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KTUL Anchor Yvonne Lewis Retiring from TV News

YvonneYvonne Lewis, a weekend anchor and reporter for Tulsa’s KTUL, has decided to leave the world of TV news. According to an article in Tulsa World, the newswoman doesn’t know what she’s going to do next.

“I’m like a blank canvas. I have surrendered to God and am allowing Him to complete His masterpiece,” Lewis said. “I will say this is definitely a faith walk.”

Lewis had been at the ABC affiliate for 28 years. Her last on-air appearance will be sometime in September. A replacement has yet to be announced.

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KTUL Meteorologist Spins New Rhyme with ‘Ode to Spring’

KTUL morning meteorologist Andrew Kozak busted out the rhymes again, this time for Spring.

You may remember Kozak’s last dance into doggerelville on the Tulsa ABC affiliate. He re-worked “Twas the Night before Christmas” for a forecast.

Ahem, “So watch the video and laugh or maybe just cry, because springtime is here even on TVSpy.”

Tulsa Meteorologist Reworks Classic Holiday Poem for Forecast


Tulsa’s Andrew Kozak got into the holiday spirit by reciting his version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” for his morning forecast.

The meteorologist for ABC affiliate KTUL started with a rhyming look back at the year that was, then transitioned the doggerel poem to the local forecast that included the line, “But no big storms are brewing, so there’s no need to cower. On Sunday just a 20 percent chance of a shower.”

Allbritton Exploring Sale of Television Stations

Allbritton Communications Company, the parent company of Politico and several ABC affiliates around the country, is considering a sale of its television stations, Politico’s Dylan Byers reports. In a memo to Politico staffers, chairman and CEO Robert Allbritton said the  potential sale comes with the desire to “stay on the leading edge” of the rapidly changing media business:

As excited as I am about my future and the company’s, it is not an easy decision to contemplate a break from something that is such an important part of our history. I love the television business, and am deeply appreciative of the success I have had in it. I have treasured working with the media professionals at all of our stations, and in recent years, I have especially enjoyed watching the collaboration here in Washington between POLITICO and WJLA / NewsChannel 8. I have always respected the deep connections with communities that our stations have, and am always humbled by the responsibilities—to citizens, to our employees, and to the next generation—that come with ownership. Those responsibilities are what led me to consider a sale now. This industry is in the midst of rapid consolidation and there are some clear advantages that come with increased scale. I want to ensure that our stations are well-positioned to continue their extraordinary success and participate in all of the new prospects for broadcasting going forward.

Allbritton writes he will look to “invest in or launch media companies that follow the POLITICO model of dominating targeted coverage.” Read his full memo here.

Allbritton owns seven stations: WJLA in Washington, D.C.; WHTM in Harrisburg, Pa.; WBMA in Birmingham, Ala.; KATV in Little Rock, Ark.; KTUL in Tulsa; WSET in Roanoke, Va.; and WCIV in Charleston, S.C. The company also owns NewsChannel8, a 24-hour local cable channel in Washington, D.C.

RTDNA Announces Edward R. Murrow Award Winners for 2013

RTDNA has announced the winners of the 2013 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

The big winners were Boston ABC affiliate WCVB with 7 awards, Denver NBC affiliate KUSA with nine awards, Seattle NBC affiliate KING with eight awards and Minneapolis NBC affiliate KARE with ten awards in the large market category for their regions.

The most dominant small market stations in their respective regions were Tulsa, OK, ABC affiliate KTUL with six awards and New Orleans FOX affiliate WVUE with nine awards.

You can view the complete list of winners by clicking here.

KTUL, KSL and WFTS Win NABEF Service to America Awards

KTUL in Tulsa, KSL in Salt Lake City and WFTS in Tampa are the winners of the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation’s annual Service to America Awards.

KTUL is the winner of the Service to America Television Award for setting “an example of service at the heart of a community,” according to the NABEF. The ABC affiliate produced nearly 50 community outreach projects in 2012.

KSL wins this year’s Service to Children Award for making “great strides in ensuring elementary students read at grade level.” The NBC affiliate created a grassroots movement, “Read Today,” that has tutored more than 2,600 students in Salt Lake City.

For a six-week campaign aimed at creating awareness and taking action against domestic violence, WFTS wins the Service to Community Award. The ABC affiliate has “created a lifeline for many suffering in the shadow of domestic abuse.” Read more

Former KTUL Reporter Bill Mitchell Dies

Bill Mitchell, who retired as a reporter for Tulsa, OK, ABC affiliate KTUL in December died Friday after a long illness.

“We are mourning the loss of a great reporter and friend today,” KTUL general manager Pat Baldwin said. “Bill loved the station and our viewers. He was a hard worker and taught us all how to find news stories. He will always be part of the Channel 8 family.”

Mitchell started at KTUL in 1972. In 1982, he moved to KARK in Little Rock, AR, for one year before working at KOCO in Oklahoma City for 11 years. Mitchell came back to KTUL in 1994 where he worked until December 2012. Read more

KTUL Meteorologist Draws Weather Maps After Graphics Malfunction

A graphics malfunction at Tulsa ABC affiliate KTUL forced meteorologist Andrew Kozak to get creative with his weather forecast Monday (video above).

Kozak did the entire weather report with hand-drawn graphics, including maps, headlines and a “radar.” The graphics were up and running again for the second half of the morning newscast.

KTUL’s Bill Mitchell Retires After 43 Years as a Reporter

After more than four decades as a TV reporter, Bill Mitchell said his final goodbye to Tulsa viewers on KTUL Friday.

During his 43 years in television news, Mitchell worked for Tulsa’s NBC Affiliate KJRH, Little Rock’s KARK and KOCO in Oklahoma City, in addition to two stints at the Tulsa ABC affiliate.

During an interview with Keith Taylor on the KTUL morning show, Mitchell said he told KTUL president and general manager Pat Baldwin, “You know I hate to leave. This is one of the greatest TV stations in the world to work in.” Mitchell then said, “But I’m going to.”

When Mitchell announced his retirement in November, Baldwin said of Mitchell, “He has been a member of our Channel 8 family for over 18 years. He will be missed here on Lookout Mountain but we are also excited for him and his wife.” You can watch a farewell video montage the station put together spanning his career after the jump. Read more

Reporter Latoya Silmon Joins KDFW From KTUL

Latoya Silmon is joining KDFW, the Fox O&O in Dallas, as a general assignment reporter.

Silmon, a Dallas native, most recently worked as an anchor and reporter at KTUL in Tulsa. She begins November 5 as a reporter for KDFW’s morning newscast.

“It’s a dream come true to be able to return to my hometown and work for FOX 4,” Silmon said in a statement. “I can’t wait to get started telling the stories of the community that shaped the person and professional I am today.”

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