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  • “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.