call_letters = WYMT-TV
station_slogan = Your Mountain Television
station_branding = 57 Mountain News
analog = 57 (UHF)
digital = 12 (VHF)
October 20, 1969
callsign_meaning = We're
former_callsigns = WKYH-TV (1969-1985)
owner = Gray Television, Inc.
licensee = Gray Television Licensee, Inc.
effective_radiated_power = 2630 kW (analog)
50 kW (digital)
HAAT = 475 m (analog)
397.6 m (digital)
facility_id = 24915
coordinates = coord|37|11|36.4|N|83|10|52.8|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
homepage = [http://www.wymtnews.com/ www.wymtnews.com]
WYMT-TV channel 57 is the
CBStelevision affiliate in Hazard, Kentucky, serving primarily the far eastern part of the Lexington market, but also portions of neighboring Virginiaand West Virginia. It also appears on the local cable televisionservice in Claiborne County, Tennessee. The station is owned by Gray Televisionand is a sister station to Lexington's CBS affiliate, WKYT-TV.
It began broadcasting as WKYH-TV (meaning W KentuckY Hazard) on
October 20, 1969as an NBCaffiliate. Prior to its inception, some counties in southeastern Kentucky were among the last remaining parts of the country unable to receive a commercial television signal over the air; Kentucky Educational Televisionhad begun the year before. Although this area is considered part of the Lexington market, none of that city's television signals cover the area. Lexington is an all- UHFmarket, and UHF stations do not get decent reception in rugged terrain. Setting up translators in the area was not deemed realistic by the Lexington stations due to the area's extreme poverty, which did not allow many families the luxury of owning sets. Such conditions also made the region also very undesirable for potential outside corporate broadcasters to start a station. Instead, WKYH was founded by local businessman Bill Gorman, who has served eight terms as mayor of Hazard.
Not surprisingly, given the region's strong musical traditions, country, bluegrass, and
Southern Gospelmusic constituted a good part of WKYH's early local programs. These shows lasted well into the 1980s, after country-music programs had fallen out of favor even on other Southern stations.
In 1985, Gorman sold the station to Kentucky Central Life Insurance Company, then owner of WKYT. The new owner changed the calls to WYMT, meaning "We're Your Mountain Television". Around the same time, Kentucky Central had its affiliation changed to CBS to match its new sister station. When Kentucky Central went bankrupt in
1993, WYMT and WKYT were bought by Gray Communications, now Gray Television.
Although it identifies as a station in its own right, WYMT is considered a semi-satellite of WKYT. It clears some of WKYT's syndicated programming, and the two stations share a Web site. The two stations occasionally co-brand as "Kentucky Television."
WYMT clears all CBS programming except for shows like "
CBS News Sunday Morning," " Face The Nation," and other programming for paid religious programming and college basketball games. Its sister, WKYT, however, clears all those programs.
Christian televisionstations WLJC-TVin Beattyville (owned by Hour of Harvest, Inc.) and WAGV-TV in Harlan (a satellite of WLFG-TV in Grundy, Virginia), and Kentucky Educational Televisionsatellites WKHA in Hazard and WKPI in Pikeville are the only full-power stations that can be received over-the-air in much of this region. In addition, WOBZ-LPis a low-power station seving the London, Kentuckyarea. There are also several public access cable channels that serve the region.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
"Sports Overtime" is a twice-weekly sports broadcast originally airing on Friday nights and covering high school athletics. The program began airing on Saturdays in the fall of 2006. The Saturday show focuses on local and state college athletics as well as the fan favorite package "The High School Fast Break," a recap of high-profile high school games from the previous Friday night.
The current shows are anchored by Jeff Archer and Brian Milam.
Mountain News Anchors
* Neil Middleton (News Director and anchor, First @ Four) [http://wkyt.mis.net/wymtweatherblog/?p=516]
* Steve Hensley (6pm and 11pm)
* Marie Luby (6pm)
* Kimberly Burcham (Mornings)
* Jeff Allen (Weekend anchor, also the Cumberland Valley Bureau chief)
ky Alert Weather
* Jim Caldwell (Chief Meteorologist)
* Scott Dimmich (Morning Meteorologist)
* Rob Hopkins (Weekend Meteorologist)
Mountain Sports Anchors
* Jeff Archer (Sports Director, Sports O.T.)
* Brian Milam (Weekends, Sports O.T.)
* Derek Forrest (Sports, Sports O.T.)
* Angela Sparkman (Big Sandy Bureau chief)
* Marie Luby
* Peter O'Connor
* Dara Rees
* Kimberly Burcham
* Amanda Price
* Matt Barbour
* Michel Mason
* Jeff Archer
* Brian Milam
* Derek Forrest
Tony Turner(WYMT news anchor) - Died in 2002 in a tragic car accident.
Jay Crawford(Creator of "Sports Overtime" on WYMT) - Currently the host of ESPN2's "First Take".
* Steve Crabtree (first WYMT news anchor) - Now VP News-Station Operations at co-owned
* Darwin Singleton - Now host of "Here's Darwin" at Mobile, AL's
* Dave Shuffett (Last WKYH News Anchor) - Now host of KET's "Kentucky Life". [http://www.ket.org/kentuckylife]
* Joey Kesler (First Full-Time WKYH Weatherman) - Co-Owner of
* Jim Freeman (recent co-host of the WYMT morning show) - Now News anchor for sister station
WVLT-TVin Knoxville, Tennessee.
* DeAnn Stephens (Past Mountain News This Morning Anchor) - Formerly a Reporter/Anchor at WKYT, now with
WBUL-FMin Lexington, Kentucky
* Scott Burchett (Former Fill-In Weather Anchor) - Now working in the medical field
* Susan Nicholas (former WYMT News Anchor) - Now a weekend anchor for sister station
WSAZin Huntington, West Virginia.
* Bill Taylor, First weekend sports anchor. Eastern Kentucky Native.
* Wes Shirley (Wallace), Former Morning Anchor, now anchor at
KFVS-TVin Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
* Casey Pigman(Kurtis) , Former WYMT Reporter/Anchor
* Tony Hensley, Former Reporter, Now working for
* Hershena Hanshaw, Former Morning Producer and Weather Anchor
* MK Combs, Former Morning Weather Anchor, now with
WDXC-FM in Pound, Virginia
* Tony Brown, Former Chief Weathercaster - Now a full-time fireman and DJ
* Susannah (Walters) Sizemore - Former Anchor
* Jill (Fraley) Hammond - Former Anchor
* Michael Goins - Former Big Sandy Bureau Chief - previously served as a spokesperson for former Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky Education Cabinet and Kentucky Office of State Budget Director. Goins now serves as Director of Public Relations for Forcht Group of Kentucky, a holding and management company based in Lexington and Corbin.
* Beth (Hudson) Goins - Former part-time reporter - now works as a Senior PR Specialist with the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.
* Melissa (Wireman) Houshell - Former 6 p.m. producer - now works in the Public Relations department with the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.
* Keith Farmer - Former sports anchor/reporter - now works as a sports reporter for
* John Lewis - Former sports anchor/reporter - now works as a sports reporter for
* Julie (Stewart) Lewis - Former 6 & 11 p.m. anchor - now resides in Louisville.
* Shawn Ley - Former reporter - now works as a reporter for
* Doug Korstanje - Former Big Sandy Bureau Chief - now Director of Marketing and Community Relations for St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia.
* Drew Deener - Former sports anchor/reporter
* Jennifer (Nime) Palumbo - Former reporter/morning show anchor - now co-anchors morning newscast for
* Brandon Hensley - Former Sports Director/anchor/reporter - now working on an under-graduate degree at the University of the Cumberlands and working in the school's Sports Information Department. Also doing radio work for WSGS-FM in Hazard.
* Cassie Safrit - former 11 p.m. anchor/reporter - now weekend anchor/reporter at
News 14 Carolina.
* Heather Haley - Former anchor/reporter - now a reporter for WVLT-TV in Knoxville.
Past Newscast Titles
"57 NewsService" (1970s when the station's call sign was WKYH)
* [http://www.wymtnews.com/ WYMTnews.com]
* [http://www.wobz9.com/REMEMBERWKYH.html Remembering WKYH-TV] (Small website by London's
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.