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Reporter Brandon Richard Leaves Tulsa’s KJRH for Kansas City

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 10.02.01 AMBrandon Richard, reporter at Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH, has left the station. He’s headed to Kansas City to report for CBS affiliate KCTV.

Richard, a native Oklahoman who’d been with KJRH for two years, said farewell via Twitter after his final story in Tulsa Friday:

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Anchor Justin Wilfon Says Farewell to KJRH

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 9.43.52 AMKJRH anchor Justin Wilfon bid farewell to viewers at Tulsa’s NBC affiliate, ending nine years with the station. “I’ll miss all my co-workers and Tulsa, he said. “My nine years here really have been the best years of my life.”

The station aired a retrospective package and had an on-set farewell, letting viewers know he’s leaving the station, but staying with the company:

Justin, who’s been with 2NEWS since 2008, is heading north to our sister station in Kansas City where he will host a new program, The NOW KC.

Beginning in September, viewers can see Justin weekdays at 4 p.m. on 41 Action News and KSHB.com.

KTUL Anchor Yvonne Lewis Retiring from TV News

YvonneYvonne Lewis, a weekend anchor and reporter for Tulsa’s KTUL, has decided to leave the world of TV news. According to an article in Tulsa World, the newswoman doesn’t know what she’s going to do next.

“I’m like a blank canvas. I have surrendered to God and am allowing Him to complete His masterpiece,” Lewis said. “I will say this is definitely a faith walk.”

Lewis had been at the ABC affiliate for 28 years. Her last on-air appearance will be sometime in September. A replacement has yet to be announced.

Woman Charged in Death of KJRH Photographer


More than eight months after 24-year-old KJRH photographer and editor Cameron Michael Hood died in a car accident, a Collinsville, OK, woman has been charged in his death.

According to Tulsa World, Hood was on his way to a college class December 5 when, Owaso police say, Shea Lynn McClain ran a stop sign and hit Hood’s car. Hood died at the scene.

McLain has been charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and child neglect

McClain reportedly had a child in the SUV at the time, court records state.

Shortly after Hood died, KJRH Chief Photographer Phill Willette said the journalist “carried himself professionally, and, more importantly, he possessed an empathy and sensitivity for the people he was covering. … That’s a trait you can’t teach anyone, and he was wise beyond his years for having that gift.” Read more

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

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.

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