“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!”
“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.
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.
After more than four decades as a TV reporter, Bill Mitchell said his final goodbye to Tulsa viewers on KTUL Friday.
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
Cox Media Group has closed on its purchase of four Newport Television stations in Jacksonville, FL, and Tulsa, OK.
“Countless hours of hard work have taken place over the last few months to prepare for today, and I want to thank everyone at CMG and these stations involved who made today a reality,” Cox Media Group president Doug Franklin said in a statement. “This is an exciting time as we grow CMG’s presence in these markets, and we are thrilled that these stations are joining our team of media professionals.”
Anyone who has stepped inside a TV studio can imagine the amount of power needed to keep the studio cool and the incandescent lights burning. Griffin’s Tulsa building will feature geothermal heating and cooling and LED studio lighting to reduce energy costs and efficiency.
“The use of LED lighting instruments on our set will reduce our lighting power requirement alone by over 90% from previously-employed incandescent and fluorescent fixtures,”Griffin’s chairman and chief executive officer David Griffin in a statement. Read more
Palmerini posted the news to her facebook wall saying, “I’ve been officially promoted to KJRH weekend morning anchor! I am beyond excited so I wanted to make sure and share it with you all.”
>Update: Palmerini told TVSpy, “I am very excited about the opportunity to grow at the station I love. I haven’t stopped smiling yet.”
The body of a missing Tulsa teenager was recovered on Sunday with the help of a crew from KOTV, the Tulsa CBS affiliate (video above).
Photojournalist Todd Ruffin was shooting video in a remote area of Coal Creek when he noticed a body caught in debris about two miles away from where the teen had reportedly fallen into the water Saturday night. The station alerted authorities and waited until family members were notified to report the information, according to KOTV.
“I’m very excited to be here. Everybody has been so wonderful, including the weather,” Rainey said in her first broadcast for the station. You can watch the video of her in action after the jump.
Previously, she was weekend forecaster for four CBS affiliates as part of the West Virginia Media Holdings group, WOWK in Huntington, WVNS in Lewisburg, WTRF in Wheeling and WBOY in Clarksburg, West Virgina. The stations share resources to better cover the state. Rainey has also worked in Lincoln, NE and Missoula, MT.
Bob Hower, the anchor of Tulsa’s first newscast, died Saturday morning. He was 87.
Hower was at the anchor desk when KOTV became Tulsa’s first television station in 1949. He left the station for the Air Force at the beginning of the Korean War, later returning to Tulsa as an anchor at KTUL, where he finished out his 35-year career in broadcasting.
In 1980, Hower launched KTUL’s Waiting Child program, a weekly segment that features children in permanent custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services looking for adoptive homes. The segment is still featured on KTUL and has led to the adoption of thousands of children, according to the station.