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  • Crazy Things

    1. Name the weatherman or meteorologist who presented a weathercast from WRAL’s tall tower. a) Bob Caudle b) Bob Debardelaben c) Bob Knapp d) Greg Fishel 2. Name the SKY 5 pilot who appeared in a live shot wearing a
  • Bob Debardelaben WRAL Weather Anchor

    Known as “The Biggest Name in Weather,” Bob DeBardelaben was one of WRAL-TV’s best known on-air personalities, gaining fame as the primary weather anchor of the station’s dominant “Action News 5” broadcasts.

    Bob joined CBC in 1966 as a sales rep for Tobacco Radio Network. He began voicing commercials and handling a variety of on-air and off-air jobs, and by the late 60s he was doing the morning show on WRAL-FM.

    It wasn’t long before DeBardelaben’s talents would move to the world of television, where he gained instant popularity as the host of “Dialing for Dollars,” a daily quiz program on WRAL-TV. Bob would spin a big wheel, make random phone calls and challenge viewers to win money if they could recite “the count and the amount” of the contest totals at that particular moment.

    Bob’s popularity continued to grow, and in 1976 his career was forever changed when he was named the primary weathercaster of WRAL-TV’s weekday newscasts. DeBardelaben replaced long-time weatherman Bob Caudle.

    Bob was always up for a weather stunt, as well. In the mid-80s he broadcast the weather one evening from a platform near the top of WRAL’s 2,000-foot tower. All went well, but when he came back down after the newscast he kissed the ground and said “never again!”

    DeBardelaben retired in 1989 at age 62. Always an avid golfer, he says he wanted to spend more time on the links.

    Bob DeBardelaben died October 6, 2014 following a brief illness. He was 88.

  • Action News 5 team

    Adele Arakawa, Charlie Gaddy and Bob DeBardelaben on set during 1980s newscast.

  • Dateline News in progress

    Crew member Jack Stokes, Sam Beard, Bob DeBardelaben and Russell Capps during live Dateline newscast.

  • WRAL Reunion Newscast 2006

    WRAL-TV celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2006 by inviting legedary news anchors Charlie Gaddy and Bobbie Battista, weatherman Bob Debardelaben and sportscaster Tom Suiter to present the news, weather, and sports one more time together. The reunion broadcast turned out to be one of the highest rated newscasts at WRAL. The opening of the newscast included a montage of various TV 5 news openings during the years. News anchor Bobbie Battista left WRAL on November 25, 1981 for CNN in Atlanta where she excelled as one of their primary news anchors. Charlie Gaddy retired from WRAL in 1994 and Bob Debardelaben retired in 1989. Tom Suiter retired as primary sports anchor in 2008, but continued to produce “The Extra Effort Award.”

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