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Cox Media Picks General Manager and News Director for Tulsa Stations

Cox Media Group has named Greg Bilte as general manager and Suzanne Nadell as news director for its Tulsa FOX affiliate KOKI and MyNetworkTV station KMYT.

“We are thrilled that we can tap such phenomenal internal talent for these important leadership positions at our newest TV brands,” said CMG’s executive vice president of broadcast Bill Hoffman.  “Greg and Suzanne will play pivotal roles in leading the professionals at KOKI-TV and KMYT-TV to continue informing, inspiring, entertaining and improving the Tulsa community.”

Bilte comes from CMG’s San Francisco Bay Area station KTVU where he was the director of sales for KTVU, KICU and KTVU.com. He has also worked at KXLY in Spokane, WA, TeleRep and KTTV in Los Angeles. Read more

Chera Kimiko Jumps From KOKI to KQCW

Tulsa TV Stations is reporting, Chera Kimiko is set join KQCW as co-anchor for the station’s 9:00 p.m news.

Kimiko, who will join the Tulsa CW affiliate in April when the 9:00 p.m. news expands to an hour, had her last newscast for Tulsa’s FOX affiliate KOKI on Friday. Her bio has since been removed from KOKI’s website.

She has previously worked at KVBC in Las Vegas, NV, KCOY in Santa Maria, CA and KTVK in Phoenix, AZ.

Local Meteorologists to Guess What America Thinks for Charity

Four meteorologists from local TV stations around the country will get the chance to raise up to $50,000 for charity by guessing what America thinks.

Amber Sullins, chief meteorologist for Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV, Mark Johnson, chief meteorologist for Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS, George Flickinger, meteorologist for Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH and Gary Lezak, chief meteorologist for Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB will duke it out on TV game show “Let’s Ask America” next Thursday, January 31.

“Let’s Ask America” is a televised game show with four contestants playing over Skype.  The contestants must predict how Americans answered questions like, “What did commuters say is the most difficult type of weather to drive in?” The show is produced by Scripps and Warner Bros. Telepictures and airs as a replacement for Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy in some markets. Read more

KOTV Moves to New Broadcasting Facility

After 64 years in the same building, CBS affiliate KOTV has moved into a new broadcasting facility in Tulsa.

Scott Thompson and Terry Hood anchored the final newscast in the old studios on South Frankfort Avenue Friday night (video above). “As we move to a new building, for a new era, we may look a little snazzier, and we’ll have more room to do our jobs, but it will still be us,” Hood said.

KOTV Prepares for New Building and HD News

Tulsa’s CBS affiliate, KOTV, will be moving into its long-awaited state-of-the-art facility and broadcasting its news in High Definition for the first time on Saturday.

The new 56,000 square foot space offers a look at what future station design might look like and also gives a lift to a section of Tulsa that is being revitalized. David Griffin, president and chief executive officer of Griffin Communications told TVSpy he’s excited about the move.  “Our staff and the city of Tulsa are the winners.”

The facility features geothermal heating and cooling and LED lighting to make it easy on the environment and also houses the Tulsa CW affiliate KQCW. Read more

KTUL Meteorologist Draws Weather Maps After Graphics Malfunction

A graphics malfunction at Tulsa ABC affiliate KTUL forced meteorologist Andrew Kozak to get creative with his weather forecast Monday (video above).

Kozak did the entire weather report with hand-drawn graphics, including maps, headlines and a “radar.” The graphics were up and running again for the second half of the morning newscast.

Havonnah Johnson Joins KOTV From KWTV

After more than a year at KWTV in Oklahoma City, Havonnah Johnson is joining KOTV in Tulsa.

“Don’t panic when you see the 9 upside down,” Johnson wrote on Facebook. “I’m moving to our sister station KOTV News on 6 to report in the morning and anchor our noon newscast!”

Johnson joined KWTV in June 2011 as a reporter. She appears on the weekday evening newscasts. Tulsa TV Stations reports Johnson will replace Jamie McGriff, who signed off from KOTV last week.

Jamie McGriff Says Goodbye to Tulsa’s KOTV

Jamie McGriff (second from left) said goodbye to viewers of Tulsa CBS affiliate KOTV for the last time today.

“Uhm, wow,” McGriff, the morning and noon news anchor/reporter, said on the morning news set.  “I’ve been here for almost three years now and I can only say that I have grown so much. And of course for you, the viewers,” she added while holding back tears. “Thank you.”

When asked where she was headed next, McGriff, who started at KOTV in 2010, added she was going to take a break.  Then co-anchor LeAnne Taylor handed her a plate of cookies before signing off.

McGriff previously worked in Tyler, TX, Las Vegas, NV and her hometown of Huntsville, AL.

[Tulsa News Stations Info]

KOKI Gives Driving Tips for Cold Season

From our graphic bloopers file, Tulsa, OK, FOX affiliate KOKI gave viewers some advice for safe driving during yesterday’s Noon newscast.  Unfortunately, the word “snow” was misspelled changing the meaning of the graphic entirely.

Although anyone who has been in freezing weather knows the graphic isn’t far off from describing what happens to one’s nose when the mercury drops.

[NewsLab]

KTUL’s Bill Mitchell Retires After 43 Years as a Reporter

After more than four decades as a TV reporter, Bill Mitchell said his final goodbye to Tulsa viewers on KTUL Friday.

During his 43 years in television news, Mitchell worked for Tulsa’s NBC Affiliate KJRH, Little Rock’s KARK and KOCO in Oklahoma City, in addition to two stints at the Tulsa ABC affiliate.

During an interview with Keith Taylor on the KTUL morning show, Mitchell said he told KTUL president and general manager Pat Baldwin, “You know I hate to leave. This is one of the greatest TV stations in the world to work in.” Mitchell then said, “But I’m going to.”

When Mitchell announced his retirement in November, Baldwin said of Mitchell, “He has been a member of our Channel 8 family for over 18 years. He will be missed here on Lookout Mountain but we are also excited for him and his wife.” You can watch a farewell video montage the station put together spanning his career after the jump. Read more

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