CBS Early Show Live Broadcast A Hit in Downtown Raleigh

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CBS Early Show Live Broadcast A Hit in Downtown Raleigh

See It For Yourself:
View these slideshows of the CBS Early Show in Raleigh:
Shelly Leslie photos
Photos of the Friday broadcast from WRAL-TV’s Shelly Leslie.
Jonathan Stotts photos
Photos from the Friday broadcast by’s Jonathan Stotts.
Ed Williams photos
Photos from the Thursday rehearsal by Corporate’s Ed Williams.

The CBS Early Show took Raleigh by storm on Friday, July 13, 2007, with a live broadcast and music by Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs.   The second in the Early Show’s series of Summer in the City tour, the Raleigh show touted the Southern city as a “wonderful mix of old and new.”

Folks started trickling onto Fayetteville Street downtown at 4:30am and a crowd of hundreds were packed into the space in between the concert stage and anchor set by the live broadcast launch at 7:00am. 

CBS Early Show Anchor Hannah Storm and Weather Anchor Dave Price wowed the crowd in Raleigh and the national audience with stories about Raleigh, BBQ, a cooking segment with Angus Barn Chef Walter Royal and a NASCAR pit stop competition.

“It was a great event,” said WRAL-TV Creative Director Shelly Leslie.  “Good, screaming North Carolina crowd! I heard Hannah Storm say ‘this is the best crowd we’ve had anywhere!’”

CBS brought a huge crew to pull off the broadcast with multiple shooting locations. 

“It was fun to watch behind the scenes,” said Leslie.  “Only takes a few minutes to see these crews know what they’re doing. The show ran like clockwork. No chaos.”

Check out these links for some of the stories from the CBS Early Show’s Raleigh broadcast, as well as some impressions from behind the scenes:

Dancin’ in the Streets
You never know who you’ll meet on the street. WRAL-TV Lead Designer Bill Burch ran into his neighbor Valerie Minogue on Fayetteville Street during the live CBS Early Show broadcast. Burch and his daughters’ Girl Scout leader cut a hilarious rug as they dance to the sounds of Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby.
Dancers Dancers Dancers
Dancers Dancers Dancers Dancers

Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Shelly Leslie & Jonathan Stotts & Corporate’s Ed Williams for these capcom photos.


POSTED: July 17, 2007

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