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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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Kathryn Brown Leaves WCBS for WRAL

KathrynBrownKathryn Brown is leaving New York’s WCBS and joining WRAL where she has been named weekend anchor. Brown joins in late August and will take over for Renee Chou who moved to the morning show. The move to Raleigh will put Brown and her husband, Scott, who works for WABC-TV, closer to family in Atlanta. Before WCBS, Brown worked at WJZ-TV in Baltimore and at WSET-TV in Roanoke.

Lynda Loveland Returns to WRAL TV

loveland wralWRAL has announced Lynda Loveland is back at the Raleigh, NC, CBS affiliate.

Loveland left WRAL after 10 years to work in radio. The station said she was ready to return after five years as a morning drive co-host on its radio sister station WRAL-FM.

She will co-anchor WRAL News on FOX affiliate WRAZ weekday mornings and fill-in anchor on WRAL.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be coming back to WRAL-TV!” Loveland said in a statement. “Not only is the name synonymous with news excellence, but for me, it also stands for family. I can’t wait to get back in the newsroom Friday morning.”

#WelcomeHomeLynda generated nearly 260,000 impressions on twitter after WRAL news director Rick Gall first tweeted about the move.

WTVD Announces New Head of Creative Services and Programming

Wtvd_durhamAdam Frary has been named director of Creative Services and Local Programming for Raleigh-Durham ABC owned station WTVD.

Frary will lead the station’s branding, promotion, graphics and local production.

”Adam’s expertise in promoting local stations and proven track record in connecting with viewers will serve us well,” Caroline Welch, president and GM of WTVD, said in a statement.

Frary comes to WTVD from WAVE in Louisville, KY where he was marketing director. He has also worked at WFIE in Evansville, IN, WSFA in Montgomery, AL. He started his career in Evansville, IN, at WEVV.

Jonathan Carlson Joins WXYZ From WNCN

Jonathan CarlsonJonathan Carlson is joining Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ as an investigative reporter. Carlson comes from WNCN, the NBC affiliate in Raleigh-Durham, where he was an investigative reporter and anchor.

Carlson has “deep experience covering everything from political scandals, school failures and government waste to natural disasters and breaking news,” WXYZ news director Dave Manney said in announcing the hire. “He’ll fit in nicely at Action News.”

Carlson begins at WXYZ in June.

Sean Maroney Named WNCN Evening Anchor

maroney_wncnRaleigh, NC, NBC affiliate WNCN has named Sean Maroney evening anchor.

Maroney will anchor alongside Melanie Sanders at 6:00 p.m., Pam Saulsby at 7:00 and 11:00 p.m. and chief meteorologist Wes Hohenstein at 6:00, 7:00 and 11:00 p.m.

“Sean hit the ground running the moment he joined our team,” WNCN director of content Andrea Parquet-Taylor said in a statement. “He is the embodiment of our brand — smart, creative, compassionate and hard-working.”

Before coming to WNCN in May 2013, Maroney worked for Voice of America.

Johnny Chappell Leaving News 14 Carolina

chapelle_biggerNews 14 Carolina anchor Johnny Chappell is leaving TV broadcasting for a job in real estate.

“I’ve been a licensed Realtor since 2006 and am leaving to focus on working with residential real estate clients and building new homes,” Chappell told TVSpy. “I’ll still be living here in Raleigh.  It was a tough decision but I’m excited for the new challenges and the change of pace.”

Before coming to the Time Warner Cable news outlet, Chappell worked at WLTX in Columbia, SC. He has also worked in radio at WVOC in Columbia and, according to his bio, has held on-air and management positions at two TV stations in Wilmington, NC.

His last day is tomorrow.

Raleigh Anchor Tells Viewers Santa ‘Made Up’

wtvd_santaParents of kids young enough to still believe in Santa Claus living in the Raleigh-Durham market were left scrambling to undo what WTVD anchor Anna Laurel did during the ABC owned station’s 4:00 p.m. newscast yesterday.

While tossing to meteorologist Chris Hohmann after a story about a school denying a black student the opportunity to be Santa, anchor Anna Laurel told viewers, “Hide your ears, but the Santa of today is made up.”

The station responded to comments on its facebook page by writing, “We obviously struck a raw nerve during our Santa story at 4 pm. We will be more mindful of our 4 pm audience in the future.”

Raleigh Anchor Announces He’s Leaving Station in Family Christmas Video

WNCN anchor Penn Holderness buried the lede in this year’s family pajama wearing rap Christmas video.

After all the signing and dancing about what the family did this year, Holderness’ wife announced in the video her anchor husband was leaving the Raleigh-Durham NBC affiliate.

“Next month he’s stepping off the anchor desk,” rapped his wife in the video. “It’s the biggest decision of his life. He’s going to quit his job and come work with his wife. We’ll be making videos just like these for politicians and companies.”

Holderness started his career in Grand Junction, CO, before working in Orlando, FL. He also hosted shows for HGTV and CSTV. According to his station bio, he was also a video essayist for ESPN and ABC in New York.

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Kelcey Carlson Joins KMSP in Minneapolis

kelcey carlsonKelcey Carlson has been named anchor for the 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts on KMSP, the Fox owned station in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Carlson comes from Raleigh-Durham, where she has been a reporter and anchor at WRAL for the past decade. Prior to that, she worked at WWMT in Kalamazoo, Mich.

“Kelcey comes to FOX 9 News with a passion for journalism and storytelling. This combined with her Midwest roots make her the ideal fit for this role,” KMSP vice president and general manager Carol Rueppel said in a statement.

Carlson replaces Heidi Collins, who signed off from KMSP in July. More from Fox after the jump. Read more

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