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Earthquake Hits During Oklahoma City Morning Newscast

A series of earthquakes at 5:31, 5:47 and 6:25 a.m. hit the Oklahoma City area this morning.

The largest hit at 5:47 a.m. and was 4.2 on the Richter scale. Reactions among the local stations were pretty consistent, an initial reaction followed by a guess of the earthquake’s magnitude.

“Whoa! Oh my Gosh! I’m so sorry,” said KOCO meteorologist Danielle Dozier during the 5:47 a.m. shaker. “This is live on air.” Dozier then waited for the rumbling to stop before saying,  “That was way bigger than what we felt earlier.” Dozier rightly predicted that earthquake was over 4.0.

FOX affiliate KOKH had the most restrained reaction. Chief meteorologist Jeff George was at the tail end of his forecast when the quake hit and said nothing. Anchor Leslie Draffin told viewers the station just felt what she called a huge earthquake and promised to give more info before tossing to break.

CBS affiliate KWTV was coming back from a video and tossing to meteorologist Lacey Swope who yelled “Earthquake!” when it hit.  Stan Miller and Tammy Payne talked about anchors making it on YouTube with their earthquake reactions and suggested Swope take a deep breath after she ducked down and told viewers her heart was racing.

KFOR, the NBC affiliate was showing forecast maps when the temblor hit. “Oh snap!” said meteorologist Emily Sutton. “That’s a big one.” Sutton also commented that the clanking of the lights was the thing she noticed most. Sutton and anchor Kent Ogle high fived after revealing they had both correctly guessed a previous earthquakes magnitude.

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KFOR Meteorologist Taking Heat for Telling People to Flee Friday’s Tornado

KFOR meteorologist Mike Morgan is taking criticism on social media for telling viewers in the path of a tornado that hit the area Friday night to hit the road if they couldn’t find shelter.

Viewers and meteorologists from stations as far away as Dallas, TX, say Morgan should have told viewers to stay put. Friday night the interstates were clogged with a combination of rush hour traffic and residents fleeing the path of yet another set of tornadoes to hit the area in recent weeks.

“Call your neighbor. Go to that place. If you can’t, you need to be going,” Morgan told viewers Friday night as the tornado approached Yukon, OK. “I would recommend going Southbound. You need to part the water with this. You need to part the water and get out of its way…I’d go Southbound do it now….Just take I-44 and just go down to Newcastle.” Read more

Katy Blakey Promoted to Weekend Anchor at KOCO

Katy Blakey has been promoted to weekend morning anchor at KOCO, the ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City.

Blakey has been a general assignment reporter for the station since June 2011. She will join co-anchor Dan Thomas and meteorologist Danielle Dozier on the newscast beginning Saturday.

“Katy has proven herself a terrific journalist and a great servant for our community. We expect great things from her in this new role with Eyewitness News 5,” KOCO news director Stephanie Croswait said in a statement. Read more

On the Move, 11/30/11

Meteorologist Ashton Altieri is joining KXTV in Sacramento after six years at Gannett sister station KUSA in Denver.

News 12 freelance reporter Michael Baldwin has been hired at WEWS as a MMJ reporter. He starts December 19th.

Meteorologist Danielle Dozier is jumping from KTXS in Abilene-Sweetwater to Oklahoma City’s KOCO.

If you would like to report a new move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

KTXS Meteorologist Danielle Dozier Joining KOCO

Danielle Dozier, the morning meteorologist at KTXS in Abilene-Sweetwater, is leaving the ABC-affiliate after four years.

Dozier is joining KOCO, the ABC-affiliate in Oklahoma City, where she will be a weekend meteorologist. Her last day in Abilene was today.

In a statement on the station’s website, Dozier said she is looking forward to the challenge of forecasting the weather in Oklahoma City, which is located in the heart of Tornado Alley.