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General Manager – WPTF-FM 98.5 AM 680 & The Triangle’s Rock 92.9 FM
Chris has always been a radio junkie. He remembers turning it up loud in the car with his mom, and she so graciously let him. He wanted to introduce himself to the radio industry at 17 years old but was encouraged to go to college. After a stab at a Business degree, then a Psychology degree, Chris decided to live out his passion and graduated with a Radio/TV degree. The good news: he was hired at a Rock station in his last semester of college and as they say, “The Rest is History.” Since 1985, he has been living out the radio dream. “I just don’t know what else I would do,” says Chris.
WPTF Chief Correspondent
I am a second-generation broadcaster. My father, John Zach, spent over 50 years on morning radio in Buffalo, N.Y. on the legendary WKBW, as well as WGR and WBEN. Legacy, however, did not influence my journey into journalism and commercial broadcasting. In fact, some may suggest I blatantly ignored several warnings. Alas, college is where the radio bug bit. I love what I do — my goal, each day, is to be better than the day before — and, after 26 years on the air (12 years at WPTF), it’s hard to imagine another path.
WPTF & NCNN Anchor
Mike Raley is an award-winning North Carolina broadcaster who has spent his 47-year professional career at 50,000-watt AM station WPTF in Raleigh and hopes to make it at least 50 years. He has been a news anchor-reporter for WPTF for more than 30 years and the morning-drive anchor for the North Carolina Network (NCN) for more than a decade. Mike has also worked almost a quarter of a century as the morning-drive newscaster for sister station WQDR and 10 years with Curtis Media Group station WKIX. In addition, Mike originated the popular “WPTF Weekend Gardener” talk show, which has been on the air since 1985.
Mike is a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, which is among the most prestigious awards presented by the Governor of North Carolina.
Born in Durham, Mike was raised in Nashville, N.C., and educated at North Carolina State University. He has been married to Melissa for more than 40 years and they have two children and two grandchildren.
Assistant News Director / Managing Editor
Bruce has spent more than four decades as a broadcast and print journalist in the Carolinas, reporting on many topics including government, health, education, economic development, and tourism. In addition to anchoring newscasts and overseeing news operations, he also hosts and produces the daily Triangle’s Noon News and the weekly Saturday Morning Magazine. He has also been part of WPTF’s sister operation, the North Carolina News Network, since 1998.
Host of Triangle’s Morning News
Scott is a radio lifer having worked in the field since getting his start at WUAG at UNC-Greensboro in 1989. Raised in Chapel Hill, Scott is a huge fan of UNC basketball. He spends much of his spare time working in his vegetable garden and at Emerald Isle soaking in the sun. He and his wife Judith live in Mebane with their dog Steve.
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News and Sports Anchor – NCN News / WPTF News
Tony Riggsbee has been on the air in the Triangle area for 50 years anchoring news and sports. He has been with WPTF for a combined 38 years during two stints. He also serves as PA announcer for the Durham Bulls, spring training PA Announcer for the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals in the Cactus League, and the Arizona Fall League. He has received awards from the AP, RTNDA, UPI, and the City of Surprise, AZ.
Host of Triangle’s Afternoon News and Triangle’s Evening News
Steve is a radio and TV veteran of 25 years with experience in Philadelphia and Tucson. He did news and sports for CBS Radio in Philadelphia. He began at Curtis Media Group in 2019 as a news and sports anchor and began doing the Triangle’s Evening News at 6 p.m. He was promoted to the host of the Triangle’s Afternoon News in addition to the Triangle’s Evening News in 2022. He is on the air four hours every afternoon bringing listeners news in-depth and a two-hour wrap of the day’s news at 5 p.m.
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