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WKYT-TV is the CBS & CW affiliate in Lexington, Kentuckymarker, serving the east-central part of Kentuckymarker. 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 actually across from WTVQ-TVmarker studios.

Its newscasts are also carried in the areas of northern Kentucky near Cincinnatimarker 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-TVmarker in that area).

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


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-TVmarker.

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-TVmarker, 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'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. [220624] On August 21, 2007, WKYT broadcasts from its second digital channel in HD & CWKYT started broadcasting also 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.


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 WBKImarker was available on Lexington cable systems; WBKI was later dropped from Insight systems in the Lexington area, to accommodate for the new CWKYT. CWKYT can now be seen on DirecTV on channel 14. Baltimoremarker CW station WNUVmarker 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 , WKYT-TV's digital signal remained on channel 13 when the analog to digital conversion completed.. On August 22, 2009, WKYT-DT filed a motion with the FCC to move to digital UHF channel 36 due to reception issues. The FCC approved the motion on October 22. WKYT is expected to file an application for a construction permit reflecting the change within the next 30 days.

Locally Produced Programs

On-Air Personalities

News Anchors

  • Barbara Bailey - 27 Newsfirst @ Noon
  • Bill Bryant - 27 Newsfirst This Morning & Newsfirst @ Noon
  • Stacy Ellison - 27 Newsfirst This Morning
  • 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
  • Christi Thomas
  • David Patrick
  • Ryan Lemond


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

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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