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Man Shoots at KWTV Chopper During Police Standoff

A man fired a shot at the KWTV helicopter during a police standoff Friday, the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate reports. Jim Gardner, the pilot for KWTV’s chopper, was covering ongoing negotiations between the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office and Troy Shackelford, who was feared to be suicidal:

Authorities set up their command center at the Hilltop Baptist Church. After a few hours of negotiations, authorities were able to bring the situation to a safe conclusion.

On Monday, the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office reported that Shackelford actually fired a shot at our chopper. No one was hurt.

The Sheriff’s office will pursue federal charges against Shackelford, according to KWTV.

Blaise Labbe Named ND at WOAI-KABB

Blaise Labbe has been named news director at KABB and WOAI, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Fox and NBC affiliates in San Antonio, Broadcasting & Cable reports.

News of Labbe’s hire was first reported on Rick Gevers’ weekly newsletter. He moves to San Antonio from Kansas City, where he has been news director at CBS affiliate KCTV since 2010. Labbe replaces Tom Bell, who left San Antonio to join KOVR in Sacramento.

Before KCTV, Labbe worked at KWTV in Oklahoma City, KENS in San Antonio and KHOU in Houston.

Weather Channel Producer Talks to KWTV, KVUE About Surviving Oklahoma City Tornado

Weather Channel producer and camera operator Austin Anderson, who was injured in the Oklahoma City tornado, talked about being caught in the storm in an interview with KWTV.

Anderson suffered a cracked sternum, five broken ribs, a broken vertebrae and a cracked vertebrae in his neck, according to KWTV. “I could remember it tumbling through the air and my head getting jerked back and forth,” Anderson told the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate. “… ”Tornados are an amazing act of nature and it’s always amazing for me to see it. I just don’t think I should be as close as I was to this one.”

Anderson, who lives in Texas, used to work at KPRC in Houston. He also did an interview via Skype with KVUE, the ABC affiliate in his hometown of Austin. Watch it after the jump. Read more

Another Tornado Threat For Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City stations went on the air with news of a tornado watch in the area shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

NBC affiliate KFOR was the first to go into wall-to-wall tornado coverage at 3:30 p.m. Chief meteorologist Mike Morgan (pictured) helmed coverage. CBS affiliate KWTV was next at 3:34 p.m., with Kelly Ogle and Amanda Taylor anchoring and meteorologists Gary England and Michael Armstrong contributing.

ABC affiliate KOCO went into continuing coverage with meteorologist Damon Lane at 4:00 p.m. “I know a lot of you are going to be wanting to watch ‘Ellen,’” Lane said. “However, the situation that we have going across the state this afternoon is a significant situation, a very dangerous situation.”

Fox affiliate KOKH stayed with regularly scheduled programming through the 4 p.m. hour.

Oklahoma City Stations Praised For Coverage of Devastating Tornado

Oklahoma City stations have been live around the clock in the aftermath of Monday’s devastating tornado. The stations have been praised for their “thoughtful, professional, experienced” reporting during and after the twister.

All four stations were live during the storm, with meteorologists and anchors issuing repeated warnings for people in the storm’s path to take shelter.

“You folks in Moore, grab whatever it is you need to grab and you need to go underground. Bottom line: grab your kids, grab your loved ones, grab your friends,” KFOR chief meteorologist Mike Morgan said shortly before the tornado hit. “And just get out of the way.”

In her press conference Monday night, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin thanked the local media for early warnings of the tornado threat.

“The media’s done a superb job over the last few days of keeping people informed about the conditions, especially our weathermen and those that have been on the ground, driving, following and tracking the storm itself,” Fallin said.

The local stations’ coverage was available online via live stream. Stations were praised by the Columbia Journalism Review, which noted stations provided “life-saving information before the tornado, essential reporting afterward.” Read more

Massive Tornado Sweeps Through Oklahoma City

A massive, mile-wide tornado ripped through Oklahoma City shortly after 3pmCT Monday, leaving a path of destruction in the southern part of the city. Local stations in Oklahoma City began following the threat closely during the 2 p.m. hour.

All four stations gave regular updates throughout normal morning programming. CBS affiliate KWTV was the first station to go to wall-to-wall with the tornado threat at 2:01 p.m., with meteorologist Michael Armstrong leading coverage.

NBC affiliate KFOR and ABC affiliate KOCO both broke in with continuing coverage at 2:12 p.m. Chief meteorologist Mike Morgan was on the air for KFOR and chief meteorologist Damon Lane led coverage for KOCO. “We’re going to stay on the air here for awhile because storms are developing quite rapidly,” Morgan said.

KOKH chief meteorologist Jeff George took over wall-to-wall coverage on the Fox affiliate at 2:30 p.m.

The Oklahoma City metro area is under a tornado warning until 10 p.m. tonight.

KWTV’s Gary England to be Inducted into Oklahoma Hall of Fame

Gary England, chief meteorologist for Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

England has worked at KWTV since October 1972. His induction into the Hall will take place November 7, 2013.

The Oklahoma Hall of Fame has inducted names like noted author Ralph Ellison, radio announcer Paul Harvey, and Cincinnati Reds’ catcher Johnny Bench. Inductees get their names along with a bust and a portrait displayed at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. They also get granite monuments in the Heritage Plaza at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

Earthquake Shakes KWTV Morning Newscast

An earthquake shook the early morning newscast at KWTV, the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City, Tuesday morning (video above).

Meteorologist Jed Castles was in the middle of his forecast when the earthquake rattled the studio. Although there was no visible shaking, anchor Bobbie Miller can be heard off camera saying, “We feel the lights shaking in the studio. We’re having an earthquake right now.”

The earthquake was one of several that struck central Oklahoma early Tuesday morning.

Casey Roebuck Signing Off From KJRH

Reporter Casey Roebuck has announced her departure from Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH.

“After 10 years at KJRH, this week will be my last. It was a tough decision,” Roebuck tweeted Friday. “But I want to be a full time mom to my little girls.”

Roebuck has worked at KWTV in Oklahoma City, KLBC in Laughlin, Nev. and KLAS in Las Vegas. She was a crime and general assignment reporter for KJRH.

Oklahoma City Meteorologist’s Wife Surprises Him On-Air

KWTV meteorologist Jed Castles had a surprise guest during his “Bus Stop Forecast” segment. He tossed to a viewer question and the viewer was his wife Sharon. You can watch the video after the jump.

“That was my lovely wife Sharon,” Castles told viewers. “And I didn’t know she was going to do that.  That was a rare treat.  I got tricked by somebody.”

But the surprise quickly veered into adult territory when his co-anchor Stan Miller told him,”You married up, son.  You married up.” Castles replied, “Did I ever. Boy what a blessing she is. Guys, good morning to you.  Man! Whoo! Put a little chill up my spine. I’m ready to get home,” which was greeted with squeals off camera from co-anchor Bobbie Miller and a reply of, “Oh! A little frisky!” Read more

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