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WKTV Names Jeremy Ryan News Director, GM Steps Down from Anchor Desk

ryan wktvJeremy Ryan has been named news director of Utica, NY NBC affiliate WKTV.

Ryan takes over for former news director Steve McMurray who was promoted to VP and GM of the station in March.

Ryan is being bumped up from news resource manager at WSTM-WTVH, where he’s worked for the past nine years. He was a newscast director at WKTV from 1998 until 2001.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jeremy back to WKTV,” McMurray said in a statement. “Jeremy’s familiarity with the station and the news operations — as well as his experience in the local and regional news business — make him an ideal fit for the position.”

McMurray also announced he would step aside from anchoring NewsChannel 2 at 6 on Friday. Don Shipman will co-anchor the newscast with Kristen Copeland, the same team that anchors the Live at Five Newshour. Shipman also anchors NewsChannel 2 at 10 on the CW11 and NewsChannel 2 at 11 on WKTV.

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After Bill Worden Announces Retirement, WKTV Shuffles Anchor Lineup

Bill Worden will retire from WKTV later this month, setting off a slew of anchor changes at the Utica NBC affiliate.

Don Shipman (pictured) the station’s morning anchor, will shift to evenings to replace Worden on the 10 and 11 p.m newscasts. He will also co anchor the 5 p.m. newscast alongside Kristin Copeland. Steve McMurray, the station’s news director, will shift to the 6 p.m. newscast.

Sports director Jason Powles, who has worked in his current role since 1998, will make the transition to the news desk, replacing Shipman on the morning newscast. He will co-anchor with Jenel Boston.

Weekend sports anchor Mike Levin gets promoted to sports director, replacing Powles. Dave Dellecese, the station’s assistant news director, will permanently anchor the noon newscast, which he has been doing on a temporary basis since September. Read more

Jenel Boston Named Morning Co-Anchor at WKTV

Jenel Boston is the new morning co-anchor at WKTV, the NBC-affiliate in Utica.

Boston joins WKTV from WUTB, the MyNetworkTV-affiliate in Baltimore, where she was a writer, producer and anchor.

“It’s been a big adjustment. I’ve been going to bed around 6 p.m.,” she said on Friday. “That’s normally when I get off of work!”

Boston will anchor the 5 to 7 a.m. morning newscast alongside Don Shipman. She replaces Megan Koskovich, who left WKTV for Baltimore’s WMAR in March.

Megan Koskovich Leaves WKTV Anchor Desk for Producer Job at WMAR

After six years at WKTV in Utica, Megan Koskovich is leaving the anchor desk for a job as a producer at WMAR in Baltimore.

Koskovich, a Maryland native, has been WKTV’s morning anchor, alongside Don Shipman and Bill Kardas, for four years.

“I am really sad about it,” Koskovich said on this morning’s newscast. “I’ve met a lot of great people. I’ve had a great run here at WKTV. This is very bittersweet.”

Her last day will be March 2. WKTV has not yet announced a replacement anchor.

WKTV Celebrates Marriage of Openly Gay Anchor

Utica NBC-affiliate WKTV celebrated the marriage of anchor Don Shipman during a recent newscast, playing video of the ceremony and congratulating the groom. While it’s nothing new for a station to share news from an anchor’s personal life, the coverage of Shipman’s marriage is notable because he married his longtime boyfriend in a ceremony now legal under a recently passed New York law (video after the jump). Read more