On April 19, 1954, WMFD (later WECT) became Wilmington’s first television station.
Most of the information here is culled from the book, “WMFD-TV WECT-TV The Evolution of Radio…With Pictures,” which covers the station’s existence from 1954-1974.
Clint Long assembled most of the TV staff, most of whom were radio talent.
Long provided the weather report. Clay McBride anchored the news, Bob Caudle reported sports news and Johnny Thomas hosted Western Theatre.
Al Compton hosted a show called “Over at Al’s.” Caudle also did the “Bob and Hester” show with a puppet voiced by Stan Rehder.
Bob West joined the staff, starting with a nightly News Capsule.
Don Foreman and Wayne Jackson joined the station later that year. Jackson hosted the interview show “Relax with Jax,” which aired from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Date posted: June 13, 2012
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