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.
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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.”
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.”
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
“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.
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.’”
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 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-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.