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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.

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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.

Ronna Corrente Named GM at WDKY

Ronna Corrente has been promoted to general manager at WDKY, Sinclair’s Fox affiliate in Lexington, Ky.

Corrente has worked at the station for 17 years, most recently as general and local sales manager. She replaces Michael Brickey, who had been general manager since 2006.

“We are excited to promote Ronna to General Manager of the station. She has been an integral part of the station’s success over the years, she knows the market, its viewing habits and how to connect our business partners with our audience,” Sinclair COO Steve Marks said in a statement. “We look forward to building on her experience and relationships.”

Andy Cunningham Joins WDSU From WKYT

Andy Cunningham is joining WDSU, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans.

Cunningham moves to Louisiana from Kentucky, where he has been a general assignment reporter at WKYT in Lexington since March. This is Cunningham’s second stint at the station. He previously worked there from 2007-09.

Cunningham has also been a reporter at KABB in San Antonio, KFXA in Cedar Rapids and KLJB in Davenport, Iowa.

VIDEO: Murder Suspect Surrenders in WLEX Lobby

A man wanted for murder in Lexington walked into the lobby of NBC affiliate WLEX Monday morning to turn himself in to police. Brandon Lamont Bailey claims he shot Anthony Logan in self-defense earlier this month.

“He walked straight through the front door, sat on the couch and told us his side of the story of what happened on December 1,” Jennifer McGraw said in the WLEX report.

“I talked to my family and told them the truth. They said if you ain’t lying and you’re telling the truth, that boy really tried to kill you and you were defending yourself, turn yourself in,” Bailey told WLEX.

Bailey was charged with murder and will face a judge Tuesday. Video is after the jump. Read more

WKYT Launches Weekend Morning Newscasts

Lexington CBS affiliate WKYT will debut weekend morning newscasts on Saturday.

“We already produce the most morning news during the week so it made perfect sense for us to look at bringing our morning news commitment to weekends,” general manager Chris Mossman, who joined the station last month, said in a statement.

The newscasts will air from 6 to 8 a.m. on Saturday and from 8 to 9 a.m. on Sunday. Weekend evening anchor Elizabeth Dorsett (pictured) and meteorologist Keri Hall will helm the newscasts. Beginning in December, general assignment reporter Brittany Pelletz will begin anchoring the weekend evening newscasts.

Lindsay Schwarzwaelder is New Weekend Meteorologist for KXAS

Lindsay Schwarzwaelder will be joining KXAS, the NBC owned station in Dallas, as weekend meteorologist.

She told viewers about the move on her her facebook page saying, “Hi all!  I just wanted to announce that this Friday will be my last day at LEX 18.  I have accepted a job at KXAS in Dallas, TX.”  You can see a screen grab of the post after the jump.

Schwarzwaelder comes to KXAS from the Lexington, KY NBC affiliate WLEX where she has been working since November 2010.  She began her broadcast career at WIVB in Buffalo, NY. Read more

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