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WCNC News logoWCNC News is an NBC affiliate TV station operating at Virtual CH 36 and providing services to Charlotte, North Carolina. The station operates under the ownership of Tegna Inc. Get WCNC Breaking News, health news, national news, investigative stories, political discussion, crime reports, community information, Wake Up Charlotte at NBC Charlotte. Explore WCNC Weather with the accurate forecast, high-tech WCNC Radar, School Closings and Delays, traffic updates, Webcams, and Chevy Storm Tracker. The channel’s sports coverage features High School Sports, NASCAR, Golf, and College Football. In addition to that, it also hosts games from several teams such as Hornets, Panthers, Knights, and Checkers. See the station’s HD transmission over several local cable networks including AT&T U-verse at CH 36. Viewers can also get it at via WCNC live stream.

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General Questions by Audience of WCNC News

What Channel Is NBC In Charlotte?

WCNC News carries the NBC transmission in Charlotte. Viewers can access the NBC in Charlotte by tuning at CH 36 on their TV screens. WCNC Charlotte mostly runs at this channel number on almost all the cable networks, satellite services and over-the-air through transmitter.

Why is Rachel Roller Leaving WCNC?

Rachel Roller worked in WCNC News as a news anchor and reporter. She became a part of the team in 2015 where she covered several major events including the shark attacks on the Carolina coast and the deadly shooting in Charleston. Roller left the station on 28 June 2019 after serving the North Carolina community for more than four years. While appearing on the channel for the last time in the Wake-Up Charlotte morning program, her colleagues played some of Rachel’s dazzling moments in the show. As much as Rachel tried to avoid the public display of emotion, she ended up saying goodbye with teary eyes. Although, the team and Roller herself didn’t reveal the reason for leaving the station but it was an emotional departure.

Where Is Ben Thompson?

Ben Thompson serves Channel 36 Charlotte as a news anchor and reporter. He is a Morning anchor, Sunday 11 am news reporter, moderator of Flashpoint, and Proud Daddy. His services to the station are remarkable.

Did Carolyn Bruck Leave WCNC Charlotte

Carolyn Bruck Resignation

Carolyn Bruck is a skilled news reporter at WCNC Charlotte. She anchors morning news and provides general reports of the day. Bruck was away from the set last year and fans were wondering if she left the channel. So, they should know that Carolyn didn’t leave the channel, she is still a part of the team.

What Happened to WCNC Carolyn Bruck?

Carolyn Bruck, a talented journalist at WCNC News, came out coronavirus positive last year. Therefore, she was in a rest and away from the work for a while. People mistook that and thought Carolyn has left the channel. Although, she is back on set again and doing her remarkable job at WCNC News Charlotte.

Why did Rachel Rollar Leave WCNC?

Rachel Roller was one of the great WCNC Anchors. During her 4 years of career at the station, she did several extraordinary jobs and provide the most accurate reports to the community. She was a people person and her fans miss her and want to know that why Rachel left WCNC. Some say she needed a new start and few claims that she got some better opportunity somewhere.  However, there isn’t any solid information that why she had to go all of a sudden.

Where is John Wendel?

John Wendel Resignation

John Wendel was a meteorologist at Channel 36 who joined the WCNC Weather Team in 2000. He researched and studied weather in North Carolina for the most part of his life. The exact date of John Wendel leaving the station isn’t mentioned anywhere. We tried to dig out Wendel but didn’t find anything on him. He has only a Facebook page that also was last updated on 15 July 2018. Where he is and why he decided to leave the channel is a mystery.

Did Brooke Katz Leave WCNC?

Brook Katz was an anchor and reporter at NBC News Charlotte. She joined the network in May 2015 and during her time in North Carolina, she conducted 4:30 am & noon news, traffic reports from 5 am to 7 am, and a 4 pm newscast. Brooke Spent a great time at WCNC News. However, after working for more than 4 years at the channel, she left WCNC TV and became a part of KTVT as a news anchor and reporter in August 2019.

WCNC News Team

WCNC News team dedicates their lives to the service of the Charlotte community and presents what is good for the community. They provide up to the minute information and reports of the current conditions in the area. As soon as something big happens, WCNC anchors are the first ones to reach the premises. They investigate the whole matter properly and present the complete picture of the incident in front of people within no time.

First Warn Storm Team

First Warn Storm Team logoWCNC weather team “First Warn Storm Team’ consists of four people, including Chris Mulcahy, Larry Sprinkle, Bran Panovich, and Iisha Scott. They are the most talented group of weather personalities in town and provide accurate forecasts to the viewers. You can watch them live over the satellite, cable network, and other streaming services through WCNC live stream.

Brad Panovich: Chief Meteorologist NBC Charlotte

Brad Panovich services for WCNC NewsBrad Panovich is a weather anchor and reporter at WCNC Charlotte for more than 18 years. He is one of the most senior members of the station who are serving the stations with their life. Brad is a digital, broadcast, and consulting weather personality who has been chasing weather for more than 19 years, from the great gulf coast to the great lakes snowbelt and now exploring the Carolina and the Appalachian Mountains. According to him, severe weather transmission is the benchmark of his career, both on-air and online.

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Panovich completed his degree in BS Atmospheric Sciences from The Ohio State University in 1997. Right after getting out of the University, Panovich joined WKEF-TV in April 1997 as a meteorologist. Though, he only worked there for five months and jumped to a new opportunity at WFQX-TV in September 1998. However, that also didn’t remain for much time, and after one year, Brad became a part of WWL-TV in August 1999. There he spent almost 4.5 years but then he got an offer from WCNC-TV that he gladly accepted and joined the team in January 2003. Now, he is a Chief Meteorologist at the station leading one of the best teams of meteorologists in the area.

WCNC Weather Services

WCNC Weather coverage is as popular as the channel’s newscast. It covers the weather of the entire North Carolina with the latest high-tech equipment including Doppler radar. Weather is trickier to read and study therefore an advanced level of technology and expertise are required to understand it; not to mention the skilled expert minds who spent years learning and researching the weather. When in 1996, NBC Charlotte came under the ownership of Belo Corporation, the company brought several changes in its news department and weather services. In 1997, after one year, WSOC’s longtime meteorologist Ray Boylan joined WCNC News and started providing on-air reports, the station also recruited Terri Bennet during that time. With the newly purchased weather equipment and Interactive radar, Bennett and Boylan formed a great team and presented the best services.

Scott Huffmon, Fred Shropshire, Sarah French, and Ben Thompson
Scott Huffmon, Fred Shropshire, Sarah French, and Ben Thompson together at WCNC News | Courtesy: official website

WCNC Weather comprises several features that help people getting accurate weather reports. The features include weather maps, webcams, Chevy Storm Tracker, 24-hours forecast, 10-day forecast, and Closings & Delays. Every day the Larry Sprinkle provides a forecast of the day with the camera view mounted on street, gives temperature information in various locations followed by the 10-day temperature trends. First Warn Doppler Radar shows the hotspot areas on-screen and provides detailed information in the form of various layers. Each layer represents its respective characteristic such as Alerts gives a red signal on radar about the flood, storms and tornadoes, marine, winter, and tropic conditions. Overlays tab provides information about Current Conditions, Storm Tracks, Lightning Summary, Earthquakes, Active Tropical Track, Temperature Plots, and Wildfire Detection.

WCNC Radar Maps

WCNC Radar Maps gives a live radar screen of the different locations in Charlotte, separately. The table highlights all those regions that WCNC Weather radar maps include.

Charlotte North Charlotte East Charlotte South Charlotte
West Charlotte Ashe Mecklenburg County Burke
Anson County Alexander County Avery County Cabarrus
Chester Caldwell Chesterfield County Catawba
Lancaster County Cleveland County Iredell County Gaston County
Western NC Watauga Union County York
Stanly County Lincoln Richmond County Rowan

WCNC Weather Maps

WCNC Weather maps give detailed information on climate conditions in Charlotte’s different locations. The following table shows the list of all those locations.

Piedmont Sandhills 7-day forecast Mountains
Sandhills Local Temperatures National Temperatures Regional Temperatures
Futurecast Rain Almanac Warnings: Metro Warnings: Mountain
Wind Gusts Rainfall Dewpoints Visibility
Warnings: South Warnings Foothills

WCNC Weather Cams

The channel’s weather cams are installed all over Charlotte county providing a live feed of the weather condition back to the station’s weather department and over the official website

77 at Lake Norman 85 at Wilinson US 29 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
77 at 85 85 at Billy Graham Parkway 77 at Gilead
85 at Univ. City Blvd US 74 at Monroe Bypass

NBC Charlotte Mobile Apps

Channel 36 Charlotte features two mobile apps for the viewers. Charlotte News from WCNC Mobile Ap delivers the latest news updates from Charlotte and its nearby areas. Whereas, it’s WCNC Charlotte Weather App is a fully weather-oriented digital platform for mobile and tablet users.

Charlotte News from WCNC Mobile App

With the slogan Looking out for you, NBC Charlotte News App offers a variety of services, including WCNC Breaking News, top stories, the latest videoclips, WCNC Weather radar, and other related information from the channel’s brand-new mobile app. The app’s homepage includes the latest news headlines that affect you and your family, WCNC live stream, interactive weather radar, and local events.

Moreover, users can also get push notifications for the latest news, dig out investigative articles, read the news while watching the video, explore photos and raw video clips, and do other exciting things. Furthermore, the app features live video of the newscast directly from the channel’s newsroom. Users can also favorite the topics in the app for reading or watching them later. Meanwhile, they can also find the BTS videos of their favorite anchors and reporters, along with information on school delays and closings.

WCNC Charlotte Weather App

WCNC Weather app delivers in-depth weather coverage directly on the user’s mobile, tablet and laptop. With a single click, they can find exclusive services related to Charlotte’s climate, such as real-time weather, future forecast, GPS-based Weather.

WCNC Weather app offers interactive radar, radar maps, 24 hours forecast, hourly forecast, and severe weather alerts. With these services, one can get comprehensive weather information about the area. No matter where you are, you can keep yourself updated about your area’s climate condition with a single tap. The app’s user-friendly interface lets you navigate through different sections easily. Furthermore, you can also read different weather-related stories on the app’s blog section and share them directly with your friends or families through email, Twitter, or Facebook.

WCNC News Shows

WCNC Charlotte Schedule includes all the shows that the channel airs during weekdays and weekends. From Wake-Up Charlotte at 4:30 am to Early Today, the channel covers a wide range of TV shows.

Chicago Med WCNC Charlotte at 11:00 p.m. Chicago Fire Late Night With Seth Meyers
Chicago P.D. A Little Late with Lilly Singh The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Early Today
Today Wake Up Charlotte at 4:30 a.m. Today III NBC Charlotte Today
Today With Hoda and Jenna Judge Judy Daily Blast Live Days of Our Lives
NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt Wheel of Fortune Jeopardy! Young Rock
Mr. Mayor The Widower Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Wheel of Fortune
Dateline NBC The Blacklist 1st Look Saturday Today
Wild Child Earth Odyssey With Dylan Dreyer One Team: The Power of Sports Roots Less Traveled
Flashpoint WCNC Charlotte at 6:00 p.m. FIS Alpine Skiing EPL Soccer
USATF Track & Field Ellen’s Game of Games Dash Test Dummies Saturday Night Live Your Move With Andy Stanley
Firewall With Lance Wallnau Vets Saving Pets The Voyager With Josh Garcia Meet the Press
Sunday Today NHL Hockey Weakest Link Alloy Wealth


WCNC News studios are situated toward the east side of Billy Graham Library, South Charlotte, in the Wood Ridge Center Office Complex. However, the network’s transmitter lies in north-central Gaston County. WCNC TV began operations as an independent network in 1967 under the possession of Charlotte-based dentist Dr. Harold W. Twisdale and Engineer from Washington D.C. David L. Steel. Later, the channel came under the care of Ted Turner for the entire 1970s. However, in 1978, WCNC News became an NBC affiliate of the Charlotte community and has been the third leading news outlet ever since.

WCNC News live coverage studio
WCNC News live coverage studio | Source: facebook page

Some Background

Channel 36 used to be a frequency of WAYS-TV before, but later, when WCTU-TV (now WCNC TV) signed on, the frequency CH 36 shifted to this station. At first, WCTU was a low-budget independent network that used to telecast for eight hours every day from 3 pm to 11 pm with some public affairs programs, old movies, some sitcoms from the 1950s and westerns. The station’s initial studios were at Hood Road in the Hickory Grove in the Charlotte suburbs.

WCNC News used to have modern equipment that time and telecast some movies in color along with its entire local transmission. In 1969, WCNC TV had to face some financial problems. In July, the station was subjected to two lawsuits filed by Ampex, an equipment supplier company. They claimed that Channel 36 didn’t pay them a promised money of $1.3 million. In the meantime, National Telefilm Associate, a film distributor, also filed a lawsuit of eight thousand dollars against the channel for violating the film rental terms.

In September, the US court ordered to place the TV channel into receivership; however, it continued telecasting. Eventually, in Feb 1970, the two investors Twisdale and Steel found a buyer for the network; Ted Turner bought the channel’s assets for 1.25 million dollars. After getting the ownership, Turner operated it as an independent service for so long, but later, on 29 April 1977, Ted landed the NBC affiliation. It was a shocking news to the entire US media industry as no one was expecting WCNC TV to get that affiliation.

Features by WCNC News

Carolina Has Heart by WCNC News features heartwarming stories of the Carolina community. If you have any exciting stories, share them with Sarah French, and it might get a chance to feature on the station. The channel’s Hyundai Hometown Heroes honors those people who are doing their best to make society a better place. Get McGinty service allows the consumers to submit complaints directly to the Consumer Investigator Bill McGinty that end up in the detailed investigation. Climate Change is a unique feature by WCNC Weather in which station’s chief meteorologist Brad Panovich discusses the changing weather conditions in Carolina and around the globe.  With Larry Sprinkle’s Tailwagger, Charlotte residents can get a pet of their dreams. Every week Larry comes up with a new adoptable pet that needs a loving and caring family.

Vanessa Ruffes at WCNC News studio
Vanessa Ruffes at WCNC News studio | Courtesy: twitter

News Operations

Currently, WCNC News airs 40.5 hours of local news every week, including 6.5 hours each day from Monday to Friday and four hours each on weekends. Moreover, the channel also broadcasts Charlotte Today, a 60-minute long entertainment and lifestyle show that was started in 2010; it airs every day from M-F at 11 am.

In 2005, the channel launched its first 4:30 pm news service in the Charlotte market, introducing 2 hours of local news segment from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. After two years, the channel decided to change its long-time branding from 6News to WCNC Carolina’s News Connection. In August 2008, WCNC TV once again shifted to a new brand name NewsChannel 36; the channel used its over-the-air channel number for the first time in twelve years. Later in Sep 2008, Channel 36 broadcasted a newscast at 4 pm followed by Judge Judy at 4:30. The 4 pm news service was later extended to an hour, and noon news was reduced to 30 minutes from 60 minutes in January 2012.

Tel: 704-329-3636
Tower Location: Bon Air
Brand Name: WCNC Charlotte

Coverage Map

WCNC News coverage map
WCNC News coverage map | Source:
Trevelyan Cosmo
Trevelyan Cosmo
A professional writer since 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Trevelyan Cosmo ran the creative writing department for the major News Channels until 2019. He then worked as a Senior content writer with, including national newspapers, magazines, and online work. He specializes in economics and broadcasting communications.

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