Donald Eugene Wheeler


Former WUKY general managers Len Press (L) and Don Wheeler (R) share station stories during the WUKY 75th anniversary party in October 2015. (Photo courtesy WUKY)

The KBA extends condolences to the family and friends of Donald Eugene Wheeler, who passed away March 23, 2017, in Lexington at the age of 87.

KBA President/CEO, Henry G. Lackey, expressed his sympathy by saying, “Don was good teacher but moreover a terrific writer. He was a strong motivator for me.”

Don was a longtime journalist and broadcaster and created the Radio/TV Section for the Kentucky Department of Public Information. He also was an editor for the Frankfort State Journal; program director at WSFU-TV in Tallahassee, Florida; co-founder of Central Kentucky Radio Eye; and general manager of WBKY-FM (now WUKY-FM), the public radio station at the University of Kentucky.

While at WBKY-FM, Don supported the fledgling National Public Radio, and one of the first broadcasts of All Things Considered was at WBKY.

Don received the KBA’s Kentucky MIC Hall of Fame Award in 1984. He also was involved in the creation of the Kentucky Sports Radio Network. Don was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by three daughters, four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the American Civil Liberties Union, National Public Radio or the animal rescue group of your choice. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no funeral service.


by Laura Lynch Flick and Scott R. Flick

April 1, 2017 is the deadline for broadcast stations licensed to communities in Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas to place their annual EEO Public File Report in their public inspection file and post the report on their station website. In addition, certain of these stations, as detailed below, must electronically file their EEO Mid-term Report on FCC Form 397 by April 3, 2017 ( as April 1 falls on a weekend).

Under the FCC’s EEO Rule, all radio and television station employee units ( “SEUs”), regardless of staff size, must afford equal opportunity to all qualified persons and practice nondiscrimination in employment.

eeoIn addition, those SEUs with five or more full-time employees (“Nonexempt SEUs”) must also comply with the FCC’s three-prong outreach requirements. Nonexempt SEUs must broadly and inclusively diseminate information about every full-time job vacancies to referral organizations that have requested such notification, and earn a certain minimum number of EEO credits, based on participation in various non-vacancy-specific outreach initiatives ( “Menu Options”) suggested by the FCC, during each of the two-year segments (four segments total) that comprise a station’s eight -year license term. These Menu Option initiatives include, for example, sponsoring job fairs, and having an internship program.

Nonexempt SEUs must prepare and place their Annual EEO Public File Report in the public inspection files and on the websites of all stations comprising the SEU ( if they have a website) by the anniversary date of the deadline for that station’s license renewal application. The Annual EEO Public File Report summarizes the SEUs EEO activities during the previous 12 months and the licensee must maintain adequate records to document those activities. Nonexempt SEUs must submit to the FCC the two most recent Annual EEO Public File Reports with the license renewal applications.

In addition, all TV station SEUs with five or more full-time employees and all radio station SEUs with more than ten full-time employees must submit to the FCC the tow most recent Annual EEO Public File Reports at the midpoint of their eight-year license term along with FCC Form 397–the Broadcast Mid-Term EEO Report.

Exempt SEUs–those with fewer than five full-time employees–do not have to prepare or file Annual or Mid-Term EEO Reports.

For a detailed description of the EEO rule and practical assistance in preparing in preparing a compliance plan, broadcasters should consult the FCC’s Equal Employment Opportunity Rules and Policies–A Guide for Broadcasters published by Pillsbury’s Communications Practice Group.

Investigative Reporter

WAVE 3 News in Louisville, KY is looking for an aggressive, experienced, high-impact reporter to continue our tradition of leading the market with investigative and in-depth reporting.

To be selected, you must have the drive to cover and uncover complex, relevant stories on a long-turn basis – or daily when appropriate. You should love to tell compelling stories that meet our daily challenge to reporters: make the viewers smarter, make them laugh or cry, or making the community better. You must also be willing to stand your ground and hold the powerful accountable, asking the questions that deliver on our “Expect More. Right Now.” brand.

We have one of the nation’s most talented teams of photographers, but the ability to shoot and edit your own work when necessary will be a plus. Experience coordinating a sweeps calendar, advising other reporters, and anchoring will also be helpful.

Applicants must possess a four-year college degree and strong social media skills. Five years’ experience is preferred. If you want to be a part of an award winning aggressive newsroom that makes a difference in its community, then complete online application at:

and upload your resume and references, and links to your work. Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record and pass a drug test. No phone calls please. EOE-M/F/D/V


As a reminder to all of our valued KBA members, the KBA annual membership dues do not supersede stations playing the PEP spots.The KBA would like to thank all of those that have sent in their KBA membership dues for the 2017 year. We sincerely appreciate all that you do for the KBA.

New Associate Members! The KBA is pleased to welcome Gabe Hobbs of Gabe Hobbs Media and Dennis Smith of as our newest KBA Associate members.

Membership does offer a lot of tangible benefits. We urge you to renew today, deadline is March 31. You do not want to miss all of the great benefits the KBA has to offer. In 2016, the KBA expended over a million dollars in benefits and operational costs for you, our members.

As a reminder to all of our members, the PEP Pledge form does not supersede any membership dues. If you do receive a dues renewal invoice and also play the PEP spots, we sincerely appreciate you. Our association would not be able to provide any of the myriad of the membership benefits that is does without the PEP program.

If you have not received your dues renewal form, please contact the KBA office at

KBA on the road

KBA President and CEO Henry Lackey visited various stations in the eastern part of the state last week to discuss member benefits and ways the association may be of service. The meetings were very successful.

The KBA will continue field visits during the course of the year. We applaud our member stations for providing outstanding service in the Commonwealth. It is a pleasure to serve you, our members.

To schedule a meeting with Henry, please call the KBA office at (502)848-0426 or email


WDNS -FM Bowling Green named finalist for NAB Crystal Radio Award


A special congratulations goes out to WDNS-FM in Bowling Green, KY for being selected as a finalist for the 30th Annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards.

Crystal Radio Award finalists will be honored, and the 10 winners will be announced, during the Radio Luncheon, Tuesday, April 25, 12:30 p.m. at the Las Vegas Hotel (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton.) The luncheon is part of the NAB Show, and is sponsored by ASCAP.



Content/Assignment Editor

Media – Journalism – Newspaper

Content/Assignment Editor

Primary Industry:
Broadcasting – Radio – TV

Manage Others:

WHAS11-TV, the TEGNAMedia, Inc, ABC Affiliate in Louisville, Kentucky is seeking to hire a part-time Content/Assignment Editor. This is an entry level position. This role will take on some of the duties of a traditional assignment editor, but will also involve publishing to digital platforms content that is gathered and confirmed on the desk.

Strong news judgment and the ability to work under a deadline is
required. Writing skills are a must. Our content editors must have the
ability to navigate and gather content using all digital platforms, and
know what it means to be a social listener. This position will work
closely with the digital team to distribute content on different
platforms, depending on the story. The content editor will also work
with the content manager, executive producer and assistant news director
on logistics for daily news gathering and long term planning.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and value the benefits of diversity in our workplace.

Vacancy Type:
Part Time

Date Posted:

Closing Date:

Louisville – 40202




This position will require:

Publishing to digital platforms
Writing Skills
Social Network Knowledgeable
Assignment Editor Skills
Ability to work with news & digital News Team

About TEGNA:

TEGNA Inc. is comprised of a dynamic portfolio of media and digital businesses that provide content that matters and brands that deliver. TEGNA reaches more than 90 million Americans and delivers highly relevant, useful and smart content, when and how people need it, to make the best decisions possible. TEGNA Media includes 46 television stations and is the largest independent station group of major network affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching approximately one-third ofall television households nationwide. TEGNA Digital is comprised of,the leading online destination for automotive consumers, CareerBuilder, a global leader in human capital solutions, and G/O Digital, a customized local digital marketing company. For more information, visit

TEGNA Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We encourage and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, enrollment in college or vocational school, political affiliation, veteran status or genetic information.

Contact Company:

Contact E-Mail:

Contact Details:
Alison Markenson


News Producer


News Producer


WLKY has an opening for a strong, take-charge
producer who knows how to create memorable newscasts. The right candidate will
have a track record of being creative, aggressive, have the ability to make
decisions and communicate the plan in a clear, concise manner. We expect
excellent news judgment and a can do attitude. Candidates must have a proven
track record of winning the big story, breaking news and weather. Candidates
must be fast and calm under pressure and able to play well in a room of same-minded

Job Responsibilities:

Selecting, researching and writing content for live newscasts to make the newscast an
“experience” for viewers

Working with and guiding reporters in story production

Communicating, coordinating and executing creative vision with team of anchors,
reporters, meteorologists, photographers, editors, and production staff

Vacancy Type:
Full Time

Date Posted:

Closing Date:




· Creative presentation style

· Experience in a newsroom, the ability to remain calm under pressure and knowledge of ENPS are pluses


Qualifications Requirements:

Excellent writing, spelling, grammar and copy-editing skills

Ability to multi-task and coordinate several crews and responsibilities simultaneously.

An ability to summarize information into easy-to-understand components

Creative presentation style, and ability to showcase all resources and elements

Unwavering journalistic integrity and ethical standards

Must be available to work holidays, shifts that include nights, weekends and
overnights, and flexible with schedule to be available during breaking news


College degree in broadcast journalism, broadcast news, or related field or
equivalent work experience

Please visit to apply


Kentucky High School Basketball Centennial 2017-2018


The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA), Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches (KABC), and Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame (KHSBHF) are partnering to celebrate the “Centennial” of Kentucky high school basketball. The Centennial Celebration is set to tip off in Lexington at the 2017 Boys’ Sweet 16 held in Rupp Arena. In the summer of 2017, the celebratory year will continue in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, where the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame facility will open, a documentary on the sport’s history will premiere, and the Hall of Fame will induct its 100th member into the Centennial Class.

The Centennial Celebration will continue into 2017-2018 with various promotional endeavors and activities culminating during the 2018 Sweet 16 state basketball tournament in Lexington’s Rupp Arena. The Centennial Committee is actively involved in creating a plan of action reaching all across the state and in schools, communities, fans, media outlets, and businesses that have contributed to the culture of basketball in the Commonwealth.