The new year will bring in a new chapter for Lexington's NBC affiliate and its leader.
Today, Pat Dalbey, LEX 18's Vice President and General Manager for the past eleven years, announced his retirement from the station, effective Jan. 10.
“My time at LEX 18 has been a joy and an honor, and I take with me a lifetime of wonderful memories,” says Dalbey of his time at the station's helm. “It's a special place, full of special people. And while we've seen our share of success from a ratings and business standpoint, nothing compares to the good things we've done while serving our community. That's always been our mission. And it's a legacy that will continue, thanks to my coworkers- my friends- at LEX 18.”
Dalbey's involvement with the Central KY community has reached far beyond the walls of LEX 18. He served as a longtime board chair with the local chapter of the American Heart Association, was a founding member of the UK School of Communications Advisory Board, and received the “Perfect Partner” award for his efforts with the Downtown Lexington Partnership. The Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity have greatly benefited from campaigns during Dalbey's tenure. And, as LEX 18's VP/GM, he drove the expansion of the station's daily news coverage, its annual Kentucky Derby coverage, and the station's presence in Eastern Kentucky and other regions of the state, thanks to relationships built by Dalbey.
An avid boating enthusiast, Dalbey and his wife Marilee plan to relocate to Hilton Head this spring. “But the Bluegrass will always be a special place to me, thanks to the friendship and support of the people at LEX 18. You have made my time in Kentucky exceptional.”