Fred Fletcher, son of Capitol Broadcasting founder A.J. Fletcher, helped launch WRAL-AM in 1939 and went on to play a variety of leadership roles as CBC expanded into television. Besides serving as General Manager, Fletcher was known for his love of performing. He played various radio roles on his show “Tempus Fugit” and later his annual Christmas performance of “All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” became legendary at the Golden Years Holiday Celebration in downtown Raleigh. CBC still sponsors the yearly celebration which marked its 63rd year in 2020.
For his command performance each year, Fletcher would don red long john pajamas and sing as Uncle Paul Montgomery, another WRAL-TV legend, played piano.
For a little holiday throwback fun, enjoy Fred Fletcher and Uncle Paul Montgomery hamming it up for the Golden Years crowd:
As for Golden Years in 2020, the in-person celebration had to be cancelled due to COVID, but CBC and the City of Raleigh Parks & Rec staffers sent special gifts to the Golden Years club members to let them know they are remembered. Check out the Capcom story:
- Capcom: Golden Years Holiday Celebration Cancelled, But Seniors Remembered with Special Mailing from CBC & City of Raleigh
“The Best of Golden Years” television special will air on FOX 50 on Christmas Day at 10:35pm, following an abbreviated WRAL newscast. Tune in to enjoy wonderful holiday musical performances as WRAL celebrates the best of the Golden Years.