WRAZ Traded Hats at Midnight
Posted July 30, 1998
RALEIGH — Big changes took place Friday at Midnight for Triangle and eastern North Carolina television viewers. WRAL's sister station, WRAZ Channel 50 became the new home of the Fox TV Network.
The signs of change are all over the place. Channel 50 has completely re-organized. Durham's Diamond View building is home to the new Fox 50. Workers continued to put on finishing touches Friday, where administration and sales will operate.
"We will be able to divide our sales effort up, and better serve the entire Triangle area," WRAZ General Manager Tommy Schenck said.
All the popular Fox programming like Ally McBeal, the X-Files, The Simpsons as well as the new Fox shows coming up this Fall move to channel 50 at midnight. Sports fans are going to stay glued to Fox 50.
"You're going to see the Super Bowl this January from Miami, Florida," Schenck said. "You're going to see the World Series, and you're going to see all of the NFC games, and whenever we can, the Carolina Panthers."
The 10 p.m. news on the new Fox 50 will have a crisp, new look with a new set and some new faces on the news team.
They are seasoned anchors and reporters, and will provide strong local and national coverage.
"It's designed for today's busy lifestyle, for people who get home late from work and maybe don't want to stay up as late as eleven," Schenck said.
As Fox moves to 50, the WB moves over to Channel 22, and that is more than just a change of signs.
Fox network programming begins on WRAZ tomorrow at 8 a.m. with children's shows. The first Fox 50 10 p.m. News airs Saturday night.