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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

WRAL Demos New Mobile Emergency Alert System

WRAL , the CBS affiliate for Raleigh-Durham, will be the first commercial TV station to try out the proposed Mobile Emergency Alert System (M-EAS) pushing rich media emergency alert content to those with mobile handheld devices.

“No other system has the capacity to deliver on-demand emergency messages to so many people simultaneously,” WRAL told TVNewsCheck.

Unlike the wireless alerts already available to anyone with a mobile device, M-EAS will provide interactive on-demand emergency information via video, audio, maps, texts and photos to anyone with a cell phone even if they don’t have a data plan or internet access.

WRAL has put together a video (watch after the jump) showing the viewer  what the system looks like.

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Reporter Stacy Davis Signs Off From WRAL

Stacy Davis is saying goodbye to WRAL after four years at the Raleigh-Durham CBS-affiliate.

Davis has accepted a position as public information officer for the nearby town of Clayton, NC. “I thrive on telling stories, and I see this job as one of the best story‐telling jobs around,” Davis said in a statement. “I’ll be telling Clayton’s story.”

“We’ll miss her ability to land key interviews, make ordinary stories extraordinary, and deliver compelling live shots,” news director Rick Gail said in a statement.

Davis’ last day at WRAL is today.

Pam Saulsby Joins WNCN as Evening Anchor

Raleigh-Durham NBC-affiliate WNCN will have a new evening co-anchor next month: Pam Saulsby, until last year was an anchor at rival station WRAL.

Saulsby signed off from WRAL last year after 20 years with the CBS-affiliate. In her new role at WNCN, she will co-anchor the 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Penn Holderness (pictured with Saulsby) and chief meteorologist Wes Hohenstein, as well as produce reports for the station.

“We are thrilled to have Pam join our team,” news director Andrea Parquet-Taylor said in a statement. “Her deep roots and passion for storytelling in this community make her an outstanding choice. Penn and Pam are a dynamic duo committed to the things that truly matter and helping people everyday.”

Sportscaster Jason Jennings Joins WFLA From WRAL

Jason Jennings is joining Tampa NBC-affiliate WFLA as a weekend sports anchor and reporter.

Since 2005, Jennings has worked in his hometown as sports reporter and photographer at WRAL, the CBS-affiliate in Raleigh-Durham. He signs on at WFLA on August 20, according to Tampa Bay Online.

“Jason will fit right in covering the local sports scene in Tampa Bay,” WFLA news director Don North said in announcing the hire.

WRAL Pressured by Gun Rights Group After Report on Concealed Weapons Permits

Raleigh-Durham CBS-affiliate WRAL is under fire after it included a searchable database of concealed weapons permits in a report on gun laws in the region.

The report, an examination of concealed weapons permit rates in rural areas, was published on July 12. Grass Roots North Carolina, a gun-rights organization, has mounted a campaign against WRAL and reporter Mark Binker.

Steve Hammel, WRAL’s VP-GM, told the News & Observer that the station didn’t publish any information that was not already available to the public.

“We’ve released public records that anyone out there can easily obtain,” he said. Read more

More Local Interviews for President Obama

President Obama is sitting down for another round of local interviews at the White House today.

Obama will be interviewed by Karen Swensen of WWL in New Orleans; Vicki Dortch of WLKY in Louisville (pictured); Gary Metivier of KWQC in Davenport, IA; Josh McElveen of WMUR in Manchester; Debra Morgan of WRAL in Raleigh; Kent Wainscott of WISN in Milawaukee and Jim Synder of KSNV in Las Vegas.

Obama is calling today for an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for families making under $250,000 a year.  The interviews will air on the evening newscasts tonight.

Longtime WRAL Sports Anchor Tom Suiter Inducted Into NCHSSA Hall of Fame

WRAL sports anchor Tom Suiter was inducted over the weekend into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

Suiter has worked at the Raleigh-Durham CBS-affiliate since 1971. In 1981, he created “Football Friday,” a weekly show that features high school football highlights which he still anchors today.

The longtime sports anchor said he was “very honored” by the induction but said he was not sure he belonged in the Hall of Fame, recognizing “the coaches, the administrators, the athletic directors — those are the men and women who are around the kids every day,” according to the Technician Online. Read more

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