History

The roots of Capitol Broadcasting Company date back to 1937 when Raleigh attorney A.J. Fletcher and four partners formed a company so they could compete in the growing business of broadcasting.  A year later, the Federal Communications Commission authorized the license for WRAL-AM, and Capitol Broadcasting Company was off and running.

Over the next seven decades CBC would establish itself as one of the most respected and innovative communications companies in the nation.  The company that started with one tiny radio station has expanded its broadcast holdings and diversified into new media, real estate and professional sports.

CBC’s history is the classic tale of American success.  We’re proud of that story and want to share it with you here in the pages of this historical website.  We’ve compiled hundreds of videos, photos, audio clips and narratives designed to entertain, inform, and most of all—take you back in time to enjoy the rich history of CBC and all its divisions.   

Take your time, and by all means--enjoy the trip.

Our People

Capitol Broadcasting Company’s code of ethics states that people are its most valued asset, and that has been the case from the beginning.

Since the birth of the company in 1937, thousands of individuals have called CBC home. Some are legends, many are not, but they all have stories that are important to the growth and success of our company. We share many of those stories in this section of the CBC history archive.

Our Programs

Capitol Broadcasting Company has a rich history of locally-produced programming—shows that feature the talents of local actors, producers and technicians.

The programs run the gamut, from award-winning newscasts and documentaries to memorable children’s shows and entertainment programming. Whether it’s the lovable “Time for Uncle Paul” show or an episode of “Frog Hollow,” this part of the CBC archive will help you enjoy programming from days gone by.

For The Community

Genuine public service is at the very heart of what we do at Capitol Broadcasting Company. CBC’s divisions have gathered coats for needy children, raised money for victims of natural disaster and brought music to those who might not otherwise experience it. From opera to Special Olympics, from Pops in the Park to the annual Radiothon for Duke Children’s Hospital – CBC is there to support the community and make it better.

Technology & Innovation

Capitol Broadcasting Company is known throughout the communications industry for its technological innovation and pioneering attitude. The company and its divisions have achieved an impressive list of breakthroughs that have set and raised standards in the industry.

CBC embraces new technology as an engine that creates new markets and drives growth and creativity among staff. From HD television to innovative delivery of information by satellite, CBC has been at the forefront of an ever-changing industry.