Local Left-Wing Zealot Switching Networks

    Agent Pierce
    January16/ 2016

    The Triangle-area’s most notorious left-wing zealot – Jim Goodmon – has announced that WRAL-TV5 – the TV station he inherited WRALfrom his uncle A.J. Fletcher – will switch network affiliates from CBS to NBC effective February 1.

    Reasons for the change, after a 30-year relationship, are cloaked in the usual corporate doublespeak.   Why is Goodmon leaving the very liberal network synonymous with Dan Rather’s journalistic embarrassment to join the very liberal network that Brian Williams similarly embarrassed?

    It would be a safe bet that Goodmon’s well-known “personal mission” to destroy all opposition to his radical left-wingedness is at the crux of the move.   That “personal mission” has come to dominate the 73 y/o Goodmon’s daily existence over the past decade.

    The man, once viewed as a pioneer and trailblazer, WAS considered The Triangle’s #1 “City Father” and WAS universally admired for his Jim GoodmonApolitical decisioning.   “Was” being the unfortunate verb tense.  His much-admired Apoliticalness included famously banning any/all political bumper stickers of any ilk from the CBC employee parking lot.  That, of course, was well before Goodmon’s descent into the depths of The Dark Cauldron.

    Fellow inside-the beltline enclave observers credit a terminal attack of Liberal Guilt for Goodmon’s Jekyll to Hyde transformation into The Triangle’s #1 Limo Liberal Zealot. 

    Goodmon, who attended Duke but never graduated, fortuitously inherited Capitol Broadcasting Company (CBC) from his uncle – AJ Fletcher – in the early 70s, at the beginning of an era during which WRAL “had a license to print money”.   The significant personal wealth that inheritance afforded him could, observers surmises, have eventually manifested itself in his current over-the-top zealotry.

    Changing one’s “personal politics” is certainly not that unusual nor normally cause for public concern.  When one has total iron-fisted control over a significant media conglomerate using the public airwaves, it definitely DOES create concern.  Jim Goodmon’s current state-of-mind overrides any media ethics the man might have once possessed.

    Goodmon began turning over the day-to-day management of CBC to his son, Jimmy Jr in recent years turning his own time/interest to bankrolling a long list of radical left-wing causes including Reverend William “Bully” Barber’s much ballyhooed Monday Mini-Mobs at the NC General Assembly.

    It was a Goodmon “toady” – Peter Anlyan – that issued the infamously bogus press release that one of Barber’s Hoot & Hates drew “at least 80,000….” when Barber’s own people said “no more than 6-7,000 !!!  That WHOOPER will haunt Anlyan, Goodmon and Barber ‘til the cows come home.

    When North Carolina voters gave Republicans an overwhelming mandate in the NC General Assembly, Goodmon retaliated by hiring a “hit squad of dumpster-divers” to do “whatever it takes” to discredit and disrupt state government.  “Whatever it takes” being the key directive.  With a critical national election coming in eleven months, Goodmon’s Goons are expected to ratchet up their attacks.  The verocity of Goodmon’s attack on anyone who does not share his politics has seen WRAL surpass even the notorious local newspaper – The N&O – as a partisan media attack dog.

    Then, of course, there was Goodmon’s “encouraging” (wink, wink) WRAL’s “Weather Guy” Greg Fishel to play Chicken Little with a much ballyhooed OMG…. The Sky If Falling !!! special expose on Climate Change / Global Warming / “whatever they are calling it this week”.

    Fishel was, prior to his Chicken Little Show, WRAL’s only on-air performer with a shred of credibility.  “Was”, again, being the unfortunate verb tense.

    Perhaps this network switch to NBC may be to give WRAL a closer affiliation with NBC’s crazy cuzzin – MSNBC.   The screaming loonies that populate that insane asylum are consistent with Goodmon’s current mindsetCrazy Old Man

    ….as, entering his Golden Years, Jim Goodmon sits on his expansive  front porch throwing rocks at anyone who does not share his convoluted world view..

    That mindset might have been even more “at home” with Al-Jazeerah America but, alas, that radical network has just announced a complete shutdown of its operations.



    WRAL drops CBS affiliation as networks put the squeeze on local markets


    By Al Tompkins • January 15, 2016

    Once again, CBS has sent a strong message that it will be tough in negotiations to extract money from its local affiliates.

    WRAL, which touts itself as “the No. 1 CBS affiliate sign on to sign off in the top 25 markets,” announced on Friday it will soon become the NBC WRALstation in nearby Raleigh, North Carolina. CBS will change its affiliation to WNCN, the NBC affiliate in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

    The switch was prompted by a disagreement between WRAL and CBS about how much revenue paid to WRAL from from cable companies should go to the network. CBS has taken a hard stance with local stations recently; it dropped its CBS affiliate in Indianapolis in 2014, leaving it without an affiliation. WRAL said it will become the NBC affiliate on Feb. 29, which is when the February ratings period ends.

    Local stations hoped that when cable companies began paying “retransmission fees” for the right to pass along their signals that the locals would keep most of the money. But networks are pressing for a bigger cut, and analysts say soon the local stations will be paying half of the “retrans fees” to the networks. A couple of decades ago, networks actually paid the local stations to carry network programming.

    WRAL’s noted that making the switch “was not an easy decision” and was motivated by a long look at which network better positioned it for the future:

    “This was not an easy decision. It came down to the question, ‘What network do we believe is best positioned for the future of local broadcasting?’ It is clear to us that NBC understands the value that local affiliates bring to the entire network relationship,” Jim Goodman, president and chief executive of Capitol Broadcasting Co., WRAL’s parent company, said in a statement. “We’re local broadcasters first. As the industry continues to change, we believe this switch to NBC positions us well for the future.”

    Media General, which owns WNCN, endorsed the switch in a statement:

    “CBS has been a longstanding and valued partner for many years, and we are pleased to build upon our relationship with a new affiliation in Raleigh,” said Vincent L. Sadusky, Media General’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are particularly excited about the opportunities this brings to our station and the high-quality network programming that complements our strong local news and unique local content.”

    In one way, the affiliation change is a return to WRAL’s roots. While the station has been a CBS affiliate for 30 years, the station signed on the air in 1956 as an NBC affiliate then switched to carrying ABC programming.

    Correction: Due to an editing error, this story originally misstated WNCN’s location. It is based in Goldsboro, not Greensboro.


    Agent Pierce
    • Ray D. O'Daze Reply
      3 years ago

      The heir apparent posted this on his Facebook wall, and it was liked and/or positively commented on by at least three on-air WRAL News personnel

      Jimmy Goodmon
      April 5 at 11:57am · Raleigh, NC, United States ·

      What is on my mind? Hmmm… Well, I feel like an investor in a company that is experiencing a market value free-fall with a leadership team that is either unable, unwilling, or just does not care enough to do something about it. This company’s ticker symbol is NC. My stomach hurts…

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        3 years ago

        Had not seen that. Thanks. I’ve never met “Jimmy Jr” nor do I follow / friend him on Facebook. I am confident that The Goodmon/Fletcher Family has been in the “media biz” long enough to withstand a bit of criticism from “some guy with a website”. Lordy, I would hope so.

    • BigAlSouth Reply
      4 years ago

      Anyone else old enough to remember the switch from ABC in 1985? WRAL-TV will be known as the only statewide broadcasting company affiliated with all three original dinosaurs, ABC, CBS and NBC.

      I would probably watch if Goodman made the change to a Fox affiliate.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      4 years ago

      Tapped into the Jesse Helms Fan Club archives in Virginia (I am a Out of State Member).  When Jim Goodmon was a Duke EE Freshman, he was allowed to be “Creative” by Virgil Duncan, Chief WRAL Engineer (Brilliant Man).  Jimmy G purchased a paper tape reader to do “Main Control Room” switching.  There were ALWAYS two people in Master Control.  To reduce manpower, this machine was to be “punched” with the daily Control Log.  That log had the EXACT time (to the second) that a switching change (Network Feed to local Thompson Caddy Spot #XX-XX-1962 on Video Tape mach #2).  Then after the spot was run, there might be another commercial on a Film Machine.  OFTEN TIMES….there was a Tag line or Ektachrome Slide for the commercial.  There were TWO 100 Slide projectors and the type was set and photographed on a slide and then put into the machine.  Obviously a tag team effort and the Video guys would have to have the RIGHT tape or slides or film or whatever cued up.

      Little Jimmy G was allowed to build an automation system that was paper tape controlled (later to be IBM Punch Card).  PROBLEMATICO.  There were actually TWO systems….the Paper Tape controller and the Automated synchronous switching (motors and switches) Automation system.  The systems had different clocks and they were NOT the same.  They did sync the clocks, but only every once and a while…

      The system was put on line and seemed to work OK for a while.  BUT, the Tape Machine’s clock was off by a few milliseconds….but that is a very SMALL amount.  OPPS, after MANY switching routines or cycles, the error kept getting larger and finally, there was a SNAFU.  The clocks were off MORE than a second and that is when the soft feces hit the large high speed rotating ventilation device.

      The Jimmy G. system sent out a signal and the system could NOT execute it.  Being a GOOD little Automation unit, the Switching Machine tried EVERY single Source of Video at its disposal.  There were probably about 20 of them….and the slide carousels had 200 separate positions.  It BLEW UP.  It shut down the station…..it blew EVERY single 15 Amp Buss Fuse in the video sources and a bunch of power supplies and the like.  WRAL had cars in every Radio Shack and small Mom and Pop Electronics Stores (there were 10 in Raleigh) and they cleaned out every 15 Amp Buss Glass Fuse.

      FINALLY, all the systems had power.  BUT, the Automation System was still “Hard Wired” and they had TOTALLY disconnected the Master Control Room “Start” switches.  It took several days of Manual Switching where an Engineer would START a machine and also plug in the Audio and Video lines…and then stop them and unplug.  It was a multi-man effort with only Audible (yelling at the top of their lungs)…..that got the station back on the air..

      BTW….if you do NOT believe there is a GOD….the very LAST video Input or source was a slide on the Carousel that said…”The Preceeding was Brought to you by the Baptist State Convention”.

      TRUE STORY….it was told and laughed at for years to come.  Little Jimmy was NOT allowed in Engineering again and went off to another department.  Virgil hired a hot shot EE Student to “experiment and fix it”.  HE is the one that did the post morteum.  BUT, it never worked and when he was in class, SOMEONE would always hang a “Oral Roberts Picture Poster” with the words….”EXPECT A MIRACLE…” in bold letters.  Eventually, they put locks on the cabinet….

      Jimmy G cut quite a swath.  Brilliant from a business standpoint….but was easily coercised….

    • Radio_Smuggles Reply
      4 years ago

      Switching networks is like trading one old worn out mule for another old worn out mule. There must be something else in play since on the surface it appears unnecessarily odd and not really newsworthy.  Maybe there is wink wink deal with NBC owner Comcast which, along with Time Warner Cable, dominates TV coverage and run neck and neck with each other every year for being the worst in customer satisfaction. Ironic that CBC also is a Fox affiliate although as an outsider looking in, it appears CBC treats  WRAZ like a red headed step child or a “rented mule.” Luckily there are many more viewers that can think and make judgements for themselves than CBC realizes. Many of us great unwashed viewers know when CBC or Greg Fishel is pissing in our faces and calling it rain. That’s when a handy dandy remote control becomes so useful. I only wish there were better viewing options east of I-95 for local news and weather but the coverage down east is pretty dreadful.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      4 years ago

      Having worked for WRAL back in the middle 60’s whilst matriculating across the way at NCSU, I have a unique insight, or so I think, into the WRAL bowels.  WAY BACK WHEN….the following were the things that the Peons (and a few of the upper management after a few brewskies) observed.<p>

      Uncle AJ was shrewd.  CBC OWNED the following pieces of Real Estate.  Montlawn Perpetual Care Cemetary; Happy Trails Riding Academy; Par Golf.  Interestingly, these all were located on a single piece of real estate.  The taxes (appraised value) were ungodly on Montlawn.   SO, when more turf was needed to plant folks, then AJ and Company would “swap” some land from Happy Trails to Montlawn….and reroute the bridal paths.  That eventually consumed Happy Trails and Par Golf.  We, the WRAL employees, could get a free bucket of balls (one daily) or play a round of 9 hole or take a horse ride.  Enjoyed that perk.<p>

      AJ would get a new Caddie every year and WRAL would run “freebie” spots…NON BILLED…as he and Mr. Thompson would “Trade”<p>

      Fred, AJ’s son, was an interesting dude….to say the VERY least.  He was fairly smart and had a good way (could have sold used cars).  He did NOT procreate a suitable heir to run the company..as I met one of them in a few classes at NCSU.

      I had to do a little googling to fill in the blanks.  Here is an interesting article on JG<p>.

      http://www.businessnc.com/articles/2014-12/broadening-his-band-category/  <p>

      It was common knowledge that Fred’s sons and other GK’s were NOT going to be involved in “running the company store”.  Betty Lou Fletcher Goodmon sired the heir apparent….but there was SOME connection (memory fades) of a WTVD stint. <p>

      The articles about the station affiliate change and Jimmy G’s “socio-economic” journey are fascinating.  Remember, like most politicians, feathering one’s OWN next is primo….ask Hilliary.  What the rationale is….I haven’t a clue.  BUT, a lot of my old buddies will get a kick out of it….<p>

      Lots of fond memories of WRAL.  The employees were treated royally.  We got to go to company functions with free food and free booze….stuff that attracts college students.  Met several of the ABC stars at the “receptions”.  Interesting folks….from Peter Jennings on down…

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        4 years ago

        Until he (JG) had his “conversion” about 10 years ago, working at CBC had the same cache as SAS does today – “a great place to work”. Many observers “credit” Babs The Wife for “flipping” Jim.

    • JDanWuff Reply
      4 years ago

      Poor Jim may not get it yet, but his market is leaving him. My 17 year old granddaughter neither watches tv nor listens to radio. She has no cable hook up in her bedroom and no antenna on her smart tv.

      She explains that she wants to watch programming at her leisure, not when some tv station says she must.  She uses Hulu, Netflix, or Amazon when she wants to watch a show.  All her music is on her iPhone.

      She gets weather and news from internet sources and I’ve taught her to translate METAR and TAF forecasts for weather Up to the minute.

      All of her friends do likewise.  They have a disdain for commercial broadcast as it doesn’t fir their schedules.  In a few years, these folks will be in the workforce, if Obama leaves one, and sponsors of broadcast media will learn where there monies go.

      i wish I could be around to see it.

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        4 years ago

        My favorite millennial is exactly the same. Blondie and I are going more/more to Netflix. The only radio I EVER listen to is EIB.

    • Jim G Reply
      4 years ago

      I despise WRAL with every fiber of my being. I do not like their agenda driven news and hate the “if it bleeds it leads” story lines. They intentionally scare the dickens out of senior citizens who think what they see on there is happening right outside their front door. If I were a restaurant why would I advertise there? Their mocking of restaurants for lowered ratings due to an arbitrary visit by an inspector from the county is a disgrace. I wish some sort of inspector would go to Western Boulevard and inspect them randomly. OSHA, N.C. Division of Environmental Health, etc. Is that break room clean? Are employees washing their hands after using the bathroom? Is there a sign in the bathroom? Is that satellite safely attached to the top of that van? Etc. I would watch once and a while but when they ran the Barber Monday’s all the time, I quit even watching the weather. Now I read Greg has been compromised too. Sad. What used to be and could be a flagship station again to all in the community, sadly has swerved so far to the left it is unwatchable.

      • Agent Pierce Reply
        4 years ago

        Jim Goodmon “used to be” a good, decent man. That “man” is long gone… and the integrity of WRAL went in to the crapper along with him.

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