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WRAL-TV, virtual channel 5 (UHF digital channel 48), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
United States
and serving the Triangle region (Raleigh–Durham–Chapel Hill–Fayetteville). It is the flagship station of the Capitol Broadcasting Company, which has owned the station since its inception. WRAL-TV's studios are located at Capitol Broadcasting Company headquarters on Western Boulevard in West Raleigh, and its transmitter is located in Auburn. WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
is co-owned with Fox affiliate WRAZ (channel 50) and radio stations WRAL-FM
WRAL-FM
(101.5 MHz), WCMC-FM (99.9 MHz), WDNC (620 kHz), and WCLY (1550 kHz). The operations of WRAZ and the radio stations are co-located at WRAL-TV's studios. WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
is available on cable channel 3 in most of the Triangle, except in outlying areas of the market, where it is available on channel 5. On Charter Spectrum, the station is shown in high definition on digital channel 1209. It is also available on cable in large portions of eastern areas of the state. The station has been affiliated with NBC
NBC
since February 29, 2016, when it ended a 30-year affiliation with CBS
CBS
(the CBS
CBS
affiliation has since been picked up by Goldsboro-licensed WNCN, channel 17). This is channel 5's second stint with NBC; it was affiliated with that network for six years at the station's inception.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early years 1.2 Switch to CBS 1.3 Return to NBC

2 Digital television

2.1 Digital channels 2.2 Analog-to-digital conversion

2.2.1 ATSC 3.0

3 Mobile Emergency Alert System 4 Programming

4.1 Football Friday

5 News operation

5.1 Agricultural coverage 5.2 Sky 5 5.3 Awards 5.4 Notable current on-air staff 5.5 Notable former on-air staff

6 Station coverage

6.1 Significantly viewed by the FCC 6.2 Out-of-market cable carriage

7 Amenities 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] Early years[edit] WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
began broadcasting on December 15, 1956. The first program aired was the movie Miracle on 34th Street. A. J. Fletcher’s Capitol Broadcasting Company, which first licensed WRAL Radio (AM 1240, now WPJL) in 1938, won the TV license in an upset over the much larger Durham Life Insurance Company, then-owners of radio station WPTF.[1] WRAL was originally an NBC
NBC
affiliate, taking that network from Durham-based WTVD
WTVD
(channel 11, which included Fletcher's son, Floyd, among its founders). When WNAO-TV (channel 28), the Triangle's ABC affiliate, went dark at the end of 1957,[2] WRAL shared ABC with WTVD until August 1, 1962, when channel 5 took the ABC affiliation full-time.[3] This was unusual for a two-station market. ABC was at the time the smallest and weakest of the three major networks; it would not be on par with NBC
NBC
and CBS
CBS
in terms of ratings or affiliated stations until the early 1970s. WRAL did continue to carry The Huntley-Brinkley Report until January 3, 1967, when ABC's own evening newscasts expanded to 30 minutes. WRAL also continued to carry My Three Sons for several years after that show switched to its eventual affiliate network of CBS. From 1960 until his election to the United States
United States
Senate in 1972, Jesse Helms
Jesse Helms
was an editorialist on WRAL-TV's news broadcasts. His conservative commentaries were both controversial and popular with many viewers. Switch to CBS[edit] In March 1985, WTVD's owner, Capital Cities Communications, purchased ABC, resulting in WTVD
WTVD
becoming an owned-and-operated station of that network. The CBS
CBS
affiliation moved to WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
on August 4, 1985.[4] Within six months of the switch, WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
had become one of the strongest CBS
CBS
affiliates in the country. It is one of the few stations in the country to have been a primary affiliate of all of the "Big Three" networks. In December 1989, WRAL was knocked off the air when a severe ice storm caused the collapse of the station's 2,000-foot (610 m) transmitter tower. Within hours, channel 5 cut a deal with the then-struggling Fayetteville independent station WKFT-TV (channel 40, now Univision
Univision
O&O WUVC-DT), allowing WRAL to return to the air in only three hours. WKFT ran the entire WRAL schedule during this time. The station's new, stronger tower was activated on October 25, 1990, at which point WKFT reverted to broadcasting its own programming. In the early 1990s, WRAL distributed its programming via C-Band satellite as part of the Primetime 24 package, reaching viewers in the Caribbean
Caribbean
and Latin America, as well as the few rural areas of the United States
United States
and Canada
Canada
where local over-the-air broadcast signals were not available. It was replaced in the late 1990s with fellow CBS affiliate WSEE-TV
WSEE-TV
from Erie, Pennsylvania
Erie, Pennsylvania
primarily because of preemptions of network programming due to ACC basketball. Return to NBC[edit] On January 15, 2016, WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
announced that it would switch to NBC
NBC
on February 29, 2016. Concurrently, CBS
CBS
announced that the existing NBC station, Media General-owned and Goldsboro-licensed WNCN
WNCN
(channel 17), would replace WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
as the Triangle's CBS
CBS
affiliate the same day.[5] Capitol Broadcasting president and CEO Jim Goodmon stated that CBS would only renew its affiliation with WRAL if it entered into a reverse compensation agreement—under which Capitol would be required to pay the network for the local rights to air its programming. NBC, on the other hand, took the line that an affiliation deal was a partnership. Goodmon saw the switch to NBC
NBC
as "a business decision for the future."[6] WRAL officially rejoined NBC
NBC
at 7 a.m. on February 29. In a ceremony at the end of the morning newscast, Goodmon pressed a button decorated with the NBC
NBC
peacock to switch to Today.[7] Meredith College
Meredith College
professor Doug Spero suggested that WRAL's overall dominance in the Triangle was so absolute that it was in a position to become one of NBC's strongest affiliates, much as it was one of CBS' strongest affiliates.[6] The feeling was mutual; according to NBC
NBC
News correspondent Harry Smith, NBC
NBC
officials felt like they had "just won the lottery" when they learned WRAL was rejoining NBC.[8] Indeed, on the first day of WRAL's return to NBC, several dayparts saw NBC
NBC
jump from third to first in the Triangle ratings at one stroke. Notably, Today, the NBC
NBC
Nightly News, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon immediately saw major ratings gains in the market after their move to WRAL. The former two shows tallied their highest ratings on record in the Triangle on the day channel 5 officially returned to NBC, showing gains of well over 200 percent compared to their previous showings on WNCN. By contrast, CBS' competing programs lost more than half their audience share.[9] The delay in the affiliation switch kept CBS' coverage of Super Bowl 50, which featured the Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
(based in nearby Charlotte) as champions of the National Football Conference, on WRAL-TV. As an NBC
NBC
station, channel 5 carried the 2016 Summer Olympics
2016 Summer Olympics
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, making it one of the few stations that aired the Super Bowl and Olympics from different networks in the same year.[10] Digital television[edit] Digital channels[edit] The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[11]

5.1 1080i 16:9 WRAL-HD Main WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
programming / NBC

5.2 480i WRAL-2 Cozi TV

On June 19, 1996, the Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
awarded WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
the first experimental high-definition television license in the United States. The station, identified as "WRAL-HD", began digital television operations on UHF channel 32 over a month later, on July 23, 1996.[12][13] The station's digital signal moved to channel 53 in March 2000. WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
was the first in the U.S. to broadcast a live sports program in high definition (on September 6, 1997), as well as the first HD newscast (on October 28, 2000). CBS
CBS
utilized WRAL-HD in testing its own high-definition programming, and in 1999, began providing the station with a regular schedule of primetime programs in HD. HD sports programming recorded by WRAL was provided to other model stations as well.[14] WRAL-TV's pioneering efforts in digital television have won wide recognition from within the television industry[15][16] Analog-to-digital conversion[edit] WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 5, at 12:55 p.m. on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 48.[17] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers continues to display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 5.1. ATSC 3.0[edit] On June 29, 2016, WRAL became the first U.S. television station to begin broadcasting a full-time service using ATSC 3.0 digital television standards, operating under an experimental license from the FCC on UHF channel 39 as WRAL-EX. The service broadcasts two subchannels, including a simulcast of WRAL's main programming in 1080p high definition, and a demo loop of content in 4K ultra high-definition television, along with testing for the network involving the 2016 Summer Olympics
2016 Summer Olympics
and 2018 Winter Olympics.[18][19] The station plans to produce episodes of its series Out & About in 4K.[20]

Channel Video Programming

39.1 1080p Main WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
programming / NBC

39.2 2160p Ultra high-definition
Ultra high-definition
demo loop

Mobile Emergency Alert System[edit] WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
debuted the first Mobile Emergency Alert System (M-EAS) in the United States
United States
on September 13, 2012.[21] The system allows emergency information including text, web pages and video to be distributed to compatible receivers using existing digital television signals.[22] Programming[edit] WRAL clears most of the NBC
NBC
schedule in pattern, except for one hour of The More You Know (NBC's E/I-compliant block), which it preempts in favor of paid programming in the noon hour on Saturdays (as a CBS affiliate, it cleared the network's entire schedule from the late 1990s until it rejoined NBC). The only exceptions involve ACC football and basketball from Raycom Sports, both of which have aired on the station since 1982 when they moved from WTVD. ACC-preempted NBC programming airs either as originally scheduled on digital subchannel 5.2 (which is otherwise an affiliate of Cozi TV) or overnights on the main signal. The More You Know is split over two days; the first hour airs on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m., with Brain Game and Smart Start Kids (both of which count toward WRAL's E/I commitments) airing from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the second hour airs on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. However, the 2003 reality show Cupid did not air on the station, as have some controversial shows on sister station WRAZ, and WRAL was one of a few CBS
CBS
affiliates in the nation that did not carry an hour of CBS' weekend morning children's programming block (in favor of Brain Game and Smart Start Kids). WRAL was also one of the few CBS affiliates that aired The Young and the Restless
The Young and the Restless
at 4 p.m. as a lead-in to its 5 p.m. newscast. Most CBS
CBS
stations in the Eastern Time Zone air Y&R at 12:30 p.m. (CBS's recommended time for the show), but in the case of WRAL, the timeslot switch occurred in January 1993. This happened because the station's sitcom reruns (the show being run at the time was an hour-long block of The Golden Girls) were having no luck against The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Oprah Winfrey Show
on WTVD. (The second half of their noon newscast and Right This Minute
Right This Minute
aired in Y&R's recommended time slot.)[23] Today, Y&R continues to air at 4 p.m. on WNCN, while WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
carries local news at the time slot. When WRAL joined CBS
CBS
in 1985, it became the Triangle's home for the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, which has aired on CBS since 1981. Due to the Triangle's (and North Carolina's) longstanding status as a college basketball hotbed and local teams North Carolina and Duke being fixtures in the tournament, NCAA Tournament games on WRAL were consistently among the highest-rated programs in the Triangle during tournament season. Despite the NCAA Tournament moving with the rest of the CBS
CBS
schedule to WNCN, WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
continues to air ACC football and/or basketball. WRAL has broadcast memorable locally produced children's programming throughout its storied history. Its most famous and longest-running is Time for Uncle Paul, which ran from 1961 to 1981, and starred Paul Montgomery. He had played various other characters on other local shows before getting his own program. He voluntarily ended his program after station management suggested a change to an educational format. Soon after, WRAL continued to produce acclaimed[who?] educational children's shows such as Frog Hollow, Sparks, and The Androgena Show. Today, WRAL continues to produce educational programs with such shows as Smart Start Kids and Brain Game. In recent years, WRAL and UNC-TV have co-produced programming, such as the 2009 Gubernatorial Inauguration and the 2006 Parade of Sail Tall Ship Show in Beaufort. UNC-TV
UNC-TV
has, also, begun carrying WRAL's award winning Focal Point documentaries. WRAL has long been a corporate supporter of UNC-TV, often assisting them financially and occasionally with on-air talent during UNC-TV's yearly Festival telethon. WRAL announced on February 1, 2006 that it would begin to stream all of its programming live on the internet. This signified the latest advances in technology-driven delivery of product by a local television station. A few months later, WRAL was selected to be the flagship station for North Carolina
North Carolina
Education Lottery drawings (twice daily for certain games, with the multi-jurisdictional Mega Millions Tuesday and Friday nights, and Powerball
Powerball
Wednesdays and Saturdays). On December 3, 2007, WRAL became the first local television station to stream live video to mobile phones.[24] WRAL's last program as a CBS
CBS
affiliate after over 30 years on February 28, 2016 was the movie Last Vegas, while the first program after rejoining NBC
NBC
the following morning was The Today Show; Goodmon himself punched the button that switched channel 5 to the NBC
NBC
network feed. Current syndicated programming offered on WRAL includes: Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, The Insider, Right This Minute, and The Doctors among others. All are distributed by CBS
CBS
Television Distribution; in all likeliness, WRAL's affiliation switch from CBS
CBS
to NBC
NBC
should not affect these shows' future on the channel. Football Friday[edit] Debuting in 1981, each Friday evening following the 11:00 p.m. news, Tom Suiter hosts Football Friday covering all high school football games throughout Wake and Durham counties along with a dozen or more counties. WRAL crews spread out across the area providing not just scores but video coverage of each of 25 to as many as 35 games in the area. The show is an extension of the expansion throughout the 1980s of high school football coverage on the 11:00 p.m. newscast. Each Friday, video crews are sent to cover two games each. WRAL videographers and sports reporters capture highlights of the first quarter of one game and second quarter of the other game. Editors have little more than an hour to prepare highlights.[25] From 1995 through 2002, Football Friday was broadcast from WRAL's studio A with an audience of cheerleaders, bands, players and fans. The arrival of the North Carolina
North Carolina
Education Lottery moved the show to the newsroom.[26][27] News operation[edit] WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
presently broadcasts 39½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 6½ hours on weekdays, 3 hours on Saturdays and 4 hours on Sundays). WRAL has the highest rated television news organization in the Triangle[28] winning numerous regional Emmys. Most recently, WRAL and wral.com were nominated 29 times for Mid South Regional Emmys.[29] Until his retirement on July 1, 1994, Charlie Gaddy co-anchored newscasts alongside Bobbie Battista, Adele Arakawa (now with KUSA-TV in Denver), Donna Gregory (who now works for NBC), and Pam Saulsby. Today David Crabtree (who replaced Gaddy in 1994), Debra Morgan, and chief meteorologist Greg Fishel (who took over for retiring Bob DeBardelaben in 1989), are part of the longest-running on-air news team (news, weather, and sports) in the Triangle and one of the longest-running news teams in the state. Long time sports anchor Tom Suiter retired on December 18, 2008, and was replaced by Jeff Gravely, also a sports reporter and anchor for the 10pm news on WRAZ. In September 1995, WRAL began to produce newscasts for WRAZ. That station usually simulcasts local breaking news coverage from WRAL. For national breaking news events, WRAZ carries Fox News
Fox News
coverage, while WRAL carries coverage from NBC
NBC
News. Otherwise, WRAZ may broadcast NBC programming in case WRAL cannot do so as in news-related emergencies. The WRAZ broadcasts include a two-hour newscast at 7 a.m. weekday mornings and a weeknight hour-long, weekend half-hour newscast at 10 p.m., seven nights a week. WRAZ previously aired a 4 p.m. newscast on weekdays; however that newscast moved to WRAL on February 29, 2016, replacing The Young and the Restless.[30] WRAL was the first commercial station to provide high definition programming when it obtained an experimental HD transmission license from the FCC in 1996.[31] On October 13, 2000, WRAL aired the world's first all-HD newscast.[32] On January 28, 2001, WRAL converted all of its newsgathering and broadcasts to all digital high definition[32] (the WRAZ newscasts are broadcast in high definition as well). On November 17, 2006, WRAL had a special "reunion" newscast during the 6 p.m. broadcast with Gaddy, Battista and DeBardelaben reprising their roles once again in commemoration of the station's 50th anniversary alongside Suiter. On October 10, 2007, the WRAL sports department launched a sports talk radio station, WCMC-FM (which switched from a country music format); it is now is the only FM sports talk station in the area and broadcasts in HD Radio. WRAL's newscasts are simulcast with local weather inserts on another sister station, WILM-LD
WILM-LD
in Wilmington. Agricultural coverage[edit] WRAL was one of the first stations in North Carolina
North Carolina
to cover agricultural markets and farm news in its regular newscasts. Each day's noon newscast included a farm segment featuring each day's farm commodity prices, followed by a feature agricultural story from somewhere in the viewing area or around North Carolina. This grew WRAL's popularity in rural areas and with farmers, especially in Eastern North Carolina. The noon news farm broadcasts were anchored by veteran farm reporter Ray Wilkinson and were dropped in the late 1990s, but farm segments were continued on the evening news broadcasts by Ray's son Dan Wilkinson. After the sudden unexpected death of Dan Wilkinson in October 2003, it was decided that the station would no longer have a full-time farm reporter and frequent agricultural coverage came to an end. Sky 5[edit] In 1979, WRAL became the state's first television station to begin using a news helicopter, known as "Sky 5". The Hughes 500
Hughes 500
helicopter N8624F[33] was painted in the livery of the Saudi Arabian Air Force with "Sky 5" graphics added, reflecting the original customer before the sale fell through and WRAL purchased it for newsgathering.[34][35] The current Bell 407
Bell 407
helicopter was purchased for $2 million in 2000. The N553HD[36] tail number represents the station's channel, that this is the third news gathering helicopter for the station and WRAL's role in pioneering high definition broadcasting. The aircraft is piloted by Steve Wiley, who has flown for the station for 27 years. Today, the aircraft is normally stored at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport but a helipad is available on the roof above the Capitol Broadcasting President's office in the WRAL buildings in downtown Raleigh.[37][38] The helicopter is equipped with $600,000 worth of video equipment including cameras installed on the tail, two in the cabin and a gyroscope controlled high definition camera under the nose, all of which can be controlled from the rear of the aircraft by a videographer. WRAL modified the helicopter to reach speeds of 130 miles per hour providing access to anywhere in the Triangle within seven minutes.[28] In over 30 years of electronic news gathering using helicopters, WRAL has had no significant incidents and remains one of the few stations to own rather than lease their helicopter. "Sky 5" has also participated in numerous search and rescue operations over the years at the request of local emergency officials before returning to newsgathering duties.[34][35] Awards[edit]

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WRAL has received award nominations for news 32 times, tying Nashville station WTVF
WTVF
in the 2012 Mid-South Regional Emmy Awards
Emmy Awards
and won 11. WRAL took home the Emmy for News Excellence, Evening Newscast, Breaking News, Serious Feature News Report, Light Feature News Report, Light Feature News Series, Interactivity, Promo Spot News Same Day, Promo Spot News Image, Graphics Arts, and News Writing. Several of the 2012 Emmys came from coverage of the April 2011 tornadoes that ripped through the area.[39] Parent company Capitol Broadcasting along with the A.J. Fletcher Foundation
A.J. Fletcher Foundation
were awarded the Governor's Award, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' highest honor in 2012 as well. In 1997 WRAL received eight Mid-South Regional Emmy Awards
Emmy Awards
including those for news excellence, best newscast, best hard news series and investigative reporting.[40] In 1998 WRAL received seven Mid-South Regional Emmy Awards
Emmy Awards
including those for best daytime newscast, special event coverage, news magazine, news promotion, public service announcement, and best children's entertainment program.[41] WRAL was awarded nine Mid-South Regional Emmy Awards
Emmy Awards
in 2000 including for documentaries on the Cape Light and coverage of the Special Olympics World Games. Jim Goodmon, president and CEO of WRAL parent company Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc., was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award as well.[42] In 2008, among the nine Emmy awards received by WRAL and WRAL.com received the inaugural award in Advanced Media for Interactivity for the video player used throughout the website.[43] The station also won a bronze Horizon Interactive Award for their online hurricane tracker.[44] Geoff Levine won the National Press Photographer of the Year award and the station received 6 awards from the North Carolina Associated Press Broadcasters.[45] WRAL has consistently swept television media categories in the Independent Weekly
Independent Weekly
and Cary News
Cary News
annual "Best Of" awards voted by readers.[46][47] Notable current on-air staff[edit]

Bill Leslie – anchor Greg Fishel (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) – chief meteorologist Nate Johnson (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seals of Approval) – meteorologist Scott Mason - Tar Heel Traveler anchor/producer

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

Adele Arakawa - anchor (1983–1989, now at KUSA-TV
KUSA-TV
in Denver) Jim Axelrod
Jim Axelrod
- political reporter (1993–1996, now with CBS
CBS
News)[48] Bret Baier
Bret Baier
- reporter (mid-1990s, now with Fox News
Fox News
Channel) Bobbie Battista - former co-anchor (1976–1981, joined CNN
CNN
in 1982), now at The Onion News Network, the online news-satirical group. Sandra Bookman - weekend anchor/reporter (1985–1989, now at WABC-TV in New York) Rich Brenner - sports anchor (1978–1981; deceased) Dale Cardwell - reporter (1985–1991, later at WSB-TV
WSB-TV
in Atlanta. Democratic candidate for US Senate, 2008) Bob Caudle - news and weather anchor/wrestling announcer Charlie Gaddy - anchorman (1970–1994) Jesse Helms
Jesse Helms
- general manager, commentator (1960–1972, later US Senator, deceased) Paul Montgomery - children's TV host of Bozo the Clown
Bozo the Clown
(1958-61) and Time For Uncle Paul (1961-1981, deceased) Ray Reeve - WRAL's first sportscaster (1956–1973, deceased) Stuart Scott
Stuart Scott
- reporter (1988–1990, deceased) Tom Suiter - sports anchor, Football Friday anchor/producer and reporter for "The Extra Effort Award" (1981–2008; continued hosting the "Football Friday" program until the end of the 2015–16 football season- is currently retired) Ray Wilkinson - farm news (1963–1995, deceased) Kelly Wright - reporter and weekend anchor (mid-1990s, now with Fox News Channel)

Station coverage[edit] WRAL's signal can be viewed across much of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The official eastern fringe of the Raleigh market is Halifax County and the western fringe is Orange County. The Virginia
Virginia
and South Carolina state lines make up the northern and southern fringe respectively, with the exception of Mecklenburg County, Virginia. WRAL can be seen well outside of the Raleigh market, with the signal penetrating parts of the Greenville, Greensboro, Wilmington, Charlotte, Roanoke, Richmond, Norfolk and Florence/Myrtle Beach markets. WRAL's signal reaches as far east as U.S. Highway 17 in the Greenville-Washington-New Bern market, including the city of Greenville. The fringe area of WRAL's digital signal runs as far east as the western side of Beaufort County. WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
is still viewed and is quite popular with many outside of the Triangle, mainly in portions of the Piedmont Triad, Eastern North Carolina, and even into parts of Southside Virginia
Virginia
and the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. It has long been available on cable as far east as Wilmington. The station is also known for its award-winning documentaries, children's shows and news staff, which has attracted viewers from outside of the Raleigh market. Halifax County in Southside Virginia
Virginia
is frequently mentioned by WRAL, although it is located in the Roanoke-Lynchburg market. Significantly viewed by the FCC[edit] In addition to the 23 counties in the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville market, the FCC lists WRAL as significantly viewed in Alamance, Caswell, Duplin, Greene, Robeson, and Scotland Counties in North Carolina.[49] Out-of-market cable carriage[edit] For decades, WRAL has been available on cable in much of the eastern portion of North Carolina, as far east as Wilmington. It is also available on cable systems in portions of the Charlotte and Triad media markets, as well as the North Carolina
North Carolina
portions of the Hampton Roads and Florence/ Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach
markets. In recent years, it has also been picked up by cable systems on the fringes of the Richmond and Roanoke markets.[50] During the 1970s and 1980s through CATV, WRAL was once carried in even more places. In North Carolina, it was once carried in Burlington, Wadesboro, Wilmington, and Yanceyville. In Virginia, it was once carried in Buena Vista, Danville, and Emporia.[51] Amenities[edit] The station building, shared by WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
and WRAZ, and located at 2619 Western Boulevard in Raleigh, adjacent to the North Carolina
North Carolina
State University campus, is a modern and open-designed structure and grounds. The property features a fountain visible from the roadway near the building entrance, a helipad on top of the building for the landing of Sky 5, and a large garden in the back of the property, including many varieties of azaleas and other flowering plants including several types of dogwoods. The garden is a popular public attraction, especially during April when the flowers are at the peak of blooming. References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Official website WRAL2 website WRAZ website Query the FCC's TV station database for WRAL-TV Query the FCC's TV station database for WRAL-EX Gardens website

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Broadcast television in North Carolina's Research Triangle
Research Triangle
region, including Raleigh, Durham, and Fayetteville

Reception may vary by location and some stations may only be viewable with cable television Network O&Os are in bold

Digital television

WUNC 4/WUNP 36/WUNU 31 (.1/.2 PBS, .2/.3 Kids, .3/.1 Explorer, .4/.4 North Carolina) WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
5 (.1 NBC, .2 Cozi TV) WTVD
WTVD
11 (.1 ABC, .2 Live Well, .3 Laff) WNCN
WNCN
17 (.1 CBS, .3 Grit, .4 Escape) WLFL
WLFL
22 (.1 CW, .2 Stadium, .3 TBD, .4 Antenna TV) WRDC
WRDC
28 (.1 MNTV, .2 Charge!, .3 Comet) WRAY-TV 30 (.1/.2 TCT) WUVC 40 (.1 Univision, .2 UniMás, .3 Bounce, .4 getTV, .5 Justice, .6 Quest) WRPX-TV 47 (.1 Ion, .2 Qubo, .3 Ion Shop, .5 QVC, .6 HSN) WRAZ 50 (.1 Fox, .2 MeTV) WFPX-TV 62 (.1 Ion Life)

Low-power digital

WAUG-LD 8 (.1 Ind./AMGTV) WNCB-LD 16 (.1 Estrella, .2 Dr.TV, .3 SBN) WTNC-LD
WTNC-LD
26 (.1 Univision, .2 UniMás) WHIG-LD 31 (.1 ind.) WARZ-CD 34 (.1 rel., .2 LeSEA) WNCR-LD 41 (.1 Youtoo TV) WHFL-CD 43 (.1 rel.) WZGS-CD 44 (.1 ind.) W46EU-D 46 (.1 HSN) WWIW-LD 66 (.1/.2 Daystar)

Analog television

WBXU-CA/WUBX-CD 13 (MTV2) W24CP 24 (3ABN) WACN-LP
WACN-LP
34 (Daystar) W45CN 45 (silent)

Cable television

Spectrum News STV (UNC)

ATSC 3.0 digital television

WRAL-EX 39 (.1 NBC
NBC
in 1080p, .2 UHD/ 2160p
2160p
demo loop)

North Carolina
North Carolina
broadcast television areas by city Asheville Charlotte Greensboro Greenville, NC Myrtle Beach, SC Norfolk, VA Raleigh Wilmington

See also Richmond TV Roanoke TV

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NBC
NBC
Network Affiliates in the state of North Carolina

WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
5 (Raleigh) WECT
WECT
6 (Wilmington) WITN-TV
WITN-TV
7 (Washington) WXII-TV
WXII-TV
12 (Winston-Salem) WCNC-TV
WCNC-TV
36 (Charlotte)

See also ABC CBS CW Fox Ion MyNetworkTV NBC PBS Other stations in North Carolina

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Capitol Broadcasting Company

Television stations

Raleigh:

WRAL-TV
WRAL-TV
(NBC) WRAZ (Fox)

Wilmington:

WILM-LD
WILM-LD
(Ind.)

Radio stations

Raleigh area:

WCLY WCMC-FM WDNC WRAL-FM

Wilmington area:

WAZO WILT WKXB WMFD WUIN

Sports

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