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OKC Sports Anchor Tweets Apology for ‘Insensitive’ Remark

Dean Blevins, sports director for Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV, tweeted out an apology Wednesday for his Monday tweet and delete that said he’d be happier if gas station attendants learned to speak English.

In the tweet captured by media blog “The Lost Ogle” Blevins wrote, ““Happy we are the melting pot. Will be happier …if ppl who pour into our pot & sell me fuel & Milk Duds find time to learn our language.”

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KWTV Sports Anchor Deletes Tweet About Gas Station Workers Who Don’t Speak English

blevins_croppedDean Blevins, sports director for Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV, is being accused of airing his thoughts about non-English speaking gas station attendants on Twitter, then deleting the tweet.

The tweet, captured by media blog The Lost Ogle said, “Happy we are the melting pot. Will be happier …if ppl who pour into our pot & sell me fuel & Milk Duds find time to learn our language.”

The response to the deleted tweet was not kind to Blevins, ranging from “How many languages have you found the time to learn” to “Where does 1 learn to speak asshole?

Griffin Communications, parent company of KWTV, told TVSpy, “Griffin Communications actively promotes and encourages diversity in our community and our business and does not agree with nor condone Dean’s comments. Griffin deleted the tweet in accordance with our strict social media policy which includes monitoring both station and talent social media accounts on a daily basis.” Read more

Former KOCO Sports Director Jerry Park Remembered

Jerry Park, former sports director for Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO, died Monday. He was 76.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, who worked with Park at KOCO for more than 20 years, told The Oklahoman about a Cotton Bowl pregame show when Park was told producers had mistimed the show and he had to fill four minutes. “I remember thinking how calm and collected he was when they told him he had four minutes,” said Cornett. “I adopted a quote, ‘Nobody says nothing better than Jerry.’ He talked for four minutes about absolutely nothing, but you wouldn’t necessarily would have picked up on it.”

Park worked at KOCO from 1974 until his retirement in 1999. He started his career in broadcasting in Forth Worth, TX, in 1956 as a disc jockey. He also worked in television in Lubbock, TX, and Dallas.

Talking about a heart attack he suffered in 1993, Park himself is quoted by The Oklahoman giving some insight into how he looked at the world.

“After the heart attack, those things that were seemingly important to me, were no longer important at all — like being in front of a TV camera,” Park said. “The values of my family and the ones I care about were more important.”