Sports Spectrum, a weekly feature on WKYT (Channel 27) won't be expanded to a longer time slot during this year's college football and basketball seasons.
News director Robert Thomas said the program will begin during the sports segment of the Saturday 11 p.m. newscast, as always, but it will end about 11:35 p.m. Previously, it aired until midnight during the sports seasons.
WKYT general manager Wayne Martin would not discuss why the show is being shortened.
Thomas noted that the expanded sports show "was something in this market that no one else did."
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WEKU, 'WoodSongs' unite
The nationally syndicated, locally produced music show WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour announced recently that WEKU-88.9 FM, the public radio station at Eastern Kentucky University, will be its new national host affiliate.
Under the arrangement, credit to the station will be given at the end of the weekly radio program. In return, the host station helps promote the event, WoodSongs organizers said.
Beginning Aug. 1, the radio program will air on WEKU at 8 p.m. Saturdays. WUKY-91.3 FM in Lexington, the former national host affiliate, will air WoodSongs at 10 p.m. Saturdays.
Woodsongs host Michael Johnathon said the show switched affiliates because of WEKU's larger coverage area and "very passionate dedication to the arts."
"But we are still continuing our very good relationship with WUKY," he added.
New job for Brannock
Lanny Brannock, a former Frankfort reporter for WKYT, has a new gig after losing a Louisville TV reporting job late last year as part of a cost-cutting measure.
Brannock said he has taken a non-merit position with the state Office of Employment and Training doing communications work. Before his Louisville reporting job, he had worked with former Gov. Ernie Fletcher's administration.
His Louisville job loss in December turned into an anecdote on his MySpace blog.
Brannock wrote about arriving at work as normal in one of WLKY's trucks since he covered Frankfort for the CBS affiliate. After being told he was cut, Brannock returned home in a cab that was waiting outside, "meter already running," he said.
The station picked up the $225 tab.