WRAL-TV’s 300-foot television tower will turn into a tree of lights on December 1st.
WRAL-TV’s tower will once again become a beacon of the holiday spirit on Wednesday, December 1, 2010.
The annual event transforms the station’s 300-foot tower into a 300-foot Christmas tree. Three 5-foot stars adorn the top of the tower, and 2,805 colored lights keep it glowing through New Year’s Day.
The 51st annual tower lighting will be part of the evening newscast. Coverage will begin at 5pm, including studio musical performances from the Pitchforks, a male a cappella group from Duke University.
WRAL-TV Anchor Debra Morgan & Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel will flip the switch on the lights at approximately 6:15pm. Tune in to WRAL for the big event, and then enjoy the lights as you drive by the station on Western Blvd during this holiday season.
A WRAL Tradition
The tradition, the vision of A.J. Fletcher, the founder of WRAL’s parent company, Capitol Broadcasting Co., began in 1959. Each year, Fletcher would read “A Christmas Carol” to viewers before the tower was lit.
Since then, the original tradition has been embellished with new ones, including musical performances, aerial video from Sky 5 and streaming video to the Web and mobile phones.