The forecast for Oklahoma City calls for partly cloudy skies and giant wasps. During the 6:30pm newscast Thursday night, a wasp surprised KFOR’s Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan.
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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
The Oklahoman has published a story that suggests KFOR meteorologist Mike Morgan was to blame for the deaths of five Oklahoma City family members after they followed his advice about escaping an oncoming tornado.
Virginia Shrum said her brother talked about how he had hidden down in the tunnel from a tornado three years before. The survivors said they were swayed to flee the apartment by warnings from Mike Morgan, KFOR-TV chief meteorologist.
The article said 11 people hid in a long drainage tunnel behind the family’s apartment to escape the oncoming twister. They were swept from the tunnel by a flash flood.
At least 10 of the group ended up in the Oklahoma River. Killed were two of Virginia Shrum’s daughters, Destiny Love Shrum, 4, and Terra Shrum, 3; her brother, Timothy Shrum, 21; and her adopted mother’s two children, Cory Don Johnson Jr., 3, and Alexis Johnson, 5 months.
Nolan Clay, who wrote the article for The Oklahoman told TVSpy the families repeatedly blamed Morgan for what happened during the interview. He said he didn’t think he could ignore it. Clay used parts of a statement issued by KFOR in his article. Read more
Viewers and meteorologists from stations as far away as Dallas, TX, say Morgan should have told viewers to stay put. Friday night the interstates were clogged with a combination of rush hour traffic and residents fleeing the path of yet another set of tornadoes to hit the area in recent weeks.
“Call your neighbor. Go to that place. If you can’t, you need to be going,” Morgan told viewers Friday night as the tornado approached Yukon, OK. “I would recommend going Southbound. You need to part the water with this. You need to part the water and get out of its way…I’d go Southbound do it now….Just take I-44 and just go down to Newcastle.” Read more
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 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
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.
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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.
The Oklahoma City metro area is under a tornado warning until 10 p.m. tonight.
When multiple tornadoes tore through central Oklahoma and Wichita, KS, Sunday, MSNBC, CNN and FOX News went with the local stations in the area to show viewers what was happening.
Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR provided views for both CNN and MSNBC. KFOR meteorologist Mike Morgan was in the studio coordinating between the KFOR helicopter and crews on the ground to warn viewers of approaching twisters.
Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO was also used as a resource by CNN. The cable network switched between shots of meteorologist Brad Sowder at the weather map and the KFOR feed to flesh out the developing story. At one point early on, CNN went to Wichita CBS affiliate KWCH for an update on the tornado warnings in effect in the Wichita area.
Tulsa and Oklahoma City CBS affiliates KOTV-KWTV were used by FOX News in their reporting. FOX stuck with anchor Gregg Jarrett in the studio with meteorologist Janice Dean while taking live phone interviews with witnesses on scene.
The national spotlight was fixed on the KFOR weather team on Tuesday night as a tornado ripped through the Oklahoma City area. MSNBC essentially handed over its broadcast to Mike Morgan, the NBC-affiliate’s chief meteorologist, and his team early Tuesday evening as a severe weather system whipped through Oklahoma (video above).
And KFOR did not disappoint. The station’s storm chasers provided incredible footage of the tornado as they checked in the Morgan, including the image of power line poles being blown out of the ground.
Other cable news stations aired live feeds from local stations as well, although not quite to the same extent. CNN carried parts of KWTV‘s live coverage and Fox News also used aeriel footage shot by the Oklahoma City CBS-affiliate. Read more
Oklahoma City’s KAUT is undergoing an aggressive rebranding effort to appeal to the more than 50,000 active and reserve military personnel in Oklahoma. Next month, KAUT (channel 43), a MyNetworkTV-affiliate which airs a two-hour morning newscast in addition to a half-hour nightly newscast at 9 p.m., will relaunch as “Freedom 43.”
“For the first, a TV station is aiming its news focus not at a particular demographic, age group, or gender,” boasts Jim Boyer, KAUT’s president and general manager, “but at an audience bound by social connections and shared values.”
“Freedom 43 TV is for all Oklahomans who believe in faith, freedom, and patriotism,” Boyer said, in announcing the brand makeover.
KAUT’s new identity appears to be in line with that of Fox News, with programming based on a specific worldview and meant to draw a conservative audience. Read more