Talkin’ Countryfide!

Throwback Thursday: CBC History

Ray Wilkinson & Bob Sadler

Ray Wilkinson (left) with WRAL Photographer Bob Sadler. Sadler shot the majority of farm pieces “back in the day.”

Do you know the meaning of “settin’ up, puttin’ in, comin’ off, and comin’ out?” If not – you are not as smart as a North Carolina tobacco farmer. Today, you will become learned (pronounced “learn -ed”) in talkin’ countryfide. Your teacher is Ray Wilkinson (1925-2004), CBC Vice President and General Manager of Tobacco Radio Network. His fictitious characters, Leonard and Cecil, play major roles in his story telling.

If you are ready to be edified in the language of countryfide, set yourself down and watch Ray deliver a side splitting, bust-a-gut, knee slapping talk to a crowd at a function somewhere in eastern North Carolina. We estimate the time period to be mid-to-late ‘80s. CBC History VIDEO: Ray Wilkinson talks about Cecil and Leonard

Ray Wilkinson with Cecil and Leonard

Ray Wilkinson with Cecil and Leonard.

If you are not familiar with Ray, please check out his biography on the CBC History website by clicking: CBC History: Ray Wilkinson.

To know more about Ray’s personality as a fellow CBCer, check out a past “Throwback Thursday” article by clicking: Capcom: “A Gentleman Farmer Broadcaster,” Ray Wilkinson

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.

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