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KFOR’s Mike Morgan to Receive Award for Keeping Oklahomans Safe in Tornadoes

PrintA few months after being blamed for putting Oklahoma City viewers in danger during a series of tornadoes that hit the state, Mike Morgan will be one of three Oklahoma City meteorologists slated to receive the Lee Allen Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award “for his tireless efforts to keep others safe and informed during the May tornadoes.”

Joining the meteorologist for the local NBC affiliate KFOR will be Gary England, former chief meteorologist for CBS affiliate KWTV, and Damon Lane, meteorologist for ABC affiliate KOCO.

“These exceptional weathermen were three of the many heroes who emerged as the deadly tornadoes battered our state in May,” OC president John deSteiguer said in a statement. “Their expertise, instincts and professionalism saved countless lives. Their invaluable service under pressure embodies the spirit of Oklahoma.” Read more

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KWTV Meteorologist Gary England Promoted to Corporate Role at Griffin Communications

KWTV chief meteorologist Gary England is moving into a corporate role at the station’s parent company, Griffin Communications.

England will focus on “severe storm mitigation, technology innovation, and audience relations” as he transitions to vice president for corporate relations and weather development. His daily on-air forecasts at the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate will end August 30.

“I’ve been blessed to be able to do something that I love for over 40 years and have always enjoyed the challenge of change,” England said in a statement. “All of this represents a new, fresh and bold approach on my road of life and business. I am therefore very enthusiastic about the future.”

England joined KWTV in 1972. He will continue to appear on the station in his new role as in a series of reports called “Gary’s I’ll Keep You Advised,” focusing on long-term weather patterns and events.

“Gary England is an icon. The impact that he has had on Oklahoma and the field of meteorology is unparalleled,” Griffin Communications chairman and CEO David Griffin said in a statement. “His dedication and passion for weather has revolutionized severe weather systems and coverage not only in Oklahoma but throughout the world. When you see television weather across America, you are seeing the results of Gary’s work.”

Video of England talking about his promotion is after the jump. Read more

Another Tornado Threat For Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City stations went on the air with news of a tornado watch in the area shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

NBC affiliate KFOR was the first to go into wall-to-wall tornado coverage at 3:30 p.m. Chief meteorologist Mike Morgan (pictured) helmed coverage. CBS affiliate KWTV was next at 3:34 p.m., with Kelly Ogle and Amanda Taylor anchoring and meteorologists Gary England and Michael Armstrong contributing.

ABC affiliate KOCO went into continuing coverage with meteorologist Damon Lane at 4:00 p.m. “I know a lot of you are going to be wanting to watch ‘Ellen,’” Lane said. “However, the situation that we have going across the state this afternoon is a significant situation, a very dangerous situation.”

Fox affiliate KOKH stayed with regularly scheduled programming through the 4 p.m. hour.

KWTV’s Gary England to be Inducted into Oklahoma Hall of Fame

Gary England, chief meteorologist for Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

England has worked at KWTV since October 1972. His induction into the Hall will take place November 7, 2013.

The Oklahoma Hall of Fame has inducted names like noted author Ralph Ellison, radio announcer Paul Harvey, and Cincinnati Reds’ catcher Johnny Bench. Inductees get their names along with a bust and a portrait displayed at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. They also get granite monuments in the Heritage Plaza at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

KFOR Meteorologist David Payne Set to Join Rival KWTV

Meteorologist David Payne is switching stations in Oklahoma City, according to The Oklahoman. Payne, who has worked at NBC affiliate KFOR for 19 years, is set to join CBS affiliate KWTV.

Payne announced the news Friday on his KFOR Facebook and Twitter accounts, which have since been taken down. The Oklahoman reports that Payne will be the eventual successor to KWTV chief meteorologist Gary England, who recently celebrated his 40th anniversary at the station.

Payne, KFOR’s morning meteorologist, was last on the air November 30.

Gary England Celebrates 40 Years on KWTV

There’s little doubt Gary England can lay claim to being the most experienced meteorologist in Oklahoma City.  England celebrates 40 years with Oklahoma City’s KWTV this month.

England started with the CBS affiliate in October 1972 and is credited with being the first first person in history to use Doppler radar to issue weather warnings to the public.  He also made a cameo appearance in Steven Spielberg’s “Twister” and has a bust honoring him as one of Oklahoma’s “100 Heroes and Outlaws” celebrating the state’s first hundred years.

The station put up a web page inviting viewers to leave their comments for Gary.  You can click here to view Gary’s tribute page.  The page also hosts several videos of various local celebrities and co-workers offering their congratulations to England.  You can watch one starring evening anchor Kelly Ogle as well as a video the station made for England’s 35th anniversary after the jump: Read more

As Snow Hit, Oklahoma City Stations Blanketed the Area with Local Coverage

As a blizzard swept through Oklahoma in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Oklahoma City stations were there to greet it.

KWTV was the first to begin its local news coverage. The CBS-affiliate began at 3:50 a.m., 40 minutes earlier than its regular start time.

ABC-affiliate KOCO and Fox-affiliate KOKH began at 4:00 a.m. For KOCO, that was a half-hour early; for KOKH, it was a full hour.

NBC-affiliate KFOR was the only station not to make an early start, opening its newscast at the the regularly scheduled time of 4:30 a.m. Read more