WRAL welcomes NBC Feb. 29
Posted January 16
Updated March 24
WRAL-TV became your NBC affiliate on Feb. 29 at 7 a.m. Meet our new mascot below!
First things first: Our channel isn’t moving. Our news people aren’t moving, and WRAL News stays right where it’s always been. See our full programming schedule.
New WRAL Programming lineup
|4:30 to 7 a.m.||WRAL Morning News|
|7 to 11 a.m.||The Today Show|
|11 a.m.||Dr. Phil (new morning time!)|
|Noon||WRAL Noon News|
Days of Our Lives
|2 p.m.||The Doctors|
|3 p.m.||Dr. Phil (new episode!)|
|WRAL’s 4:00 News will air on WRAL-TV instead of FOX 50, beginning Feb. 29|
|5 to 6:30 p.m.||WRAL Evening News|
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
|7 p.m.||Inside Edition|
|7:30 p.m.||Entertainment Tonight|
|8 to 11 p.m.|
|11 p.m.||WRAL Late News|
|11:30 p.m.||The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon|
A message from the CEO:
Capitol Broadcasting Company President and CEO Jim Goodmon answered viewer questions about the move live on Facebook with David Crabtree.
Why did you make this change?
Local broadcasting is our top priority. Local news, locally produced documentaries, innovation in technology and commitment to the communities we serve. We’re local broadcasters first and a network affiliate second. According to Capitol Broadcasting President and CEO Jim Goodmon: “The broadcasting business is changing rapidly. We chose a partner committed to preserving the future of local broadcasting. It was clear to us NBC understands the value local stations bring to the network/affiliate partnership.”
No. WRAL-TV is still locally owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company.
Yes! No change.
Yes, with one change. On Feb. 29, the 4:00 News moves to WRAL with Lynda, Gerald, and Mike.
No! The people you know and watch on WRAL News aren’t moving.
Yes, with Gerald, Lynda, Mike and Jeff!
The Super Bowl next year is on FOX 50. The Super Bowl in 2018 is on WRAL.
Starting in the fall, you’ll be able to watch seven Thursday night games on NBC, right here on WRAL.
Starting Feb. 29, weekdays at its new time: 2 p.m. on WRAL.
Where will I watch Dr. Phil?
Starting Feb. 29, you can watch Dr. Phil twice a day! Weekdays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on WRAL.
Where will I watch Inside Edition and Entertainment Tonight?
Same time and channel as now, WRAL-TV at 7 and 7:30.
Until Feb. 29, yes. After that, it will air nightly at 7:00 on the POP cable network (check local listings) or on your local CBS affiliate.
What will be on WRAL at 4:00?
Starting Feb. 29, our 4:00 newscast that has been airing on FOX 50 moves to WRAL.
WRAL-TV. No change there.
Depending on your carrier, you may not have to reprogram your DVR. To be sure you don’t miss your favorite shows, it will be a good idea to check your DVR to make sure it's recording the shows you want.
Channels yes; times no! NBC network programs like The Voice, The Blacklist, Blindspot, Saturday Night Live, Dateline, Meet The Press, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and NBC Sports like NFL, NHL, NASCAR and Premier League Soccer will all now be on WRAL-TV, on Ch. 5. They will air at the times you’re used to.
In the Triangle, the new CBS affiliate will be WNCN.
Depends on where you live. CBS is moving to a different channel in the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville market. Towns that are on the edge of WRAL’s coverage area may also be able to pick up a CBS affiliate from Florence or Myrtle Beach S.C.
Will the reception on NBC programs be better now that it’s on WRAL?
Yes! Many viewers in places like Lumberton, Goldsboro, Reidsville, Laurinburg and Greenville will get a more reliable signal because WRAL has a much stronger off-air signal than the previous NBC affiliate, WNCN.
The movie “Las Vegas” airing on Feb 28, 9-11:08 p.m. will be the final CBS program to air on WRAL-TV. It will be followed by WRAL Late News and syndicated programming overnight.
WRAL Morning News begins at 4:30 a.m. as usual on Feb. 29 and will be followed by "Today."
You can send email to email@example.com and we will do our best to answer.
Meet the new WRAL Mascot
Special thanks to the Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck, N.C., for raising and loving our new peacock mascot.
You may notice our mascot doesn’t have the long tail fan traditionally associated with a peacock. That’s because the bird is only 6 months old! The gender of peafowl gets revealed as the bird matures. By one year of age, the tail feathers of the male are longer than the female. By the second year, the fan is much longer and by year three, it’s fully mature. Peahens are generally more brown in color, a plumage that allows them to blend into their surroundings while nesting and makes them less of a target for predators. Peacocks are primarily iridescent green or blue in color.
Just in case you’re wondering, no news personalities or peacocks were harmed in the making of our commercials.