The NC State Parks has recognized WRAL-TV Anchor/Reporter Bill Leslie for his contributions to a documentary for the organization’s centennial.
“Last year NC State Parks officials ask me to narrate ‘Here In This Place’– a 30 minute documentary detailing the 100 year history of the parks system in NC,” explained Leslie. “They also asked if I could contribute some of my music to the cause. I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve been a huge state parks fan since I made my first trip to Mount Mitchell as a child. Tunes from various albums including Peaceful Journal, Simple Beauty and I Am a River were used as the sound track along with some great banjo tunes from Joe Newberry.”
NC State Parks Director Mike Murphy and Superintendent Jay Greenwood presented the award to Leslie in the WRAL Azalea Gardens. The Governor Locke Craig Award is named for Craig, a native of Bertie County who helped get the state park system going 100 years ago.
“Murphy and Greenwood says the video helped lure a record number of people into state parks during 2016 despite a hurricane and wildfires,” said Leslie.
He is happy to be a part of sharing the joy of the NC State Parks.
“I visit state parks every year – spending time in the wild and listening to the wind,” said Leslie. “Parks are a great place to reflect and recharge. Plus, they give me fuel for my music.”
Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Bill Leslie for this capcom photo.