WDKY-TV

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WDKY-TV
WDKY56.png
Danville / Lexington, Kentucky
City of license Danville, KY
Branding Fox 56 (general)
Fox 56 News (newscasts)
Slogan Your Prime Time News Source Since 1995.
Channels Digital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 56 (PSIP)
Subchannels 56.1 Fox
Affiliations Fox
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
(WDKY Licensee, LLC)
First air date February 10, 1986; 28 years ago (1986-02-10)
Call letters' meaning Danville, KentuckY
Former channel number(s) Analog:
56 (1986-2009)
Digital:
4 (2003-2009)
Former affiliations Independent (February-October 1986)
Transmitter power 1,000 kW (digital)
Height 351.9 m (digital)
Facility ID 64017
Transmitter coordinates 37°52′51″N 84°19′16″W / 37.88083°N 84.32111°W / 37.88083; -84.32111
Website FoxLexington.com

WDKY-TV, virtual channel 56, is the Fox-affiliated television station for Lexington, Kentucky that is licensed to nearby Danville. Its transmitter is located southeast of the city. Owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the station has studios on Euclid Avenue in downtown Lexington but broadcast from WKYT's studio on Winchester Road. Syndicated programming on WDKY includes Maury, The Ricki Lake Show, and Judge Judy, among others.

History[edit]

WDKY began broadcasting on February 10, 1986 as an independent station. Seven months later, it became a charter Fox affiliate. The Station's 1st owner is The TVX Broadcast Group and in 1989 It sold to ACT III Broadcasting before selling it to Mass Media Communications in 1991. 5 Years later in 1996 WDKY-TV sold to Max Media Properties, LLC. Sinclair acquired WDKY from Max Media in 2001. On August 14, 2008, WDKY filled for an application to move their digital channel from 4 to channel 31. On June 12, 2009, WDKY-TV moved to channel 31 when the analog to digital conversion completed.[1]

On May 15, 2012, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Fox agreed to a five-year extension to the network's affiliation agreement with Sinclair's 19 Fox stations, including WDKY-TV, that will run through 2017.[2]

Digital television[edit]

Channel Aspect Format Programming
56.1 16:9 720p Main WDKY-TV programming / Fox

Newscasts[edit]

In 1995, CBS affiliate WKYT-TV began producing a nightly 10 o'clock newscast. On March 12, 2007, WDKY began airing an hour of news on weekday mornings at 7 a.m., that is also produced by WKYT. Weeknights at 10:45, there is a 15-minute sports replay show called the WDKY Blue Sports Extra. All news programs originate from WKYT's studios on Winchester Road in the Brighton section of Lexington. On April 11, 2008, WKYT began broadcasting WDKY's newscasts in high definition becoming the first station in Kentucky to make the transition. The WDKY newscasts were included in the upgrade making it the first Sinclair station to be airing news in high definition.

News/Station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • Fox 56 News (1995–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Your Primetime News Source Since 1995" (1995–present)
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News team[3][edit]

Anchors

  • Marvin Bartlett - weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • Bill Bryant - weekday mornings on FOX 56 Morning Edition[4] (7:00-8:00 a.m.)
  • Rebecca Smith - weekday mornings on FOX 56 Morning Edition[4] (7:00-8:00 a.m.)
  • Erika Abe - weeknights at 10:00 p.m. (starting April 28, 2014)
  • Kristen Kennedy - weekends at 10:00 p.m.

Weather team

  • Chris Bailey (NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • Micah Harris - meteorologist; weekday mornings on FOX 56 Morning Edition (7:00-8:00 a.m.)
  • Jim Caldwell - meteorologist; weekends at 10:00 p.m.

Sports team

  • Brian Milam - sports anchor; weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • Lee Howard - sports anchor; weekends at 10:00 p.m.

Reporters

  • Mark Balthrop - general assignment reporter
  • Sean Evans - general assignment reporter
  • Jerrika Insco - general assignment reporter
  • Kristen Kennedy - general assignment reporter
  • Sean Moody - general assignment reporter
  • Phil Pendleton - general assignment reporter
  • Victor Puente - general assignment reporter
  • Whitney Wetzel - general assignment reporter

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