More Highlights for Adele Arakawa
Action News 5 hour long newscast that air January 7, 1985. At this time, WRAL was still an affiliate with the ABC network.
One of the main stories of the day was Jim Martin’s first full day as Governor of North Carolina. (full coverage of his inauguration on January 6 is available on this website) Other stories of the day were reported by Shelly Kofler, Sharon Nash, Connie Howard, Tim Kent, Tina Seldon, Fred Taylor, Denece Boyer, Renee McCoy and Joe Oliver. Sports with Tom Suiter. Weather with Bob Debardelaben. Editorial by Joel Lawhon.
The commercials that aired that day are included as well.
Sometimes the best made plans go awry, especially if it is a “live” shot during a newscast. Here are two examples of WRAL news anchor John Hudson having a bit of fun with two situations. (circa 1984)
The first example shows reporter Bryan Glazer reporting “live” from a post office on tax filing day, April 15. Before the day of electronic filing, tax payers needed to mail their tax returns in an envelope stamped before midnight. Last minute deliveries were common and created long lines at the post office. It just so happened that the “live” shot occurred during a lull. That left Bryan without someone to interview. News anchor John Hudson helped relieve the awkward moment with a little humor.
The second video shows WRAL news anchor John Hudson offering up a humorous comment after WRAL reporter Howard Fox finished his “live” shot at the fairgrounds at the expense of reporter, Bryan Glazer, who was not even on the scene. You’ll recall in the previous video that Glazer waited in hope of interviewing someone about filing their tax returns at the last minute. Hudson cleverly connected the wait to Howard Fox having to wait for a mule to dive into the water. The humor left Adele Arakawa speechless and the studio camera crew doubled over in laughter.
WRAL Sports anchor Tom Suiter triumphantly returns to his hometown, Rocky Mount, on an elephant and has some fun at the Rocky Mount Fair. An extra bonus is Tom introducing his mother to the home crowd and the WRAL viewers. (circa 1985)
Hurricane Diana hit the coast of North Carolina with category 4 winds on September 13, 1984. WRAL news, at that time called “Action News 5,” sent news crews to various NC coastal locations to cover evacuations and damage. This video is a compilation of news stories that aired over several days. You will see WRAL news reporters Fred Taylor, Bill Draper, Tim Kent, Shelly Kofler, Bryan Glazer,and Nina Szlosberg.
Adele Arakawa, Charlie Gaddy and Bob DeBardelaben on set during 1980s newscast.