“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.”
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Bill 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.
@RJKeil You’re reading that right as I’ve been called up. Starting on April 14th.
— Justin Rudicel (@ChasingtheMeso) March 20, 2014
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.
The tweet, captured by media blog The Lost Ogle said, “Happy we are the melting pot. Will be happier …if ppl who pour into our pot & sell me fuel & Milk Duds find time to learn our language.”
The response to the deleted tweet was not kind to Blevins, ranging from “How many languages have you found the time to learn” to “Where does 1 learn to speak asshole?”
Griffin Communications, parent company of KWTV, told TVSpy, “Griffin Communications actively promotes and encourages diversity in our community and our business and does not agree with nor condone Dean’s comments. Griffin deleted the tweet in accordance with our strict social media policy which includes monitoring both station and talent social media accounts on a daily basis.” Read more
“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.
“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.”
“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:
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
A 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.”
“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
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.”