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WNCT-TV Channel 9 was the first television station in Eastern North Carolina to sign on the air. From the moment WNCT signed on the air, the station set the standard in quality programming. For a considerable period of time Channel 9 was the only station the people in some forty counties of Eastern North Carolina were able to watch.
The station executives knew that the station's networks would provide top entertainment, variety, comedies and dramatic programs. So they focused on the local level to provide the desired complete service.
In the beginning, one of the first items was weather, a most valuable service to the farmers, and for that matter, everyone. Teletype, plus a complete weather station at the studio set up a weather department with government weather service reports. Sherman Housted, a former Navy officer with a good aerology background, was hired to service as weatherman.