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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.”

Morning, Midday Anchors Swap Schedules at WKYT

Lexington CBS-affiliate WKYT is swapping the schedules of its morning and midday anchors, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Barbara Bailey (pictured left) who currently anchors WKYT’s 10 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m. newscasts, will begin next week as the anchor of the 5 and 6 a.m. newscasts. The current 5 and 6 a.m. anchor, Stacy Ellison (pictured right) will take over for Bailey at 10 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m. The changes go into effect next Wednesday, which coincides with the first day of school in Fayette County.

“A change like this makes sense to make on the first day of school when people get back into morning routines,” news director Robert Thomas told the Herald-Leader.

Chris Bailey Returns to WKYT as Chief Meteorologist

Chris Bailey is returning to WKYT, the CBS-affiliate in Lexington, as chief meteorologist.

Bailey left WKYT in 2008 to join WSAZ, the NBC-affiliate in Charleston. His first day back at WKYT will be March 5.

“No one knows Kentucky weather like Chris Bailey,” WKYT president and general manager Wayne Martin said in a statement. “Regardless the season or what the weather has in store for us, Chris has always demonstrated a passion and dedication that is second to none.”

Bailey replaces T.G. Shuck, who announced yesterday he is leaving the station to spend more time with his family.

Chief Meteorologist T.G. Shuck Leaving WKYT, Saying He Wants to Spend More Time with His Family

T.G. Shuck is resigning from WKYT after 11 years as the station’s chief meteorologist.

Shuck announced this week that his final day with the CBS-affiliate will be Friday, March 2nd.  In total, he has spent 22 years with WKYT.

“After 22 years at WKYT, 16 of them doing weather and the last 11 years as Chief Meteorologist, the long hours and crazy schedules haven’t been easy on my wife and 3 children,” Shuck wrote in a post on his Facebook page.  “This time in my girls’ young lives will never come again, so it’s especially important for me to be a part of that now.”

WKYT plans to announce Shuck’s successor during its 11 p.m. newscast tonight. Read more

WKYT’s Sam Dick Sidelined After Strange Foot Injury

WKYT anchor Sam Dick, who helms the CBS-affiliate’s weekday evening newscasts, has been off the air following a strange foot injury.

A couple of weeks ago, Dick was rushing around his house when a four-inch shard of wood got lodged in his foot.

“We have very thick pine tongue-and-groove floors. We had them refinished, but there are spots in it where splinters and pieces of wood come up,” Dick told the Lexington Herald-Leader. “All I know is I rushed through a hallway and the next thing I know, I felt this shooting pain like a knife had been stuck up through my foot.” Read more

Animal Knocks WKYT Off the Air

“A power outage has caused problems for our signal,” Lexington CBS-affiliate WKYT announced on its Facebook page Wednesday night in the midst of broadcasting a University of Kentucky basketball game. “The problem should be resolved as soon as possible.”

It turns out that the power outage, which knocked the station off the air for around 10 minutes, was caused by an animal gnawing through a power line on the station’s property.

Mike Kanarek, WKYT’s vice president of operations, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the station switched to a back-up generator almost immediately after the animal cut off electricity but it took a few minutes for the transmitter to resume broadcasting.

Kanarek didn’t specify what type of animal caused the disturbance.

How Did 27 Stations End Up With Identical Scripts For a Story About Conan O’Brien?

Conan O’Brien poked fun at content-sharing in local news this week, showing a clip on his show of several anchors repeating the same phrase — “push the envelope” — while reporting on the late night host’s plans to officiate a same-sex wedding on his show.

The original source of the copy was CBS Newspath, according to staffers at two stations featured in the clip. Although “Conan” only showed 18 stations, a search of TVEyes.com reveals that 27 stations reported the story using identical wording (a full list, including markets and affiliations, is after the jump.)

The script was tease copy for Monday’s “Eye on Entertainment” package, filed by CBS Newspath correspondent Sandra Hughes. The full version reads: “Conan O’Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. And British songstress Adele seems to have pushed her voice too far. CBS’ Sandra Hughes has those stories and more, in your Monday morning ‘Eye on Entertainment.’”

South Bend’s WSBT, which was featured in the Conan clip, addressed the situation on the 6 a.m. newscast this morning, calling it the “dark secret” of the news business. Read more

WKYT Shuffles Sports Team After Brandon Fisher’s Departure

Following the departure of sports anchor Brandon Fisher, Lexington CBS-affiliate WKYT is changing up the responsibilities of the sports team.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Fisher has left the station after three years to accept a job in pharmaceutical sales. Longtime WKYT sports anchor Rob Bromley (pictured), who was seen on the 11 p.m. newscast before Fisher joined the station, will return to the evenings. He will be the sports anchor on the 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m newscasts.

“I wanted to streamline the anchor teams,” WKYT news director Robert Thomas told the Herald-Leader. “We have an anchor team at 5, 5:30 and 6 that does really well, and I wanted the exact same team doing the 11.” Read more

WKYT Plans to Add Half-Hour Newscast at 10 a.m.

WKYT will become the first station in the Lexington, KY market to have a 10 a.m. newscast beginning September 12.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that station management at WKYT, which is the market’s CBS affiliate, has been planning the additional newscast for two years, since Oprah Winfrey announced she would depart from daytime television. Several stations have chosen to fill the Oprah timeslot with news, but WKYT — which will replace the daytime queen with Anderson Cooper‘s syndicated show this fall — wanted another timeslot for an additional newscast.

“We do very well at noon, and we’ve constantly improved in show growth in the mornings, so we’re wanting to bridge those time periods,” news director Robert Thomas told the Herald-Leder.

The new show will be staffed by the midday news team: anchors Bill Bryant and Barbara Bailey and meteorologist Todd Borek. The station will slide “Regis & Kelly” from the 10 a.m. hour to the 9 a.m. hour to accommodate the half-hour newscast.

Smith Media Stations in Utica and Burlington Return to TWC Systems as Retrans Deal Reached

Smith Media-owned stations in Utica, NY and Burlington, VT returned to Time Warner Cable systems over the weekend as the companies reached an agreement on a new retransmission contract.

Smith Media had pulled its northeastern stations–Fox-affiliate WFFF and ABC-affiliate WVNY in Burlington-Plattsburgh and NBC-affiliate WKTV in Utica–from TWC on December 15.  Smith Media and TWC finally concluded their negotiations on Saturday evening.

Vic Vetters, Smith Media vice president and group manager, was happy to put the negotiations in the past. WKTV, and the other stations, he said, “can now focus singularly on what we do best.”

During the blackout, several local lawmakers put pressure on the FCC to try and speed up the negotiations. State Senator Joseph A. Griffo; Utica Mayor David R. Roefaro; Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito; and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr. wrote a letter to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, emphasizing their concern that the blackout limited local news.

While Smith Media stations were off of its cables systems, TWC imported Utica ABC-affiliate WUTR and Watertown, NY Fox-affiliate WNYF to Burlington and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton NBC-affiliate WBRE to Utica.

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