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WRAL's 'Aunt Millie' dies

Posted August 13, 2009 11:34 a.m. EDT
Updated August 13, 2009 4:26 p.m. EDT

— Former WRAL employee Mildred Bradley, who was best known as "Aunt Millie" on the Uncle Paul Show in the 1960s, died early Thursday. She was 87.

Bradley worked at WRAL and its parent company, Capitol Broadcasting Co., for 35 years, helping it grow from a 250-watt radio station into a telecommunications company that included a variety of media platforms. She served in a number of positions in the programming and editorial departments, as well as in minority affairs, special projects and corporate administration.

During the 1960s, she had a regular role as "Aunt Millie" on the Uncle Paul children's show starring Paul Montgomery.

She retired from the company in 1990 but continued to work part time as an executive secretary and switchboard receptionist for another 10 years.

“I joined (Capitol Broadcasting) in 1991 and fell with love with Mildred the moment I met her,” said Sandy Ceppos, the company's human resources information systems administrator. “We bonded instantly. She was a very caring person. At this past year's holiday party, I had the honor of walking her out as she was leaving and had few minutes to visit with her daughter. Mildred was a great employee, and even more important, she was a great mother to her kids.”

Bradley's daughter, Sylvia, was a farm reporter for WRAL-TV for several years.

Visitation is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Brown Wynn Funeral Home on St. Mary's Street in Raleigh. Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hayes Barton Baptist Church in Raleigh.