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Jan Stratton Signs Off KSWO After 34 Years

stratton_goodbyeJan Stratton said goodbye to KSWO after 34 years at the Lawton-Wichita Falls ABC affiliate.

The station aired a shortened 5:00 p.m. news Friday in order to say goodbye to the longtime anchor. Current and former anchors, reporters, producers and photojournalists wished Stratton well and told stories about her tenure with the station in taped clips.

Stratton joined KSWO in 1980 as public affairs director and started reporting for the station in 1981. That same year she was named news director, a role she kept until July 2006. According to her bio she “stepped back so she could spend more time with her family.”

KSWO news director David Bradley told TVSpy, At the time of her retirement, she was the sole anchor and co-producer of our weekday 4pm and 5pm newscasts. Her contributions to KSWO-TV are unmatched in the station’s history, and we will miss the leadership she has provided over the years.”

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Nexstar Promotes Julie Pruett, Names Wayne Reed Wichita Falls General Manager

KFDX-KJTL-KJBO general manager Julie Pruett has been promoted to senior vice president and regional manager of west region markets at Nexstar Broadcasting. In her new role, she will be overseeing Nexstar’s stations in Louisiana, Missouri and Texas.

In a statement announcing the promotion, Nexstar COO Brian Jones said Pruett’s new position was created to “oversee our expanded scale and maintain our industry-wide reputation of delivering exceptional community service.”

“Julie brings to her new position a deep understanding of critical functions including station management, local programming production, sales and strategic planning, and positioning across multiple media platforms,” Jones said.

Pruett will be replaced by Wayne Reed, who will step into the general manager role at Nexstar’s stations serving Wichita Falls, Texas and Lawton, Okla. Reed has worked at the stations since 1994, most recently as director of sales.

“Wayne brings a proven long-term record of achieving outstanding financial results by implementing innovative sales strategies and leading teams that delivered compelling and effective marketing solutions for local and national advertisers,” Jones said.

More in the Nexstar press release after the jump. Read more

KFDX Celebrates 60 Years On the Air

KFDX, the NBC affiliate in Wichita Falls, Texas, is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

The station went on the air on April 12, 1953, with a 6 p.m. show called “People From Here and There.” KFDX had 30 employees at the time.

“Everything was live from the beginning to the very end,” former general manager Warren Silver recalled. “There were no tapes.  There was no film. We did have little screens like this, kine-scope films we used occasionally. But, I think that was the intriguing thing at that time, that everything was live from the beginning to end for the very best, for all the show all the way through.”

Watch KFDX’s tribute to the station’s history here.