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Media Notebook: KET nabs 9 Emmy nods, Story Magazine launches, more

WLEX, WKYT each nominated for 7 regionals

ssloan@herald-leader.comJuly 23, 2012 

Lexington television stations and programs received many nominations recently for the 48th annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmys.

The local leader was PBS member station Kentucky Educational Television, which received nine nominations for programs it produces and airs. Another nine nominations were received for programs that air on KET but are produced by other organizations.

Others earning nominations were NBC affiliate WLEX (Channel 18) and CBS affiliate WKYT (Channel 27) with seven each. ABC affiliate WTVQ (Channel 36) received two nominations.

The awards cover parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. To view a full list of nominees, go to Ohiovalleyemmy.org. The awards banquet will be Saturday.

New magazine launches

Story, a new magazine about Kentucky, has hit newsstands.

The quarterly publication seeks to "tell the stories that have yet to be told," Publisher Julie Wilson said in a statement.

A subscription costs $15 for one year or $20 for two. The magazine also will be sold at Barnes & Noble, Joseph-Beth Booksellers and The Morris Book Shop.

To learn more, go to Storythemagazine.com.

Comings and goings

■ As part of the University of Kentucky's recent job cuts, public radio station WUKY-91.3 FM laid off program director Stacy Yelton. That position's duties, including crafting the schedule and interacting with listeners, have been spread across the staff, General Manager Tom Godell said.

Yelton could not be reached for comment.

"Clearly we're not pleased at having to eliminate a position, but we feel we were able to do this in such a way that we could keep the services at the same high levels as before," Godell said.

■ Morning meteorologist Geoff Cornish is leaving WTVQ to become the weekend meteorologist at a station in Toledo, Ohio. Cornish joined WTVQ in August 2008. Replacing him is Michael Estimé, who has worked as chief meteorologist at a station in Macon, Ga.

■ WTVQ has hired Ellen Bryan as a weekend anchor and weekday general-assignment reporter. Bryan, who was last year's Miss Ohio and competed in the Miss America pageant, replaces Jacqueline Sprague, who took a job in Dayton, Ohio. Bryan graduated from Ball State University in Indiana in 2011.

■ WTVQ also has hired Jonathan Burton and Kristina Belcher as general-assignment reporters. Burton recently worked for a station in New Haven, Conn. Belcher has been an overnight producer at WLEX.

cn|2 sports documentaries

Time Warner Cable's cn|2 channel is airing four locally produced sports documentaries this summer.

The first two, which have aired, focused on the Louisville area, with one looking at Fairdale High School's back-to-back state basketball championship teams in 1990 and 1991. Also profiled is the University of Louisville's 1975 Final Four team.

Coming up at 8 p.m. Aug. 2 will be a documentary on the Kentucky Colonels professional basketball team that played in the American Basketball Association.

The fourth documentary debuts at 8 p.m. Aug. 16 and looks at UK's Greg Page and Nat Northington, the first black football players in the Southeastern Conference.

The documentaries are available on demand after their initial broadcast.

Programming changes

■ WUKY recently launched a locally produced segment called Mondays With the Mayors that runs during NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, News Director Alan Lytle said. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is featured on the first Monday of each month with other area mayors the rest of the month.

■ On its classical music station, WEKU has begun airing The Keeping Score Series: 13 Days When Music Changed Forever. The program airs at 11 a.m. Sundays on Classic 102.1 FM. The station will be carrying only eight weeks of the 13-week series; St. Paul Sunday returns in September.

Public radio honors

■ Brenna Angel, a reporter at WUKY, was honored recently by the Public Radio News Directors Inc. Angel's report about how the military handles death benefits earned second place in the small-newsroom division for enterprise/investigative work.

■ WEKU News Director Charles Compton was recently elected as an at-large representative to the board of directors of PRNDI. His term is two years.

Scott Sloan: (859) 231-1447. Twitter: @HeraldLeaderBiz

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