Greg Stotelmyer, a fixture on WTVQ (Channel 36) newscasts and well-known for his "Kentucky Backroads" segments, is leaving the station. He has worked at Lexington's ABC affiliate since May 1987.
Stotelmyer — who also has appeared frequently on the Kentucky Educational Television program Comment on Kentucky and does football and basketball radio broadcasts for Eastern Kentucky University — said he and the station could not reach agreement on a new contract.
Stotelmyer, 56, said he would miss working around the Kentucky State Capitol. His moving farewell to the "Kentucky Backroads" pieces, in which he visited out-of-the-way places around the state and spoke with people with talents unusual and unexpected, is posted on the station's Web site at Bit.ly/QMJsr7. He has done the "Backroads" segments since 1995.
A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Stotelmyer previously worked in Richmond radio and briefly for the Richmond Register newspaper.
"I'm just assessing what's the next step for me," he said. "I need to figure out what's the best fit. ... You get at a point in life when one door shuts on you, you hope it opens up doors to better things"
First things first, though: Stot elmyer and his wife, Paula, will be spending time with their first grandchild, a girl born in April.
WTVQ's general manager, Chris Aldridge, said that the station appreciated Stotelmyer's long tenure and that his departure "was a contractual matter."
"Greg is a very talented story teller," Aldridge said. "He has been a very important part of the station for 25 years. I hate to see him leave but certainly wish him the best."