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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.

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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.

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.

Button Pops Off Greg Fishel’s Suit During WRAL Forecast

WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel was in the middle of his Friday evening weather forecast when a button popped off his suit jacket (video above).

Fishel was reporting on a high-pressure system, and standing underneath a graphic that said “PRESSURE,” when the button popped. “I just popped a button! I have never done that in 31 years of broadcasting, which means I’ve got a little too much here,” Fishel said, patting his stomach.

Reporter Erin Hartness Says Goodbye to WRAL

Reporter Erin Hartness is signing off today from WRAL, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh-Durham.

Hartness is ending her 13-year career in television to join Duke University, where she will be public relations manger for the Fuqua School of Business. She has worked at WRAL since 2007.

“Erin really worked her beats, enterprising and breaking stories,” news director Rick Gall said in a statement. “Her determination and dedication are impressive. Her insistence on accuracy and perspective in stories is admirable.”

After 19 Years at the Helm of WGAL, General Manager Paul Quinn to Retire

Paul Quinn will retire later this year after almost two decades as president and general manager of WGAL, the Hearst-owned NBC affiliate in Lancaster, Penn.

“It has been a great run,” Quinn said in a statement. “Our staff here cares deeply about providing the best local television service possible and works tirelessly to make that happen every day.  And we have had some fun in the process.”

Quinn’s retirement caps more than 40 years in local television. Prior to joining WGAL, he worked at WRAL in Raleigh-Durham and WBTV in Charlotte. In a statement announcing the retirement, Hearst Television president and CEO David Barrett praised Quinn’s “steady leadership.” Read more

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