WRAL-TV celebrates 60 years

Posted December 5, 2016
Updated December 15, 2016

A look back at WRAL's first days

Timeline: WRAL technological advances

Photos: Look back through the years

Looking back: WRAL-TV celebrates 60 years

Our memories - visit the WRAL history site

Charlie Gaddy
Legendary news anchor Charlie Gaddy talks about some of the big stories he covered during his 24 years at WRAL. He also shares behind the scenes memories and why he decided to retire.
Bobbie Battista
Barbara Ann "Bobbie" Battista was a producer, on-air host and primary evening news anchor at WRAL-TV from 1974 to 1981. She left Raleigh to join a start-up cable network known as CNN, eventually becoming one of the network's most recognizable stars.
Bob Debardelaben
Although he was not a trained meteorologist, “The Biggest Name in Weather” Bob DeBardelaben delivered the forecast for WRAL News from 1976 to 1989 with humor and personality. He died October 6, 2014, at the age of 88.
Jesse Helms
Throughout the 1960s, Jesse Helms wrote and delivered daily "Viewpoint" editorials on WRAL-TV. His election to the Senate in 1972 took him to Washington and away from WRAL. Helms died in 2008 at the age of 86.
Scottie Stephenson
Louise “Scottie” Stephenson was one of the founders of WRAL's parent company, Capitol Broadcasting Company. She spent 58 years at CBC, the last 49 as corporate secretary and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. She died in 2002 at the age of 80.
Bill Armstrong
Bill Armstrong was WRAL-TV’s first news director and a primary news anchor from 1956 to 1966. His role included chasing down the news then reporting it himself from the anchor desk.

WRAL's 60th anniversary trivia quiz

60 years of WRAL: Trivia quiz


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