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Tulsa’s KOTV Goes Green with New Building

Griffin Communications will be doing its part for the environment with its new 57,000 square foot broadcasting center for its stations, CBS affiliate KOTV and CW affiliate KQCW.

Anyone who has stepped inside a TV studio can imagine the amount of power needed to keep the studio cool and the incandescent lights burning.  Griffin’s Tulsa building will feature geothermal heating and cooling and LED studio lighting to reduce energy costs and efficiency.

“The use of LED lighting instruments on our set will reduce our lighting power requirement alone by over 90% from previously-employed incandescent and fluorescent fixtures,”Griffin’s chairman and chief executive officer David Griffin in a statement. Read more

KOTV Photojournalist Discovers Drowning Victim

The body of a missing Tulsa teenager was recovered on Sunday with the help of a crew from KOTV, the Tulsa CBS affiliate (video above).

Photojournalist Todd Ruffin was shooting video in a remote area of Coal Creek when he noticed a body caught in debris about two miles away from where the teen had reportedly fallen into the water Saturday night. The station alerted authorities and waited until family members were notified to report the information, according to KOTV.

Bob Hower, Anchor of Tulsa’s First Newscast, Dies

Bob Hower, the anchor of Tulsa’s first newscast, died Saturday morning. He was 87.

Hower was at the anchor desk when KOTV became Tulsa’s first television station in 1949. He left the station for the Air Force at the beginning of the Korean War, later returning to Tulsa as an anchor at KTUL, where he finished out his 35-year career in broadcasting.

In 1980, Hower launched KTUL’s Waiting Child program, a weekly segment that features children in permanent custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services looking for adoptive homes. The segment is still featured on KTUL and has led to the adoption of thousands of children, according to the station.

Weekend Anchor Tara Vreeland Leaving KOTV

Tara Vreeland will sign off this weekend from KOTV after three years at the Oklahoma City CBS-affiliate.

“I expected to move here and learn. I expected to grow in the business,” she wrote on Facebook. “What I didn’t expect was to become part Okie and to become attached to the wonderful people. Thank you for being such loyal viewers and friends.”

Vreeland, the station’s weekend anchor, said she is moving to Colorado to be closer to her family. Her final broadcast will be Sunday night. [h/t NewsBlues]

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.

Belo Executive Steve McIntosh Gunned Down Outside Daughter’s School

Steve McIntosh, a vice president and general manager at Belo, was fatally gunned down on Friday evening in front of his three-year-old daughter.

The shooting occurred as McIntosh was picking his daughter up from her Arlington montessori school, according to Belo’s WFAA (video above).

The suspected gunman, who committed suicide following the shooting, was a University of Texas at Arlington student who had recently sought counseling from McIntosh’s wife, a UTA staff-member.

McIntosh oversaw advertising and financial services for Belo’s group of stations.  He began his broadcasting career in 1990 as an accounting assistant with Tulsa’s KOTV, a Belo station at the time, and went on to hold management positions at WFAA and KIRO, before moving on to become a staffer with the stations’ parent company.

Betty Boyd, ‘Queen of Tulsa TV,’ Passes Away

Betty Boyd, who became known as the “Queen of Tulsa TV” during her 25-year broadcasting career, died on Thursday from complications stemming from a recent stroke.

A Tulsa native, Boyd began her TV career in 1955 with KOTV, where she went on to host and produce original series centering on social issues, including “Women’s Page” and “Boyd’s Eye View.”   She left KOTV in 1965 to join KTUL and launched “The Betty Boyd Show,” which at the time helped make the ABC-affiliate the most watched local station among female viewers.

Boyd leveraged her local TV popularity during a successful run for the state Legislature in 1990, where she served for ten years.

In 1996, Boyd was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame and two years later she received an American Women in Radio and Television Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more

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