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Earthquake Hits During Oklahoma City Morning Newscast

A series of earthquakes at 5:31, 5:47 and 6:25 a.m. hit the Oklahoma City area this morning.

The largest hit at 5:47 a.m. and was 4.2 on the Richter scale. Reactions among the local stations were pretty consistent, an initial reaction followed by a guess of the earthquake’s magnitude.

“Whoa! Oh my Gosh! I’m so sorry,” said KOCO meteorologist Danielle Dozier during the 5:47 a.m. shaker. “This is live on air.” Dozier then waited for the rumbling to stop before saying,  “That was way bigger than what we felt earlier.” Dozier rightly predicted that earthquake was over 4.0.

FOX affiliate KOKH had the most restrained reaction. Chief meteorologist Jeff George was at the tail end of his forecast when the quake hit and said nothing. Anchor Leslie Draffin told viewers the station just felt what she called a huge earthquake and promised to give more info before tossing to break.

CBS affiliate KWTV was coming back from a video and tossing to meteorologist Lacey Swope who yelled “Earthquake!” when it hit.  Stan Miller and Tammy Payne talked about anchors making it on YouTube with their earthquake reactions and suggested Swope take a deep breath after she ducked down and told viewers her heart was racing.

KFOR, the NBC affiliate was showing forecast maps when the temblor hit. “Oh snap!” said meteorologist Emily Sutton. “That’s a big one.” Sutton also commented that the clanking of the lights was the thing she noticed most. Sutton and anchor Kent Ogle high fived after revealing they had both correctly guessed a previous earthquakes magnitude.

KFOR Celebrates 65th Anniversary

This week marks the 65th anniversary of Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR. The station signed on June 6, 1949, as WKY-TV, the first television station in Oklahoma.

In celebration of the anniversary, the station has assembled a comprehensive multimedia look at its history, including a video about the station’s transition to color in 1954:

Michael Konopasek Set to Join KING

michael konopasekAfter three years at KWTV in Oklahoma City, Michael Konopasek will join KING in Seattle as a general assignment reporter. He begins in his new role July 7.

“I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work for such a great company in a competitive and exciting television market. Thanks to [KWTV director of content] Todd Spessard for making all of that possible,” Konopasek wrote in a note to KWTV staff. “I’ve met so many wonderful people here over the past three years. It truly is a special place.”

Before KWTV, Konopasek worked at WPTA and WISE in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

KSWO Meteorologist ‘Called Up to the Big Leagues’

Meteorologist Justin Rudicel will be joining Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV.

A KWTV spokesperson confirmed Rudicel will join the station in mid-April.

Rudicel comes to KWTV from KSWO in Lawton, OK, where he’s worked for nearly six years. He is currently chief meteorologist.

‘Cosmos’ Evolution Segment Covered by News Promo on Oklahoma City Station

Oklahoma City FOX affiliate KOKH cut away from a portion of the Neil deGrasse Tyson show “Cosmos” talking about evolution.

Tyson began his intro to the segment on Sunday night’s show saying, “We are newcomers to the cosmos. Our own story only begins on the last night of the cosmic year. It’s 9:45 on New Year’s Eve” when a news promo popped up.

The Wrap reported viewers missed Tyson saying,”Three and a half million years ago, our ancestors — your and mine left these traces,” Tyson said, pointing to footprints. “We stood up and parted ways from them. Once we were standing on two feet, our eyes were no longer fixated on the ground. Now, we were free to look up and wonder.”

After a “Cosmos” fan uploaded video on YouTube and pointed out the awkward edit, KOKH Fox 25 released a statement on Twitter, disputing any nefarious intentions.”Sunday, during@COSMOSonTV, a local news promo was aired over a portion of COSMOS content. This was an operator error & we regret the error,” KOKH tweeted Wednesday.

You can watch the different versions after the jump.

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Priscilla Luong Leaving KOKH

Priscilla Luong has confirmed with TVSpy she is leaving Oklahoma City FOX affiliate KOKH.

She told us she’ll say where she’s heading on Thursday, her last day at the station.

Before Luong started at KOKH in April 2011, she was the weekend anchor at KTAB in Abilene, TX.

Terre’ Gables Says She’s Leaving KOKH

gables_kokh_croppedTerre’ Gables has announced she is leaving Oklahoma City FOX affiliate KOKH.

“I want YOU all to know that Friday Feb 21st, 2014 will be my last “morning broadcast” with the Fox 25 Morning Show. Thank YOU each for voting US…” Gables wrote on her facebook page. “I want to thank Sinclair and it’s leaders who have allowed me to have a AMAZING journey on Fox 25. Thank you for a “SPLENDID” finish from a AWESOME BEGINNING! ‪#‎BAM‬

Before joining KOKH in November 2005, Gables practiced tribal law in Phoenix, AZ.

Leslie Draffin Joins KOKH in Oklahoma City

leslie draffinLeslie Draffin has joined KOKH, the Fox affiliate in Oklahoma City, as the morning anchor.

Draffin comes to Oklahoma City from Shreveport, La., where she was the morning anchor and military reporter for NBC affiliate KTAL since 2011. Draffin’s husband served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Draffin, who began her career in Beckley, W.V., will begin in hew new role on January 6.

OKC Sports Anchor Tweets Apology for ‘Insensitive’ Remark

Dean Blevins, sports director for Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV, tweeted out an apology Wednesday for his Monday tweet and delete that said he’d be happier if gas station attendants learned to speak English.

In the tweet captured by media blog “The Lost Ogle” Blevins wrote, ““Happy we are the melting pot. Will be happier …if ppl who pour into our pot & sell me fuel & Milk Duds find time to learn our language.”

KWTV Sports Anchor Deletes Tweet About Gas Station Workers Who Don’t Speak English

blevins_croppedDean Blevins, sports director for Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV, is being accused of airing his thoughts about non-English speaking gas station attendants on Twitter, then deleting the tweet.

The tweet, captured by media blog The Lost Ogle said, “Happy we are the melting pot. Will be happier …if ppl who pour into our pot & sell me fuel & Milk Duds find time to learn our language.”

The response to the deleted tweet was not kind to Blevins, ranging from “How many languages have you found the time to learn” to “Where does 1 learn to speak asshole?

Griffin Communications, parent company of KWTV, told TVSpy, “Griffin Communications actively promotes and encourages diversity in our community and our business and does not agree with nor condone Dean’s comments. Griffin deleted the tweet in accordance with our strict social media policy which includes monitoring both station and talent social media accounts on a daily basis.” Read more

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