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Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne Joins KDVR From KIRO

chris halsneChris Halsne is joining KDVR, the Fox affiliate in Denver, as an investigative reporter. Halsne comes from KIRO, the CBS affiliate in Seattle, where he has worked for 14 years.

“Chris is a talented storyteller, skilled at generating high-impact stories. He has won many regional Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for outstanding journalism,” KDVR vice president of news Ed Kosowski wrote in a note to station staffers. “…Please welcome Chris when he arrives here Monday.”

Before KIRO, Halsne was the lead investigative reporter and special projects unit manager at KWTV, the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City. He has also worked at stations in Topeka, Joplin, Ft. Myers and Grand Rapids.

Griffin Communications Lets Ben Franklin say ‘Thank You’ to Employees

griffin_cashGriffin Communications, owners of Tulsa CBS and CW affiliates KOTV and KQCW as well as Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV told their employees ‘thank you’ by giving out some cold hard cash.

“Today our company, Griffin Communications, decided to give every employee $500,” KOTV content director Ed Trauschke wrote on his facebook page, “A day at the office doesn’t get any better than that!”

Houston Hunt, Griffin’s VP of marketing, told TVSpy,”David, Kirsten and John Griffin presented each Griffin Communications employee with $500 cash (net) yesterday as a thank you for their hard work, dedication and passion over the last five years and to celebrate where the company is at this moment – doing very, very well.”

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Justin Dougherty Joins KWTV in Oklahoma City

After two years at KOLR-KOZL in Springfield, Mo., Justin Dougherty is leaving to join KWTV in Oklahoma City.

“Justin, you’ve done it all. You’ve done sports, you’ve done news, you’ve done anything that anyone has ever asked you to. You’re a very hard worker,” Shannon Miller said on Dougherty’s final newscast last week. “A great asset to the station. You will be missed.”

Watch Dougherty’s goodbye, via his Facebook page:

KWTV Anchor Kisses Pig for Charity


When KWTV held a contest to raise money for the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids program during the Oklahoma State Fair the goal, other than raising money for a worthy charity, was to make one of their anchors kiss a pig.

Viewers donated to the cause in the name of the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate anchor they wanted to see pucker up with the porker. The winner was chief meteorologist David Payne who raised more than $2,600. He kissed his pig last week. Click here to view the video of that.

But due to some behind the scenes finagling between co-anchors Bobbie Miller and Tammy Payne plus a $5,000 donation from a corporate sponsor, morning anchor Stan Miller got to take a turn in the kissing booth. Read more

KFOR’s Mike Morgan to Receive Award for Keeping Oklahomans Safe in Tornadoes

PrintA few months after being blamed for putting Oklahoma City viewers in danger during a series of tornadoes that hit the state, Mike Morgan will be one of three Oklahoma City meteorologists slated to receive the Lee Allen Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award “for his tireless efforts to keep others safe and informed during the May tornadoes.”

Joining the meteorologist for the local NBC affiliate KFOR will be Gary England, former chief meteorologist for CBS affiliate KWTV, and Damon Lane, meteorologist for ABC affiliate KOCO.

“These exceptional weathermen were three of the many heroes who emerged as the deadly tornadoes battered our state in May,” OC president John deSteiguer said in a statement. “Their expertise, instincts and professionalism saved countless lives. Their invaluable service under pressure embodies the spirit of Oklahoma.” Read more

KWTV Graphic Gives Woman Busted for DUI Happy Ending

An Oklahoma County Clerk had quite the night if you were to believe everything Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV wrote about her in a graphic.

Anchor Kelly Ogle told viewers during last night’s 10:00 p.m. news elected official Carolyn Caudill had “bonded out of jail” after being arrested for DUI, but the graphic told a different story.

After seeing the graphic on twitter, one user quipped, “I guess that’s what the smile is for.”

KWTV Meteorologist Gary England Promoted to Corporate Role at Griffin Communications

KWTV chief meteorologist Gary England is moving into a corporate role at the station’s parent company, Griffin Communications.

England will focus on “severe storm mitigation, technology innovation, and audience relations” as he transitions to vice president for corporate relations and weather development. His daily on-air forecasts at the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate will end August 30.

“I’ve been blessed to be able to do something that I love for over 40 years and have always enjoyed the challenge of change,” England said in a statement. “All of this represents a new, fresh and bold approach on my road of life and business. I am therefore very enthusiastic about the future.”

England joined KWTV in 1972. He will continue to appear on the station in his new role as in a series of reports called “Gary’s I’ll Keep You Advised,” focusing on long-term weather patterns and events.

“Gary England is an icon. The impact that he has had on Oklahoma and the field of meteorology is unparalleled,” Griffin Communications chairman and CEO David Griffin said in a statement. “His dedication and passion for weather has revolutionized severe weather systems and coverage not only in Oklahoma but throughout the world. When you see television weather across America, you are seeing the results of Gary’s work.”

Video of England talking about his promotion is after the jump. Read more

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

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