named by Governor Jim Hunt to chair the “Year of the Coast” committee to develop a long-range environmental plan for the North Carolina coast. He has also served on a number of other state coastal planning committees.

    Greene is married and the father of two children. He lives in Raleigh and enjoys sailing, fishing and tennis.

     

    • John Greene WRAL VP and General Manager

      Broadcast executive John Greene served Capitol Broadcasting Company for more than three decades – steering WRAL-TV through the pivotal 1980’s when the CBC flagship gained national recognition as one of the most dominant and decorated local television stations in the country. He was also the point person for the High Definition (HD) conversion project in the ‘90s.

      Greene was recruited by WRAL station manager Fred Barber and joined WRAL-TV in 1976 as Station Operations Manager.

      Greene was named WRAL-TV’s Vice President and General Manager in late 1979. In 1984 he took on corporate responsibilities when he was promoted to Senior Vice President of the company. In that expanded role Greene continued direct management of WRAL-TV, but oversaw CBC’s three other television stations as well.

      This interview was conducted in 2006 as part of WRAL’s 50th Anniversary celebration. The video is in raw form, meaning that you will see the camera move quickly and adjust to frame the next shot. Those quick moves would be covered with another shot in post-production before airing.

      You will hear Greene explain how WRAL sports anchor Tom Suiter was persuaded to come back to the anchor desk after a lengthy absence from the anchor desk due to problems with his vocal chords.

      John Greene is interviewed by WRAL News anchor David Crabtree.

    • SKY 5 Turns 36 on July 31, The Early Years

      WRAL was the first station in North Carolina, and among a handful of stations in the nation, to purchase – not lease, a helicopter dedicated for news coverage.  WRAL General Manager John Greene said “Live coverage is the name of
    • John Greene

      Former WRAL-TV VP and General Manager John Greene

    • A Vision A Voice 40 years of service

      “A Vision, A Voice” documents the first 40 years of WRAL-TV. Hosted by WRAL-TV News Anchors David Crabtree and Pam Saulsby.

    • John Greene

      Former WRAL-TV VP-GM John Greene speaks at his induction into the NC Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

  • Michael Goodmon

     

    Michael Goodmon leads one of the country’s most dynamic urban mixed-use developments–the American Tobacco Campus in Durham.

    As Vice President of Real Estate for Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc.–the campus’ owner and master developer–Michael manages the day-to-day activities of approximately 1,000,000 square feet of Class-A office, restaurant, residential and retail space. He scopes and develops new projects and opportunities including the American Underground startup hub (two locations in Durham, one in Raleigh) as well as solar/alternative energy real estate investments.

    Michael earned a B.S. in Mathematical Economics from Hampden-Sydney College and a Masters in Trust and Investment Management from Campbell University.

    Goodmon is an advocate and leader of the Durham and Triangle communities and serves on several boards to encourage growth, entrepreneurship and community development. These boards include: AJ Fletcher Foundation; Fletcher Academy; Frank Hawkins Kenan Board of Advisors; East Durham Children’s Initiative; Healing Place of Wake County; Downtown Durham, Inc.; NC Rails to Trails; CAHEC; and Leadership Triangle.

     

    • Goodmon, Klein Honored as CREative Thinkers

      The Carolinas Chapter of Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) recently present one of the 9th Annual CREtive Thinkers Awards to American Tobacco Vice President of Real Estate Michael Goodmon and American Underground Chief Strategist Adam Klein.  The pair was honored
    • Because No One Else Would

      “Because No One Else Would” challenges our notion of what it means to revitalize a city.

      Starting with the largest surrender of the Civil War, Durham rose to become a 19th century industrial powerhouse with worldwide tobacco brands including Bull Durham and Lucky Strike.

      But when the tobacco factory closed in 1987, it took all the jobs, banks and businesses. “Durham was like a ghost town,” says Mayor Bill Bell. The old tobacco factory was used for police training.

      In 2004, Capitol Broadcasting Co., Inc. bought the old American Tobacco factory campus and ignited the Durham Renaissance. It’s the story of vision and risk, partnerships and perserverance to rebuild a community.

      Written and produced by Hal Goodtree. Directed by Tim Finkbiner and Dan Oliver. A co-production of Goodtree & Co. and Horizon Productions.

      Produced in 2014.

    • Michael Goodmon

      CBC VP of Real Estate Michael Goodmon

    • CBC Vice President Michael Goodmon

      Michael Goodmon publicity shot

  • Scottie Stephenson

    Scottie Stephenson

    Louise “Scottie” Stephenson worked at Capitol Broadcasting Company longer than anyone in history. Stephenson spent 58 years at CBC, serving the last forty-nine as Corporate Secretary and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

    Scottie was hired at WRAL-AM Radio in 1944, where she wrote ad copy, answered phones, posted the daily casualty list during WWII, gathered birth announcements from the local hospital and became the “Lost & Found” lady on Fred Fletcher’s morning show.

    Stephenson never went to college but was a veritable encyclopedia of knowledge. She could do it all: when an accountant was needed, she balanced the books; when reports had to be filed with the FCC, she studied the detailed requirements and submitted the information with perfection.

    “I don’t know how we could have done what we’ve done without Scottie Stephenson,” said CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon.

    Following her radio days, Scottie’s role with the company expanded when Capitol Broadcasting set its sights on television. She was the only female on the five-person team that won the FCC license for WRAL-TV in the early 1950s.

    Stephenson helped research and gather a veritable mountain of documents for WRAL’s application—3,000 pages in all. During the arduous 75-day hearing in Washington, DC she underwent hours of grueling questioning and never flinched. In the end, Scottie Stephenson was instrumental in Capitol Broadcasting winning the Channel 5 license and coming home victorious.

    Once the license was won, Scottie set out to organize the new station’s workforce. She was the first person on the station payroll and by the time WRAL-TV went on the air in 1956, she had created job descriptions for almost every position. As WRAL’s startup staff was hired, Scottie worked wherever she was needed—serving as Administrative Assistant to the President and taking on temporary positions in the Traffic, Sales and Personnel departments.
    Scottie used her newly-attained regulatory knowledge to become the station’s in-house FCC expert. She was responsible for all FCC filings, a cumbersome task that included reams of paperwork and technical detail.

    Stephenson made an impact on the community as well, working as an advocate for the arts and the underprivileged. She spent 16 years on the board of the Tammy Lynn Center for profoundly and severely retarded children. She volunteered for the Raleigh Fine Arts Society and the North Carolina Symphony and chaired the Communications Committee of the Raleigh Junior Women’s Club.

    One of her favorite projects was the Raleigh Golden Years Annual Holiday Celebration at the Convention Center. Scottie coordinated the festivities for over four decades and saw the luncheon grow from 50 to over 1,500 people.

    Scottie received many accolades during her career, including Business and Professional Woman of the Year by the YWCA. She was also the charter recipient of the Junior Women’s Club Outstanding Working Member award. The Raleigh Little Theatre even named its outdoor amphitheater after her to honor years of service to the organization.

    As Stephenson’s years at the company grew, CBC had to create gifts to recognize her record-setting tenure at the annual long-term employees’ luncheon. She so far outranked others in longevity that the company presented her with several unique rewards, including a marked parking space near the building entrance.

    After Scottie’s death, CBC President Jim Goodmon permanently affixed her name to a parking spot at company headquarters on Western Boulevard; it was a reminder of her legacy and contributions. Goodmon said he wanted future employees to always ask, “Who is Scottie Stephenson?” and thus learn her story of determination, quality and excellence.

    Louise “Scottie” Stephenson died April 15, 2002 after a brief illness. She was 80.

     

    • The origin of the Christmas Tower Lighting byScottie Stephenson

      The annual lighting of the WRAL Tower on December 1 transforms the structure into an enchanting Christmas tree!

      The late Scottie Stephenson, a long time CBC employee who rose to the rank of vice president, shares how CBC Founder, A.J. Fletcher, came up with the idea of adding a bit of sparkle to the holiday season.

      This video is part of a conversation with Scottie that was produced in 1996.

    • History of the Golden Years Celebration

      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, especially reprising the song “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.”

      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.

    • Scottie Stephenson as Told by Fred Fletcher

      Many of us remember Scottie Stephenson. For new employees, Scottie was one of the founders of WRAL-TV and a long-time CBC employee – 58 years! She still has a prime parking spot beside the administrative building, something no one else
    • Scottie Stephenson One of the Founders of WRAL-TV

      Louise “Scottie” Stephenson worked at Capitol Broadcasting Company longer than anyone in history. Stephenson spent 58 years at CBC, serving the last forty-nine as Corporate Secretary and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

      As you watch and listen to this interview recorded in 1996 for the 40th Anniversary of WRAL-TV, conducted by WRAL Director of Local Productions Phyllis Parrish-Howard, you will discover Scottie’s humble attitude in regards to the very important role she played in the life of Capitol Broadcasting and the founding of WRAL-TV.

      After Scottie’s death, CBC President Jim Goodmon permanently affixed her name to a parking spot at company headquarters on Western Boulevard; it was a reminder of her legacy and contributions. Goodmon said he wanted future employees to always ask, “Who is Scottie Stephenson?” and thus learn her story of determination, quality and excellence. Louise “Scottie” Stephenson died April 15, 2002 after a brief illness. She was 80.

    • 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.