WRAL anchor Lynda Loveland heading to radio

Posted January 21, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— WRAL News viewers and listeners have a change in store next week when a familiar face becomes a radio voice.

Lynda Loveland, a morning and noon news anchor on WRAL-TV, will join Bill Jordan on WRAL-FM MIX 101.5 starting Monday. Loveland replaces Sherri Logan, who recently left the station to spend more time with her family.

Bill & Lynda in the Morning Lynda Loveland gets new radio gig

“Lynda brings a treasure trove of qualities to the morning show; she has a wonderful sense of humor, and her core values are aligned with those of our target listener," Ardie Gregory, vice president and general manager of MIX 101.5, said.

Loveland says she is thrilled to make a move that allows her to accommodate her family and to continue her career with Capitol Broadcasting Co, which owns both WRAL-TV and WRAL-FM.

"I've had some of the best years of my life at WRAL-TV," said Loveland, who started at WRAL-TV in 1998.

"I will thoroughly miss my morning TV family. We've become very close. Now, I look forward to expanding my family over at MIX 101.5 and joining Bill, Vanna (Fox) and Wayne (Michaels) in the morning."

WRAL-TV Vice President and General Manager Steven D. Hammel called the move "a win-win-win for our viewers and MIX 101.5’s listeners. This way, she stays in the WRAL family, which makes everyone happy.”

WRAL-TV weekend anchor and reporter Kelcey Carlson will join Bill Leslie, Elizabeth Gardner and Brian Shrader on WRAL’s Morning News.

“Kelcey worked as a morning anchor before coming to WRAL, and she's done a terrific job anchoring on the weekends here," WRAL-TV News Director Rick Gall said. "She brings a blend of credibility and personality that will stand out in our morning news.”

Carlson will anchor the morning news and continue her award-winning investigative reporting.

“I’m delighted to join the morning team I’ve been watching since I moved to Raleigh five years ago," Carlson said. "And I’m really looking forward to continuing to report the issues that are important to our community."

Valonda Calloway will move to WRAL’s Noon News, co-anchoring with Bill Leslie and Elizabeth Gardner, and spend her afternoons on reporting assignments, including Project Education features such as WRAL's “Teacher of the Week.”

The changes take effect Monday, Jan. 26.


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  • GALNC Jan 23, 2009

    I hope that Linda doesn't gush and be self absorbed like Sherry was...she was the Kathy Lee Gifford..always pushing her kids down our throats. Linda was a great anchor on WRAL. I had to switch to satellite because Sherry made me gag...welcome Linda.

  • Wifeandkids Jan 22, 2009

    Lynda, I look forward to hearing you on WRAL-FM. You did an excellent job on the news at WRAL.

  • Kelly H. Jan 22, 2009

    Hi everyone! This is Kelly H., one of the WRAL.com web editors. Lynda Loveland asked me to share this message with you: "I want to thank everyone for their warm thoughts and well wishes on my move to Mix 101.5. It's truly been a privilege to serve you on WRAL-TV for the last 10 1/2 years. I've worked alongside some of the best journalists in the business and I've made some great friends. But I decided it was time for a change. I got the radio bug a few years ago filling in over at Mix, and never got rid of it. When the position came open, I thought the time was right for both my family and me. Plus my new partner's name will be easy to remember! I hope you'll give me a shot doing the radio thing and tune in Monday morning to Mix 101.5. I can't wait to get started!"

  • Bellesdad24 Jan 21, 2009

    My parents are big fans of lynda Loveland and she seems to have more class and maybe less bias than many other anchors, especially those from the lefty channel 11.
    Personally, I like the addition of Kelcey Carlson. Shes a real cutie.

  • John Q Public Jan 21, 2009

    Wow, too bad I dislike the morning show on 101.5. I do wish her all the best though. She'll make for a smooth transition since she sounds similar and looks similar to Sherri...Plus she's going from 1 Bill to another Bill.

    I really do like Kelcey and Valonda. They do a great job! They seem like they'd be nicer to Bill Leslie when he starts his ramblings. You could tell Lynda "wasn't having it" towards the end of her tenure. I guess I lean slightly towards Valonda since she is the local girl.

    Best of luck to all!

  • 4unot2no Jan 21, 2009

    I think Lynda will do great replacing Sherri. I'm really happy to hear that it's someone we all know and it's not someone that we have no clue about. At least she's use to the early mornings!!

  • Amused Jan 21, 2009

    Sherri always sounded like she was munching on something while trying to talk lol!

  • Made In USA Jan 21, 2009

    I will miss her smiling face and great personality on WRAL-TV for sure. But changes are inevitable in this day and time, and I want to pass along my thanks for sharing her expertise with us for all thses past years. You will be remembered Lynda as a favorite!! May the best of everything fall in place for you in the future.

  • commonsenseisnotcommon Jan 21, 2009

    Sounds like a good move for Linda although I'll miss her on WRAL TV. She has an upbeat, postitive personality. I think she'll be a good match with Bill Jordan.

  • littlegramma Jan 21, 2009

    I'm sorry to see her go, too, but I'm very happy she has put her family ahead of career, they need her a lot more than we do! I am also glad they picked Kelsey as her replacement, she's great, too.