It is somehow fitting that this year, 2016, we celebrate 60 years of broadcasting excellence with the network we invited to the dance, NBC. In 1956 WRAL-TV General Manager Fred Fletcher, son of CBC Founder A.J.Fletcher, signed the contract with Harry Bannister, Vice President of NBC.
WRAL’s association with NBC brought a bevy of stars through the years. Dorothy Collins, star of the NBC show “The Lucky Strike Hit Parade,” came to Raleigh on October 17, 1956. She, along with A.J. Fletcher, grabbed a shovel and turned the soil marking the beginning of construction for the television studios.
When construction was complete, NBC President Robert Sarnoff, son of RCA/NBC Founder David Sarnoff, cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the WRAL broadcast facilities on Western Boulevard.
February 29, 2016, WRAL and NBC will make the leap into a new era. Stay tuned!
Thanks to Corp’s Pam Allen for this capcom story. Pam Parris Allen is a former WRAL newscast producer/director who now works as a researcher and producer on the CBC History Project.