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My new hometown: TV exec Kay Wight on the joys of downtown Bradenton.

Kay Wight had a 23-year career with CBS Television in New York as the first female vice president for both CBS Sports and for CBS News during the Walter Cronkite years. ("I got to work with all the giants of the industry," she says. "It was a glorious time.") In 2010 she was inducted into the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication Hall of Achievement at her alma mater, Washington State University. Wight moved to Bradenton and purchased a condo on the Manatee River in 2013. She recently joined the board of Realize Bradenton. "The potential is fascinating," she says. "It's just the beginning of a popping place to be."

I MISS ...

"I miss some of the Broadway glitz, but the quality of performers, the staging and costuming is quite amazing for these small community theaters here. Oh, and I miss really good Italian restaurants."

BACK STORY

"Edward R. Murrow gave the commencement address [at Washington State] and I was his campus hostess. He helped me get to CBS. I started out as secretary to Bill Paley. I said, this is a really nice job but I don't want to be a secretary. Every four years I got a new responsibility--I would learn it and do it and move on to the next."

I REALIZED BRADENTON

"I'd been visiting friends in Sarasota for years, and one day I got a call from a friend who said, 'I'm standing in your new apartment.' I live near the new Riverwalk; it's idyllic. I can walk to restaurants, museums, the Manatee Players. [I love] waking and looking out over the Manatee River."

WHAT'S RETIREMENT?

"Retirement is not in my vocabulary. I worked with several nonprofit foundations in New York City and chaired the Commission on the Status of Women for Ed Koch. You want to feel like you can make a contribution."

FULL PLATE

"There are great restaurants here. The De Soto National Memorial has a beautiful walk along the river. I support the Manatee Players, and the Sarasota Opera and the ballet are amazing. There's just so much to do."

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Title Annotation:HEAT INDEX
Author:Denton, Ilene
Publication:Sarasota Magazine
Date:Jun 22, 2015
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