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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

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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:

KFOR Plans to Build New Digital Facility

KFOR BLDG announceOklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR has announced plans to build a “new, state-of-the-art weather, news and digital information center.”

The Tribune owned station said it expects to break ground on the new facility, which is still in the planning stages, in January.

In a statement, KFOR president and GM Wes Milbourn said “This is a direct response to the new demands of our viewers and online readers. Our goal is to design the new KFOR-TV/KAUT-TV  headquarters with an eye to the future.”

The station said the next step is for architects and and surveyors to check out the building’s 10-acre site.

KOCO Reporter Earns Commission in Army National Guard

KOCO HughesRob Hughes, reporter for Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO, graduated from the Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School over the weekend.

KOCO reports, Hughes, who is now a second lieutenant, is one of 16 of 60 soldiers who started the program a year and a half ago.

“I’m going to try and go as long as I can in the military. I have a few idols in television broadcasting who’ve served 20-plus year careers in the reserves,” Hughes said. “There’s a long road ahead because this is just kind of like graduating, say, undergraduate in college.” Read more

KWTV to Retire Historic Broadcast Tower; Once Billed as World’s Tallest

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An Oklahoma City broadcast tower that once was billed as the tallest man-made structure in the world is now destined for recycling. A “towering piece of broadcast and Oklahoma history” said KWTV anchor Kelly Ogle, who climbed the tower for a farewell story–and to tell the unique history of the structure, which among other things led to the station’s choice of call letters:

The tower stands at more than 1,572 feet tall, around 300 feet higher than the Empire State Building, making it at one time the world’s tallest manmade structure. So tall In fact, (station owner John) Griffin decided against the call letters KOMA and instead chose KWTV, standing for “world’s tallest video”.

By the fall of 1954, we reached the widest coverage of any station in the southwest with the view from the top reaching a 60-mile horizon.

“It was real big deal,” (former station general manager Jack) DeLier said. “We had a grand dedication, Johnny Carson was the master of ceremonies, and Vera Ellen who was a film actress and dancer at that time, climbed up on the elevator to the 1,300 foot level and danced on the platform.”

The station no longer uses the tower, and so the massive piece of Oklahoma history will soon be brought down, piece by piece, and sent off for recycling.

What Did They Cover in Oklahoma City Last Night?

Today we look at Oklahoma City where Sinclair (KOKH), Hearst (KOCO), Tribune (KFOR) and Griffin Communications (KWTV) own the four major stations.

The story choice was diverse with only a car crash at rush hour and a meth bust by a rookie sheriff’s deputy being the only stories that were repeated in any newscast.

The only question we have for Oklahoma City is, “How many Ogles are there anyway?”

Oklahoma Station Apologizes for Cutting Rapper from Morning Show

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Oklahoma City station KSBI has apologized to performer Jabee Williams after he was asked to leave instead of appearing on the station’s morning show, “Oklahoma Live!” Williams told NewsOK he was invited to appear on the show Monday morning, but the show’s executive producer told him “Hi Jabee. There’s been an oversight, and I need you to leave.”

We all thought he was joking. We asked if he was serious and he said “if you need help, we can help you load your stuff.” Jabee asked if they were expecting a country act, and he said ‘honestly, yes. Upon seeing you, we realized there was an oversight.’

When we asked what exactly the oversight was, he said he had not realized Jabee was not a country act. He said the station is moving in a new direction and could not have him on the show.

Williams says it was “a blatant form of discrimination.”

Station president Vince Orza apologized in a statement Monday to The Oklahoman:

“Jabee should have been allowed to perform. He is a professional, who showed up on time, ready to entertain our audience as he has in the past,” Orza said in a statement. “I wanted him to hear directly from me that he is welcome to perform on ‘Oklahoma Live!’ and KSBI. I apologized to him, and he very graciously thanked me for calling.”

Meteorologist Jon Slater Says He’s Leaving KOKH

slater croppedKOKH meteorologist Jon Slater has announced he is leaving the Oklahoma City FOX affiliate.

“I’ll be leaving FOX 25 at the end of this month,” Slater wrote on his facebook page. “I won’t forget the wonderful people I’ve met and the places I’ve been in 27 years as a broadcast meteorologist. Here’s to the future….”

Slater has been worked at KOKH since June 2008. Throughout his career he’s worked at KOKI, KTUL, and KJRH in Tulsa, KSHB in Kansas City, MO, and KOCO in Oklahoma City.

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