Jennifer Palumbo returns to 10 p.m. news

ssloan@herald-leader.comNovember 2, 2009 

A familiar face returns this week to the Fox-56 10 o'clock News.

Jennifer Palumbo will once again co-anchor the news with Marvin Bartlett, returning to the position she held from 1997 to 2002.

Since 2007, Palumbo has been on the Fox-56 Morning Edition at 7 a.m. She was lured back by WDKY for the show after leaving television in 2005 to spend more time with her family.

"I have loved everything about the morning show except for the 4:30 a.m. alarm going off," she said last week. "I have never been a morning person, and never will be, so the night shift is better suited for me."

Palumbo has been working part-time, which allows her to spend time with her husband and two children, ages 3 and 4.

"With TV ... there are no family-friendly shifts, but by working part-time, I've been able to strike a balance because at the end of the day, my family will always come first," she said.

Palumbo replaces Miranda Combs, who left to take a position with public relations firm Preston-Osborne. Combs was also known for her Crime Stoppers coverage, which is now being provided by WKYT reporter Tamara Evans (WKYT produces Fox's newscasts).

WDKY General Manager Michael Brickey said the station is excited to have Palumbo back at 10 p.m.

"The viewers have always been loyal to the 10 p.m. news, and we enjoy being invited into their homes each night," he said.

Taking over at 7 a.m. will be Bill Bryant and Stacy Ellison, WKYT's morning team between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Palumbo's move leaves the 7 a.m. newscast without a WDKY employee, something that in the past had helped differentiate the Fox newscasts from WKYT, which produces them.

WKYT News Director Robert Thomas said it was the most effective use of resources to have WKYT's anchors for the additional hour.

"It gives us the opportunity to put our frontline morning team out on the air even more, which I think is a good thing," he said.

Thomas said the 7 a.m. newscast will continue to provide more of a mix of content.

"It turns into more interviews by the last half hour because it's not necessarily an audience made up of people trying to get out the door and go to work," he said.

Dusty Dan replacement

Clear Channel has tapped Officer Don as a temporary replacement for Dusty Dan, the former morning co-host on 98.1 The Bull who has been arrested on child-pornography charges.

Clear Channel has not said whether Roy Daniel Baldridge resigned his position or was terminated after the arrest.

Director of Operations Michael Jordan said Don Evans had previously done traffic reports for the Mooo Crew and "is a great talent and has an outstanding reputation in the community."

Evans' stint is expected to last around six weeks while Clear Channel conducts a national search for a person to join DeAnn Stephens.

Conway on WTVQ

Leland Conway, the conservative radio host on WLAP 630 AM, is now offering commentary on ABC affiliate WTVQ (Channel 36).

Conway's commentaries appear during the 6 p.m. newscasts on Tuesdays and Thursdays, said WTVQ General Manager Chris Aldridge.

"It's just to present a different point of view," he said.

Viewers are invited to e-mail or call in with feedback, which is read on-air during the 11 p.m. newscasts on those night.

Comings and goings

NBC affiliate WLEX (Channel 18) has hired three staffers recently who both report and film stories.

They are Jeff Allen, who worked for WYMT in Hazard; Chris Sutter, who joins WLEX from a station in Lansing, Mich.; and Janice Park of the NBC affiliate in Monroe, La.

The three replace reporter Amanda Hara, who took a job in Nashville, and photographers Jon Smith and Victor Puente.

Puente has been hired at WKYT, where he will also both report and shoot stories.

Commonly called "one-man bands," these types of staffers are becoming common in television news across the country.

"The trend is you have more and more people who do it all," Thomas said. "We already have Phil Pendleton right now (in Somerset), who goes out and shoots his own stories."

Puente's position at WKYT opened up when a photographer took a job in the station's engineering department.

■ ABC affiliate WTVQ (Channel 36) has hired former WKYT reporter Mario Anderson as a weekend assignment editor. Anderson, who will continue to do promotions work full-time for the Lexington Legends, will work Thursdays through Mondays.

Reach Scott Sloan at (859) 231-1447 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 1447.

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