Sinclair’s Birmingham Station Lets 2 Vets Go

By Kevin Eck 

Two anchors who have been with the Birmingham, Alabama ABC affiliate WBMA when it launched its newscast in 1996 have been let go. reports both sports anchor Mike Raita and news anchor Linda Mays are out at the station after their contracts were not renewed.

“Yesterday (Wednesday) was my last day,” Raita told “They did not renew my contract, which is up at the end of the month.”


raita - wbmaRaita started his career in 1981 at CNN. One year later, he started working in sports in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Mays started her broadcast career in 1988 at WBRC in Birmingham.mays wbma

“Raita said he believes he is among a number of cutbacks at Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned stations nationwide,” writes “including a few others at ABC 33/40.”