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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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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

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.

PromaxBDA Hands Out 2014 Local Awards

promaxbda local awardsPromaxBDA recently announced the winners of its 2014 local awards, honoring “the best in local media, marketing and design, driving excellence, creativity and innovation from the local market.”

The Gold Award winners included Seattle NBC affiliate KING for general image and news station image, Buffalo NBC affiliate WRGZ for general branding and image campaign, Portland Fox affiliate KPTV for news/information program spot, Raleigh CBS affiliate WRAL for special news report, Chicago CW affiliate WGN for sports program spot, Miami CW affiliate WSFL for on-air consumer tie-in promo. Devlin Design Group won a gold award in set design for KSAZ, the Fox-owned station in Phoenix.

A full list of the winners is available here.

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.

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.

Duane Pohlman Joins WCMH in Columbus

duane pohlmanDuane Pohlman will join WCMH, the NBC affiliate in Columbus, TVNewsCheck reports. Pohlman comes from WLKY in Kentucky, where he has been an investigative reporter since 2011.

At WCMH, Pohlman will be the lead investigative reporter and co-anchor of the 5:30 p.m. newscast. He begins in Columbus on February 3, 2014.

Before joining WLKY, Pohlman worked at WEWS in Cleveland, KING in Seattle, WTMJ in Milwaukee and WRAL in Raleigh-Durham.

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

Len Besthoff Joins WVIT From Rival WFSB

After 11 years at Hartford-New Haven CBS affiliate WFSB, Len Besthoff is joining rival WVIT.

According to a memo to WVIT staffers obtained by The Laurel, Besthoff will be the NBC owned station’s chief investigative reporter. “This addition to our Troubleshooters Unit assures that we will continue to build on the momentum developed over the past 20 months. We have created the premier investigative team in the state,” the WVIT memo reads.

At WFSB, Besthoff was the Hartford bureau chief and an investigative reporter. Before moving to Hartford, he worked at WRAL in Raleigh-Durham and WDBJ in Lynchburg.

WRAL Partners With Fayetteville Observer

WRAL, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh-Durham, is launching a news partnership with The Fayetteville Observer.

The station has relocated its Fayetteville bureau to the Observer‘s newsroom. The new bureau will debut on the air on the 5 p.m. newscast Friday.

“The Observer has a long tradition of outstanding local coverage, and we’re excited about growing a partnership with the newspaper that will benefit our viewers and their readers,” WRAL president and general manager Steven Hammel said in a statement.

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