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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.”

Meteorologist Brett Anthony Set to Join KJRH

Meteorologist Brett Anthony will join Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH next month, general manager Donna Wilson confirms to TVSpy.

It is a move within Scripps for Anthony, who has worked as the morning and midday meteorologist at KSHB, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City, since 2002. According to his bio, he has also worked at stations in Joplin, Springfield, Cape Girardeau and Cleveland.

Wilson called Anthony a “knowledgeable, professional and really, really great guy” who will bring “depth and expertise to weather coverage here in Tulsa.”

KOKI to Add 6:00 p.m. News in September

Tulsa FOX affiliate KOKI is adding a 6:00 p.m. newscast to its lineup beginning in September.

KOKI news director Suzanne Nadell told TVSpy, “We’re excited to offer another half hour of local news and weather to the Tulsa community. We’ll be the only Tulsa station to offer 90 minutes of local news in the early evening.”

The newscast will be anchored by the 5:00, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. news anchors, Clay Loney and Shae Rozzi.

KJRH Swaps Marla Carter for Max Resnick as Weekend Anchor

KJRH has announced Max Resnick (pictured left) will replace Marla Carter (pictured right) as weekend anchor for the Tulsa NBC affiliate.

Resnick joins meteorologist Brittany Rainey one week from Saturday on July 27. Carter will return to the station’s investigative unit as the lead the investigator.

“Max is an excellent multimedia journalist and this will serve him well when combined with his previous anchoring experience to bring a fresh perspective to his new role,” said KJRH news director Susan D’Astoli.  “This move allows Marla Carter to devote herself full time to her role of investigative reporter and, along with the 2NEWS Investigators, will work for our community to uncover government waste, wrongdoing and fraud.”

Resnick started his career at WPTA-WISE in Fort Wayne, IN, before moving to KJRH in December 2012. Carter began her career with KJRH as an investigative reporter in March 2007.

Dick Faurot Marks 20 Years with KOTV

Dick Faurot, meteorologist for Tulsa’s CBS affiliate KOTV and CW affiliate KQCW, just celebrated 20 years with KOTV.

On last night’s KQCW 9:00pm news, anchors Jennifer Loren and Chera Kimiko were joined by lead anchors Scott Thompson and Terry Hood along with chief meteorologist Travis Meyer who presented Faurot with a German Chocolate Cake inscribed with the words, “20 Years, Our Big Catch.”

Earlier in the show, the anchors rolled a clip reel of some memorable moments. “A lot of fishing and forecasting,” said Loren after the clip aired. “The things I have done for this TV station,” said Faurot. “I didn’t know your face could turn red under all the makeup,” added Kimiko.

“I’m blessed and humbled by all those comments and for getting the opportunity to work with a great number of people, including you folks over the years,” said Faurot who started at KOTV in 1993.

Tony Russell Set to Join Tulsa’s KOTV

A Griffin Communications spokesperson has confirmed Tony Russell will join Griffin owned Tulsa CBS affiliate KOTV as a reporter.

Currently, Russell is a multimedia journalist for KHBS-KHOG, the ABC and CW affiliates for Fort Smith-Fayetteville, AR.

Russel has worked at KHBS since March 2011. No date has been set for the move.

Local Channels Cover Midwest Tornadoes for Cable Networks

When multiple tornadoes tore through central Oklahoma and Wichita, KS, Sunday, MSNBC, CNN and FOX News went with the local stations in the area to show viewers what was happening.

Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR provided views for both CNN and MSNBC. KFOR meteorologist Mike Morgan was in the studio coordinating between the KFOR helicopter and crews on the ground to warn viewers of approaching twisters.

Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO was also used as a resource by CNN. The cable network switched between shots of meteorologist Brad Sowder at the weather map and the KFOR feed to flesh out the developing story. At one point early on, CNN went to Wichita CBS affiliate KWCH for an update on the tornado warnings in effect in the Wichita area.

Tulsa and Oklahoma City CBS affiliates KOTV-KWTV were used by FOX News in their reporting.  FOX stuck with anchor Gregg Jarrett in the studio with meteorologist Janice Dean while taking live phone interviews with witnesses on scene.

Dan Threlkeld Set to Leave KJRH

Dan Threlkeld, chief meteorologist for Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH will be leaving the station when his contract ends.

Threlkeld, who was born and raised in Oklahoma, told TVSpy his contract is up on August 30th, but he has no plans to move out of the area, “I plan on staying in tornado alley, as a meteorologist there is no other place to be.”

Before coming to KJRH, he worked at KFOR in Oklahoma City for 17 years.

 

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