WKYT leader Wayne Martin to retire

ssloan@herald-leader.comOctober 9, 2012 

Wayne Martin in his office at WKYT in December 2000.

MARK CORNELISON| STAFF — Herald-Leader

Wayne Martin, the longtime general manager of Lexington CBS affiliate WKYT, announced his retirement Tuesday.

Martin, 67, will work through the end of the year, he told staff members. A replacement has not yet been named.

"There are so many wonderful people I have had the privilege to work with," Martin said in a statement. "I feel truly blessed and thankful to so many people over the years."

Martin was promoted to his role in 1993, filling the role of Ralph Gabbard after having worked as the station's vice president and general sales manager.

He began his broadcasting sales career a few years earlier at WKYT's affiliated station WYMT in Hazard.

"He's been a terrific coach and a real team leader," said morning and noon co-anchor Bill Bryant, who has worked only for Martin and Gabbard. "Wayne's a very good listener who based his strategy on information and perspectives of his co-workers and had a good instinct, which was usually right."

Before that, he was a high school and college basketball coach, working as head coach at Morehead State University from 1978 to 1987. During that time, he led the team to two NCAA tournaments.

Martin's community involvement during his years in Lexington includes stints as chairman of the chamber of commerce at both the state and city levels. He also has chaired the Lexington Center Corp. board and the Morehead State University Board of Regents.

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

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