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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 First HD Newscast at State Fair

    WRAL-TV led the nation in the development of High Definition broadcasting. On October 13, 2000 WRAL made history by broadcasting the entire 5:00 PM newscast LIVE in HD from the State Fair. The historic newscast was broadcast from a special stage at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. The broadcast came just days after WRAL announced it was purchasing equipment from Panasonic to allow the station to gather all of its news stories in the 1080i format. WRAL was the first in the country to convert its entire news operation into HD. This video documents the historic moment from a behind-the-scenes perspective.

    In 1996, WRAL was the first station in the nation to start broadcasting in HD even though most viewers did not have an HD television set.

  • 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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