More Highlights for PM Magazine
Enjoy these outtakes from the popular evening program “PM Magazine” with hosts Tom McNamara and Susan Dahlin circa 1984. You’ll also see legendary WRAL news anchors Charlie Gaddy and Adele Arakawa, as well as chief meteorologist Greg Fishel in a few of the bloopers. Background music is “Kodachrome” by Paul Simon.
PM Magazine was a weekly television program that was part local/part national. WRAL was one of many stations that participated in this story sharing cooperative made up of member stations across the country.
This particular episode aired September 29, 1987. It is one of the latter shows produced at WRAL. Susan Dahlin was the co-host along with former news reporter Rick Williams who replaced the original co-host Tom McNamara who accepted a news anchoring position in Arizona. In 1988, Rick – a native New Yorker, returned to his news roots at WPVI in Philadephia.
Vintage commercial and promos are included in this episode.
Former PM Magazine host Tom McNamara became a news anchor at KTVK in Phoenix, Arizona in the late ’80s. But he always remembered his friends back at WRAL-TV and the viewers in Raleigh. Tom sent this Christmas greeting and an update on what was happening in life in Arizona.
Tom is now retired from working in television. His last position was with KVOA in Tucson, Arizona. He anchored the evening newscast for 18 years. Tom announced his retirement in December 2014.
Tom McNamara and Susan Dahlin were co-hosts of the daily evening program, “PM MAGAZINE” on WRAL-TV during the early ’80s. Tom eventually left WRAL in 1984 in order to pursue a career in news in Phoenix, Arizona. He became a news anchor at channel 3, KTVK.
Susan visited Tom in Phoenix and received a quick tour of the gorgeous area. (circa 1985)
Susan Dahlin became one of the most well known personalities at WRAL-TV. She is primarily known as the co-host of the popular program PM Magazine that aired in early to late ’80s. After PM Magazine she became an outstanding producer of many documentary projects that garnered national awards. Susan was also a spokesperson on behalf of Capitol Broadcasting Company for the development of High Defintion television.
Susan made herself known to WRAL in the most circuitous way possible! She was working for a radio station in Florida when she heard that WRAL was holding auditions for co-host of PM Magazine. She also heard of an opening for the same position at KFMB in San Diego, California. Even though the audition process had officially closed at KFMB, she few out – unannounced – and asked to be interviewed anyway. This is her interview tape.
Susan was a finalist at KFMB, but was not hired. She turned her attention to WRAL in Raleigh. She made contact with the station, WRAL expressed interest and asked for an audition tape. Susan asked KFMB to sent her interview tape to WRAL. As you can tell, this was a very ’round-about way to break into showbiz!
The KFMB tape arrived at WRAL. Management saw something unique and special in Susan that other stations missed. She flew to Raleigh for an interview. She got the job! Susan Dahlin and Tom McNamara became hosts of PM Magazine on WRAL.
You can listen to Susan Dahlin detail the whole story on this website by searching Susan Dahlin on the search box.