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KOCO Reporter Earns Commission in Army National Guard

KOCO HughesRob Hughes, reporter for Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO, graduated from the Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School over the weekend.

KOCO reports, Hughes, who is now a second lieutenant, is one of 16 of 60 soldiers who started the program a year and a half ago.

“I’m going to try and go as long as I can in the military. I have a few idols in television broadcasting who’ve served 20-plus year careers in the reserves,” Hughes said. “There’s a long road ahead because this is just kind of like graduating, say, undergraduate in college.” Read more

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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.

Jeff Castle Named Chief Meteorologist at KSLA

jeff castleJeff Castle has been named chief meteorologist at KSLA, the CBS affiliate in Shreveport, La. It is a move within Raycom for Castle, who has worked at WAFF in Huntsville, Ala., since 2002.

“I’m going to miss everyone here at WAFF 48,” Castle said in a statement. “It has been a tremendous leaning experience. The people here at WAFF have mentored me for the new role I’m about to take on.  I want to thank the viewers who have welcomed me into their home and have trusted me with bringing them the weather information they need to start their day.”

At WAFF, Castle was the morning meteorologist. He has previously worked at WKEF in Dayton, KFDA in Amarillo and KOCO in Oklahoma City.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Jeff and although he will be greatly missed at WAFF, we are happy he is staying within the Raycom family,” WAFF general manager Vanessa Oubre said.

Oklahoma City AM Anchor Signs Off

stokes_bye_kocoKOCO morning anchor Maggie Stokes signed off from the Oklahoma City ABC affiliate this morning.

“It’s a sad day for us here at KOCO five news,” said Wendell Edwards. “We have to say goodbye to my TV wife here my co-anchor Maggie Stokes who’s leaving to get married,”

Stokes is moving to Florida to be with her fiancee, former KOCO anchor and current WSVN reporter, Brandon Beyer.

Before joining the station in December 2009 as weekday traffic reporter, Stokes worked at KOTV in Tulsa, OK.  She started her career in Denison, TX.

Meteorologist Rusty McCranie Joins WFTV

rusty mccranie_304x200Meteorologist Rusty McCranie is joining WFTV in Orlando. McCrainie most recently worked at KOCO in Oklahoma City, where he was the weekend evening meteorologist.

“I will be joining WFTV in Orlando as the 7-9am Mon-Fri Meteorologist,” McCranie tweeted Wednesday. “This opportunity was everything I was looking for.”

McCranie has previously worked at KRCG in Jefferson City, Mo., WDHN in Albany, WLOX in Biloxi, Miss. and WDTV in Clarksburg, W.V.

KOCO Traffic Reporter Signs Off

calderon_kocoRachel Calderon, traffic reporter for Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO, signed off from the station this morning.

Calderon tweeted, “Gonna miss moments like this. Today’s my last day w/ #koconews. Change can be tough but #DaringGreatly.” You can also watch Calderon’s on set goodbye by clicking here. KOCO’s website doesn’t support embedding video.

Calderon started he career at KGWN in Cheyenne, WY. She has also worked as weekend anchor and reporter at WILX in Lansing, MI, and at WXMI in Grand Rapids, MI. She was also a field producer for NBC Sports at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

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

Nicholas Ferreri Named Chief Meteorologist at WANE in Fort Wayne

nicholas ferreriNicholas Ferreri has been promoted to chief meteorologist at WANE, the CBS affiliate in Fort Wayne, Ind. He will begin September 30 on the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, according to the Fort Wayne Business Weekly.

“Nicholas has earned this promotion,” news director Ted Linn said. “Earned it through ready execution, calm delivery, virtually mistake-free performance, perfect work record, station-wide respect, balanced demeanor, exemplary team play and efficient organization.”

Ferreri, WANE’s weekend meteorologist, joined the station in 2010.  He replaces Jonathan Conder, who is leaving Fort Wayne for KOCO in Oklahoma City, Fort Wayne Business Weekly reports.

>Update: the full press release from WANE is after the jump. Read more

Sportscaster Abigail Ogle Joins KOCO

Abigail Ogle has joined KOCO, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City, as a sports anchor and reporter.

Ogle was most recently at KSBI, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in Oklahoma City, where she hosted a daily half-hour sports program.

“Abigail will deliver sports from a fresh perspective,” KOCO news director Rebecca Gaylord said in a statement. “Finding and reporting stories that go beyond just scores and highlights is her specialty.”

Ogle is the daughter of Kevin Ogle, the primary anchor at rival KFOR.

KOCO Names Bryan Keating Sports Director

Bryan Keating has been named sports director for Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO.

Keating announced the news on his twitter feed, “Just signed a contract to be the Sports Director for KOCO in OKC. Couldn’t have imagined this day when I just a kid growing up in Edmond.”

Keating has been at KOCO since 2012. He replaces former sports director Bob Irzyk, who recently left the station. Before coming to KOCO, Keating was the sports director at KTXS in Abilene, TX..

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