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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.

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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.”

Click here to watch the sporting event.

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.

WTVQ Anchor Tom Kenny on Medical Leave

Viewers of Lexington, KY, ABC affiliate WTVQ who may be wondering what happened to Tom Kenny now have their answer.

WTVQ announced on its website, the evening anchor is dealing with a heart rhythm problem and other complications and will be on temporary medical leave.

“We’re looking forward to Tom getting through this and having him back on the air,” WTVQ general manager Chris Aldridge told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

[FTV Live]

 

WLEX Graphic Doesn’t Add Up

WLEX, the Lexington, KY, NBC affiliate aired a misspelled graphic on its Noon news Tuesday. The story was about five people who were arrested in a meth lab bust.

While the mistake was posted to the WLEX facebook page by one sharp eyed viewer another viewer commented, “investigators found a slide rule, an abacus, and several 16 and 17 year old’s doing differential equations…What has our society come to, this is KENTUCKY, we don’t do those things here.”

Mary Jo Perino Leaving WLEX for Son

WLEX sports anchor, Mary Jo Perino is leaving the Lexington, KY, NBC affiliate to spend more time with her seven-year-old son.

“When I told him about it, his response was, ‘I get my mommy back,’” Perino said in a statement on the station website. “That was pretty much all I needed to hear.”

Perino has worked at WLEX for 10 years with two short stays at CNN Headline News. She hasn’t set a date for her departure.

“We’re going to miss her greatly,” said WLEX news director Bruce Carter. “But I think she’s doing the right thing for her personal life. She’s just been a tremendous employee.”

Steve Hensley Upped to WYMT News Director

Steve Hensley has been named news director for Hazard, KY, CBS affiliate WYMT.

“I’m truly honored to be the news director at the station in my hometown. WYMT is a special place and I hope to continue the tradition of excellence demanded by those before me in this position like Tony Turner and Neil Middleton,” Hensley told TVSpy. “I’m looking forward to the challenges and exciting times ahead.”

Hensley, who was named assistant news director in June of last year, replaces Neil Middleton who had been serving in a dual role as general manager and news director. Read more

Lexington’s WKYT Launches 4 p.m. Newscast

Lexington CBS affiliate WKYT is launching an hour-long 4 p.m. newscast, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader giving the market two newscasts at 4pm.

The newscast takes the place of Anderson Cooper‘s syndicated daytime talk show, which will end its 2-year run in a few months. When the newscast launches, Cooper will be moved to WKYT’s subchannel through the summer.

“There’s no greater lead-in to local news than local news,” WKYT news director Robert Thomas told the Herald-Leader. “That’s why it was a smart decision for us.”

DeAnn Stephens, (above) is returning to the station to report for the newscast. Two additional employees will also be hired.

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