Tar Heel Traveler pays tribute to Charlie Gaddy on his 90th birthday
From his boyhood home to the WRAL anchor desk, Charlie Gaddy shares memories of a legendary career.
if you look on them at a map of north Carolina, there's a dot in the middle. The word Biscoe is right beside the dot charlie. Gaddafi's hometown. It's a wonderful little town. Kind of reminds me of Mayberry and I can remember sitting on the steps of our little house and hearing ed Murrow on the radio from London, 1940, there's another searchlight while the bombs were falling. Just a few people here walking rather hurriedly toward the air raid shelters. But the idea that Ed Murrow was talking to daddy and me and Biscoe just made the hair stand up on my head and I thought I sure would like to be a broadcaster. But instead, young charlie went to Washington to study law. I didn't flunk out. I always quick to say that. But after I got into contracts torts and legal methods, I thought, oh my God, I just threw in the towel and started knocking on doors at the huge broadcast stations up there. And I got in one of them at NBC as a page boy. It's where he met his future wife Nancy, an executive secretary at NBC. She had this great figure and this little summer dresses weaving back and forth and I just thought I need to get to know that girl. This is NBC. There was an audition for summer replacement announcer and that's how I got on the air. I had to give the system. Q after meet the press. This is the NBC television network. That was all I had to say. But I'll tell you my hands broke out in a sweat and that was back when we had to keep the log for the FCC and my hands perspired. So I was smearing the ink and everything. Good morning and welcome to our FM left news. He learned of a job opening in Raleigh, reading commercials, reading news and hosting a show and it was a telephone call in thing and it got to be very popular and that's how I got over to Channel five because Channel five wanted charlie for its show. It's Good Morning charlie. The show that makes you the star at times he was a singing star for tonight. I'm going to see mama chair of me. Oh, but eventually he became the W. R. A. L. News anchor. Good Evening. I'm charlie Gaddy and welcome to our new expanded edition of Action News five. He was on the desk and in the field for 24 years. The hot and arid summer of 1977 continues tonight. Tell me about the Robison Ian newspaper and the hostage situation. Oh my goodness! Eddie. Hatcher, american indian activists went in there with a shotgun. What will it take for you to just put the guns down and let those people get out of there. I talked to him and I said, Eddie, you've got to put that gun down and he said, well I want to talk with Governor Hunt. So I put Hatcher and the governor on the phone together and Governor Hunt talked him into putting the gun down the tornado that struck Raleigh in 1988. We were coming in here with the fireman and the rescue people at the same time. We were that early, the 50th anniversary of D Day and the people of this part of France would have true heroes for life. That was one of the most emotional stories. The white crosses takes your breath away. There's the sacrifice right there in front of you. Action News five with Charlie Getty. I found news made my life Enriched in so many ways. The man in the White House now is President Ronald. Reagan Charlie retired from W. R. A. L. in 1994. My father died at 65. Now I did. I was 63 when I retired. I didn't think I was going to die 65. But I thought, well maybe 70 Or maybe 75. Well here I am, Here I am, 90, 90. And grateful and wise. The young people would say to me, what is the secret? I said there is no secret. You follow the truth and your fair and you just use your common sense. The temperature inside these tents 110 degrees. I do feel good about what I've done because I've seen things and I couldn't have imagined being a boy from Biscoe. It was amazing. Really? II