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WTVQ Launches ‘Good Day Kentucky’

WTVQWTVQ, the Lexington, KY, ABC affiliate, is launching a new locally produced morning show, “Good Day Kentucky”. The show will break away from traditional news and instead focus on “the best the Bluegrass has to offer.”

“Good Day Kentucky” will be an extension of WTVQ’s other morning show, ”Good Morning Kentucky” and will include much of the same on-air talent, including anchors Doug High and Lauren Gawthrop, plus meteorologist Michael Estimé. The new show will feature local guests, cooking segments and a recurring segment known as “Michael on the Move,” which follows Michael Estimé live and on‐location as he highlights local events and businesses around Central Kentucky.

“Good Day Kentucky” will mark the first time in the Lexington market that a local news program has been shot almost entirely on a virtual set.

“We feel that virtual sets are the future of news programming and ‘Good Day Kentucky’ is an exciting step forward for our station and our market,” said WTVQ news director Steven France, who has overseen the implementation of the new technology.

“Good Day Kentucky” premieres on Monday at 9:00 a.m.

(Pictured: Michael Estimé, Lauren Gawthrop and Doug High)

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Ellen Bryan Joins KXAS From WTVQ

ellen bryanEllen Bryan is joining KXAS, the NBC-owned station in Dallas, media blogger Ed Bark reports.

Bryan moves to Dallas from Lexington, Ky., where she was a weekend anchor and reporter at ABC affiliate WTVQ. She was Miss Ohio in 2011 and competed in the 2012 Miss America pageant.

Bryan will be a reporter for KXAS’ early-morning newscasts, according to her bio, which was posted last week.

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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Carla Wade Joins WFAA From KOCO

Carla Wade is joining WFAA in Dallas as a reporter and Sunday night anchor, according to Dallas media blogger Ed Bark.

Wade comes from Oklahoma City, where she spent three years at KOCO. She has also worked at WTVQ in Lexington, Ky. and KSWO in Lawton, Texas.

Beginning next month, Wade will anchor on Sunday nights alongside Jason Wheeler. She will also report four days a week.

Jennifer Schack Joins WLWT From WTVQ

Jennifer Schack is joining Cincinnati NBC affiliate WLWT, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Schack begins January 24 as a features and weather-related reporter. She moves to Cincinnatti from Lexington, Ky., where she is chief meteorologist at WTVQ.

“I’m thrilled to be returning home and joining the great team in place at WLWT. I work passionately to provide the most accurate and clear forecast, and I’m looking forward to serving my home community,” Schack said in a statement.

Veteran Reporter Greg Stotelmyer Leaving WTVQ

Longtime WTVQ reporter Greg Stotelmyer is leaving the Lexington ABC-affiliate after being unable to come to terms on a new contract, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Stotelmyer has worked at the station since 1987. He has hosted WTVQ’s “Kentucky Backroads” segments, which examine unique places and people around the state, since 1995.

“I’m just assessing what’s the next step for me,” he told the Herald-Leader. “I need to figure out what’s the best fit. … You get at a point in life when one door shuts on you, you hope it opens up doors to better things.” Read more

Lexington’s WTVQ Adds Weekend Anchor, General Assignment Reporters

There are three new hires at Lexington ABC-affiliate WTVQ, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Ellen Bryan (pictured) joins the station as a weekend anchor and weekday general assignment reporter. Bryan has previously worked at WLIO in Lima, Ohio, and as an on-air personality at a radio station.

Jonathan Burton and Kristina Belcher have also been hired as general assignment reporters for the station. Burton joins the station from WTNH, the ABC-affiliate in New Haven, while Belcher was most recently an overnight producer at WLEX, the NBC-affiliate in Lexington.

Belo Introduces New GMs at KMOV and WWL

Belo today announced the appointments of two new general managers at its stations in St. Louis and New Orleans.

Mark Pimentel has been named president and general manager of KMOV, Belo’s St. Louis CBS-affiliate, and Tod Smith has been tapped as president and GM of WWL in New Orleans, as well as MyNetworkTV sister station WUPL.

“Both Mark Pimentel and Tod Smith are outstanding leaders and have delivered noteworthy results throughout their careers,” said Peter Diaz, Belo’s president of media operations, announcing the hires. Read more

News Director Doug Hogan Leaving WTVQ

WTVQ news director Doug Hogan is leaving the station for a job as communications director of The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in Louisville.

Hogan has been the news director at the Lexington ABC-affiliate since 2008. General manager Chris Aldridge told the Lexington Herald-Leader that WTVQ is currently searching for his replacement.

“We certainly appreciate the good job Doug has done for us,” Aldridge said. “He’s been a pleasure to work with, and I wish him the best in his new career.”

Alridge said the station hopes to hire a replacement for Hogan by May 1.

Reporter Lawrence Smith Joins WDRB in Louisville

Lawrence Smith has joined Louisville Fox-affiliate WDRB as a general assignment reporter, the station announced today.

Smith is a local news veteran with experience at two of WDRB’s rival stations — WHAS and WAVE — as well as at WTVQ in Lexington, KRIV and KHOU in Houston, and WATE in Evansville.

Most recently, Smith was Dean of Students at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His first day on the air at WDRB was last week.