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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

Cox Media Group Closes on Purchase of Newport Stations

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.”

Cox acquired Newport’s Jacksonville duopolies, WAWS (FOX) and WTEV (CBS) and Tulsa’s FOX affiliate KOKI and MyNetworkTV affiliate KMYT. Read more

Tulsa’s KOTV Goes Green with New Building

Griffin Communications will be doing its part for the environment with its new 57,000 square foot broadcasting center for its stations, CBS affiliate KOTV and CW affiliate KQCW.

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

Breanne Palmerini Named KJRH Weekend Morning Anchor

Breanne Palmerini will be the new anchor for the KJRH “2News Weekend Morning”.

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.”

Palmerini joined the Tulsa NBC affiliate in 2008 as the morning news reporter.  She previously worked for NBC affiliates KWWL in Cedar Rapids, IA, WGEM in Quincy, IL and KOMU in Columbia, MO.

>Update: Palmerini told TVSpy, “I am very excited about the opportunity to grow at the station I love.  I haven’t stopped smiling yet.”

[Tulsa News Stations Info]

 

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