• Coaches Shows

     

    Over the years WRAL-TV aired and produced weekly programs for some of the ACC’s best-known football and basketball coaches, including Norm Sloan, Jim Valvano and Lou Holtz of NC State plus Mike Krzyzewski, Bill Foster, Steve Sloan and Mike McGee of Duke.

    The weekly shows were usually recorded late Saturday night or very early Sunday so they could be distributed in time for other network stations around the region to put them on the air. WRAL was responsible for producing and distributing the shows to the network.

    WRAL sports veteran Nick Pond, News Anchor Charlie Gaddy, and Hall of Fame sportscaster Tom Suiter all hosted ACC coaches shows at some point.

     

  • College

     

    With the success of the ACC sports teams in the Triangle, WRAL-TV always had opportunities to provide special coverage.  Whether it was UNC, Duke or State chasing a national basketball championship or a look back at one of the area’s fabled arenas, WRAL’s college sports specials will bring back memories.

     

    • Sixth Annual Group of Students Prepared for Broadcasting Careers Through CBC UNC Diversity Fellowship

      Capitol Broadcasting and WRAL-TV recently hosted a dozen minority college students for the 2018 CBC-UNC Diversity Fellowship.  For the sixth year, CBC welcomed journalism students to this hands-on fellowship to work with WRAL-TV staffers to prepare them for a career
    • Capitol Broadcasting Adds Content Providers for Football & Basketball

      99.9 The Fan & WRALsportsfan.com gain three content providers to cover college sports in the Triangle 99.9 The Fan & WRALsportsfan.com are pleased to announce the addition of Triangle College Sports content providers Ben Swain, Turner Walston and James Curle
    • Rocky Mount Mills Hands Over the Keys to Nash Community College’s Brewing Program to Finish Their Space

      On Thursday, February 9, 2017, Rocky Mount Mills welcomed leadership from Nash Community College as they took the next step in welcoming students in their 360 Degree Brewer Program to The Brewmill on Rocky Mount Mills campus. Students in the
    • Former Post 5 President Receives Diamante Award

      One of WRAL-TV’s former standout Explorer Post 5 members is continuing his dedication to journalism excellence in college.  Diego Pineda, Post 5 President last year, was awarded the youth accomplishment scholarship of the Latino Diamante Awards on Saturday night, October
    • Dixie Classic Basketball Tournament Terminated

      The Dixie Classic featured the “Big Four” universities in North Carolina – Duke, UNC, NC State and Wake Forest – playing basketball in a tournament against four teams from across the country. The tournament was played at Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of NC State in Raleigh, North Carolina from 1949 -1960.

      The “classic” was the brainchild of Everett Case, then head basketball coach at NC State University.

      A point shaving scandal involving players from UNC and NC State brought the tournament to an end in 1961.

      William Friday, President of UNC system, was informed of the scandal in 1960 and was told that gamblers had allegedly threatened to harm members of the teams. Friday took action and pressed the chancellors at the other universities to back his decision to discontinue the highly popular tournament. The vintage film shows, in part, Friday making the announcement to end the Dixie Classic basketball tournament.

  • High School

     

    WRAL-TV’s sportscasters have always showcased high school athletics in a big way.  Whether it’s Tom Suiter’s trademark “Football Friday” highlight show or the weekly “Extra Effort Award,” high school athletes get plenty of attention and support on Channel 5.

  • Live Coverage

     

     

    • WRAL’s Holiday Traditions Continue Again This Year

      Plans include the 44th Year of Televising the Raleigh Christmas Parade For decades, WRAL has been THE station for live coverage of major holiday events across the community, and this year will be no different. On November 18th, the 2017
    • WRAL-TV to Broadcast Veterans Day Parade Nov. 5

      WRAL-TV and UNC-TV’s NC Channel to broadcast 2016 Fayetteville Veterans Day Parade Presented by the Cumberland County Veterans Council and the City of Fayetteville LIVE coverage begins 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 5 WRAL-TV and UNC-TV’s NC Channel will broadcast the
    • HSOT Live Debuts TONIGHT!

      For the first time ever, Triangle high school football fans can see LIVE coverage of local games online.  CBC’s HighSchoolOT.com debuts HSOT Live beginning at 6:55pm tonight, Friday, August 19, 2016.  Capitol Sports Vice President George Habel did such a
    • Behind-the-Scenes: Ringing in the New Year with WRAL-TV

      WRAL-TV Assignment Editor Kelly Riner gave capcom a sneak peek at the work behind WRAL-TV’s live coverage from downtown Raleigh during First Night 2015. Here’s the scoop: It all comes down to one night. The planning starts months ahead of
    • WRAL-TV and UNC-EX to broadcast 2015 Fayetteville Veterans Day Parade

      Presented by the Cumberland County Veterans Council and the City of Fayetteville Live coverage begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 7 For the fourth year, WRAL-TV and UNC-EX will broadcast the 2015 Fayetteville Veterans Day Parade, presented by the
  • Professional

     

    As the owners of the Durham Bulls, Capitol Broadcasting Company knows what it takes to play ball with the professionals.

    CBC’s Capitol Sports Radio group is home to the play-by-play broadcasts of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Carolina Panthers, and CBC produces and broadcasts Durham Bulls home games all season long on WRAZ-TV’s dot-two digital channel.

     

    • Capitol Broadcasting Company Partners with Professional Builders Supply

      Capitol Broadcasting Company announced on Thursday, June 2, 2017, the acquisition of a substantial interest in Professional Builders Supply (PBS), a Morrisville-based building material distributor serving major markets across the Carolinas. The investment creates a new equity partnership among CBC
    • American Tobacco Thanks Local First Responders for Service

      American Tobacco produced its inaugural First Responder Appreciation Day on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.  Led by Event Professional Fernanda Araujo, American Tobacco set out to personally thank over 600+ Durham City and Durham County First Responders for their service by
    • RailHawks Sign Multiyear Local Broadcast Partnership With Capitol Broadcasting Company

      RailHawks become the first professional soccer team in North Carolina to broadcast all regular season matches on television, radio, and online For the first time in their 10-year history, the Carolina RailHawks in partnership with Capitol Broadcasting Company will broadcast all
    • NASCAR Bill Elliott

      Bill Elliott, “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville”, was one of NASCAR’s top drivers in the Winston Cup series. He drove the #9 car to victory lane many times during his career. Jay Jennings, WRAL sports photographer, shows us what it is like to watch a NASCAR race upclose. Video shot August 8, 1985.

    • First LiveStar at race track

      LiveStar I at the Daytona Beach International Speedway for coverage of Speed Weeks and the big 500 mile race.

  • Sportscasts

     

    The names read like a “Who’s Who” among North Carolina’s legendary sports announcers.  From Ray Reeve and Bill Currie to Nick Pond, Rich Brenner and Tom Suiter – WRAL’s broadcast history is filled with sportscasters who had a unique style that made sports come alive to their listeners and viewers.

     

    • THRILL WEEK Hang Gliding with sports photog Jay Jennings

      WRAL Sports photographer Jay Jennings got to be on the other side of the camera during “Thrill Week” November, 1987. In this episode, Jay traveled out to the birthplace of aviation – Kitty Hawk, N.C. Find out if Jay has the “right stuff.”

    • WRAL Sports anchor Tom Suiter rides an elephant at Rocky Mount Fair

      WRAL Sports anchor Tom Suiter triumphantly returns to his hometown, Rocky Mount, on an elephant and has some fun at the Rocky Mount Fair. An extra bonus is Tom introducing his mother to the home crowd and the WRAL viewers. (circa 1985)

    • Football Friday 1996 sports promo

      Legendary WRAL sportscaster Tom Suiter developed the concept for Football Friday in 1981 and the show took off from there! WRAL sports photographers are deployed throughout eastern North Carolina to cover high school Friday night football games. The highlights and scores are revealed on the action packed “Football Friday” sportscast at 11:30pm.

    • Football Friday with Tom Suiter promo 1992

      WRAL Sports anchor, Tom Suiter, developed “Football Friday” in 1981. At first it was simply part of the sports segment during the 11:00 PM newscast. By 1989, the super, popular segment had grown into a program of its own. “Football Friday” airs after the 11:00PM newscast. The fast pace, high energy show continues to be very popular with viewers in Eastern North Carolina. This promo was produced in 1992.

    • Ray Reeve calls UNC vs USC 1957 ACC Championship

      AUDIO ONLY – Radio broadcast taped “live” onto a home recorder by Ray Reeve, Jr. – audio level will be low for 90 seconds starting at the 4 minute point into the broadcast. Legendary WRAL sportscaster, Ray Reeve calls the play-by-play action of this classic basketball game pitting UNC (Tar Heels) against USC (Gamecocks) for the 1957 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. The game was played March 9, 1957. UNC won the game 95-75, and advanced to win the NCAA Basketball Championship to cap off a flawless season. Sportscaster Bill Currie provides post game coverage.

  • Wrestling

     

    One of the most popular and long-lasting programs in WRAL-TV history was Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. The matches were recorded every Wednesday night in WRAL’s Studio A and were televised on Channel 5 on Saturdays.

    WRAL-TV was the main studio home for the wrestling productions that were syndicated throughout the region by Jim Crockett Promotions. Raleigh promoter Joe Murnick coordinated the Raleigh events and is also remembered as the ring announcer for many of the WRAL matches in the 1970s.

    The weekly influx of wrestlers and their entourages made for interesting times at WRAL-TV. Colorful personalities like Wahoo McDaniel, Black Jack Mulligan and Ric Flair made WRAL home every Wednesday afternoon–recording promos, playing cards, wandering the halls and occasionally getting into shouting matches that brought a carnival atmosphere to the station. By and large the wrestlers were a genial group, but when the matches got underway in front of hundreds of screaming fans in Studio A – it was all business.

    WRAL on-air personalities became some of the most popular play-by-play hosts for the matches. North Carolina Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Ray Reeve was first to call the matches, followed by Nick Pond and the legendary Bob Caudle—who gained his greatest fame as the voice of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. Weatherman Bob DeBardelaben even got in on the action, putting his voice on the famous announcement that always preceded commercial breaks: “Let’s take time for this commercial message about the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling events coming up in your area.”

    The first known wrestling program at WRAL-TV was recorded on January 31, 1959. The matches ran continuously for more than two decades before coming to an end July 29, 1981.

     

    • “Wrassling” and Heavyweight Boxing Champ Joe Louis

      During the 1960’s, the highest rated locally-produced show in the Raleigh/Durham television market was WRAL’s Championship Wrestling. The program was produced weekly in studio A and aired each Saturday afternoon at five o’clock. The show was produced by promoter Joe
    • Earl Ashe first director at WRAL

      Earl Ashe was the first director to be hired at WRAL-TV. Ashe shares his stories about the weeks leading up to sign-on in December, 1956. He also shares his background as a pioneer in eastern North Carolina television prior to his arrival in Raleigh. Ashe worked with legendary WRAL personalities Ray Reeves, Bill Armstrong, Bob Knapp, and more. He tells an interesting story about meeting President Ford.

    • Joe Murnick

      WRAL-TV sales representative and wrestling promoter in 1960s staff photo

    • Bob Caudle

      Weatherman and wrestling announcer in 1960s staff photo

    • Wrestling tale as told by Bob Sadler

      WRAL photographer Bob Sadler joined the station in 1969 and served in the news department as well as local production, public affairs and documentaries. During the 60’s and 70’s, WRAL produced wrestling shows. Bob shares a quick memory about the wrestlers.