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KTEN-TV Signs Award-Winning News Anchor, Anchoring 20 years in the D/FW TV Market

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SHERMAN, TX - KTEN-TV and its parent, Lockwood Broadcasting Group of Hampton, Virginia, announced the signing of former WFAA, Dallas/Fort Worth TV news anchorman Scott Sams.

A multi-year agreement was reached on March 31st where Scott Sams will fill the main anchor role for KTEN’s evening newscasts. This agreement was finalized after several weeks of discussion between both parties where it became obvious that this was a perfect match of goals and objectives for both Sams and KTEN. In a signing ceremony at 10 o’clock on April 6 th , the agreement was executed and made official.

"KTEN-TV and the viewers of our area are very fortunate to have a news professional with the integrity, experience and talent leading our nightly newscasts," remarked Asa Jessee, KTEN General Manager. "This is truly a once in a life time opportunity for a market of our size." Jessee added.

Sams will assume the Main Anchor role for KTEN on April 10th where he will join veteran meteorologist, Alan Mitchell, also coming to KTEN in 1995 from a top market (Oklahoma City) in the area.

Many viewers will probably recognize Scott's name and face from his nearly 20 years anchoring news and weather at the ABC station, WFAA in Dallas.

"Scott brings decades of newsroom leadership to KTEN’s main anchor desk," said KTEN’s news director, Steve Korioth. "North Texas TV viewers have depended on Scott Sams for their news and weather for nearly 20 years."

"I’ve always loved the north Texas area, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy serving the viewers of north Texas and southeastern Oklahoma," said Sams. "I feel that the viewers in ‘small town’ Texas and Oklahoma depend on us even more than they do in the big cities."

"It doesn’t take long after speaking with Scott to realize that he genuinely cares about the viewers of this area and considers it an honor to be a part of their lives," comments Asa Jessee.

It’s rare when a media outlet generates media attention, but this is certainly one event where it has. There are several events and informational pieces that KTEN has planned to introduce Scott to the community and to give those interested an opportunity to meet him.

Scott Sams has been involved in television all his life. Scott grew up in eastern Tennessee, where his father produced TV commercials and his mother starred in a locally produced version of Romper Room. In fact, Scott first appeared on Romper Room when he was just six weeks old.

In the early 1980's, Scott was Weekend Sports Anchor/Weekday Sports Reporter in Louisville, Kentucky. His time there included 10-hour long "live" shows from Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby.

Scott's next stop was back to his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, where he was the Main Weather Anchor, Sports Director/Anchor, backup News Anchor, PM Magazine co-host, Music video show host, and news reporter. Scott did it all!

But in June of 1985, Scott made it to the "big time" when he landed a top job in a Top 10 TV market. For almost 20 years, he anchored News, Weather, and Sports at WFAA-TV. Scott anchored every position, on every shift.

In addition, Scott co-created and hosted Good Morning Texas. He also hosted the Neiman Marcus Adolphus Christmas Parade (with coverage on over 300 stations), and hosted College Football Saturday on Southwest Sports Regional Network. Scott has won three Emmy Awards, two Edward R Murrow awards, two D/FW Air Personality of the Year awards, and numerous other civic, charitable, and corporate awards during his time in Dallas.