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WANTED: Escaped Convict. Says ‘Pilgrim.’ May be Headed West.

During last night’s 10:00 p.m. news, Lexington, Ky. FOX affiliate WDKY told viewers police had arrested an inmate days after he escaped from a Kentucky prison.

The inmate’s accomplice is still on the loose. According to the station, he bears a striking resemblance to John Wayne from “True Grit.”

[FTVLive]

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WTVQ Launches ‘Good Day Kentucky’

WTVQWTVQ, the Lexington, KY, ABC affiliate, is launching a new locally produced morning show, “Good Day Kentucky”. The show will break away from traditional news and instead focus on “the best the Bluegrass has to offer.”

“Good Day Kentucky” will be an extension of WTVQ’s other morning show, ”Good Morning Kentucky” and will include much of the same on-air talent, including anchors Doug High and Lauren Gawthrop, plus meteorologist Michael Estimé. The new show will feature local guests, cooking segments and a recurring segment known as “Michael on the Move,” which follows Michael Estimé live and on‐location as he highlights local events and businesses around Central Kentucky.

“Good Day Kentucky” will mark the first time in the Lexington market that a local news program has been shot almost entirely on a virtual set.

“We feel that virtual sets are the future of news programming and ‘Good Day Kentucky’ is an exciting step forward for our station and our market,” said WTVQ news director Steven France, who has overseen the implementation of the new technology.

“Good Day Kentucky” premieres on Monday at 9:00 a.m.

(Pictured: Michael Estimé, Lauren Gawthrop and Doug High)

Murder Suspect Confesses to WLEX Reporter

A Kentucky man suspected of shooting his wife admitted to WLEX reporter Josh Breslow he did it.

“I really didn’t mean to shoot my wife,” Andrew Beverly told Breslow during a jailhouse interview. “I grabbed her and the gun, it went off. Didn’t know where I hit her at, to be honest. I didn’t know where I shot her at. When she was down on the ground, I went beside her and said, ‘Angela are you alright?’ She just didn’t move.”

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Lexington’s WKYT Unveils an Updated Set

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So, it would seem exposed brick is in. Lexington CBS affiliate WKYT has updated its set with plenty of brick, picking up on a trend that can be seen in sets at broadcast and cable networks and several local stations.

Newscast Studio describes the new look as a “refresh” built upon the existing studio, but overall a “large change” for the station:

The refresh builds upon the existing framework, adding new brick finishes to the walls, a vertical “window” monitor array and a modern desk. Many surfaces were also updated, adding wood finishes and some texturing.

Do you like the look?

Ellen Bryan Joins KXAS From WTVQ

ellen bryanEllen Bryan is joining KXAS, the NBC-owned station in Dallas, media blogger Ed Bark reports.

Bryan moves to Dallas from Lexington, Ky., where she was a weekend anchor and reporter at ABC affiliate WTVQ. She was Miss Ohio in 2011 and competed in the 2012 Miss America pageant.

Bryan will be a reporter for KXAS’ early-morning newscasts, according to her bio, which was posted last week.

WDKY Adds Erika Abe as Anchor

abe cropped wdkyErika Abe will join Martin Bartlett as co-anchor of the WDKY 10:00 p.m. newscast, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

“Her personality is just a great fit for us,” Ronna Corrente, GM for the Lexington, KY, FOX affiliate, said in a statement.

From 2006 until 2008, Abe worked at Lexington ABC affiliate WTVQ. The Herald-Leader said she left the business for her family.

She starts April 28.

After Snow Cancels Local Games, WYMT Stages Parking Lot ‘Football Game’

WYMT_footballgameWhen the weather intrudes on your sports segment, weird things can happen.

According to WYMT‘s sports anchor Josh McKinney, a snowstorm shut down several local high school basketball games. So the sports anchor at the Hazard, KY, CBS affiliate chose to proverbially punt.

McKinney aired a highlight tape of fellow sports reporters Jamie McCracken and Lauren Cash running around in the snow with a football.

“There wasn’t really a scoring system to this,” said McKinney when pressed about the game by anchor Tanner Hesterberg who ended the segment by saying, “Alright Josh. Thanks, I guess.”

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WKYT Anchor Recovering After Bicycle Crash

Sam Dick, anchor for Lexington, KY, CBS affiliate WKYT is on the mend after taking a spill on his bicycle over the weekend.

“My shoulder feels really sore, but they say nothing is broken,” Dick told WKYT in a story about his accident. “The helmet is key. I don’t know how bad I’d be hurt, they say I have a mild concussion.”

While training for an upcoming event in Maryland, Dick hit a Jeep Cherokee. “It wasn’t his fault, he or she did realize how fast I was going. They pulled out in front of me down quite a ways, but I was going so fast I caught up with them really fast. And I’m unclear how, all I remember is smashing into the pavement. I take full responsibility for it.”

Dick was treated and released at a local hospital.

[Lexington Herald-Leader]

WKYT Announces Anchor Change and New Reporter

WKYT, Gray Television’s Lexington, KY, CBS affiliate, has announced an anchor change on its 4:00 p.m. newscast and the addition of a reporter.

Jennifer Palumbo (pictured left) has added the WKYT 4:00 p.m. news to her anchor duties. Palumbo already anchors the 10:00 p.m. news on Sinclair’s FOX affiliate WDKY. Palumbo replaces Stacy Ellison (pictured right) who is leaving the station Friday.

“I know Jennifer will do an outstanding job anchoring the 4 p.m., making an even greater contribution to the newsroom and reinforcing the strong partnership between WKYT and WDKY by being an important part of both stations,” said WKYT news director Robert Thomas. Read more

WLEX Anchor Lee Cruse Joining Local Radio Station

WLEX anchor Lee Cruse is leaving stepping away from the morning anchor desk the Lexington NBC affiliate to join a local radio station, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.

“Lee’s first love was always radio,” WLEX news director Bruce Carter told the Herald-Leader. “He was in radio before he started here, and I think it’ll be a great thing for him.”

Cruse, who anchors the morning and midday newscasts, is also a stand-up comedian who travels the country performing at comedy clubs and colleges. He will join WVLK-590 AM as the 10:00 a.m. to noon anchor on May 1.

>Update: Cruse is staying with WLEX, Carter told TVSpy in an email. “Lee is still our morning live feature talent and also co-anchors a 12:30 news segment. The radio gig is an additional position with our radio partner, Cumulus,” Carter wrote.

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