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KFOR’s Mike Morgan to Receive Award for Keeping Oklahomans Safe in Tornadoes

PrintA few months after being blamed for putting Oklahoma City viewers in danger during a series of tornadoes that hit the state, Mike Morgan will be one of three Oklahoma City meteorologists slated to receive the Lee Allen Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award “for his tireless efforts to keep others safe and informed during the May tornadoes.”

Joining the meteorologist for the local NBC affiliate KFOR will be Gary England, former chief meteorologist for CBS affiliate KWTV, and Damon Lane, meteorologist for ABC affiliate KOCO.

“These exceptional weathermen were three of the many heroes who emerged as the deadly tornadoes battered our state in May,” OC president John deSteiguer said in a statement. “Their expertise, instincts and professionalism saved countless lives. Their invaluable service under pressure embodies the spirit of Oklahoma.” Read more

Meteorologist Aaron Brackett Joins KFOR

aaron brackett kforMeteorologist Aaron Brackett has joined KFOR, the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City. He comes from Tucson ABC affiliate KGUN.

“In Tucson this past May, I watched what was happening here and afterwards I knew I wanted to come and work here. I want to use my skills, everything I’ve learned to help save lives,” Brackett said in a statement. “Between college and now I have covered approximately 26,000 miles storm chasing and am ready to help 4Warn Oklahomans when the weather turns severe.”

Brackett has previously worked as a meteorologist at WREX, the NBC affiliate in his hometown of Rockford, Ill.

KWTV Graphic Gives Woman Busted for DUI Happy Ending

An Oklahoma County Clerk had quite the night if you were to believe everything Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV wrote about her in a graphic.

Anchor Kelly Ogle told viewers during last night’s 10:00 p.m. news elected official Carolyn Caudill had “bonded out of jail” after being arrested for DUI, but the graphic told a different story.

After seeing the graphic on twitter, one user quipped, “I guess that’s what the smile is for.”

Sportscaster Abigail Ogle Joins KOCO

Abigail Ogle has joined KOCO, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City, as a sports anchor and reporter.

Ogle was most recently at KSBI, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in Oklahoma City, where she hosted a daily half-hour sports program.

“Abigail will deliver sports from a fresh perspective,” KOCO news director Rebecca Gaylord said in a statement. “Finding and reporting stories that go beyond just scores and highlights is her specialty.”

Ogle is the daughter of Kevin Ogle, the primary anchor at rival KFOR.

Michelle Apon Says Goodbye to KOKH

Weekend weather anchor and social media reporter Michelle Apon said goodbye to Oklahoma City FOX affiliate KOKH this morning.

Though the station made no mention of her departure on air, she told viewers on her facebook page, “It’s my last day at KOKH FOX 25 News, Oklahoma. Tune in, friends!”

Apon started her career at WGXA in Macon, GA, in 2008. TVSpy reached out to Apon to find out where she’s headed, but has not heard back. We will update when we do.

Lacie Lowry to Anchor for KWTV

Lacie Lowry will move from anchoring weekends at Griffin Communications’ Tulsa, OK, CBS affiliate KOTV to anchoring weekdays at Griffin’s Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV.

She told TVSpy she’s excited to join KWTV as the 4:00 p.m. anchor in mid-September.

Lowry started at KOTV as a reporter in July 2010 and was named weekend anchor in September 2012. She started her career at KTXS in Abilene, TX, and has worked at KGBT in Harlingen, TX.

[Tulsa News Today]

KOCO Names Bryan Keating Sports Director

Bryan Keating has been named sports director for Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO.

Keating announced the news on his twitter feed, “Just signed a contract to be the Sports Director for KOCO in OKC. Couldn’t have imagined this day when I just a kid growing up in Edmond.”

Keating has been at KOCO since 2012. He replaces former sports director Bob Irzyk, who recently left the station. Before coming to KOCO, Keating was the sports director at KTXS in Abilene, TX..

Former KOCO Sports Director Jerry Park Remembered

Jerry Park, former sports director for Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO, died Monday. He was 76.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, who worked with Park at KOCO for more than 20 years, told The Oklahoman about a Cotton Bowl pregame show when Park was told producers had mistimed the show and he had to fill four minutes. “I remember thinking how calm and collected he was when they told him he had four minutes,” said Cornett. “I adopted a quote, ‘Nobody says nothing better than Jerry.’ He talked for four minutes about absolutely nothing, but you wouldn’t necessarily would have picked up on it.”

Park worked at KOCO from 1974 until his retirement in 1999. He started his career in broadcasting in Forth Worth, TX, in 1956 as a disc jockey. He also worked in television in Lubbock, TX, and Dallas.

Talking about a heart attack he suffered in 1993, Park himself is quoted by The Oklahoman giving some insight into how he looked at the world.

“After the heart attack, those things that were seemingly important to me, were no longer important at all — like being in front of a TV camera,” Park said. “The values of my family and the ones I care about were more important.”

KOKH Anchor Wendy Suares Diagnosed With Skin Cancer

KOKH anchor Wendy Suares has been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a non-deadly form of skin cancer, she announced this week on the Oklahoma City Fox affiliate’s morning newscast (video above).

“As journalists, we’re taught not to make ourselves the story, but I wanted to share my experience to bring awareness, taking you from diagnosis to treatment,” she said. Suares, who anchors the morning newscast, is undergoing surgery today.

Sports Director Bob Irzyk Leaving KOCO

Sports director Bob Irzyk is leaving KOCO after three years with the Oklahoma City ABC affiliate, The Oklahoman reports.

Irzyk, who appears on the station’s weekday evening newscasts, officially signs off today. Before joining KOCO, he worked at WFLD in Chicago, WFTS in Tampa and KDAF in Dallas.

“I’m exploring other opportunities right now,” Irzyk told The Oklahoman in an email.

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