Smart Start Kids is a locally produced children’s program for 3- to 5-year olds and their families. Local children are the “stars” of the show and go “behind the scenes” of interesting places throughout North Carolina. Besides fun, educational “field trips,” host Willa Brigham, encourages children to share their stories, sing songs, ask questions and play along. Smart Start Kids began airing on WRAL in October 2002 and won a Mid-South Regional Emmy Award in the Children’s Educational Program category in 2004. Besides WRAL, Capitol Broadcasting Company also broadcasts this program on its stations in Charlotte and Wilmington and shares this award-winning program with statewide television station UNC-TV.