WRAL has new anchor and other changes

January 12, 2018 by  

The on-air deem at WRAL in Raleigh is changing—a lot, according to an article in the News Observer.

The station will welcome Brad Johansen, who anchors the news at Cincinnati’s WKRC, in spring this year. He will anchor several different newscasts, according to the station.

Currently, the evening and afternoon lineup at WRAL includes Kathryn Brown, Gerald Owens, Debra Morgan, and David Crabtree. Several months ago, Crabtree announced he would retire from the station in December 2018, apparently prompting the hiring of Johansen. Since Crabtree announced his retirement, three other anchors also said they planned to leave: Gina Benitez, Bill Leslie, and Lynda Loveland. Although Benitez did not announce her plans, Loveland went to the Farm Bureau, and Leslie plans to retire.

Johansen is an Illinois native, and over the 25 years he has been with WKRC, he has won two Gracie Awards and 21 Emmys. He has a sports reporting background, and currently anchors the news broadcasts at 4:00 pm, 5:30 pm, and 10:00 pm.

Rick Gall, WRAL’s news director, called Johansen:

“[A] great addition to our outstanding and experienced team of evening news anchors.”

He added that Johansen understands the responsibilities and challenges that go with being a television news anchor. He expects his new colleague will excel at handling breaking news stories.

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