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KOKI Reporter Deletes Crown-Wearing Selfie Taken After Burger King Robbery Story

Salley Crown Shot

KOKI reporter Farron Salley was covering a robbery at a local Burger King this morning. Afterwards, the reporter for the Tulsa FOX affiliate tweeted out a link to an instagram photo showing her wearing a Burger King crown with the caption “Robbery at Burger King… Employees wouldn’t talk on camera but they gave me a crown. #NotMyWay”

The tweet and photo have since been removed, but TVSpy got a screen shot of both. You can see a screen grab of the tweet after the jump.

KOKI news director Suzanne Nadell told TVSpy it was a personnel matter and declined to comment. Read more

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WCVB, WBIR Win Murrow Awards For Overall Excellence

murrows 2014Boston ABC affiliate WCVB and Knoxville NBC affiliate WBIR are the winners of this year’s Edward R. Murrow awards for overall excellence, the RTDNA announced today.

Related, TVNewser: CBS, ABC, NBC Among 2014 Murrow Award Winners

Hearst’s WCVB won in the large market category and Gannett’s WBIR won in the small market category. Both stations will be presented with their awards at the Marriott Marquis in New York City this fall.

WTVR in Richmond won three Murrows. KARE in Minneapolis, WFAA in Dallas and WVUE in New Orleans each won two. KOKI, WMBD, WJLA, WVIR, WCPO, KETV, WGRZKCET, KING, WSBT, WXIA, KJRH, WJXT, UNM PantherVision and Oregon Public Broadcasting each won one.

See the full list of winners on the RTDNA’s website.

KOKI to Add 6:00 p.m. News in September

Tulsa FOX affiliate KOKI is adding a 6:00 p.m. newscast to its lineup beginning in September.

KOKI news director Suzanne Nadell told TVSpy, “We’re excited to offer another half hour of local news and weather to the Tulsa community. We’ll be the only Tulsa station to offer 90 minutes of local news in the early evening.”

The newscast will be anchored by the 5:00, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. news anchors, Clay Loney and Shae Rozzi.

Shae Rozzi Moving to KOKI in Tulsa

Shae Rozzi has been hired by the Cox owned Tulsa FOX affiliate KOKI as an anchor.

Rozzi announced the news on her Twitter feed saying, “Excited & flattered by promotion to anchor @FOX23 in Tulsa.”

She comes to KOKI from Cox’s Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB where she is a reporter. She began working at WSB in October 2012 as Shae Crisson before changing her name.

Rozzi began her career at WLUC in Marquette, MI.  She has also worked at WSLS in Roanoke, VA, and WTVD in Raleigh-Durham, NC.

KOKI Gives Driving Tips for Cold Season

From our graphic bloopers file, Tulsa, OK, FOX affiliate KOKI gave viewers some advice for safe driving during yesterday’s Noon newscast.  Unfortunately, the word “snow” was misspelled changing the meaning of the graphic entirely.

Although anyone who has been in freezing weather knows the graphic isn’t far off from describing what happens to one’s nose when the mercury drops.

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Cox Media Group Selling, Adding Stations

In an effort to focus on larger markets, Cox Media Group has announced that it is selling four of the stations it currently owns and buying four stations from Newport Television.

The stations being sold are KFOX in El Paso, WJAC in Johnstown, PA, KRXI in Reno and WTOV in Stubenville, OH.

The stations Cox is buying from Newport Television are WAWS and WTEV in Jacksonville and KOKI and KMYT in Tulsa.

“This simplified structure will enable CMG to capitalize on continued growth and synergies, while retaining its size financially,” president Doug Franklin said in a statement.  Read more

Tulsa News Crew Attacked with Fireworks

A KOKI news crew was on location in Tulsa, along with a couple of police officers, for a story about a house that had hit by Roman Candles when they were attacked with fireworks.

KOKI reporter Dontaye Carter was hit in the back of the head and an officer was hit as well. Both men escaped without serious injuries.

Following the attack, police engaged in a shouting match with neighbors and Carter is seen on video trying to break up the argument (video inside). Read more

Erika Summers Returning to KLKN After 3 Years

KMTV reporter Erika Summers is returning to the last station she worked at: KLKN, the ABC-affiliate in Lincoln, where she will be the morning and midday anchor.

“My last day at KMTV is Friday,” she told TVSpy in an email. “I sure will miss my co-workers here! But I am excited to head back to KLKN.”

The Nebraska native left KLKN for Omaha’s KMTV in 2008. In April, Summers suffered a broken wrist, among other injuries, in a car crash on her way to cover a story for the station. Read more

KLKN’s Brittany Jeffers Following Fiance to Tulsa

Brittany Jeffers has left her post as morning anchor at Lincoln’s KLKN to join her husband-to-be Charlie Hannema in Tulsa.

Hannema recently landed a job as weekend sports anchor for Tulsa CBS-affiliate KOTV, after working as a sports reporter at Lincoln’s KOLN-KGIN.  Jeffers is set to become a morning reporter at Fox-affiliate KOKI.

“It completely was a personal decision,” Jeffers told the Lincoln Journal Star about leaving KLKN, where she has worked since 2008.  “Having a fiancé seven hours away was not ideal. It was time to be there.”

The couple’s wedding is set for January.

KOKI Talks to Retired Negotiator Who Coaxed Man on Broadcast Tower to Safety

After a harrowing six days spent reporting on William Sturdivant II, the man who climbed the KOKI broadcast tower last Thursday and refused to come down until last night, KOKI reporter Adam Paluka filed one more report on the ordeal — an interview with Tyrone Lynn, the retired police negotiator responsible for Sturdivant’s safe rescue.

“We talked about his childhood,” Lynn said (watch above). “We talked my children. We talked about what was going to happen afterwards. We prayed a couple times.”

“It’s a good day for the city to help a young man who’s struggling through mental illness like that,” Lynn continued. “Hopefully he gets the help he needs.”

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