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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.”

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.

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