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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.

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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..

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.”

Sports Director Bob Irzyk Leaving KOCO

Sports director Bob Irzyk is leaving KOCO after three years with the Oklahoma City ABC affiliate, The Oklahoman reports.

Irzyk, who appears on the station’s weekday evening newscasts, officially signs off today. Before joining KOCO, he worked at WFLD in Chicago, WFTS in Tampa and KDAF in Dallas.

“I’m exploring other opportunities right now,” Irzyk told The Oklahoman in an email.

KOCO Names Rebecca Gaylord News Director

Rebecca Gaylord has been named news director at KOCO, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City.

“The opportunity to lead a group as talented as the KOCO newsroom is a dream come true,” Gaylord said in a statement. “I’m excited to be part of such a top-notch team, in such a dynamic city.”

Gaylord comes from KOAT, the ABC affiliate in Albuquerque, where she has been assistant news director for the past four years.

“Rebecca’s track record of success speaks for itself,” KOCO president and general manager Brent Hensley said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that she is joining our team and will bring all of those positive experiences to our newsroom as we work to serve the viewers in Oklahoma.”

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