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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.”

Bridget Young Named National Sales Manager at KOCO

Bridget Young has been promoted to national sales manager at KOCO, Hearst Television’s ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City.

“Bridget has been a standout performer in our sales department since the day she arrived,” KOCO president and general manager Brent Hensley said in a statement. “Her leadership by example and drive to succeed will be a real asset to the station and department in her new role.”

Young joined the station as an account executive in 2005. She has a five-time recipient of the Hearst Eagle Award for sales excellence.

Dominique Gross Named Local Sales Manager at KOCO

Dominique Gross has been promoted to local sales manager at KOCO, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City.

“I am very excited to serve as Local Sales Manager at KOCO. My passion is the sales process, working with our clients and our team,” Gross said in a statement. “The best reward is creating solutions that provide results for our clients. I’m thrilled for this opportunity and look forward to the future success of KOCO.”

Gross joined the station in 2003 as sales marketing manager and digital sales manager. She has previously worked in Washington, D.C. as a fundraiser and aide to former U.S. Senator Don Nickles (R-OK).

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.

Oklahoma City Stations Praised For Coverage of Devastating Tornado

Oklahoma City stations have been live around the clock in the aftermath of Monday’s devastating tornado. The stations have been praised for their “thoughtful, professional, experienced” reporting during and after the twister.

All four stations were live during the storm, with meteorologists and anchors issuing repeated warnings for people in the storm’s path to take shelter.

“You folks in Moore, grab whatever it is you need to grab and you need to go underground. Bottom line: grab your kids, grab your loved ones, grab your friends,” KFOR chief meteorologist Mike Morgan said shortly before the tornado hit. “And just get out of the way.”

In her press conference Monday night, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin thanked the local media for early warnings of the tornado threat.

“The media’s done a superb job over the last few days of keeping people informed about the conditions, especially our weathermen and those that have been on the ground, driving, following and tracking the storm itself,” Fallin said.

The local stations’ coverage was available online via live stream. Stations were praised by the Columbia Journalism Review, which noted stations provided “life-saving information before the tornado, essential reporting afterward.” Read more

Massive Tornado Sweeps Through Oklahoma City

A massive, mile-wide tornado ripped through Oklahoma City shortly after 3pmCT Monday, leaving a path of destruction in the southern part of the city. Local stations in Oklahoma City began following the threat closely during the 2 p.m. hour.

All four stations gave regular updates throughout normal morning programming. CBS affiliate KWTV was the first station to go to wall-to-wall with the tornado threat at 2:01 p.m., with meteorologist Michael Armstrong leading coverage.

NBC affiliate KFOR and ABC affiliate KOCO both broke in with continuing coverage at 2:12 p.m. Chief meteorologist Mike Morgan was on the air for KFOR and chief meteorologist Damon Lane led coverage for KOCO. “We’re going to stay on the air here for awhile because storms are developing quite rapidly,” Morgan said.

KOKH chief meteorologist Jeff George took over wall-to-wall coverage on the Fox affiliate at 2:30 p.m.

The Oklahoma City metro area is under a tornado warning until 10 p.m. tonight.

KOCO Names Erielle Reshef, Morgan Chesky Weekend Anchors

Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO has announced Erielle Reshef and Morgan Chesky as the new weekend evening anchors.

“Erielle and Morgan are terrific journalists and together they make a great team,” KOCO president and general manager Brent Hensley said in a statement. “Viewers can expect great things from them as they continue to grow with us in their new roles.”

Both Reshef and Chesky are recent additions to the station. Reshef joined KOCO in November from IBA News, Israel’s only English-language national newscast. Chesky joined KOCO in January after almost two years at KVUE in Austin.

Carla Wade Joins WFAA From KOCO

Carla Wade is joining WFAA in Dallas as a reporter and Sunday night anchor, according to Dallas media blogger Ed Bark.

Wade comes from Oklahoma City, where she spent three years at KOCO. She has also worked at WTVQ in Lexington, Ky. and KSWO in Lawton, Texas.

Beginning next month, Wade will anchor on Sunday nights alongside Jason Wheeler. She will also report four days a week.

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