The North Carolina State University basketball team won the NCAA Championship in 1983. The team advanced through the basketball season in thrilling fashion and won the championship with a buzzer beater! Final score: NCSU 54. University of Houston 52.
According to NCSU, the White House extended an invitation for the team to visit Washington, and WRAL offered to cover the expenses, but N.C. State didn’t accept the offer because of NCAA rules. WRAL did the next best thing. Since the station is conventiently located across the street (Western Blvd) the team gathered at WRAL in Studio A. WRAL engineering figured a way to uplink a satellite feed from WRAL into the White House and coordinate a downlink from the White House back into WRAL for a two-way audio/video exchange. It took two control rooms to accomplish the live broadcast. This was the first time a satellite feed from a commercial television station had ever been received by the White House.
The video is an old VHS copy of the WRAL broadcast which explains the low grade video quality. The copy is an edited version as well.
May 9, 2016 the 1983 NCSU Championship Team finally made it to the White House. President Barak Obama warmly received the team for a recognition long over due. Sadly, Lorenzo Charles who scored the winning goal passed away a few years earlier.