New media? WRAL.com 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 http://www.wral-tv.com) 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.
Over the years, WRAL.com spun off sites specific to technology (WRALTechWire.com), sports (WRALSportsFan.com) and high school sports (HighSchoolOT.com) and developed apps to deliver everything from news stories to live video to weather warnings.
For millions across the Triangle, WRAL.com 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, WRAL.com 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.
WRAL.com in 2001
WRAL.com in 2006
WRAL.com in 2011
WRAL.com in 2016