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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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Steve McMurray Named GM of WKTV in Utica

steve mcmurraySteve McMurray has been promoted to general manager at WKTV, the NBC affiliate in Utica, N.Y. The sale of WKTV to former Gray Television executive Bob Prather was completed yesterday.

“We were convinced from our first meetings regarding the acquisition of WKTV that Steve was the right person to be General Manager,” Prather, the president and CEO of Heartland Media, said in a statement. “With his background and knowledge of both the station and the community, we are confident he has the ability to implement the improvements planned.”

McMurray, currently the station’s news director and station manager, has worked at WKTV since 2002. He first joined the station as an assignment manager and was named news director in 2004 and station manager in 2012.

WKTV’s former general manager was Steve Doerr, who also had oversight of Smith Media’s stations in Burlington. WKTV was Smith Media’s last remaining station.

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

After 35 Years at Anchor Desk, Bill Worden Announces Retirement from WKTV

Bill Worden announced his retirement after 35 years as the evening anchor for the Utica, NY, NBC affiliate WKTV.

Worden told viewers at the end of the 6 p.m. news he would not be slowing down, “Retiring?  Shuffling around in slippers?  I don’t think so,” Worden said.  “I’ve actually joined a band.”

“Bill Worden is the kind of respected journalist who makes NBC mean something,” said Steve Capus, president of NBC News. “The network, after all is a collection of cities and small towns across this great country, and there is no doubt, in Central New York, Bill has represented NBC with distinction. We wish him the best after 35 remarkable years.” Read more