Former WRAL executive Fred Barber dies

Posted May 27, 2014

Fred Barber

— Fred Barber, a former executive at WRAL, died Sunday of complications after surgery. He was 76.

Barber joined Capitol Broadcasting Company in 1976 as WRAL vice president and general manager. He left in 1979 to manage several other major market television stations, but in 1987, he rejoined Capitol Broadcasting as vice president and general manager of WTTV in Indianapolis.

In 1990, he returned to Raleigh as vice president of television and general manager of WRAL. Six years later he was named Capitol Broadcasting senior vice president for television. He retired in 1998.

Outside of broadcasting, he served as a board member of the Raleigh Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army, and he helped build The Healing Place, a local center for homeless people with alcohol and drug dependency.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Healing Place Endowment Fund.


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  • nandud May 27, 2014

    His passing is such sad news to those of us who knew him.

  • Jeff Johnson May 27, 2014
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    Am sorry for your loss. He obviously left a positive mark on the world in which he lived.