When you allow television folks a little free rein; watch-out! Halloween provides the perfect cover to mask a little tomfoolery. Check out some WRAL blasts from the Halloween past.
First up is from October, 1986. SKY 5 pilot Frank Beall decides to spook legendary WRAL weatherman Bob DeBardelaben by donning a vampire mask while flying the helicopter. Flying Frivolity! Watch this!
The second Halloween blast from the past is studio fun with WRAL news anchor John Hudson and Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel on The Morning Show.
John answers the age-old question, “how do you fill extra time at the end of a newscast?” In 1986, this was John’s answer.
The third video is a low-budget parody of several hit movies including “Star Wars,” “Patton,” and “Psycho.” The vignettes were produced by WRAL Creative Services department. These “mini-shorts” aired during the commercial breaks of the late night Halloween movie in 1981.
WRAL-FM‘s Rowell Gorman, “The Man of a Thousand Voices”, wrote the script and provided different voices to the pumpkin characters, as well as appearing in the production.
The actors and actresses were WRAL employees. The video was shot at various locations in Wake County. You’ve gotta watch this!
We hope your Halloween is full of treats and no tricks!
Thanks to Corp’s Pam Allen for this capcom story & these photos. Pam Parris Allen is a former WRAL newscast producer/director who now works as a researcher and producer on the CBC History Project.