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WBUL morning team nominated for CMA award

Officer Don and DeAnn among five finalists

ssloan@herald-leader.comOctober 22, 2012 

Officer Don and DeAnn, the morning team at WBUL 98.1 FM, have been nominated for a CMA Award.

Each year, five finalists are selected in four categories for the CMA Broadcast Personality Award.

Officer Don Evans and DeAnn Stephens were nominated in the small market category of the awards, which are announced Nov. 1.

"The nomination is quite an honor for Officer Don & DeAnn in just their second year together," Michael Jordan, the station's director of operations, said in a statement.

What's T.G. Shuck doing?

If you've missed former WKYT chief meteorologist T.G. Shuck since he left the station earlier this year, you don't have to look far.

Since his spring departure, Shuck has lined up a number of gigs, including selling insurance for New York Life.

"I'm a people person, and I love to be able to meet people face-to-face," he said.

And if you've missed his forecasts, you're in luck. He has been recording ones that air on Christian radio station WMJR 1380 AM and 94.9 FM.

"Everything that I need to make my forecast, I've got on my laptop," Shuck explained. "It's accessible to the public; people just don't know how to read it.

"I look at the models and the numbers then make my forecast, record it and send it to them."

You can also hear the former Lafayette and Georgetown College football player doing play-by-play of Lexington Catholic football games on the station.

"I've got the freedom that I never had," Shuck said. "I'm basically working for myself."

He also is dabbling in paid endorsements, most recently promoting a device called Rely-a-light from a Richmond company. When your power goes out, the Rely-a-light lamp has a battery-operated base that lights up your room, he said.

"Everyone I've told about it has thought, 'Why didn't I think of it?'" Shuck said.

And while he's busy, Shuck said his new ventures are offering him the time with his family that he craved.

"Everything personally that I had hoped to accomplish by stepping away, I have," he said. "It makes a difference at home and with my three girls and being able to be more involved."

WLAP turns 90

Radio station WLAP 630 AM, which is owned by Clear Channel, recently celebrated its 90th birthday.

"We believe the best is yet come, and we look forward to serving the listeners and community for another 90 years," said Jordan, the Clear Channel executive.

WUKY adds KET programs

Public radio station WUKY 91.3 FM recently added broadcasts of three KET-produced programs to the lineup of its WUKY-HD2 station.

Bill Goodman's Kentucky Tonight airs at 5 p.m. Tuesdays, while Connections with Renee Shaw airs at 5 p.m. Thursdays followed by One to One with Bill Goodman at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays.

The all-news station is accessible through an HD radio, the station's Web site and smartphones. The program additions are a product of a public media partnership between KET and NPR stations WEKU and WKMS that WUKY recently joined.

A new look for WLEX

If you think WLEX's newscasts look different, you're right. The NBC affiliate recently overhauled its graphic presentations and added a new music package.

"Our look has always been a vital part of our newscast, and we wanted to freshen it up with an update," said News Director Bruce Carter.

The change comes around the same time WLEX launched live streaming of its newscasts on its iPhone app.

Health series filming here

A pilot episode of a proposed national health and wellness series is being shot this month in Kentucky.

Area author and speaker Debra K plans to travel to all 50 states in the series, The Journey into Wellbeing, that is expected to air on public television. The show will feature her along with a panel of health experts sharing tips on how to live healthy.

Comings and goings

■ Katie Lange has joined WLEX as a reporter. She replaces Jackie Congedo, who left to join Cincinnati NBC affiliate WLWT. Lange most recently worked at a station in Rochester, Minn.

■ Jennifer McGraw has joined WLEX as a reporter. She replaces Adam Baker, who took a job with the Clermont County (Ohio) Public Library near Cincinnati. McGraw most recently worked at KBOI in Boise, Idaho.

■ WKYT has hired Alex Hayes, who most recently worked at a station in Abilene, Texas, to serve as a producer and meteorologist. "She'll be a great utility player in weather, which we haven't had," said News Director Robert Thomas.

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