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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

Gray Names New GMs in Lexington and Greenville: Mossman to WKYT, Gentner Promoted at WITN

After five years as general manager of WITN in Greenville, Chris Mossman will move within Gray Television to take over as GM of WKYT in Lexington.

Mossman will also serve as regional vice president of Gray’s Kentucky and Tennesse stations, which include WBKO in Bowling Green, WYMT in Hazard and WVLT in Knoxville.

Mark Gentner, who has been general sales manager at WITN since 2007, will be promoted to general manager at the NBC affiliate. In his new role, he will oversee the final stages of construction on WITN’s new studio building in Greenville, N.C. Read more

Media Descends on Danville, KY Ahead of VP Debate

Local, national and international media have descended on the small town of Danville, Ky., to cover Thursday’s Vice Presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.

Stations in Lexington, which is about 40 miles north of Danville, have devoted coverage this week to Centre College, which is the smallest of the four venues to host a debate this election cycle. The school became the smallest institution to ever hold a general election debate in 2000, the first time it hosted a Vice Presidential debate.

More than 3,000 media credentials were issued ahead of Thursday night’s debate. WKYT reporter Phil Pendleton and Sky News reporter Dominic Waghorn had an interesting twist on the media circus — Pendleton interviewed Waghorn for WKYT, and Waghorn interviewed Pendleton for Sky News. Video is after the jump… Read more

WKYT General Manager Wayne Martin to Retire

Wayne Martin, the general manager of Lexington CBS affiliate WKYT, announced he will retire at the end of the year.

Martin’s retirement caps a 25-year career in television, the past 19 of them as WKYT’s GM. He joined the Gray Television station in 1993.

“Wayne represents the best of what we expect out of our managers, being an excellent professional manager and devoted to his community and his station,” Gray Television COO Bob Prather said in a statement. “We want all of our television stations to be part of the fabric of the community, and Wayne has clearly made sure that WKYT is an important part of the fabric of the Lexington market viewing area.”

Anchor Julie Dolan Joins WLEX From WEHT

Julie Dolan is the new morning co-anchor Lexington NBC affiliate WLEX, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Dolan joins WLEX from WEHT in Evansville, where she has worked since 2007, most recently as the morning anchor. At WLEX, she will anchor from 4:30 to 7 a.m. alongside Chris Goodman.

“When we put Julie on the set for her newscast audition, it was as if Chris and Julie had worked together forever,” WLEX news director Bruce Carter told the Herald-Leader. “They had great chemistry, and it was just the perfect match.” Read more

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