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KWTV Pilot Reportedly Suspended for Racing the Chopper

jim-gardner-suspensionThe Lost Ogle reports, KWTV helicopter pilot Jim Gardner has been suspended from the station for racing the station chopper against a microjet that makes appearances at air shows across the country.

The details regarding the incident are a bit murky, but apparently it involved the futuristic George Jetson plane that Jim posted a pic of on July 27. I guess a video recently surfaced that showed Jim racing the plane in Sky News 9. The video has since been pulled, but I was able to obtain the following pixellated screenshot (right) of the clip via the Ogle Mole Network:

The July 27 photo referred to by The Lost Ogle can be seen after the jump, along with a publicity photo the station posted to its facebook page in May.

A spokesperson for the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate told TVSpy they don’t comment on personnel matters. Read more

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Cassie Heiter Joins KWTV as Sixth Meteorologist

heiter kwtvMeteorologist Cassie Heiter has joined Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV.

“Please welcome our newest member of the News 9 Weather Team, Cassie Heiter (Meteorologist)!” KWTV meteorologist Lacey Swope wrote on her facebook page, “You might have caught a glimpse of her during our coverage yesterday. I promise she has a face, and you will get to meet her very shortly. We are so excited to add her to our team. She is filling the role of evening Weather Producer and on-air fill-in.”

Heiter comes to KWTV from WQAD in the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa, where she had worked since 2009. She will be the sixth meteorologist on staff at the station.

KWTV to Retire Historic Broadcast Tower; Once Billed as World’s Tallest

News9.com – Oklahoma City, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports |

An Oklahoma City broadcast tower that once was billed as the tallest man-made structure in the world is now destined for recycling. A “towering piece of broadcast and Oklahoma history” said KWTV anchor Kelly Ogle, who climbed the tower for a farewell story–and to tell the unique history of the structure, which among other things led to the station’s choice of call letters:

The tower stands at more than 1,572 feet tall, around 300 feet higher than the Empire State Building, making it at one time the world’s tallest manmade structure. So tall In fact, (station owner John) Griffin decided against the call letters KOMA and instead chose KWTV, standing for “world’s tallest video”.

By the fall of 1954, we reached the widest coverage of any station in the southwest with the view from the top reaching a 60-mile horizon.

“It was real big deal,” (former station general manager Jack) DeLier said. “We had a grand dedication, Johnny Carson was the master of ceremonies, and Vera Ellen who was a film actress and dancer at that time, climbed up on the elevator to the 1,300 foot level and danced on the platform.”

The station no longer uses the tower, and so the massive piece of Oklahoma history will soon be brought down, piece by piece, and sent off for recycling.

What Did They Cover in Oklahoma City Last Night?

Today we look at Oklahoma City where Sinclair (KOKH), Hearst (KOCO), Tribune (KFOR) and Griffin Communications (KWTV) own the four major stations.

The story choice was diverse with only a car crash at rush hour and a meth bust by a rookie sheriff’s deputy being the only stories that were repeated in any newscast.

The only question we have for Oklahoma City is, “How many Ogles are there anyway?”

Hospital Bomb Threat Phoned in to Oklahoma City Stations

An Oklahoma City hospital has been cleared of danger after a man called local stations, including CBS affiliate KWTV and NBC affiliate KFOR, and said there were two bombs in the hospital.

From KWTV’s website:

“The man on the phone said his cousin claimed he placed two bombs in the hospital to protest the gay marriage ruling last week,” said News 9 Assignment Editor Elyssa Mann who took the phone call. The caller told Mann the bombs were set to go off at 8:00 a.m. and were placed on the third floor of the hospital and in the parking garage.

News 9 immediately notified Oklahoma City police of the call. Police officers rushed to the hospital and did a sweep of all the buildings. They told our crew on scene there was nothing suspicious or unusual in the hospital. They said there was nothing for the bomb squad to come out and investigate.

Watch KWTV’s report:

News9.com – Oklahoma City, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports |

Oklahoma City Reporter Moves to Rival Station

Joleen Chaney, reporter for Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR, is moving to cross town rival KWTV.

A spokesperson for KWTV told TVSpy, Chaney will be a nightside reporter for the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate.

Earthquake Hits During Oklahoma City Morning Newscast

A series of earthquakes at 5:31, 5:47 and 6:25 a.m. hit the Oklahoma City area this morning.

The largest hit at 5:47 a.m. and was 4.2 on the Richter scale. Reactions among the local stations were pretty consistent, an initial reaction followed by a guess of the earthquake’s magnitude.

“Whoa! Oh my Gosh! I’m so sorry,” said KOCO meteorologist Danielle Dozier during the 5:47 a.m. shaker. “This is live on air.” Dozier then waited for the rumbling to stop before saying,  “That was way bigger than what we felt earlier.” Dozier rightly predicted that earthquake was over 4.0.

FOX affiliate KOKH had the most restrained reaction. Chief meteorologist Jeff George was at the tail end of his forecast when the quake hit and said nothing. Anchor Leslie Draffin told viewers the station just felt what she called a huge earthquake and promised to give more info before tossing to break.

CBS affiliate KWTV was coming back from a video and tossing to meteorologist Lacey Swope who yelled “Earthquake!” when it hit.  Stan Miller and Tammy Payne talked about anchors making it on YouTube with their earthquake reactions and suggested Swope take a deep breath after she ducked down and told viewers her heart was racing.

KFOR, the NBC affiliate was showing forecast maps when the temblor hit. “Oh snap!” said meteorologist Emily Sutton. “That’s a big one.” Sutton also commented that the clanking of the lights was the thing she noticed most. Sutton and anchor Kent Ogle high fived after revealing they had both correctly guessed a previous earthquakes magnitude.

Michael Konopasek Set to Join KING

michael konopasekAfter three years at KWTV in Oklahoma City, Michael Konopasek will join KING in Seattle as a general assignment reporter. He begins in his new role July 7.

“I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work for such a great company in a competitive and exciting television market. Thanks to [KWTV director of content] Todd Spessard for making all of that possible,” Konopasek wrote in a note to KWTV staff. “I’ve met so many wonderful people here over the past three years. It truly is a special place.”

Before KWTV, Konopasek worked at WPTA and WISE in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Bill Mondora Named News Director at KTTV

KTTV_logoBill Mondora is joining KTTV, the Fox-owned station in Los Angeles, as vice president and news director. He will begin in his new role on April 7, KTTV vice president and general manager Kevin Hale announced today.

“Bill’s broad experience and news expertise make him the ideal candidate to lead our newsroom into the future, as we continue to grow and expand our dynamic news product,” Hale said in a statement.

Mondora joins KTTV from CBS, where he was the director of news and administration for CBS Newspath. He is a 24-year veteran of CBS who has also worked as deputy director of news for CBS TeleNoticias. Prior to that, Mondora worked at WCPX (now WKMG) in Orlando and KWTV in Oklahoma City.

“I am excited to join Kevin and the talented team of journalists at FOX 11 News. I look forward to working together to create interactive, engaging and powerful news content for our viewers,” Mondora said in a statement.

KTTV has been without a news director since Kingsley Smith resigned in October.

KSWO Meteorologist ‘Called Up to the Big Leagues’

Meteorologist Justin Rudicel will be joining Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV.

A KWTV spokesperson confirmed Rudicel will join the station in mid-April.

Rudicel comes to KWTV from KSWO in Lawton, OK, where he’s worked for nearly six years. He is currently chief meteorologist.

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