• 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.

     

    • The Jim Valvano Show blooper

      This short video clip demonstrates that even pros like legendary WRAL sportscaster Nick Pond can get tongue tied.

      The early version of The Jim Valvano Show was taped in Studio A at WRAL-TV. The campus of NCSU is located across the street from WRAL which made it convenient for NCSU coaches and athletes. During this taping, Pond finds himself struggling to say “NAIA” while referring to the division below NCAA. He finally gives up. Valvano takes it in stride with a simple whistle. The director fades to black so they can regroup and record the segment again.

      Circa 1982.

    • Nick Pond promotion

      Promotion card for WRAL-TV sportscaster Nick Pond.

    • The Norm Sloan Show – NCSU basketball

      “The Norm Sloan Show” with WRAL-TV Sports Anchor Nick Pond and NCSU Basketball Coach Norm Sloan. December 29, 1974.

    • Nick Pond and Coach Sloan

      Sports Director Nick Pond interviewing NCSU coach Norman Sloan

  • 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.

     

    • WRAL presents “Attack Of The Cardiac Pack” NCSU 1983 Champs

      1983 “March Madness” resulted NC State winning the NCAA National Basketball Championship. The team was tagged with the nickname “Cardiac Pack” after winning games that ended in heart-stopping, buzzer beater baskets.

      Watch this 30 minute program, complete with vintage commercials, that captures the excitement on campus and in the community. GO PACK!

    • 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
    • 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.

    • JamBurger ACC Basketball Preview December 1992

      JAMBURGER is a descriptive word created by legendary WRAL sports anchor Tom Suiter. It simply means a basketball player jams the basketball down the hoop with force. Eat that!

      The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) consistently produces top tier college basketball teams. In 1992, the conference was relatively small compared to the number of colleges participating in it today. The perennial college favorites from the state of North Carolina are Duke, UNC, NC State and Wake Forest. Out-of-state contenders are just as talented: Georgia Tech, University of Virginia, University of Maryland, and Clemson University.

      “Tom Suiter’s ACC JAMBURGER Preview” produced in December, 1992 features each ACC basketball team. WRAL Sports reporters include Bob Holliday, Jay Jennings, Jeff Gravley, and Rick Sullivan. WRAL Sports anchor Tom Suiter is joined by sports columnists Barry Jacobs and Caulton Tudor.

      The program was produced by Jay Jennings and Peter Anlyan.

    • WRAL news coverage of UNC basketball championship 1982

      This video is news coverage of the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina winning the NCAA Basketball Championship in 1982. They played against the Hoyas of Georgetown University. The game was played in New Orleans.

  • 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-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
    • 1999 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremonies

      WRAL provided coverage of the opening ceremonies of the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games held at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. The competition venues were primarily located in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill between June 26 and July 4, 1999. A few events were held in neighboring towns of Cary, Pittsboro, and Garner.
      Special Olympics was created by Eunice Kennedy Shriver when she saw how unjustly and unfairly people with intellectual disabilities were treated. She also saw that many children with intellectual disabilities didn’t even have a place to play. She decided to take action. The first International Special Olympics Summer Games were held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA on July 20, 1968.
      In this video, you’ll watch the international athletes representing their countries march through the stadium. Learn how North Carolina became the host of this massive event that became the largest international sporting held in North Carolina.

    • 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.

     

    • 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.

    • Scott hosting Late Night with Roy

      ESPN anchor Stuart Scott hosting Late Night with Roy Williams in the Smith Center October 24, 2008. Scott was a WRAL-TV News reporter from 1988-1990.

  • 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.

     

    • 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.

    • Tom Suiter WRAL Sports Anchor

      Tom Suiter, a native of Rocky Mount, joined WRAL-TV as a sportscaster in 1971. He had just graduated from Erskine College located in Due West, South Carolina. The rest, as they say, is history!

      Suiter was hired by his hero of sportscasters, Ray Reeve. Under Reeve, and then later Nick Pond, he honed his sports delivery and developed a unique style which included the addition of new words like, “Jamburger” and “Crunchburger.”

      The first interview Tom Suiter ever did as a paid sports journalist was with legendary UCLA head coach John Wooden. The last interview he conducted as WRAL –TV sports anchor was with Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, in 2008.

      Suiter is best known for “Football Friday,” a segment of the sportscast that featured video highlights of the games and final scores. The segment grew from coverage of eight games to 50+ games, and from a segment in the sportscast to a thirty minute program that aired after the late newscast.

      “The Extra Effort Award” is another segment developed by Suiter to recognize high school student -athletes. Throughout the school year, he would honor one person – nominated by schools – each week who excels not only on the playing field but also in the classroom and in the community.

      Suiter was elected to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2011. He has also been named the winner of the annual Media Representative of the Year by the NCHSAA and was honored by the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a place in the Silver Circle. He has been nominated for 17 regional Emmy’s, winning two, and was named the NC Sportscaster of the year in 1990 by the National Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association.

      This interview was produced in 2006 for the 50th Anniversary of WRAL. David Crabtree, WRAL news anchor, is the interviewer. Note that the video is in raw form, meaning that it had not been edited for final production. You will see camera adjustments that would have been covered with other camera angles.

  • 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
    • Championship wrestling at WRAL-TV

      Professional wrestlers mix it up in Channel 5 Studio A in early 1959. Hundreds of spectators crammed into the studio each week to watch the action.

    • 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