With the economy still struggling, Lexington's NBC affiliate is furloughing its employees for the second time this year.
"It was certainly the least painful option that we had, and it was one that kept everyone working, albeit at a lesser level," said WLEX (Channel 18) General Manager Pat Dalbey.
Employees will be required to take four unpaid days off during the second half of the year, he said.
The station's furlough during the second quarter was for five days.
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The "vast majority" of employees under contracts that could have prevented a furlough are also participating, Dalbey said.
"It's still very slow for everybody," Dalbey said of the media advertising market. "We were hoping to see some improvement by this point in the year, but like so many businesses, it's been slow in coming."
WLEX morning and noon anchor Dia Davidson is expecting her first child in January.
"My plan is to work until the baby tells me, 'Mommy, you've got to sit down,'" Davidson said last week.
She said her husband doesn't want to know the baby's sex but she does.
"It'll be interesting to see how that works out," she said.
All's well so far. "I haven't been sick one day," she said. "It's wonderful."
Comings and goings
Andy Cunningham, a reporter for CBS affiliate WKYT (Channel 27), is leaving for a new job as a reporter at the Fox affiliate in San Antonio.
Cunningham had been at WKYT since February 2007.
A search to replace him has begun, said News Director Robert Thomas.