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.
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"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."