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Man Shoots at KWTV Chopper During Police Standoff

A man fired a shot at the KWTV helicopter during a police standoff Friday, the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate reports. Jim Gardner, the pilot for KWTV’s chopper, was covering ongoing negotiations between the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office and Troy Shackelford, who was feared to be suicidal:

Authorities set up their command center at the Hilltop Baptist Church. After a few hours of negotiations, authorities were able to bring the situation to a safe conclusion.

On Monday, the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office reported that Shackelford actually fired a shot at our chopper. No one was hurt.

The Sheriff’s office will pursue federal charges against Shackelford, according to KWTV.

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WPVI Opens New Wilmington Bureau

The Wilmington bureau for WPVI, the ABC O&O in Philadelphia, has a new home. After 26 years in the same place, the bureau’s new facility means “upgrades to help us better gather and deliver news,” WPVI anchor Jim Gardner said Tuesday (video above).

VIDEO: Open Mic Lands WPVI’s Cecily Tynan in Stormy Waters

The anchors at Philadelphia’s ABC O&O WPVI got caught in a tempest of their own making last night.  During their Hurricane Sandy coverage, meteorologist Cecily Tynan could be heard clearly saying the word ‘moron’ or ‘more on’ after tossing to fellow meteorologist Adam Joseph.  Joseph had forgotten to turn on his mic pack at the time.

In the video, Tynan can be heard struggling with the segue to her toss to Joseph saying, “…on more on what to go from here on, let’s head over to Adam Joseph.”  You can hear Tynan grunt in agreement to what Joseph is saying, then you can hear her say the word ‘moron’ or ‘more on’ before Joseph turns on his mic and continues his report.

A quick acting Philadelphia Inquirer captured a screen grab of Tynan’s facebook page where she explained she said ‘more on’ in response to a floor director’s suggestion she put on more make up.  You view the screen grab after the jump.

However, about a half-hour later, anchor Jim Gardner took the opportunity to explain the situation away on air (you can watch the video after the jump) by telling viewers Tynan was offering Joseph the use of her mic, “What Cecily was saying was, ‘Do you want mine on?’”  In regards to using the word moron to describe her colleague, Gardner added, “We don’t do that here.  We are a family.  We love each other.”  He then turned to someone off camera (presumably Joseph) and said, “You’re acting like a moron.”

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VIDEO: Sports Anchor’s Pregnant Belly Accidentally Pokes Into Frame

WPVI sports anchor Jamie Apody is eight and a half months pregnant and a camera operator at the ABC O&O didn’t quite account for the size of her belly when framing a shot during a recent newscast.  Apody’s baby bump made a surprise cameo in a two-shot meant for anchor Jim Gardner and meteorologist Adam Joseph (video above).

“Please don’t laugh too hard,” Joseph told Apody following the cameo. “You’re pretty close to your due date.”

Pres. Obama Goes Local, Again. Interviews with WFAA, KCNC, WTHR and WRAL

This afternoon in the Map Room of the White House, anchors and reporters from WFAA (ABC) in Dallas, KCNC (CBS) Denver, WTHR (NBC) Indianapolis and WRAL (CBS) Raleigh will head to the White House for interviews with Pres. Obama. This is a continued effort by the White House to localize their message — in this case, the president’s “shared responsibility and shared prosperity” push.

KCNC political reporter Shaun Boyd will interview the president. On Twitter, the station is promoting live reports at “5p/6p/10p.” For the White House, the hope is that KCNC shares the video with other CBS O&Os in, for example, Sacramento, and Dallas/Ft. Worth.

In Dallas/Ft. Worth’s WFAA, the White House gets access to other Belo-owned stations across Texas — KHOU (CBS) in Houston, KENS (CBS) in San Antonio and KVUE (ABC) in Austin. USA Today has more on Obama’s Texas strategy.

This is the third in a wave of local TV interviews. Last month, the president sat down with WSOC (Charlotte) anchor Natalie Pasquarella, WSVN (Miami) anchor Lynn Martinez, and WPVI’s (Philadelphia) Jim Gardner, who has interviewed every president since 1976.

In February, Obama did interviews with Carol Williams of Cincinnati’s WCPO, Charles Benson of Milwaukee’s WTMJ, and Ryan Nobles of Richmond’s WWBT.

With 2012 Election Looming, President Again Welcomes Local Reporters to White House

In what appears to be an ongoing strategy to reach local viewers as the 2012 election looms on the horizon, President Obama sat down with reporters from three local stations last Friday, moments after he delivered a statement announcing military action in Libya.

Following a similar arrangement last month in which reporters from Milwaukee’s WTMJ, Richmond’s WWBT, and Cincinnati’s WCPO were invited to the White House for one-on-one interviews with the President, crews from Charlotte’s WSOC, Philadelphia’s WPVI, and Miami’s WSVN headed to D.C. last week to speak with Obama.

The one-on-one interviews are an opportunity for local journalists to ask the President about issues directly related to their communities, while also perhaps giving Obama, who has faced criticism in the last several days over his handling of U.S. intervention in Libya, a reprieve from the regular hammering he receives from the national media.

On Friday, Obama sat down with WSOC anchor Natalie Pasquarella, WSVN anchor Lynn Martinez, and WPVI’s Jim Gardner, who has interviewed every president since 1976. Read more