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A.J. Fletcher spent a large part of his life promoting opera and the arts throughout the state's hinterlands. A lawyer by profession, he helped organize the Grassroots Opera in the 1940s and later moved to Raleigh to establish the Capitol Broadcasting Company. Fletcher died in 1979. He is honored for his contributions to the arts with the construction of a state-of-the art theater, the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater at Raleigh's BTI Center for the Performing Arts.
Capitol Broadcasting Company, founded by A. J. Fletcher, began as a single AM radio station in 1938. The company has grown to include television (WRAL-TV), FM radio, a newspaper, several radio networks, sports publications, and the largest independent supplier of background music in the nation.
The Grass Roots Opera Company was founded in 1948 by A. J. Fletcher for two purposes: to bring opera to society's most receptive group, children, and to give young opera singers experience. Munger recounts the company's success.