Inside WRAL

New media? old enough to raise a glass

Posted January 18

WRAL-TV, long known for technical innovation, was among the first local television stations in the country to step into the bold, new world of the internet.

The year was 1996, and WRAL OnLive (originally at went live on Jan. 17 with a report by Tom Lawrence.

The original homepage was a hand-drawn image of a virtual town dubbed Happy Valley. Visitors navigated the simple site by clicking on the satellite truck for news, the stadium for sports and the sun for weather.

Happy Valley, the original WRAL web design

Over the years, spun off sites specific to technology (, sports ( and high school sports ( and developed apps to deliver everything from news stories to live video to weather warnings.

For millions across the Triangle, is the first place they check in the morning and the last place they check at night for breaking news, bargains and even best bets for how to spend the weekend.

This year, marks another milestone. The site has reached the age most consider full-fledged adulthood.

So raise a glass and toast the leading digital news provider in the Triangle. in 2001 in 2001 in 2006 in 2006 in 2011 in 2011 in 2016 in 2016


Please with your account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all

About this Blog:

Inside WRAL takes you behind the scenes of the news business and the stories we cover.