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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.”

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.

Jennifer Zeppelin Named Chief Meteorologist at KTUL

KTUL has named a new chief meteorologist to replace Frank Mitchell, who retired earlier this week. Jennifer Zeppelin will step into the role at the Tulsa ABC affiliate, making her Tulsa’s first female chief meteorologist.

Zeppelin has been a freelance meteorologist at KTUL for the past nine months. She made the move to Tulsa earlier this year after her husband accepted a job at the Oklahoma State University Foundation. Prior to that, she worked at KCNC in Denver as the morning and noon meteorologist.

“In the last few months [Zeppelin] has shown all of us that she not only loves what she does, but also is serious about protecting our viewers from severe weather,” KTUL general manager Pat Baldwin said in a statement. “We believe Oklahomans will welcome her on board wholeheartedly.”

On the Heels of Frank Mitchell’s Retirement, KTUL Shakes Up Weather Team

On Frank Mitchell‘s last day as chief meteorologist, KTUL has announced some changes to its team of weathercasters.

Andrew Kozak (pictured left), who has been freelancing for the Tulsa ABC affiliate, has been named KTUL’s morning meteorologist. He replaces Mike Collier (pictured right), who is moving to weekend evenings.

“It’s time to throw away the alarm clock,” Collier wrote on Facebook. “You are in great hands with Meteorologist Andrew Kozak!”

No word yet on how the new schedule will affect Jennifer Zeppelin, who is the current weekend evening meteorologist. In a statement, KTUL said a new chief meteorologist “will be named later this month.” The station has yet to respond to TVSpy’s request for comment.

Chief Meteorologist Frank Mitchell Leaving KTUL

Frank Mitchell, the chief meteorologist at Tulsa ABC-affiliate KTUL, has announced that he is leaving the station next month for a job as a financial adviser.

“As anyone that works evenings can tell you, it can be hard to take on that shift with a family at home,” Mitchell said in a statement. “I really look forward to being more involved with my kids’ activities, maybe even coaching a little baseball.”

Mitchell was hired as a weekend meteorologist by KTUL in the early 1990s. He will sign off from the station on September 18.

KTUL Anchor Loses Home in Oklahoma Wildfire

A wildfire in Oklahoma has destroyed the home of KTUL morning anchor Keith Taylor, the Tulsa ABC-affiliate says.

Taylor was interviewed by KTUL reporter Burt Mummalo. The Mannford wildfire covered nearly 100 square miles near Tulsa and has burned more than 120 structures, including dozens of homes, according to the AP.

“You know, you see it on the news all the time and you don’t realize how emotional it is,” Taylor said tearfully. Watch KTUL’s report on Taylor’s home inside… Read more

RTDNA Announces Winners of Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

The RTDNA has announced the winners of the 2012 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards.

Radio, television and online winners, divided into small and large markets, were selected from more than 3,500 entries. The RTDNA says this year is “one of the most competitive Edward R. Murrow Awards seasons in RTDNA history.”

Large market overall excellence winners were KING in Seattle, KTVU in Oakland, KMGH in Denver, KARE in Minneapolis, KMBC in Kansas City, KHOU in Houston, WTHR in Indianapolis, WLKY in Louisville, WIAT in Birmingham, WCVB in Boston, KDKA in Pittsburgh, WSB in Atlanta and CIVT in Vancouver. Read more

Man Arrested for Double Homicide Interviewed by KTUL at Murder Scene

A man suspected of taking part in an execution-style double homicide was interviewed by a KTUL photojournalist just hours before he was arrested yesterday.

“I think it’s real crazy,” Darren Price told KTUL reporter Latoya Silmon (video above). “I bring my kids out here to play. You gotta raise the question, is it safe to even walk around this town?” Read more

As Carole Lambert Departs, KTUL Shakes Up Anchor Lineup in Primetime

KTUL is making major changes to their evening anchor lineup, replacing all three anchors who are veteran faces of primetime at the Tulsa station.

The anchor changes come as veteran Carole Lambert, who has been an anchor at the Tulsa ABC affiliate since 1992, signed off last Thursday. Lambert’s co-anchor, Charles Ely (pictured), will get new hours,  leaving the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. broadcasts for a new, half-hour show that will air at 4 p.m. beginning next week.

“It will be his own new-formatted show,” KTUL president and general manager Pat Baldwin told The Tulsa World. “It will be news but it will be different than the other evening newscasts we do.”

Lambert and Ely will be replaced by morning anchor Kristin Dickerson and 5 p.m. anchor Mark Bradshaw beginning Monday. Bradshaw will anchor the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. broadcasts in addition to his normal hours; Baldwin is searching for a replacement for Dickerson in the mornings.

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RTDNA Announces 2011 Murrow Award Winners

RTDNA has officially announced the winners of the 2011 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

KUSA (Denver), KARE (Minneapolis-St. Paul), KRDO (Colorado Springs), and WGRZ (Buffalo) had especially impressive showings this year, dominating their respective divisions in addition to winning Overall Excellence.

In a show of vindication for KARE’s departing VP of News Tom Lindner, the NBC-affiliate won 7 of the 12 categories in its division.

KTUL (Tulsa) and WVUE (New Orleans) also garnered a significant amount of awards, with their call signs showing up more than any other station in their individual divisions.

List of winners inside… Read more

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