Tom Suiter's last appearance doing sports on WRAL-TV's nightly newscast came Thursday, marking the end of an era. The N&O's Neil Amato caught up with Suiter to reminisce about a career that lasted more than 35 years in Raleigh and made him a local television institution. Amato's piece will be published in Saturday's editions of The News & Observer.
Suiter, who is being replaced by Jeff Gravley on the 6 p.m. newscasts, will continue the station's "Football Friday" high school coverage and contribute other features.
To see Suiter in action, check out this YouTube video of the arrival of N.C. State's 1983 national championship basketball team at RDU after the NCAA Tournament, including an interview with late coach Jim Valvano.