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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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KSBI Cancelling Oklahoma Live! and Wild Card

OklahomaLiveOklahoma City station KSBI is cancelling two of its local programs, Oklahoma Live! and Wild Card.

“I can confirm that KSBI has made the decision to discontinue production of Oklahoma Live! and Wild Card effective Friday September 19, 2014,” JaNiece Cranmer, executive producer at KSBI, told TVSpy in an email. “We have no comment as to why the shows were cancelled. They will be replaced with syndicated programs.”

The station appears to be moving away from local, live programming in general. An article in The Lost Ogle on Tuesday suggested as much, claiming that the station laid off almost its entire staff due to the cancellations. A source told the site that it was due to ”some kind of money/budget restructuring thing but they couldn’t or wouldn’t say more.”

Oklahoma Station Apologizes for Cutting Rapper from Morning Show

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Oklahoma City station KSBI has apologized to performer Jabee Williams after he was asked to leave instead of appearing on the station’s morning show, “Oklahoma Live!” Williams told NewsOK he was invited to appear on the show Monday morning, but the show’s executive producer told him “Hi Jabee. There’s been an oversight, and I need you to leave.”

We all thought he was joking. We asked if he was serious and he said “if you need help, we can help you load your stuff.” Jabee asked if they were expecting a country act, and he said ‘honestly, yes. Upon seeing you, we realized there was an oversight.’

When we asked what exactly the oversight was, he said he had not realized Jabee was not a country act. He said the station is moving in a new direction and could not have him on the show.

Williams says it was “a blatant form of discrimination.”

Station president Vince Orza apologized in a statement Monday to The Oklahoman:

“Jabee should have been allowed to perform. He is a professional, who showed up on time, ready to entertain our audience as he has in the past,” Orza said in a statement. “I wanted him to hear directly from me that he is welcome to perform on ‘Oklahoma Live!’ and KSBI. I apologized to him, and he very graciously thanked me for calling.”

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.

Anchor Alex Wehrley Joins KSBI From WREX

Alex Wehrley is leaving her post as the morning anchor at WREX in Rockford for a job at KSBI in Oklahoma City, according to the Rockford Register Star.

Wehrley begins October 8 as the host of “Oklahoma Live!,” an early afternoon interview show on the MyNetworkTV affiliate in Oklahoma City.

She will sign off from WREX on October 5. News director Mike Costello told the Register Star that the search for her replacement is underway and the station hopes to debut a new morning anchor in mid to late October.