Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Scott Kilbury Leaves KOLD for Rochester

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Long-time KOLD/KMSB news anchor Scott Kilbury has left the station and accepted a position as the main news anchor for WHEC TV in Rochester, New York.

While Kilbury considers Southern Arizona home, he has a great deal of familiarity with the Rochester area.
“Between the ages of 10 and 15, I lived in upstate New York,” Kilbury said. “When I went to Rochester it was so clean and nice. It’s beautiful, has a great downtown. They treated me well at the station. People like it there and have been there for a long time.”

Kilbury was at KOLD for a long time, over 12 years, and during that span he seemed to be the station’s go-to talent when it wanted to make a change or launch a new product. He left a successful stint on the sports desk to help stabilize otherwise transitional uncertainty in the station’s morning news block. While in sports, it was Kilbury who helped to launch the station’s well-known Overtime segments, the quirky skits that air as a lead-in to KOLD’s Friday night high school football coverage.

“We won two Emmys for those,” Kilbury recalled.

Once it lost Oprah Winfrey’s 4 p.m. talk show ratings juggernaut, KOLD wanted to expand its news presence with an hour-long newscast. It reached out to Kilbury, and asked him to act as co-anchor, which meant working double shifts—morning and afternoons—for a seven-month period.

And when Raycom, which owns KOLD, reached an agreement with Belo to produce the 9 p.m. news on KMSB TV 11, it was Kilbury the station approached to take the reins. The 9 p.m. newscast recently registered its best ratings numbers, with Kilbury at the helm.

Kilbury moved from upstate New York to Benson at the age of 15. He attended college locally and worked at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind for eight years—“I named my first child after one of the kids there”—before landing television gigs in Montana and Nebraska. He returned to the area when the KOLD opportunity presented itself in 2001.

“My family is here. My wife’s family is here. I would call Tucson home, but the irony is that from age 10-15 I lived in upstate New York,” Kilbury said. “I’m talking to the news director and he’s telling me my mom taught at the same middle school he went to in Utica. There are all these weird connections. For the kids this is the perfect fit. My oldest is looking forward to fishing and skiing, like I did, and not having to worry about burning his feet on the asphalt in the summer. But I’m going to really miss the great people in this community for all their love and support.”

Kilbury's first day on the air in Rochester is July 15.

Tags: , , ,

Comments (15)

Showing 1-15 of 15

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-15 of 15

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by John Schuster

  • Media Watch

    It's no secret media, like a lot of industries, has endured its share of major changes due to transitions in the technological landscape. Many folks who run large media conglomerates are getting paid handsomely to devise strategies that best implement ways to maximize a shrinking bottom line.
    • Aug 18, 2016
  • Media Watch

    It's the perfect spot for a Mattress Firm
    • Aug 4, 2016
  • Media Watch

    Given the continued swoon of print journalism and numerous rounds of previous layoffs at the Arizona Daily Star, it's hard to imagine the local daily had 15-20 people to release, but that's what happened Friday.
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • More »

Staff Pick

With Respect to Plants

A Visual Conversation on Botanical Conservation, Art & Illustration featuring work by the Desert Museum’s Botany Department… More

@ Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum June 4-Aug. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 2021 N. Kinney Road.

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. Independent Distillery to Release Its First Batch of Handcrafted Spirits (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. The Weekly List: 21 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next Seven Days (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. Casa Video Top 10 (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Silicon Valley Businesses Move to Phoenix—Because It's Cheaper (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2016 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation