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Danielle Dozier Leaving KOCO

dozier goodbyeWeekend morning meteorologist Danielle Dozier announced she’s leaving Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO.

In addition to the send-off on Sunday’s 8:00 a.m. show, Dozier wrote on her facebook page, “I’ve witnessed some terrible weather here but have noticed the true resilience of this community. I will miss all of you and hope you enjoyed getting the weather every Saturday and Sunday! I will soon announce where I’m going but don’t forget, you can still follow me on social media!”

Dozier came to KOCO from KTXS in Abilene-Sweetwater, Texas in November 2011.

She tweeted a link to a video montage the station aired in her honor Sunday morning. See it after the jump. Read more

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Meteorologist Shelby Hays Joins KOCO

Shelby-Hays2Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO is adding meteorologist Shelby Hays to its team. This is something of a homecoming for Hays, who is from the area and recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma.

Prior to KOCO, Hays worked at CBS affiliate KFSM in Fort Smith, Ark, where she was a weekend/weekday meteorologist and a weekday morning traffic anchor. Hays announced her new job on Twitter and Facebook last Friday:

She starts her KOCO training today.

Kelly Ogle Returns to KWTV After Cycling Accident

Kelly Ogle, evening news anchor and commentator for Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV, has been off the air for the past few weeks, recovering from a bicycle accident that broke his collarbone and a rib. He talks about what caused the accident in the video above.

Last night marked his triumphant return to KWTV:

Afterwards, his Facebook page was flooded with congratulatory comments. It looks like it went well.

Jessica Holley Joins KWTV

Jessica-Holley

Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV has a new addition to their team: multimedia journalist Jessica Holley. According to the station’s website, Holley previously worked as a multimedia journalist at KZTV in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Holley’s new job is something of a homecoming, as she interned at KWTV back in 2010. Holley wrote about her new gig on Facebook earlier this month:

I have some bittersweet news to share this morning. Tomorrow marks my last day with KZTV Action 10 News. A week from today I start my new adventure in Oklahoma City reporting for the CBS affiliate. I’ve had the pleasure of sharing your many of your stories in my nearly two years I’ve spent here in Corpus Christi.

KSBI Cancelling Oklahoma Live! and Wild Card

OklahomaLiveOklahoma City station KSBI is cancelling two of its local programs, Oklahoma Live! and Wild Card.

“I can confirm that KSBI has made the decision to discontinue production of Oklahoma Live! and Wild Card effective Friday September 19, 2014,” JaNiece Cranmer, executive producer at KSBI, told TVSpy in an email. “We have no comment as to why the shows were cancelled. They will be replaced with syndicated programs.”

The station appears to be moving away from local, live programming in general. An article in The Lost Ogle on Tuesday suggested as much, claiming that the station laid off almost its entire staff due to the cancellations. A source told the site that it was due to ”some kind of money/budget restructuring thing but they couldn’t or wouldn’t say more.”

KFOR Meteorologist Apologizes for Comments About Muslims

Mike Morgan, KFOR meteorologist Mike Morgan apologized on-air for what he said was a comment that was, “a little insensitive.”

During its 6:00 p.m. show, the Oklahoma City NBC affiliate aired a report about Oklahoma City Muslims getting death threats and being afraid for their lives after Oklahoma state representative John Bennett (R) made comments against Islam. The story showed Muslims bowing in prayer. After the story, Morgan, who was on set with anchors Kevin Ogle and Meg Alexander said, “I’ll tell you how warped I am, I thought they were getting in the tornado safe position, because that’s just what I think about all the time.”

“Earlier today after that story I made a kind of off the cuff remark and some folks didn’t take that very well,” Morgan said during last night’s 10:00 p.m. newscast. “I did not mean to offend anybody with the remarks I made so we’ll kind of clear the air on that. A little insensitive perhaps…it was perceived. So I want to be very clear that I didn’t mean any ill will in that regard, whatsoever.”

>UPDATE: KFOR news director Carlton Houston told TVSpy, Morgan also apologized “directly to each viewer” who emailed about the comment. Houston added, “Last night, I reached out to the Executive Director of our local Council On American-Islamic Relations. It was a positive conversation and I made it clear that as a station, we are committed to covering these important stories with objectivity and sensitivity.

Bennett said Christians need to be wary of Muslims, because “The Quran clearly states that non-Muslims should be killed.”

[The Lost Ogle]

KWTV Pilot Reportedly Suspended for Racing the Chopper

jim-gardner-suspensionThe Lost Ogle reports, KWTV helicopter pilot Jim Gardner has been suspended from the station for racing the station chopper against a microjet that makes appearances at air shows across the country.

The details regarding the incident are a bit murky, but apparently it involved the futuristic George Jetson plane that Jim posted a pic of on July 27. I guess a video recently surfaced that showed Jim racing the plane in Sky News 9. The video has since been pulled, but I was able to obtain the following pixellated screenshot (right) of the clip via the Ogle Mole Network:

The July 27 photo referred to by The Lost Ogle can be seen after the jump, along with a publicity photo the station posted to its facebook page in May.

A spokesperson for the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate told TVSpy they don’t comment on personnel matters. Read more

Mireya Garcia Joins KOKH

garcia kokhMireya Garcia has joined Oklahoma City FOX affiliate KOKH as an investigative reporter.

Garcia worked KRDO in Colorado Springs as an anchor and reporter from 2009 until 2013. Most recently, she was working as a freelance travel reporter.

She told TVSpy she started at KOKH last Monday.

Cassie Heiter Joins KWTV as Sixth Meteorologist

heiter kwtvMeteorologist Cassie Heiter has joined Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV.

“Please welcome our newest member of the News 9 Weather Team, Cassie Heiter (Meteorologist)!” KWTV meteorologist Lacey Swope wrote on her facebook page, “You might have caught a glimpse of her during our coverage yesterday. I promise she has a face, and you will get to meet her very shortly. We are so excited to add her to our team. She is filling the role of evening Weather Producer and on-air fill-in.”

Heiter comes to KWTV from WQAD in the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa, where she had worked since 2009. She will be the sixth meteorologist on staff at the station.

Earthquake Rattles Studio, Anchors Dance in Celebration

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An earthquake rattled central Oklahoma Tuesday morning, shaking the studio at KAUT, an independent station in Oklahoma City. Emily Sutton and Lacey Lett were on the air and reacted with delight–and dancing.

US Geological Survey measured the quake at 4.2. There were reports of minor damage across the state, but the lasting legacy may be this priceless piece of video:

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