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KOKI Reporter Deletes Crown-Wearing Selfie Taken After Burger King Robbery Story

Salley Crown Shot

KOKI reporter Farron Salley was covering a robbery at a local Burger King this morning. Afterwards, the reporter for the Tulsa FOX affiliate tweeted out a link to an instagram photo showing her wearing a Burger King crown with the caption “Robbery at Burger King… Employees wouldn’t talk on camera but they gave me a crown. #NotMyWay”

The tweet and photo have since been removed, but TVSpy got a screen shot of both. You can see a screen grab of the tweet after the jump.

KOKI news director Suzanne Nadell told TVSpy it was a personnel matter and declined to comment. Read more

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Morning Anchor Deana Silk Leaving KJRH

deana silkDeana Silk is set to sign off from KJRH, the NBC affiliate in Tulsa, in August. Silk has worked at the station since January 2005 and has most recently anchored the morning newscast.

“The past 10 years have been exciting, challenging… a dream come true! I have met so many wonderful people and have made lifelong friends. I will miss the crazy news business but I’m excited for a new challenge and new adventure with my family,” Silk wrote on Facebook.

Silk said her husband has accepted at job in Oklahoma City, and she is looking for a job and planning “to spend some extra time with my little one.”

KOTV Upgrades Station Helicopter to HD

Tulsa CBS affiliate KOTV has added an HD camera to its news chopper.

Osage SkyNews6 is the only station owned news helicopter patrolling the skies of Tulsa. Now, the station said it can better “follow a car chase suspect on foot,” “pick up papers on the ground,” and help track storms in greater detail as they roll in.

KTUL Meteorologist Spins New Rhyme with ‘Ode to Spring’

KTUL morning meteorologist Andrew Kozak busted out the rhymes again, this time for Spring.

You may remember Kozak’s last dance into doggerelville on the Tulsa ABC affiliate. He re-worked “Twas the Night before Christmas” for a forecast.

Ahem, “So watch the video and laugh or maybe just cry, because springtime is here even on TVSpy.”

Tulsa Meteorologist Reworks Classic Holiday Poem for Forecast


Tulsa’s Andrew Kozak got into the holiday spirit by reciting his version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” for his morning forecast.

The meteorologist for ABC affiliate KTUL started with a rhyming look back at the year that was, then transitioned the doggerel poem to the local forecast that included the line, “But no big storms are brewing, so there’s no need to cower. On Sunday just a 20 percent chance of a shower.”

Frank Wiley Named Morning Anchor at WGCL

frank wileyFrank Wiley is joining WGCL, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta, as morning anchor. He will begin at the station in mid-January.

“I am very happy that after ten months and multiple interviews, CBS Atlanta has found the right morning anchor,” news director Lane Michaelsen said in a statement. “Frank’s skills and personality make him the perfect fit for CBS Atlanta 4:30-7am.”

Wiley comes from Tulsa, where he was the weekend evening anchor at Fox affiliate KOKI. Before that, he worked at KSDK in St. Louis, KFSM in Fayetteville, Ark. and KSWO in Lawton, Okla.

Wiley replaces Brandon Rudat, who left WGCL earlier this year.

KJRH Photographer Killed in Car Accident

Cameron Hood, a photographer and editor for Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH, was killed in a car accident Thursday afternoon.

Cameron was a great young man who had a passion for shooting,” KJRH chief photographer Phil Willette wrote in an email to station staffers. “…As his shift consisted mostly of recording events that don’t usually find people at their best, Cameron carried himself professionally  and more importantly, he possessed an empathy and sensitivity for the people he was covering. I liked that about him. Here was a guy who would treat everyone with respect at some pretty hairy times. That’s a trait you can’t teach anyone and he was wise beyond his years for having that gift.”

Watch the station’s tribute to Hood above.

Two Investigative Reporters Leaving KJRH

lowry_knutson_kjrhPete Knutson and Michele Lowry are leaving Scripps’ Tulsa NBC station KJRH.

The two work on the station’s investigative franchise “Problem Solvers”

KJRH news director Susan D’Astoli told TVSpy, Knutson is taking a job in academia which will allow him more time to coach his son, who D’Astoli said is quite an athlete. “We hate to lose him,” said D’Astoli. “But we fully support his desire to be with family. Pete’s last day is actually today.”

Lowry will be with KJRH until the end of December. “She too has decided her priority is family, and being there for school, after school and extra-curricular activities,” said D’Astoli. “Again, we hate to lose Michele, but support her desire to be there for her children. ” Read more

Griffin Communications Lets Ben Franklin say ‘Thank You’ to Employees

griffin_cashGriffin Communications, owners of Tulsa CBS and CW affiliates KOTV and KQCW as well as Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV told their employees ‘thank you’ by giving out some cold hard cash.

“Today our company, Griffin Communications, decided to give every employee $500,” KOTV content director Ed Trauschke wrote on his facebook page, “A day at the office doesn’t get any better than that!”

Houston Hunt, Griffin’s VP of marketing, told TVSpy,”David, Kirsten and John Griffin presented each Griffin Communications employee with $500 cash (net) yesterday as a thank you for their hard work, dedication and passion over the last five years and to celebrate where the company is at this moment – doing very, very well.”

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Meteorologist Dan Threlkeld Says He Was Forced to Exit KJRH Early

With two days left to go until his last day at KJRH, chief meteorologist Dan Threlkeld says he was escorted out of the building at the Tulsa NBC affiliate Wednesday. He writes on Facebook:

Turns out I will get no “goodbye” on television. Management escorted me to the door this afternoon and said I was done there. I’m not making this up. So this is it … Thank you for allowing me to be in your homes. From the ice storm, to all those road shows, the weather specials, all those Weather Myths stories, the hundreds of school weather talks, countless hours spent in the weather center late at night while my wife worried about me, it was an honor to serve as Chief Meteorologist at KJRH.

KJRH general manager Donna Wilson declined TVSpy’s request for comment, saying she cannot “discuss any employee personnel issues publicly.”

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