The clouds parted and the sun shone down on Capitol Broadcasting as WRAL-TV made the change to NBC on Monday, February 29, 2016. The day began with CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon flipping the switch in Master Control, live on air with WRAL-TV Anchors Renee Chou and Bill Leslie at 7am. The Today Show began as WRAL’s first NBC show on air.
NBC Affiliate Relations President Jean Dietze spent the day at the Big 5, as the big switch happened and daylong celebrations marked the teaming up of NBC and WRAL.
“Thank you for welcoming NBC to your family,” she said. “This is an affiliate relations dream come true. NBC and WRAL belong together.”
She emphasized that at NBC “everything is done with local affiliates in mind. What you guys think and do is important to us.”
NBC News Correspondent Harry Smith also came to Raleigh to talk to staffers during their luncheon celebration.
“There aren’t that many places in the country with the commitment WRAL makes to news and the community anymore,” said Smith. “WRAL has been steadfast forever.”
But Smith said he is confident that WRAL-TV and NBC are a great match.
“We just won the lottery,” he said. “For us, this is a huge thing. Thank you for welcoming NBC to your family. This is an affiliate relations dream come true. NBC and WRAL belong together.”
WRAL-TV is proud to welcome NBC to the family. Find the new programming line up HERE. Remember, WRAL-TV will continue to bring you the great newscasts you are already used to, paired up with The Today Show, NBC Nightly News and the great line up of NBC primetime programs.
“Thank YOU for your patience as NBC joins WRAL,” WRAL-TV Anchor/Reporter Brian Shrader posted. “As I’ve said to many viewers on here, we are thrilled to serve you any way we can, any time, anywhere! Some of your shows may have moved around, but WRAL News is still here — same times, same channel, same people! Thanks for your loyalty to WRAL TV!”
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