1957 UNC Champs Return!
Posted January 10, 2008 8:54 a.m. EST
Updated January 10, 2008 8:58 a.m. EST
I got a note last week from Dave Langley, one of the folks who helped sign on WRAL-TV back in December 1956.
Mr. Langley has a neat Web site with some old pictures and film of WRAL in its earliest days, and he just added a gallery of pictures from 1957, when the UNC men's basketball team returned to Raleigh-Durham (not International at the time) Airport after winning the national championship. From his site:
"On March 23, 1957, the University of North Carolina won National Basketball Championship by upsetting the University of Kansas in triple overtime in Kansas City. The next afternoon, I went out to see the team arrive and was surprised by the large crowd of a couple thousand fans. When I got to the crowd, I saw a WRAL-TV crew with a film camera on top of steps used by aircraft passengers. They said they needed an audio operator and waved for me to come help them. I sat under the camera tripod most of the time and operated the audio level for WRAL-TV News anchor Bill Armstrong. Used the good location to take a few slides with my 35 mm camera."