What Do You Remember?
& WRAL-TV History Project
December 17, 1953, CBC's now-Corporate Secretary Louise "Scottie" Stephenson
arrived at the FCC office in Washington, DC, with WRAL's then-Chief Engineer
Virgil Duncan. The two held in their hands the final documentation for
WRAL-TV's application for the one VHF frequency reserved for Raleigh,
North Carolina, channel 5. They arrived at the FCC just thirty minutes
before the deadline.
Three years later
in October, after a fierce legal battle in the nation's capital, CBC's
founding father A.J. Fletcher led a gathering to break ground on the WRAL-TV
station. Then, on the afternoon of December 15, 1956, he symbolically
flipped the switch to begin broadcasting.
TV or memorabilia from
the station we want to know. Feel free to share anything from the mundane
to the fantastic.
Do you recognize these pieces of WRAL-TV's history?
commemorate its 50th anniversary in 2006, and the staff of Capitol
Broadcasting Company has begun putting together the pieces of the
station's history in an effort to plan for the celebration and to
gather the narrative of history before they slip away.
CBC is calling
all members of the community and company employees to help with
the project. If you, or someone you know, have memories of WRAL-
CBC established a
committee to undertake this information-gathering project. If you have
items at home or in the office that are the pieces to the puzzle of WRAL-TV's
history, whether these items can be borrowed by the committee to copy
or originals you would like to donate to the library being created, please
let us know.
some time to reminisce…who and what embodies CBC & WRAL-TV? We are
also compiling a list of people to interview about the company history--people
who can put pieces into place--those both past & present, employees
What do you remember?
If you have ideas,
items or memories to share, please contact Doug
Peedin at Capitol Broadcasting Company via email
or phone (890-6007).