Highlights for Tom Suiter
A legend in sports broadcasting whose name is synonymous with WRAL will be honored statewide this spring. Tom Suiter will be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Suiter, who spent four decades as a sports reporter and
After several years of dreaming, North Carolina landed the Olympic Festival for 1987. The opening ceremonies took place on July 17, 1987 in Carter-Finley stadium in Raleigh. Athletic events were held in nearby cities. Greensboro hosted figure and speed skating. Durham was the site for track and field, soccer and wrestling. Chapel Hill hosted basketball, gymnastics, and swimming. Cary was home base for archery. Raleigh was tapped to host diving, boxing, and equestrian. Kerr Lake was the site for yachting.
WRAL Sports anchors Tom Suiter and Bob Holliday host this special broadcast, Dreams of Gold, leading up to the festival.
Capitol Broadcasting Company was a Grand Patron sponsor of the Festival.
Aired: July 11, 1987
Bob DeBardelaben, Bobbie Battista, Charlie Gaddy and Tom Suiter are joined by successors at reunion in 2006
1983 “March Madness” resulted NC State winning the NCAA National Basketball Championship. The team was tagged with the nickname “Cardiac Pack” after winning games that ended in heart-stopping, buzzer beater baskets.
Watch this 30 minute program, complete with vintage commercials, that captures the excitement on campus and in the community. GO PACK!
LIVE@ was a unique 10 minute program that streamed “live” from a mini-studio/control room on WRAL.com. The program was hosted by Brian Shrader. Most of the guests were staff members of WRAL-TV and WRAL.COM. The program was spontaneous, unscripted craziness! Guests would offer comments on fun happenings in the local community and offer critiques on movies and other entertainment events.
WRAL Sports anchor Tom Suiter, semi-retired in 2009, was Brian’s guest on July 23, 2009. Tom fully retired in July, 2016. There is non-stop laughter during this 10 minute interview. Fasten your seatbelts!