News Director

News Director needed!

This is a management position that oversees the operation of the news department and must be available and on call 24/7 for news/weather breaking stories.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Writing 12+ local new stories daily with actualities
• Voice newscasts for 3 locally oriented stations.
• Cover local meetings
• Prepare 6-8 stories daily for digital news service that is emailed to subscribers

This position is a permanent, full time, with regular morning hours, a few late night meetings, and some Saturdays. It requires an energetic, locally focused, and news oriented person who is “ready to go” in the event of breaking news.

Please send a writing sample, resume, and aircheck to Reising Radio Partners is an equal opportunity employer.

Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame to Induct Nine New Members

On Friday, April 28, nine new members will be inducted in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame at a luncheon ceremony sponsored by the University of Kentucky’s School of Journalism and Media and the UK School of Journalism Alumni Association.

The newest honorees will join more than 200 other journalists and news media executives who have inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame since its 1981 inception. Members are chosen by a committee representing the state’s news media, Hall of Fame members, the UK Journalism Alumni Association and the School of Journalism and Media. Nominees must either be Kentucky natives or journalists who have spent the bulk of their careers in the state.

The KBA extends a congratulations to the newest members of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

conn-matthews2conn-matthews1Lewis Conn and William Matthews, whose 1968 creation of the Newspapers, Inc. changed the way Kentucky community newspapers were owned and published. ( Conn is deceased and will be inducted posthumously.)
ron daleyRon Daley of Hazard, former editor and publisher of the groundbreaking Troublesome Creek Times in Hindman, now strategic partner lead for the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative. mike-farrellDr. Mike Farrell, professor of journalism at the University of Kentucky, director of its Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, and former managing editor of the Kentucky Pos
mary-fergusonMary D. Ferguson, who became the first female reporter for Hopkinsville’s Kentucky New Era in 1962, then a columnist and the Pennyrile area’s unoffical historian until her death in 2016. (posthumous induction). bettye-mastinBettye Lee Mastin, a retired Lexington Herald Leader reporter and author whose writing about historic architecture helped lead to the preservation of many historic structures in the Bluegrass.
tom-butlerTom Butler, retired Vice President of news for WPSD-TV in Paducah, a mentor to several outstanding broadcast journalists and an advocate of strong journalism during his 35 years there. Sadly, Tom Butler passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017. (posthumous

bill-francisBill Francis
, retired reporter and anchor for WDRB-TV, who covered Louisville for 42 years and was the first full-time business reporter for a Kentucky television stations.
joe-palmerJoe Palmer, a Lexington native and UK graduate whose Thoroughbred racing coverage for the New York Herald Tribune in the 1940s and ’50s was hailed by many contemporaries as the best. He also worked as associate editor of The Blood Horse magazine in Lexington. ( posthumous induction)

Larry Netherton 1941-2017


As days go by it seems we lose another brother or sister that over the years we have come to admire and respect. This past Saturday, we lost Larry Netherton from Morehead. For 25 years, Larry worked for and later managed MSU’s WMKY. Larry was instrumental in preparing press releases written for radio and television.

I’ll always remember Larry’s bubbly personality. He always had something positive to say about his fellow man or woman. For years, Larry attended KBA’s fall and spring conventions (now fall conference). I recall that Larry made the trips to Washington with the KBA. Not only a supporter of public broadcasting, but Larry would also support commercial broadcasting here in Kentucky and the United States.

His personality and constant smile are firmly planted in my mind. He made everyone’s day a little brighter. Larry truly fought the good fight against cancer and finished the course and for that, we celebrate today with his family and friends the good life of Larry Netherton. We’ll miss him very much.

There will be no services at this time. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Shannon Funeral Home of Shelbyville is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at

In Larry’s memory, the family requests that donations be made to one of his passions, Morehead State Public Radio, WMKY, 132 Breckinridge Hall, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY 40351. Please note that it is in memory of Larry Netherton.

Henry Lackey

Marketing Producer

Marketing Producer 2017-6591 4-3-17

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with hands on knowledge and experience in the production field. Non-linear editing experience is a must, experience shooting in studio and in the field, strong writing skills and knowledge of proper lighting techniques. The candidate will need to understand effective social media marketing and be able to assist the team with driving visitors and engagement on all our digital platforms. This person may be expected to be a team player and take part in all aspects of promotion and marketing, work closely with sales and clients to conceptualize, write, shoot and edit commercials. This position reports directly to the Marketing Manager. Must have a clean driving record and pass a drug screening test. A college degree or equivalent is preferred.

Qualified applicants, complete online application:

and attach resume and link to your most recent work. No phone calls please. EOE-M/F/D/V


Producer 2017-6585 4-3-17

WAVE 3 Television, the NBC affiliate in Louisville, Kentucky, is looking for a full-time Producer. Must have experience producing either broadcasts or digital content. We are looking for creative thinkers who produce with distinction and understand our brand. Must also be strong at managing breaking news and severe weather coverage, and be able to make sound split-second decisions during live broadcasts. Experience producing web content is strongly preferred.

We are looking for someone who knows how to execute a strategic plan from the producer chair, consistently implement strategies within the content daily, and motivate those on their shift to execute the vision. If you want to be a part of an award winning aggressive newsroom that makes a difference in its community, please complete online application

and attach your resume and link to your most recent work. No phone calls please. EOE-M/F/D/V

R.I.P. Tom Butler


The KBA family extends its condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of Thomas Aaron Butler, Sr., 79, long-time WPSD-TV (Paducah) News Director and VP of News. Tom passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center.

Butler graduated from North High School in Jackson, TN and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1961 from Union University. Butler’s career began in 1962, working as both an announcer and reporter. During his tenure as a young reporter, he wore several hats including weathercaster.

Over the years, Butler served as a mentor to many who would advance to become news room leaders in their own right. His consistent and reliable knowledge became the standard others strived to emulate.

“He was a mentor, he was a friend, and I will never forget what he’s meant to my career,” former WPSD anchor Amy Watson said.

Just last week, Tom was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame for his steadfast devotion to the broadcast industry. He will be officially inducted into this prestigious group on Friday, April 28 in Lexington, Kentucky. Throughout his 35 year career, Tom made a lasting impression on journalism, on channel 6 WPSD in Western Kentucky, Northern Tennessee, Southeastern Missouri, and Illinois.

KBA President/CEO, Henry G. Lackey, expressed his sympathy by saying, “One of the signs of Tom Butler’s professionalism, was his willingness to help others in the profession of journalism, especially young people.” “Broadcasting certainly improved with his presence”.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to the Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center at P.O. Box 7100 Paducah, KY 42002.

Brad Carey

When one of our broadcast friends dies it leaves all of us with sadness. This is certainly the case with attorney Brad Carey. Thanks to David Smith with Kentuckiana Broadcast Group, we learned of Brad’s death. Brad died several weeks ago.

One of the most significant parts of attending FCC seminars at our annual conferences, was to hear from Brad. Brad was not only an attorney but was a broadcast engineer. When Brad was in a room, it didn’t take long to know that he was there. He was quite gregarious with a loud baritone voice. He never met a stranger.

The last time most of us saw Brad was at the fall conference in Lexington in 2015. He still had that big smile and he felt he was home with all of us who attended the conference.

“I knew Brad for decades and I can truly say that Brad helped me become a better broadcaster”. “Brad was an avid supporter of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association”. “He will be sorely missed”. said Henry Lackey, President/ CEO of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association.

Administrative and Traffic Assistant

LM Communications has an immediate opening for an Administrative and Traffic Assistant within their 6 radio station cluster in Lexington, Kentucky . This is an entry level opportunity with room for career growth. Primary roles will consist of answer all incoming calls and door traffic, working with listeners prize distribution, assisting advertising sales executives and department heads. This person will also be well trained to be an assistant and back up for our Traffic manager. Great phone interaction skills, proficient in Power point, excel spreadsheets and all other Microsoft word programs a must as well as a “can-do attitude!” We offer room for advancement, a fun and exciting work environment, health benefits, and a base salary. Please send your resume to the General Manager, Craig Olive, at LM Communications is an equal opportunity employer.

Two KY broadcasters make the Top 20

Mike TarterForcht Broadcasting

Mike Tarter
Forcht Broadcasting

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Steve Newberry
Commonwealth Broadcasting

On behalf of all of the broadcasters in the Commonwealth, the KBA extends a sincere congratulations to two of its members.

Steve Newberry, Commonwealth Broadcasting and Mike Tarter of Forcht Broadcasting are among the new “Top 20” in Radio Ink Magazine. The list honors those who are leading and advancing in the industry. The publication will be released and distributed at the Las Vega NAB Show as well as its current distribution outlets.

The KBA is honored and humbled to have two of these great pioneers a part of our organization. Congratulations!