“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.
“I’m exploring other opportunities right now,” Irzyk told The Oklahoman in an email.
England will focus on “severe storm mitigation, technology innovation, and audience relations” as he transitions to vice president for corporate relations and weather development. His daily on-air forecasts at the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate will end August 30.
“I’ve been blessed to be able to do something that I love for over 40 years and have always enjoyed the challenge of change,” England said in a statement. “All of this represents a new, fresh and bold approach on my road of life and business. I am therefore very enthusiastic about the future.”
England joined KWTV in 1972. He will continue to appear on the station in his new role as in a series of reports called “Gary’s I’ll Keep You Advised,” focusing on long-term weather patterns and events.
“Gary England is an icon. The impact that he has had on Oklahoma and the field of meteorology is unparalleled,” Griffin Communications chairman and CEO David Griffin said in a statement. “His dedication and passion for weather has revolutionized severe weather systems and coverage not only in Oklahoma but throughout the world. When you see television weather across America, you are seeing the results of Gary’s work.”
Video of England talking about his promotion is after the jump. Read more
A man fired a shot at the KWTV helicopter during a police standoff Friday, the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate reports. Jim Gardner, the pilot for KWTV’s chopper, was covering ongoing negotiations between the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office and Troy Shackelford, who was feared to be suicidal:
Authorities set up their command center at the Hilltop Baptist Church. After a few hours of negotiations, authorities were able to bring the situation to a safe conclusion.
On Monday, the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office reported that Shackelford actually fired a shot at our chopper. No one was hurt.
The Sheriff’s office will pursue federal charges against Shackelford, according to KWTV.
Some viewers of Oklahoma City FOX affiliate KOKH missed nearly an hour of last night’s MLB All-Star Game broadcast because of a power outage brought on by a thunderstorm.
The station posted the news to its facebook page, “Right now it appears we are transmitting but we have no power here at the station. We are sorry if this has interrupted your viewing of the All-Star Game. We are told some are seeing it and other are not. We are working on the power issue so if you are missing the game, we apologize.”
According to broadcast monitoring site TVEyes, the station was knocked off the air shortly after 9:09 pm right after the end of the sixth inning. KOKH was without a signal until 10:15 pm when the station re-joined the All-Star Game in the ninth inning after a few stops and starts.
On the newscast following the All-Star Game, KOKH anchor Jaime Ceretta told viewers thousands of Oklahoma Gas & Electric customers were left without power after a storm hit the area. KOKH said at one point 15,000 homes were without power.
TVSpy has contacted the station for more details but hasn’t heard back. We will update when we do.
“We are very sad to say that we have lost an important member of our Newschannel 4 family,” said Kevin Ogle, anchor for the Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR. “You may not immediately recognize his name but his imprint was all over the shows you enjoyed on Newschannel 4 over the years,” added anchor Meg Alexander.
Thrash started at WKY (now KFOR) in 1971 eventually becoming the station’s program and station manager. He is credited with launching shows such as “The Stars and Stripes Show,” “Danny’s Day,” and “The Butch and Ben McCain Show.”
In 2010, Thrash received the Gold Circle Emmy Award from the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, making him the second Oklahoman to have received the award. In 2009, the William C. Thrash Television Studio was opened on the campus of East Central University in Ada, OK.
“The opportunity to lead a group as talented as the KOCO newsroom is a dream come true,” Gaylord said in a statement. “I’m excited to be part of such a top-notch team, in such a dynamic city.”
Gaylord comes from KOAT, the ABC affiliate in Albuquerque, where she has been assistant news director for the past four years.
“Rebecca’s track record of success speaks for itself,” KOCO president and general manager Brent Hensley said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that she is joining our team and will bring all of those positive experiences to our newsroom as we work to serve the viewers in Oklahoma.”
“Bridget has been a standout performer in our sales department since the day she arrived,” KOCO president and general manager Brent Hensley said in a statement. “Her leadership by example and drive to succeed will be a real asset to the station and department in her new role.”
Young joined the station as an account executive in 2005. She has a five-time recipient of the Hearst Eagle Award for sales excellence.
“I am very excited to serve as Local Sales Manager at KOCO. My passion is the sales process, working with our clients and our team,” Gross said in a statement. “The best reward is creating solutions that provide results for our clients. I’m thrilled for this opportunity and look forward to the future success of KOCO.”
Gross joined the station in 2003 as sales marketing manager and digital sales manager. She has previously worked in Washington, D.C. as a fundraiser and aide to former U.S. Senator Don Nickles (R-OK).
The Oklahoman has published a story that suggests KFOR meteorologist Mike Morgan was to blame for the deaths of five Oklahoma City family members after they followed his advice about escaping an oncoming tornado.
Virginia Shrum said her brother talked about how he had hidden down in the tunnel from a tornado three years before. The survivors said they were swayed to flee the apartment by warnings from Mike Morgan, KFOR-TV chief meteorologist.
The article said 11 people hid in a long drainage tunnel behind the family’s apartment to escape the oncoming twister. They were swept from the tunnel by a flash flood.
At least 10 of the group ended up in the Oklahoma River. Killed were two of Virginia Shrum’s daughters, Destiny Love Shrum, 4, and Terra Shrum, 3; her brother, Timothy Shrum, 21; and her adopted mother’s two children, Cory Don Johnson Jr., 3, and Alexis Johnson, 5 months.
Nolan Clay, who wrote the article for The Oklahoman told TVSpy the families repeatedly blamed Morgan for what happened during the interview. He said he didn’t think he could ignore it. Clay used parts of a statement issued by KFOR in his article. Read more