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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.

 

Casey Roebuck Signing Off From KJRH

Reporter Casey Roebuck has announced her departure from Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH.

“After 10 years at KJRH, this week will be my last. It was a tough decision,” Roebuck tweeted Friday. “But I want to be a full time mom to my little girls.”

Roebuck has worked at KWTV in Oklahoma City, KLBC in Laughlin, Nev. and KLAS in Las Vegas. She was a crime and general assignment reporter for KJRH.

Shae Rozzi Moving to KOKI in Tulsa

Shae Rozzi has been hired by the Cox owned Tulsa FOX affiliate KOKI as an anchor.

Rozzi announced the news on her Twitter feed saying, “Excited & flattered by promotion to anchor @FOX23 in Tulsa.”

She comes to KOKI from Cox’s Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB where she is a reporter. She began working at WSB in October 2012 as Shae Crisson before changing her name.

Rozzi began her career at WLUC in Marquette, MI.  She has also worked at WSLS in Roanoke, VA, and WTVD in Raleigh-Durham, NC.

Former KTUL Reporter Bill Mitchell Dies

Bill Mitchell, who retired as a reporter for Tulsa, OK, ABC affiliate KTUL in December died Friday after a long illness.

“We are mourning the loss of a great reporter and friend today,” KTUL general manager Pat Baldwin said. “Bill loved the station and our viewers. He was a hard worker and taught us all how to find news stories. He will always be part of the Channel 8 family.”

Mitchell started at KTUL in 1972. In 1982, he moved to KARK in Little Rock, AR, for one year before working at KOCO in Oklahoma City for 11 years. Mitchell came back to KTUL in 1994 where he worked until December 2012. Read more

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

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