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WRAZ, virtual channel 50 (UHF digital channel 15), branded on-air as Fox 50, is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Raleigh, North Carolina, United States and serving the Triangle region (Raleigh–Durham–Chapel Hill–Fayetteville). Locally owned by the Capitol Broadcasting Company, it is part of a duopoly with NBC affiliate and company flagship WRAL-TV (channel 5, also licensed to Raleigh); it is also sister to Class A 3ABN affiliate WARZ-CD (channel 34, licensed to both Smithfield and Selma). The stations share studios at Capitol Broadcasting headquarters on Western Boulevard in Raleigh, while WRAZ's transmitter is located near Auburn, North Carolina.

A construction permit to build a television station in Raleigh on UHF channel 50 was originally owned by The Reverend James Layton's Tar Heel Broadcasting. Layton entered the under-construction station, originally known as WACN, into a local marketing agreement (LMA) with the Capitol Broadcasting Company, under which the station would be run out of WRAL's studios with transmission facilities on the WRAL tower near Auburn.

On September 7, 1995, the station signed on as WRAZ (a variation of WRAL), taking over the WB affiliation after WNCN in Goldsboro switched to NBC. A subsequent rebranding occurred in 1996 to "WB 50" to reflect the network affiliation; later that year, Fox announced that it would not renew its contract with Raleigh's WLFL (channel 22) when the network got involved in a dispute with the station's owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group, over primetime newscast slots. Even though the network later relented, it still managed to seek a new affiliation with WRAZ leaving WLFL to pick up programming from The WB once its affiliation contract with Fox expired on August 1, 1998. Following the affiliation switch, reality and talk shows as well as first-run court shows were added to the lineup and cartoons were cut to Weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings. The last WB program to air on WRAZ was a repeat airing of The Steve Harvey Show episode "Fool and the Gang" on July 29, 1998 at 9:30 p.m., but three days later, the first Fox program to air on WRAZ was Fox News Sunday at 9:00 a.m. on August 2, 1998.[citation needed]

In 1998, WRAZ's main offices and master control relocated to the Diamond View office building in Downtown Durham next door to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the American Tobacco complex. Capitol Broadcasting would buy WRAZ outright in 2000. In most markets, such a duopoly would not have been allowed under Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules which forbid one company from owning two of the four largest stations in a single market. However, WRAZ, as the Triangle's newest major station, was sixth in the ratings at the time. For this reason, the FCC allowed the sale. Unlike most new duopoly partners that start sharing the same studios elsewhere, its studios remained in Durham at the time. To this day, it is the largest Fox affiliate owned in a duopoly with a "Big Three" station.

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