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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kozak: "I'm here for awhile though."

Andrew Kozak
Tulsa News Today has began to receive comments/emails about KTUL Meteorologist Andrew Kozak departing from the station.

We reached out to Andrew, and he replied, telling us that he "can't comment right now, unfortunately. Love the morning show, Keith, and Laura."

Kozak is the weekday meteorologist for "Good Morning Oklahoma" (4:30-7:00am), as well as co-host/meteorologist for "Good Day Tulsa" (9:00-10:00am).

We have also tried to reach out to KTUL General Manager Pat Baldwin for a comment. If any new developments occur, we'll be the first to let you know.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Justin Wilfon Will Host New Show, Leaving Tulsa

Justin Wilfon
KJRH "2News Today" morning anchor Justin Wilfon has confirmed that he will be leaving the station in late August.

Scripps Media, the parent company of KJRH, is launching a new show titled "The Now," in which Wilfon will host. He'll be moving to sister station KSHB-TV in Kansas City to perform his new role.

Wilfon also commented: "I’ll miss my 2 Works for You family and Tulsa, but I’m happy to be staying in the company. I’m very much looking forward to this big adventure in KC."

Wilfon's departure simply adds insult to injury for KJRH television, as his co-anchor, Deana Silk, announced she would be leaving the station at the beginning of August. In the past year, KJRH has also lost on-air talents including then-Chief Meteorologist Dan Threlkeld, then-Problem Solvers Michelle Lowry and Pete Knutson, and longtime reporter Casey Roebuck.

Tulsa News Today wishes Justin the best in all endeavors.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dave Davis Is Now A Co-Anchor

If you don't tune it to KOTV's weekday noon newscast, you might have a reason now.

On July 8, the station promoted Dave Davis to co-anchor, alongside current anchor Havonnah Johnson.

Davis still serves as a reporter for "Six in the Morning."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tulsa's Top Ten - Meteorologists

Occasionally, Tulsa News Today will feature a "Top 10" List featuring the best of Tulsa's media. This month, we're listing Tulsa's Top 10 Meteorologists (from 2000-present).

#10- Andrew Kozak, Tulsa's Channel 8. Andrew Kozak first got his feet in the water in the Tulsa market when he joined Fox 23. In 2012, he came to Tulsa's Channel 8 to eventually become the "Good Morning Oklahoma" and "Good Day Tulsa" meteorologist (where he can still be seen today). Kozak has gained national attention when he hand-drew his weather forecast after a technology malfunction.

#9- Mike Collier, Tulsa's Channel 8. Mike Collier first joined Tulsa's Channel 8 in 2001 as a weather producer. Since then, he has served as meteorologist for "Good Morning Oklahoma," "Good Day Tulsa," and most recently on the weekend editions of KTUL. Collier approaches each weathercast with a serious, but laid-back personality that is "truly comforting" as one viewer has expressed.

#8- Taft Price, 2NEWS. Taft Price is currently the weekend morning meteorologist for KJRH 2NEWS. Prior to joining KJRH at the end of 2011, Price served as weekend evening meteorologist at KTUL. He could also have been found during any significant weather event, alongside Frank Mitchell in the station's weather center.

#7- James Aydelott, Fox 23. James Aydelott was first seen in Tulsa as morning meteorologist for the popular KOTV broadcast "Six in the Morning." After a brief Tulsa hiatus, Aydelott returned to Tulsa to become the Chief Meteorologist for Fox 23 News, where he still can be seen every weeknight at 5:00, 6:00, 9:00, and 10:00. Whenever severe weather is approaching, or is already knocking on your door, many viewers have expressed they turn to Aydelott for "comfort and updates." 

#6- Dick Faurot, News On 6. Dick Faurot is currently the oldest on-air meteorologist in Tulsa. Last year, he celebrated 20 years with News On 6. Faurot has served as meteorologist for just about every single newscast, whether it be morning, night, weekend, or holiday. Faurot's out-of-the-studio activities, such as "Fishing with Faurot," as well as his "dynamic duo" severe weather coverage with Travis Meyer, have landed him at #6 on our list.

#5- Alan Crone, News On 6. Alan Crone can currently be seen every weekday morning on the popular show "Six in the Morning" on KOTV. Crone joined the station in 2006, replacing then-morning meteorologist James Aydelott. Crone's on-air chemistry with anchors Rich Lenz and LeAnne Taylor, as well as accurate and "cheerful" morning weathercasts have landed him the #5 spot.

#4- Dan Threlkeld, 2NEWS. Dan Threlkeld served as Chief Meteorologist for KJRH 2NEWS until August 28, 2013. We may never know the complete story on his departure from the station. Thinking more positively, Threlkeld had a great personality and a great attitude when delivering the forecasts each night.

#3- Frank Mitchell, Tulsa's Channel 8. Frank Mitchell was an icon at Tulsa's Channel 8. In addition to serving as meteorologist for the popular "Good Morning Oklahoma" newscast, he is well-known for proposing to then-co-host Terri Bowers LIVE on the air! Fast forward to 2005, Mitchell would replace the departing Travis Meyer as Chief Meteorologist. He kept this role until September 18, 2012, when he decided to take more of a "normal" career, to spend more time with family. 

DISCLOSURE: Tulsa News Today had a tough time deciding who should be #1 and #2. Jim Giles and Travis Meyer are both fixtures to Oklahoma weather.  

#2- Jim Giles, News On 6. Jim Giles is without a doubt an Oklahoma Weather Expert and Icon. He was Chief Meteorologist for KOTV from 1981 until his retirement in 2006. Giles passed away the following month after his retirement. Giles was inducted into the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007. That same year, the University of Oklahoma (where he received his Master's Degree) named a classroom after him. Giles is also known for his "Giles Coats For Kids" campaign, as well as his safe rooms.

#1- Travis Meyer, News On 6. Travis Meyer left KTUL as Chief Meteorologist, to join News On 6 for the same position in 2005, replacing weather icon Jim Giles. Meyer had a lot of experience prior to becoming Chief. He's "weathered the storm" with many, from tornadoes to blizzards. You can still see him on the weeknight 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 editions of News On 6.

Honorable Mentions: Michael Grogan (News On 6), George Flickinger (2NEWS), Jon Slater (Fox 23)

3 Tulsa Stations Win at Emmy Awards

Tulsa's Channel 8, Fox 23 News, and 2NEWS all won at least one "Heartland Emmy Award" this past Saturday night, at the ceremony in Norman. News On 6 was also nominated in some categories. Below are the winners representing the Tulsa news market.
  • Daytime Newscast (Medium Market) - Fox 23 News at Noon/Michelle Linn
  • Evening Newscast (Medium Market) - Fox 23 News at 5/Ron Terell
  • Weekend Newscast (Medium Market) - Fox 23 News Saturday/Farron Salley
  • Politics/Government:"Mayoral Election Bout" - Burt Mummolo/KTUL
  • Photographer: "Donkey Ball" - KTUL/Producer Robin Collett
  • News Producer: "Tracking Your Tax Dollars" - KJRH/Producer Amy Bryant  

Friday, July 11, 2014

Deana Silk Departing From KJRH

Silk, co-morning anchor for 2NEWS
Deana Silk, co-anchor of "2NEWS Today" (5-7a, weekdays) and "2NEWS Midday" (11-11:30a, weekdays) has announced she will be leaving the station on August 1st.

According to her bio on KJRH.com, Silk has worked with the NBC affiliate since January 2005.

The following was found on her Facebook page: "BREAKING: ok well it's not really breaking news but it's big news for me and my family! It's with mixed emotions that I tell all you amazing viewers that my last day at KJRH will be August 1st. The past 10 years have been exciting, challe...nging... a dream come true! I have met so many wonderful people and have made lifelong friends. I will miss the crazy news business but I'm excited for a new challenge and new adventure with my family. Thank you Green Country for accepting and supporting a small town girl from Alva!"

Before becoming lead weekday morning anchor with Justin Wilfon, Silk was the Weekend Morning Anchor. A replacement has not yet been announced.

Tulsa News Today wishes Silk and her family the best in all future endeavors.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Nick Bender Leaves Griffin Communications

Nick Bender, Meteorologist
Nick Bender, a Meteorologist for KOTV News On 6 (Tulsa) and KWTV News 9 (Oklahoma City) has left the company after six years.

Bender worked first at KOTV in Tulsa, before transferring to KWTV in Oklahoma City. According to his Facebook page, he is moving to Kansas City. "Tonight is my last show as a News 9er. I want to express my sincere gratitude toward the people of Oklahoma for accepting me, befriending me and trusting me through good times and bad. The majority of my formidable, professional years were spent under the News 9 and News On 6 banner, and I am a product of their tutelage – I am extremely proud of that." That was an excerpt of his final Facebook message, where he also gave thanks to Travis Meyer, Gary England, and David Payne.

Tulsa News Today wishes him the best in all future endeavors.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Two Morning Competitors Engaged

Wilfon, KJRH morning co-anchor
It was announced this morning that KJRH 2News Today weekday morning anchor Justin Wilfon proposed to girlfriend and "competitor" Laura Neal, who co-anchors KTUL Tulsa's Channel 8 weekday morning show. Thankfully, Neal accepted the proposal and the two are engaged.

It seems that both KJRH and KTUL are welcoming the situation. Both stations have included stories about it on their social media pages and websites, respectfully.

Neal, KTUL morning co-anchor
For the full story and the actual proposal video,
 check out the following links:
Wilfon's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/justinwilfonkjrh
The story on KJRH.com: http://www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/justin-wilfon-proposal-how-the-2news-today-anchor-popped-the-question-to-his-girlfriend-laura-neal

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Monday, November 25, 2013

KJRH Losing "Problem Solvers"

Pete Knutson
The saga continues for Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH 2News.

Longtime "Problem Solvers" Pete Knutson and Michelle Lowry have both been confirmed to be leaving the station before the end of this year.

Knutson has been with KJRH for over 16 years, and Lowry has been with them since 2003. Lowry will depart in December.

Michelle Lowry

We have confirmed that the reason both are leaving, is to spend more time with their families, respectively.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Jennifer Loren is Personality of the Month

Jennifer Loren
KOTV News On 6
Jennifer Loren, of KOTV News On 6, is our October 2013 Tulsa News Today Personality of the Month.

She received this title by us because of her recent "6 Investigates" stories about government issued cell phones.

In addition to her reporting duties, Loren can be seen Monday-Friday on the hour-long 9:00 newscast on The Tulsa CW with Chera Kimiko.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fox 23 Launching a Weekend Morning Newscast?

Tulsa News Today has received an anonymous tip about KOKI Fox 23 launching a Weekend Morning Newscast.

Our source, which we can confirm because he or she informed us of Abbie Alford's departure beforehand, has informed us that this is a rumor going around the station.

We have also been noted that Fox 23 has posted many new job offers since October 10th, in which we believe is for the rumored weekend morning newscast.

We'll let you know first if/when we find out any more details... Stay tuned!

Abbie Alford Has Left Fox 23

Abbie Alford, pictured left, has left KOKI Fox 23 after six years.


She posted the following on her Facebook page: "Making some last memories at FOX23 News. Thank you FOX23 News for the 6 years. You will always be my family and I love you so much!! I'm moving to San Diego to be closer to family and report. #lastday" on October 14th.

Tulsa News Today wishes her the best in all future endeavors.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

KTUL, KOTV At 2013 Tulsa Fair

Tulsa TV News Stations KOTV News On 6 and KTUL Tulsa's Channel 8 will have booths at the 2013 Tulsa State Fair, respectively.

At each booth, you have the opportunity to win some prizes, in addition to meeting your favorite personalities from each station.

You can view the Anchor Appearance for KTUL by clicking here, and for KOTV by clicking here.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fox 23 6:00 Newscast Monday

Fox 23 will be adding a 6:00 newscast beginning this Monday, September 24th.

"Modern Family," a now syndicated TV Show will also start airing on Fox 23 in the 6:30pm times lot.

Fox 23 won't air re-runs of "The Simpsons" and "King of the Hill" anymore.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Lowry's Out, Vreeland's In

Tara Vreeland
Lacie Lowry is now officially gone from KOTV News On 6. Her final day was September 11, 2013. She's moving to KOTV sister station News 9 in OKC to co-anchor the weekday 4:00 newscast.

Now that Lowry's gone, former News On 6 Weekend Anchor Tara Vreeland will be freelancing the weekend evening newscasts for the station until they find a permanent replacement.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

KJRH Fires Dan Threlkeld 3 Days Before Last Day

Threlkeld
KJRH 2News fired (now former) chief meteorologist Dan Threlkeld today, according to The Tulsa World.

Threlkeld made the announcement of his departure this morning around 1:00 in the morning, but states that when he arrived at KJRH today, he was escorted from the building.

"On Sept. 1st, I will be launching a new business called Tornado Place. It is an above ground storm shelter company. It’s an opportunity to continue keeping Oklahomans safe during severe weather,” Dan posted on Facebook.  

Threlkeld was suppose to give a farewell to the TV world this Friday, but now he has used his Facebook page to bid farewell.

Many folks have been giving their goodbye's to Threlkeld on Facebook, including KOKI Fox 23 Chief Meteorologist James Aydelott. "Dan, You will be greatly missed on TV in my hometown!
Your steady, calm demeanor during severe weather, and your fun, quick smile and friendly charm on fair weather days was always warm and inviting. You'll be wonderfully successful in your new venture, but I'm praying no one needs to climb into a saferoom next year in the whole state!
May the Lord bless you my friend" quoted Aydelott.


Good Luck in all future endeavors, Dan Threlkeld, and shame on you Donna Wilson/Susan D’Astoli.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

KJRH Adding New Meteorologist

Brett Anthony
Tulsa's NBC affiliate, KJRH 2News is adding a new meteorologist to their on-air roster.

Brett Anthony will join from fellow Scripps station KSHB in Kansas City, Missouri. Anthony has been with KSHB since 2002, and was the station's weekday morning and midday meteorologist.

This announcement comes just three days before 2News' Chief Meteorologist Dan Threlkeld is set to leave the station.

As of August 27th, Tulsa News Today cannot confirm that Anthony will be the new Chief Meteorologist. We'll let you know that as soon as we find out.

Source: TV Spy

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Lacie Lowry Departing From KOTV

Lacie Lowry
KOTV News On 6
KOTV News On 6 Weekend Anchor/Reporter Lacie Lowry will be leaving the station in mid-September of this year.

Lowry will be joining KWTV News 9, in Oklahoma City, which is the sister station of KOTV.

Lowry joined News On 6 back in 2010 as a Reporter. Just last year in September of 2012, she was promoted to Weekend Anchor.

Applications are now being accepted for a new Weekend Anchor/Reporter on NewsOn6.com.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Fox 23 Adding 6:00 Newscast

KOKI Fox 23 News has announced they will be adding another evening newscast to their line-up beginning September.

Fox 23 at 6:00 will be a half-hour newscast, starting right after the hour-long 5:00 newscast. Clay Loney and Shae Rozzi will anchor the 6:00 news, in addition to the 5:00, 9:00, and 10:00 newscasts.