“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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.”