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Griffin Communications to Buy KSBI, Create Oklahoma City Duopoly

PrintGriffin Communications has announced it has reached an agreement to buy MyNetworkTV station KSBI from Family Broadcasting, LLC.

“We are excited to add KSBI to our group of companies,” said Griffin Communications chairman and CEO David Griffin. “Our goal will be to integrate KSBI with our current operations while looking for ways to improve KSBI’s programming.”

Griffin owns the Oklahoma City and Tulsa CBS affiliates KWTV and KOTV, along with Tulsa CW affiliate KQCW. The station group said the newest addition will help Griffin expand to Central and Western Oklahoma by creating a duopoly with KWTV.

We reported last week, KSBI stopped production of two of its shows and reportedly laid off staff.

Griffin added, “One of the many things we are excited about is that our viewers will not miss regular CBS and syndicated programming when we are in severe weather or continuous news coverage on News 9, because we will be able to move this programming over to KSBI.”

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KOTV Upgrades Station Helicopter to HD

Tulsa CBS affiliate KOTV has added an HD camera to its news chopper.

Osage SkyNews6 is the only station owned news helicopter patrolling the skies of Tulsa. Now, the station said it can better “follow a car chase suspect on foot,” “pick up papers on the ground,” and help track storms in greater detail as they roll in.

Griffin Communications Lets Ben Franklin say ‘Thank You’ to Employees

griffin_cashGriffin Communications, owners of Tulsa CBS and CW affiliates KOTV and KQCW as well as Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV told their employees ‘thank you’ by giving out some cold hard cash.

“Today our company, Griffin Communications, decided to give every employee $500,” KOTV content director Ed Trauschke wrote on his facebook page, “A day at the office doesn’t get any better than that!”

Houston Hunt, Griffin’s VP of marketing, told TVSpy,”David, Kirsten and John Griffin presented each Griffin Communications employee with $500 cash (net) yesterday as a thank you for their hard work, dedication and passion over the last five years and to celebrate where the company is at this moment – doing very, very well.”

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Dick Faurot Marks 20 Years with KOTV

Dick Faurot, meteorologist for Tulsa’s CBS affiliate KOTV and CW affiliate KQCW, just celebrated 20 years with KOTV.

On last night’s KQCW 9:00pm news, anchors Jennifer Loren and Chera Kimiko were joined by lead anchors Scott Thompson and Terry Hood along with chief meteorologist Travis Meyer who presented Faurot with a German Chocolate Cake inscribed with the words, “20 Years, Our Big Catch.”

Earlier in the show, the anchors rolled a clip reel of some memorable moments. “A lot of fishing and forecasting,” said Loren after the clip aired. “The things I have done for this TV station,” said Faurot. “I didn’t know your face could turn red under all the makeup,” added Kimiko.

“I’m blessed and humbled by all those comments and for getting the opportunity to work with a great number of people, including you folks over the years,” said Faurot who started at KOTV in 1993.

Tony Russell Set to Join Tulsa’s KOTV

A Griffin Communications spokesperson has confirmed Tony Russell will join Griffin owned Tulsa CBS affiliate KOTV as a reporter.

Currently, Russell is a multimedia journalist for KHBS-KHOG, the ABC and CW affiliates for Fort Smith-Fayetteville, AR.

Russel has worked at KHBS since March 2011. No date has been set for the move.

Bob Slovak Named Weekend Sports Anchor at KTRK

Bob Slovak is the new weekend sports anchor at KTRK in Houston, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Slovak has worked at the ABC O&O since 1998. Tim Melton, who has been off the air since 2011 recovering from a stroke, was previously the weekend sports anchor. Melton announced his exit from KTRK last month.

Before joining KTRK, Slovak worked at KTEN in Ada, KFDM in Beaumont, KOTV in Tulsa and KNXV in Phoenix.

Detroit’s WXYZ Adds Ronnie Dahl, Andy Choi and Nima Shaffe

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ has added three new reporters: Ronnie Dahl (left), Andy Choi (center) and Nima Shaffe (right).

“We are incredibly proud of our award-winning staff at 7 Action News, and excited to add the journalistic talents of Ronnie, Andy and Nima to our team,” WXYZ VP-GM Ed Fernandez said in a statement.

Dahl comes from rival WJBK, Detroit’s Fox O&O. She previously worked at WXYZ as a special projects producer, as well as at WUPW in Toledo and WSYM in Lansing, Mich.

Choi, who will be a multimedia journalist at WXYZ, comes to Detroit from Madison, Wisc., where he was a reporter and anchor at WISC.

Shaffe joins the station from KCTV in Kansas City, where he has been a general assignment reporter for two years. He has also worked at KMTV in Omaha, KKTV in Colorado Springs and KQTV in St. Joseph, Mo.

Dahl has already begun in her new role at WXYZ. Choi and Shaffe begin in early April.

KOLR’s Justin Dougherty Wins $20K After Hitting Half-Court Shot at NBA Game

A KOZL-KOLR reporter won $20,000 after sinking a half-court shot in between quarters of an NBA game Sunday night (video above).

Justin Dougherty, an Oklahoma City Thunder fan, got tickets to a game as a gift from his girlfriend on his birthday. He was selected at random from the crowd to participate in a free throw contest, which he won, receiving a chance to take the half-court shot.

“Once the ball was in mid-flight, I remember thinking, ‘That’s straight, that could go,’ and I remember thinking it felt like the ball was in flight for 30 seconds,” Dougherty told Tulsa CBS affiliate KOTVRead more

KOTV Moves to New Broadcasting Facility

After 64 years in the same building, CBS affiliate KOTV has moved into a new broadcasting facility in Tulsa.

Scott Thompson and Terry Hood anchored the final newscast in the old studios on South Frankfort Avenue Friday night (video above). “As we move to a new building, for a new era, we may look a little snazzier, and we’ll have more room to do our jobs, but it will still be us,” Hood said.

KOTV Prepares for New Building and HD News

Tulsa’s CBS affiliate, KOTV, will be moving into its long-awaited state-of-the-art facility and broadcasting its news in High Definition for the first time on Saturday.

The new 56,000 square foot space offers a look at what future station design might look like and also gives a lift to a section of Tulsa that is being revitalized. David Griffin, president and chief executive officer of Griffin Communications told TVSpy he’s excited about the move.  “Our staff and the city of Tulsa are the winners.”

The facility features geothermal heating and cooling and LED lighting to make it easy on the environment and also houses the Tulsa CW affiliate KQCW. Read more

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