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Wellman Retires as Host of "Comment on Kentucky"

Veteran broadcaster Ferrell Wellman announced his retirement Friday as host of KET's Comment on Kentucky.

“Over the last few months, I had been considering when would be a good time to leave the moderator’s chair,” Wellman said in a blog post at KET's website. “I’m a firm believer in leaving a position a little too early rather than a little late.”

Wellman cited a recent knee injury and the need to be away from the program for an extended time while he goes through the rehabilitation process as influencing the timing of his decision.

“Ferrell has continued Comment’s tradition of insightful and independent analysis admirably, always displaying the utmost integrity, professionalism and keen understanding of the news stories most greatly impacting our Commonwealth each week,” said Shae Hopkins, KET CEO and executive director, in the blog post. “He will be greatly missed, and the entire KET family wishes him a speedy recovery and all the best.”

Bill Bryan, a news anchor and managing editor at Lexington TV station WKYT, will fill in as interim host at Comment on Kentucky. Bryant also hosts Kentucky Newsmakers​.

Wellman is a native of Pikeville and spent sixteen years as a reporter at Louisville TV station WAVE where he reported from Frankfort. He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and the University of South Carolina and taught broadcasting at EKU.

In 2013, Wellman was inducted into the Kentucky Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame and received the organization's most prestigious honor, the Kentucky MIC Award.

“I am thankful to the management at KET for the opportunity to host the program and for their support,” Wellman said. “I would also like to thank all of the journalists who appeared on the program for being willing to share their expertise and insight. And most of all, thanks to the loyal viewers for their support.”

Comment on Kentucky airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on KET affiliates across the Commonwealth. Wellman's retirement is effective immediately.

Photo: Ferrell Wellman/KET