WRAL’s first ENG live shot took place at one of the N.C. State dairy research farms in Raleigh. In 1977, WRAL Farm Reporter Verne Strickland conducted an interview with Chancellor Joab Thomas. Strickland referred to the “remarkable new device” as ActionCam 5. Standing behind the photographer were Jim Goodmon and John Greene for the inaugural event. You can watch video of the first live shot on the CBC History Website.
*** Best we could do in this archival graphic was a static shot. But trust me -- NCSU Chancellor Joab Thomas and I really did talk up a right proper interview. The new technology that was constantly added at TV5 was a thrill to utilize.
TV/5 was a recognized leader in those olden times, and has not lost first place position since.