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    The half-hour WRAL documentary “State of Inequality” examines the wealth divide between people and places in North Carolina. It profiles someone in the top one-percent and someone living below the poverty line. It looks at their common bonds, different paths and their shared view on the issue of income inequality. The documentary also profiles Wake and Bertie counties and examines why they are on opposite ends of the prosperity scale. “State of Inequality” also explores the effects of wealth disparity and possible solutions to lessen its impact.

    “State of Inequality” is hosted by WRAL News anchor David Crabtree. Produced and written by Clay Johnson.

    The documentary was shot in 4K High Dynamic Range and broadcasted in High Definition. Aired Thursday, March 16, 2017.

  • 20th Anniversary of HD Launch at WRAL

    This Saturday, July 23, 2016, will mark the 20th anniversary of WRAL launching HD.  The station began the transmission of full-power digital test signals on the same date in 1996, with authorization granted by the FCC.  Capitol Broadcasting led the
  • WRAL HD Newsroom launch promo

    WRAL led the nation in HD television development. WRAL-TV obtained the first experimental HDTV (high-definition television) license in June of 1996 and became the first commercial television station in the nation to broadcast a HDTV signal a little over one month later. In 2000, WRAL converted its entire news operation to HD, including the cameras onboard the news helicopter, SKY 5. This promo informs the viewer of the benefits of watching HD, even though many did not have an HD television set in 2000.

  • Wilderness North Carolina

    Capitol Broadcasting Company helped establish the first HD digital cinema in the country at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. WRAL, the first HD station in the country, commissioned Art Howard (former WRAL news photographer) to travel across North Carolina to gather images with a high definition camera showcasing the diverse wilderness of our state. WRAL News anchor Bill Leslie hosts this fabulous presentation produced in 2000.

  • WRAL Parade of Sail

    WRAL Parade of Sail (2006) was a live HD broadcast featuring 13 tall ships from around the world sailing through Beaufort Inlet in eastern North Carolina. The broadcast required enormous technical expertise to integrate eight live cameras located in a variety of locations including aerials from SKY 5, two sailboats in the parade of ships, remote coverage from reporters, and a set for the hosts. The music heard throughout the broadcast was composed by WRAL News anchor Bill Leslie. The event was hosted by WRAL News anchors Bill Leslie and Debra Morgan. Guests included Rodney Kemp, historian, and Don Holloway, Tall Ships Event Coordinator. WRAL News anchor David Crabtree provided onsite interviews with people who came to see the ships.
    The following ships were featured: MEKA II, Ada Mae, Compass Rose, Serenity, Three Belles, Cisne Branco from Brazil, Jeanie B, Margaret, Phoenix, Virginia, Wolf, Alliance and A.J. Meerwald. One photographer was onboard the Meerwald and another photographer was onboard a chase boat.
    The broadcast was nominated for an EMMY award for technical achievement. Bob Gubar served as director.

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