Carol Ward, general manager of WAVY and WVBT said, “It is an incredible asset to have these professionals on our side.” According to Ward: “WAVY is Hampton Roads‘ leading source for news, weather, traffic and sports and it is no doubt due to the daily contribution of Don Roberts, Don Slater and Bruce Rader.”
WAVY and WVBT, Nexstar’s NBC and Fox affiliates licensed to Portsmouth, Virginia, (DMA 42) have three people behind their anchor desks that have a combined 111 years’ experience at the station.
Don Roberts, has been the anchor for WAVY’s morning news for 30 years, and during that time, the newscast has ranked No. 1 in the Hampton Roads area which includes Norfolk, Newport News, Virginia Beach, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
“When you get to work alongside a man who is as beloved in his community as he is, you know you’re in a good place,” said Mark Kurtz, WAVY’s news director.
“Don has his pulse on Hampton Roads. He is the quintessential volunteer and spends countless hours outside work giving back to the community. This is a testament to the type of person he is and is a key reason why more people wake up to WAVY every day.”
Don Slater, WAVY’s chief meteorologist, has been at the station for 38 years. Saturday, Slater received the prestigious Silver Circle Award from the regional chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Silver Circle Award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the broadcast industry for 25 years or more.
Slater was nominated by one of his peers at WAVY, reporter Jason Marks.
“As a kid growing up in this area, the one television name I knew was Don Slater and it has been an honor to work side-by-side with him,” said Marks.
“He is one of the most humble guys you could meet and I wanted him to be recognized for all of his accomplishments.”
Bruce Rader, WAVY and WVBT’s sports director, has led the sports department for 43 years. He’s also a past recipient of the Silver Circle Award. Rader will be inducted into the 2020 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame this spring. He is the first local broadcaster to regularly cover the Washington Redskins and, also host the longest-running, locally produced high school football show in the state, 10 On Your Side Friday Night Flights.
Here’s a profile that WAVY did for Rader for his 40th anniversary at the station.
Carol Ward, general manager of WAVY and WVBT, said: “It is an incredible asset to have these professionals on our side.”
According to Ward, “WAVY is Hampton Roads‘ leading source for news, weather, traffic and sports and it is no doubt due to the daily contribution of Don Roberts, Don Slater and Bruce Rader.”
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