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Raleigh Station Gets All Corny for State Fair

Raleigh CBS affiliate WRAL has added another twist to the sand, ice, fiesta, give-away news desk. The station built a corn desk for the North Carolina State Fair.

There’s even a contest to guess how many ears of corn make up the desk. The winner gets a VIP tour of the WRAL studios. Read more

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TWC News’ Heather Moore Wins ‘North Carolina’s Funniest Reporter’

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 4.07.54 PMThe stakes were high: five North Carolina reporters, each on stage for five minutes of stand-up comedy. No net. In the end, one reporter took home the title “North Carolina’s Funniest Reporter”: Heather Moore of TWC News:

Sunday night’s event used stand up comedy to raise money for Project Pets, a non profit that’s committed to ending the gassing of animals at high-kill shelters.

The producers of the show brought the event to the Tar Heel State after eight successful years in New York.

Former Raleigh Weatherman Bob DeBardelaben Dies

debardelaben obit_wralBob DeBardelaben, former weather anchor for WRAL, died Monday. He was 88.

DeBardelaben retired from the Raleigh-Durham CBS affiliate in 1989, but the station said he continued to be recognized when out in the the community.

DeBardelaben had been a radio announcer and host of WRAL’s “Dialing for Dollars” segments during afternoon movies when the television station asked him in 1976 to become a weather anchor.

“Bob was not a scientist, but he was a very good communicator, and I think Bob just made people feel good,” said Jim Hefner, former WRAL general manager. “He always came on with that big smile and that big voice, and he was going to tell you to the best of his ability what the weather was going to be.” Read more

Melanie Sanders Leaves WNCN

Melanie-SandersMelanie Sanders, an evening anchor at NBC affiliate WNCN, has decided to leave the Raleigh- Durham station.

FTVLive reports Sanders was demoted after the station gave three other evening co-anchor spots to Sharon Tazewell. Sanders and Pam Saulsby, who was recently fired, had previously held those positions. Sanders claims she was up for all three anchor spots, but the station gave her a low-ball offer and she declined.

Sanders writes on her Facebook page:

So many wonderful memories! After 11 years at WNCN, this Friday I will say goodbye. I will forever be grateful for the lifelong friends I have made here and the amazing experiences. Covering the Stanley Cup Championship, allowing Howard Stern to humiliate me by making me sing “Row Row Row Your Boat, and just the day to day newsroom chatter…I will cherish it all.  But when I was offered a contract to anchor the three evening newscasts, I decided the terms were not attractive enough for me to be away from my family every evening. So I’m looking forward to the next exciting chapter in my life. I’ll keep you posted.

Sanders’ last day is Friday.

WRAL’s Sloane Heffernan Leaves Anchor Desk: ‘My Ship Has Sailed’

Picture 1Sloane Heffernan, weekend morning anchor at Raleigh CBS affiliate WRAL, has set the alarm for 3:15 for the last time. “I did the best I could, but the limited sleep always caught up with me,” she said. “And my family would pay the price. I’d be the first to admit that I am not very “pleasant” when I am tired.”

Heffernan says missing time with her school-age children led her to ask her news director for a new assignment: part-time reporter:

The problem was that I worked so hard to get to the anchor desk and I hated to give it up.

But I also recognized that this time with my kids is fleeting. In a matter of years, they’ll be pulling up their own anchors and setting sail on their own adventures.

So I made the decision to leave the anchor desk. And my wonderful boss agreed to let me work part-time as a reporter during the week.

In the end, saying farewell was bitter sweet.

My ship has sailed away from the anchor desk at WRAL, but I know what’s waiting on the horizon happens just once in a lifetime.

WTVD Kept Away from NFL Commissioner During Visit to Local High School

Mark Armstrong, sports director for ABC owned Raleigh-Durham, N.C. station WTVD, tried to get close to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today while the commissioner was visiting a local high school.

As Deadspin first reported, the story of what happened next played out in three tweets.

Armstrong clarified not all media was shooed away from Goodell. “It turns out that the local CBS affiliate’s prep sports web reporter was allowed to attend as well as a columnist, Luke DeCock, from the Raleigh News and Observer.” Read more

Sharon Tazewell Named Evening Anchor at WNCN

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 9.42.46 AMA month after anchor Pam Saulsby announced she’d been fired after twenty years at Raleigh-Durham NBC affiliate WNCN, the station has named Sharon Tazewell its new evening co-anchor, debuting Monday night alongside Mike Gonzalez.

“Thank you to all my morning viewers,” Tazewell wrote on Facebook. “It’s been a great run!”

Tazewell had been morning anchor at WNCN. A replacement on the morning team has not been named.

Pam Saulsby Out at WNCN

WNCN anchor Pam Saulsby says she’s been fired from the Raleigh-Durham, NC, NBC affiliate.

WNCN GM Douglas Hamilton confirmed with TVSpy, Saulsby no longer worked at the station.

“We wish her wonderfully well,” WNCN news director Andrea Parquet-Taylor told the News & Observer. “I honor and respect her and appreciate all she has done in the community.”

Saulsby worked at Raleigh-Durham CBS affiliate WRAL for 20 years before coming to WNCN in September 2012.

Former WRAL Reporter Fred Taylor Dies

taylor wral_obitFred Taylor, a former reporter and anchor for Raleigh, NC, CBS affiliate WRAL has died.

“This is truly a sad day for us here,” said WRAL news director Rick Gall. “We lost a longtime member of the WRAL family. Fred was more than just a dedicated employee. It was a privilege to work alongside him, and we’ll miss him.”

According to the station, Taylor held many roles at the station during his 36 years there.

Taylor was 73.

Raleigh Station Unveils Its Sand Desk

Raleigh, NC, CBS affiliate WRAL has a warm weather answer to the ice desk it built this winter. Meet the WRAL Sand Desk.

“Why stay inside on these great summer days when we can be outside and still bring you the news and weather? ” the station writes on its website. “That’s where the WRAL Sand Desk comes in. It’s a news desk made completely out of sand!”

The station promises to use the set over the next few weeks and said it took two days and six tons of sand to build what they’re calling the “piece of functional art.”

The desk even has its own facebook page and twitter handle.

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