England said he turned down job opportunities in Dallas, Atlanta, San Francisco and New York, but several of his KWTV weather colleagues have moved to other markets. [108][109] In 1986, KWTV rolled out a satellite news-gathering unit, "Newstar 9" a transportable video uplink system that the station used to cover news and weather events around and outside of Oklahoma. KWTV-DT currently broadcasts the majority of the CBS network schedule, although its primary feed does not clear CBS This Morning Saturday to accommodate the Saturday edition of News 9 This Morning and the CBS Dream Team block, which run for three hours each. Laura died Friday morning in Canton, Ohio at the age of 46. [88][89][90][91][92], As of September 2018[update], KWTV-DT broadcasts 39½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with six hours on weekdays, five hours on Saturdays and 4½ hours on Sundays). [94][95] To enable mobility in shooting spot news content, in 1955, KWTV staff photographer Bill Horton devised a saddle-based shoulder camera rig with a port to insert wet cell batteries on the saddle's rear and an Auricon Cine-Voice audio control panel (which was hooked to a dictaphone-style earpiece to monitor the audio recording) at front. [100][101] H. Martin "Marty" Haag, who oversaw the news department at that time, left KWTV in 1973; that year, he brought over three of the station's top-tier reporters, Tracy Rowlett, Doug Fox and Byron Harris, to his new job as news director at WFAA in Dallas-Fort Worth as part of his successful effort to strengthen that station's news operation. [144][145] Likewise, sister station KOTV subsequently deployed a quadcopter branded as "Drone 6" (it is unclear as to whether it is just a single quadcopter used by both stations). Ownership of KWTV would transfer to the familial heirs of John Griffin—widow Martha Watson Griffin (who also assumed her husband's post as KWTV board chairman), and sons John W. and David Griffin (both of whom would become KWTV executives in 1990, with David eventually taking over as President of Griffin Communications in 2001)—after he died on July 26, 1985 at the age of 62. [82] For this reason, KWTV elected not to continue airing the telethon for the September 2011 broadcast, when it was reduced from its original 21½-hour format to a six-hour prime time telecast on the night before Labor Day. Until 1959, KWTV preempted the CBS Evening News with Douglas Edwards to air syndicated drama series. Johnny Carson, who then hosted a CBS game show, was master of ceremonies for the dedication of the tower, which at the time was the tallest man-made structure, DeLier said. [58], On October 25, 2010, KWTV became the first television station in the Oklahoma City market to carry syndicated programming and advertisements inserted during local commercial breaks (including station and network promos) in high definition. The interview led to his resignation (called upon by then-Governor David Hall) following the broadcast of the remark on the station's newscasts. KWTV News Anchors and Reporters: Jacqueline Sit KWTV Reporter: Jamie Oberg KWTV Reporter * No longer with Network. [167][168][169][170][171][172][173][174][175][176], Television station in Oklahoma, United States, Reception may vary by location and some stations may only be viewable with, Analog-to-digital conversion and spectrum repack. In February 2007, KWTV debuted "Storm Monitor" (later known by its brand name of ESP for "Early Storm Protection"), which utilized VIPIR technology to measure a mesocyclone's strength and its tornado-producing potential. Sooner Sports Properties, which owns marketing and broadcast rights for University of Oklahoma athletics. "Besides, it beats having a real job.". From an earlier post. Channel 9's news department began operations when the station signed on the air on December 20, 1953, when it debuted a half-hour newscast at 10:00 p.m. (broken up, respectively, into 15-minute-long weather and news segments), anchored by Mark Weaver. [96] By 1959, the station had launched a half-hour noon newscast and a 15-minute-long early evening newscast that led into the CBS Evening News with Douglas Edwards. [159][160] It was first utilized to detect a violent F4 tornado that caused extensive damage in Union City on May 24, 1973[160][161] (the original film footage from the accompanying televised warning was featured in station-produced weather promos in later years). GoGoMag.com & TVHeads.com are not affiliated with ABC, Al Jazeera America, Bloomberg, CBS, CNN, ESPN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Sports, NBC, NFL Network, The Weather Channel, Univision or any other news concern. The News 9 Weather team also provides local weather updates and, in the event of significant severe weather situations (such as a tornado warning) affecting portions of the market, audio simulcasts of long-form severe weather coverage for the Griffin-owned Radio Oklahoma Network and, through a content agreement with locally based Tyler Media Group, the Oklahoma City radio cluster of KOKC, KOMA (92.5 FM), KMGL (104.1 FM), KJKE (93.3 FM) and KRXO-FM (107.7 FM). Originally broadcasting daily from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, channel 9 has been a CBS television affiliate since its debut, assuming the local programming rights from WKY-TV, which aired select network shows on a secondary basis since it signed on 4½ years earlier; the affiliation owed to KOMA radio's longtime partnership with the CBS Radio Network, which had been affiliated with its then-radio sister since 1929. [31][32][33][34], Over the years, the Griffin family owned other television stations in Oklahoma and Arkansas. The restless ocean may at any moment cast up a whale or a wrecked vessel at your feet. In 1976, Pam Olson became the first woman to anchor a local evening news program in the Oklahoma City market, when she was paired alongside Jerry Adams (who would later anchor at KTVY and KOCO-TV during the 1980s) on the 6:00 p.m. newscast. Ratings for KWTV's newscasts—then branded as Big 9 News, before adopting the Newsline 9 moniker in August 1981—dropped to third place in 1980, partly due to a resurgent KOCO news operation, which overtook it for second place among the market's evening newscasts with the team of Jack Bowen, Mary Ruth Carleton, chief meteorologist Fred Norman and sports director Jerry Park. (The tower was decommissioned following the transition of KWTV and KETA to digital-only broadcasts in the spring of 2009, as their digital transmitters were located on a separate tower between 122nd Street and the John Kilpatrick Turnpike; the antenna and the upper half of the tower were physically disassembled by engineers and crane equipment during the summer of 2014, and its remnant sections were imploded that October.) [30] The Griffin-Leake interests sold KOMA (which, as of 2019[update], is now owned by Oklahoma City-based Tyler Media) to Radio Oklahoma, Inc.—an investor-owned group led by radio executive Burton Levine—on November 20, 1956 for $342,500, but chose to retain ownership of KWTV. )[125][126] Kelly moved to evenings in June 1993, when he replaced Mitch Jelniker (son-in-law of former KWTV president Duane Harm, and whom concurrently moved to the 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts) as lead anchor of its 5:00 p.m. newscast; he added duties as primary co-anchor of the 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts—first paired alongside Reynolds on those broadcasts—in 1995, after Jelniker accepted an anchor/reporter position at KMGH-TV in Denver. "It is the best," Griffin said. [124], Kelly Ogle joined KWTV as a business/investigative reporter and midday news anchor in 1990; his family has primarily been associated with KFOR-TV since his father, Jack Ogle, served as an anchor (and later, news director) at channel 4 from 1962 to 1977, although had a prior association with channel 9 through occasional commentary pieces that Jack conducted for the station into the 1980s. On cable, KWTV is available on Cox Communications channel 10 (standard definition) and digital channel 710 (high definition) and AT&T U-verse channels 9 (standard definition) and 1009 (high definition) in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, and on either channel 9 on most cable systems elsewhere within the Oklahoma City DMA as well as on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network.