The sixth generation of his family to make his home in Northeast Mississippi, Melvin Carlock joined WTVA News in 1989.
Born in Memphis, Melvin grew up in Desoto County. After graduating from Harding Academy in Memphis, he attended Northwest Mississippi Junior College in Senatobia, where he began his broadcast career with WNJC-FM. While at NWJC, Melvin worked as an on-air personality and color commentator for Ranger football, basketball and baseball broadcasts. He also worked as a stringer for local radio stations in the state, and as part of the announce crew for the NJCAA Women's Basketball Championship Tournament in 1983 and 1984.
He left WNJC to attend school at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he graduated with a bachelor of arts in Radio, Television and Film. He was among a group of students who place first in the Mississippi AP Broadcasters Association College news division. He was also active in the school's Residence Hall Association and was a member of the Hattiesburg Hauler's intramural team, three time winner's of the residence hall division overall championship.
After graduation, Melvin took a job in the production department at WLOV-FM. While there, he worked on commercial and promotional videos for the station, including shooting, writing, editing and voice-over work. He also worked in various roles on the studio production of Funtime with Uncle Bunky, Carol Country, DanceBusters: The Videos and the Johnny B. Edwards show.
Since joining WTVA, Melvin has worked as a videographer, show producer and assignments manager. A multi-time AP award winner, he was named the 2013 Mississippi AP Broadcast Association Newsperson of the Year. Melvin lists his hobbies as cooking, following the NFL, movies and music. He is an avid fan of the New Orleans Saints and the USM Golden Eagles. He is also a history buff and trivia. He makes his home in Tupelo with his wife Tracy and his children, Mandy and Cole.