WKYT-TV: Wikis


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Lexington, Kentucky
City of license Lexington, Kentucky
Branding WKYT or 'KYT' (general)
27 Newsfirst (newscasts)
Slogan Where Your News Comes First
Channel Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 27 (PSIP)
Subchannels 27.1 CBS
27.2 The CW
27.3 WX
Affiliations CBS Television Network
Owner Gray Television, Inc.
(Gray Television Licensee, Inc.)
First air date September 30, 1957
Callsign meaning KentuckY Television
Former callsigns WKXP-TV (1957-1958)
Former channels Analog:
27 (UHF) (1957-2009)
Former affiliations Secondary:
ABC (1957-1968)
UPN (until 2006)
Effective power 30 kW
Height 282.3 m
Facility ID 24914
Antenna coordinates 38°2′23″N 84°24′10″W / 38.03972°N 84.40278°W / 38.03972; -84.40278
Website www.wkyt.com

WKYT-TV is the CBS & CW affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky, serving the east-central part of Kentucky. Through cable, the station also reaches much of eastern, southern & northern Kentucky. Its transmitter is located in Lexington, east of the intersection of I-75 & US 60. WKYT-TV studios are located at Winchester Road (US 60) and are less than a mile from the studios of competitor WTVQ-TV.

Its newscasts are also carried in the areas of northern Kentucky near Cincinnati on Insight Cable channel 6 weekdays @ 6 AM, noon, 5-6:30, 11 PM & weekends @ 6 & 11 PM (although some newscasts, especially @ 6 & 11 PM, may be delayed or not seen, due to sporting events carried on CBS, which are carried on WKRC-TV in that area).

WKYT regularly shows University of Kentucky Wildcats sports events which are popular in this market, as the television flagship station of the Big Blue Sports Network[1] and as part of the Southeastern Conference's contracts with CBS and the SEC Network, syndicated by ESPN Regional Television.[2]



WKYT signed on September 30, 1957 as WKXP-TV, owned by Community Broadcast Partners; Frederic Gregg, Charles Wright & Harry Feingold, principals. It was a primary CBS affiliate, sharing ABC programming with WLEX-TV.[3]

In 1958, Taft Broadcasting Corporation bought the station and changed its calls to WKYT-TV. Kentucky Central Insurance Company bought the station in 1967. It lost ABC when WBLG-TV (channel 62, now WTVQ-TV, channel 36) signed on in 1968.

In 1993, after a protracted fraud investigation forced Kentucky Central into bankruptcy, WKYT and WYMT were acquired by Gray Television. At this stage WKYT became on air as 'KYT' instead of WKYT.

WKYT has a news share agreement with the local Fox affiliate WDKY-TV (which is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group) and produces weekday morning 7 AM and nightly 10 PM newscasts for that station. The prime-time newscast debuted in 1995 when Fox requested its affiliates to air local news. The morning newscast was added in March 2007.

WKYT's digital signal is transmitted on channel 13.

On Wednesday, April 11, 2007, WKYT aired 27 News First @ 11 in HD, becoming the first news station in Kentucky to air the local news in HD. [1] The WDKY newscasts were included in the upgrade. On August 21, 2007, WKYT broadcasts from its second digital channel in HD & CWKYT started broadcasting also in HD. This made it one of a handful of stations in the country who transmit their main channel and at least one subchannel in HD. However, although both CBS and the CW prefer 1080i, WKYT's two HD channels are transmitted over-the-air in 720p in order to minimize the loss in image quality (their feeds to cable service providers use the full 1080i). After the forthcoming move from channel 13 to channel 36 is completed, CWKYT's over-the-air transmission will revert to 4:3 SD although the cable version will remain in HD.


As a CBS affiliate, WKYT clears the entire CBS schedule in addition to its syndicated programming. But while most CBS affiliates air 'The Young and the Restless @ 12:30 PM in the Eastern Time Zone, WKYT airs it @ 9 AM instead. This, in part, owes to the fact that the Noon newscast airs for an entire hour; the 1 PM timeslot is filled in with syndicated programming, then resumes airing of the rest of the CBS Soap Operas @ 1:30 PM.


WKYT leads in total-day and late-night news ratings except during times when the Olympics air on NBC. That network's local affiliate WLEX-TV leads weekday mornings. The two stations battle each other for the evening news lead in this historically UHF-exclusive market although much of the local stations' viewership has been via cable due to the difficulty of over-the-air analog UHF signal penetration in an area that is largely comprised of rugged, mountainous terrain.


The CWKYT which airs on Digital Channel 27.2 and on Insight channel 5, was launched in 2006 replacing UKYT, when CBS and Warner Brothers formed the CW.

The CWKYT branding is a combination meaning of CW & WKYT. Until October 2006, Louisville WB affiliate & future CW affiliate WBKI was available on Lexington cable systems; WBKI was later dropped from Insight systems in the Lexington area, to accommodate for the new CWKYT.[4] CWKYT can now be seen on DirecTV on channel 14. Baltimore CW station WNUV was the formerly designated WB/CW station for DirecTV in the Lexington market.

Previously, CWKYT was a UPN affiliate under the name "UPN Lexington."

Digital Television

The station's digital channel, VHF 13, is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Virtual channel Programming
27.1 WKYT / CBS in HDTV
27.2 CWKYT / CW HD
27.3 First Alert HD Weather (SD)

On April 16, 2009 [5], WKYT-TV's digital signal remained on channel 13 when the analog to digital conversion completed.[6][7]. On August 22, 2009, WKYT-DT filed a petition of rulemaking with the FCC to move to digital UHF channel 36 (once used by WTVQ with their analog operations)[8] due to reception issues. The FCC issued a Report & Order approved the petition on October 22.[9] On December 12, 2009, WKYT filed a minor change application for a construction permit, reflecting the channel change. [10] On January 11, 2010, the FCC approved the permit.[11] WKYT-DT Channel 36 will be on the air at the end of April 2010.

Locally Produced Programs

On-Air Personalities


News Anchors

  • Barbara Bailey - 27 Newsfirst @ Noon[12][13]
  • Bill Bryant - 27 Newsfirst This Morning & Newsfirst @ Noon[12]
  • Stacy Ellison - 27 Newsfirst This Morning[12]
  • Sam Dick - 27 Newsfirst @ 5, 5:30, 6 & 11
  • Amber Philpott - 27 Newsfirst @ 5, 5:30, 6 & 11
  • Mark Kennedy - 27 Newsfirst Weekend


  • T.G. Shuck, Chief Meteorologist - 27 Newsfirst @ 5, 5:30, 6 & 11
  • Lauren Raymer, Meteorologist - 27 Newsfirst Weekend
  • Todd Borek, Meteorologist - 27 Newsfirst This Morning & Noon


  • Dave Baker
  • Rob Bromley
  • Brandon Fisher
  • Ryan Lemond
  • David Patrick
  • Christi Thomas


  • Miranda Combs
  • Elizabeth Dorsett
  • Wendy Enneking
  • "Officer Don" Evans, (LiveDrive Traffic)
  • Tamara Evans
  • Cheryl Glassford
  • Mark Kennedy
  • Janet Kim
  • Phil Pendleton
  • Victor Puente
  • Sherelle Roberts
  • Dave Spencer

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • WKXP News (1957-1958)
  • The Six O'Clock Report/The Eleven O'Clock Report (1958-1967)
  • Eyewitness News (1967-1970)
  • Action News (1970-1974)
  • 27 News Service (1974-1977)
  • NewsCenter 27 (1977-1982)
  • News 27 (1982-1985)
  • 27 Newsfirst (1985-present)
  • Newsfirst on WKYT (1985-present)
  • KYT (2002-present)

Station Slogans

  • Get Ready for 27 (1989-1991, local version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Central Kentucky's News Leader (1991-1993)
  • Your 24-Hour News Source (1993-1995)
  • Where Local News Comes First (1995-2001)
  • In Touch With You (2001-2004)
  • Where Your News Comes First. (2004-present)
  • Your News. First. (2009-November 2009)
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External links


  1. ^ "Big Blue Sports Network Affiliates". UKAthletics.com. http://www.ukathletics.com/multimedia/affiliates.html. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  2. ^ "SEC Network Schedule". Southeastern Conference. http://www.secsports.com//news/sec-network-schedule.aspx. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  3. ^ Station history page
  4. ^ An e-mail query from a Wikipedia member to WBKI Chief Operating Officer Carol LaFever led to news that, due to a condition of WBKI's affiliation agreement, that station must vacate the channel on Insight Lexington for CWKYT. WBKI can still be seen over the air in much of the Lexington DMA & on about 20 other cable systems in that market, but not on Insight in Lexington.
  5. ^ "Stations Transitioning Before June 12". Federal Communications Commission. http://www.fcc.gov/DA-09-589A2.pdf. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  6. ^ Sloan, Scott (2009-04-14). "KET, WKYT go digital on Thursday". Lexington Herald-Leader. http://www.kentucky.com/211/story/761075.html. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  7. ^ "WKYT Goes All Digital Thursday". WKYT-TV. 2009-04-16. http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/43092347.html. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  8. ^ "Noticed of Proposed Rulemaking". Federal Communications Commission. 2009-09-14. http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2041A1.pdf. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  9. ^ "Report and Order". Federal Communications Commission. 2009-10-22. http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2291A1.pdf. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  10. ^ http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/prefill_and_display.pl?Application_id=1345421&Service=DT&Form_id=301&Facility_id=24914
  11. ^ "Construction Permit". Federal Communications Commission. 11 January 2010. http://licensing.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/pubacc/Auth_Files/1345421.pdf. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c Sloan, Scott (2009-08-16). "WKYT switching morning team". Lexington Herald-Leader. http://www.kentucky.com/103/story/896455.html. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  13. ^ Sloan, Scott (2009-11-03). "Barbara Bailey returns to work at WKYT". Lexington Herald-Leader. http://www.kentucky.com/latest_news/story/1003385.html. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 


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