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KWTV-DT, virtual channel 9 (digital channel 39), is the CBS-affiliated television station in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; it is owned by Griffin Communications of Oklahoma City. KWTV has two buildings in the Oklahoma City metro: one, which houses its main news studio, master control, sales office and its transmitter, located at 7401 North Kelley Avenue in Oklahoma City, just across the street from the studios of the state's PBS

KWTV-DT
[1]
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Branding News 9 (general/news)

OkBlitz.com Sports (sports)

Slogan Oklahoma's Own
Channels Digital: 39 (UHF)

Virtual: 9 (PSIP)

Affiliations CBS
Owner Griffin Communications, LLC

(Griffin Licensing, LLC)

First air date December 20, 1953
Call letters' meaning World's Tallest Video
Former channel number(s) Analog:

9 (VHF, 1953-2009) Digital: 39 (UHF, 2003-2009) 9 (VHF, 2009-2010)

Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 465 m
Facility ID 25382
Transmitter coordinates 35°32′58″N 97°29′49″W / 35.54944°N 97.49694°W / 35.54944; -97.49694
Website www.news9.com

member station chain Oklahoma Educational Television Authority; the other, which houses a secondary studio, located in the Bricktown district of downtown Oklahoma City.

The station broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 39, using its former analog and digital VHF channel assignment of 9 as its virtual channel via PSIP. KWTV can be seen on cable channel 10 in standard definition and channel 709 in high definition on Cox Oklahoma City, and on cable channel 9 on other Cox systems in Central Oklahoma. The station is also available to customers on DirecTV and Dish Network within the Oklahoma City market.


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HistoryEdit

KWTV went on the air December 20, 1953. It was owned by grocery magnate John Griffin and his brother-in-law Jimmy Leake along with KOMA (1520 kHz., now KOKC). According to Griffin Communications' president David Griffin, his father John noticed while driving around Oklahoma City that all the homes in the area had outdoor television antennas in order to receive the city's (and state's) first television station, WKY-TV (channel 4, now KFOR-TV). It was then that Griffin decided to expand into television and decided to apply for a television license with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). According to longtime employee Spec Hart, the first thing broadcast on KWTV were employees stating their names and which department they were in at the station.

The station has been Oklahoma City's CBS affiliate throughout its history, owing to KOMA's long affiliation with CBS radio. The Griffins could have called their station KOMA-TV, but opted instead to call it KWTV (for World's Tallest Video) after its then under-construction tower, which was to be the tallest in the world at 1,577 feet. Channel 9 activated its current tower in early 1954.


[2][3]KWTV logo used from March 1997 until October 24, 2010; the "9" in the logo was used (without the box framing) starting in 1986.Griffin and Leake bought out their minority partners in 1963; Leake sold his interest to Griffin in 1968 in return for Griffin's share of KTUL in Tulsa and KATV in Little Rock, Arkansas. Griffin retired in 1990, and turned over control to his son David. It is one of the few stations in the country that has had the same call letters, owner, primary network affiliation and channel number throughout its history.

On January 26, 2001, KWTV sports anchor Bill Teegins along with nine members of the Oklahoma State University basketball team were killed when their plane went down in Colorado after a basketball game against the University of Colorado. Teegins long doubled as the radio voice of Oklahoma State football and basketball. A memorial has been erected at the crash site, along with a statue of a kneeling cowboy on the Stillwater OSU campus.

In 2001, the station embarked on a media partnership with The Oklahoman newspaper which included the merger of their websites. That collaboration ended in early 2008. The Oklahoma Publishing Company, owner of The

[edit] Market firstsEdit

Oklahoman, put rival station KFOR-TV on the air in 1949 as WKY-TV and owned it until 1976. KWTV also partners with Tulsa station KOTV, also owned by Griffin since its acquisition of the station in 1999 from A.H. Belo Corporation. The two stations are the only locally-owned stations in Oklahoma, and often share news stories. They also collaborate on Sunday night extended sports coverage branded as the "Oklahoma Sports Blitz."

In early November 2006, KWTV began using a brand-new, state-of-the-art news set, specially designed for high-definition broadcasting that could be implemented in the future (the upgrade to high-definition newscasts eventually occurred almost four years later). The set was designed and built by FX Group (the same group that built KOCO's set three years earlier).


Digital televisionEdit

KWTV-DT broadcasts on digital channel 39.

Digital channels


Channel Name Programming
9.1 KWTV-DT main KWTV/CBS programming
9.2 KWTV-DT2 simulcast of KWTV programming

KWTV and KOTV requested to transmit in digital only, effective February 17, 2009.[1] After it shut down its analog signal on that date, the original scheduled completion date of the nationwide analog television shutdown, which Congress had moved the previous month to June 12, 2009, KWTV-DT returned to channel 9.

In October 2009, due to reception problems in certain areas of Central Oklahoma, the station was granted permission via special temporary authorization by the FCC to operate an alternate signal on its former digital channel assignment of channel 39, using the virtual channel "9.2". On March 9, 2010, the FCC issued a Report & Order, approving KWTV's channel change from channel 9 to channel 39.[2] On April 20, the station filed a minor change application on its new channel 39 allotment, [3] which it was granted on June 10.[4] Short-lived service interruptions began on July 29, 2010 to allow viewers to rescan their digital tuners to carry the UHF signal on channel 39. On August 16, 2010, digital channel 39 added a virtual channel "9.1", with the physical RF channel 39 mapped to both 9.1 and 9.2. The station terminated its digital signal on channel 9 and began operating solely on channel 39 permanently on August 30, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. CT.[5]



KWTV "firsts" in the Oklahoma City market and/or nationwide:

  • First with videotape
  • First to have weather radar[6]
  • First to offer 24 hour programming
  • First in the nation to have commercial Doppler radar.[7]
  • First to bring a helicopter to Oklahoma City for news reporting
  • First to use a broadcast weather warning system for television (KOCO's weather warning system First Alert, shares a similar first as the first automated weather warning system, while KWTV's First Warning system when it was first developed, updated watches and warnings manually)
  • First to introduce software for the PC that alerted the user to both severe weather alerts and breaking news in the form of I-News.
  • First Oklahoma television station to use a high-definition video camera for standard definition broadcast on a TV news helicopter


[edit] ProgrammingEdit

KWTV currently carries the majority of CBS network programming, though does not air all CBS programming in pattern; it is one of a handful of CBS stations not airing the Saturday edition of The Early Show, and it airs The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson airing a half-hour later at 12:07 a.m. after Seinfeld, which in turn airs after the Late Show with David Letterman. Briefly in the early 1990s, KWTV preempted CBS News Sunday Morning, which it had aired during the 1980s and since about 1995. From 1993 to 1999, the station aired The Young and the Restless and The Price is Right outside of their network-recommended timeslots with The Price is Right airing at 11 a.m. (instead of 10 a.m.) and Y&R airing at 3 p.m. Until September 2010, it also aired a half-hour of CBS' Saturday morning children's programming block (currently known as Cookie Jar TV) at 5:30 a.m. Saturday mornings (while the rest of the block usually ran from 8-10:30 a.m.).

Current syndicated programming on KWTV includes The Nate Berkus Show, Entertainment Tonight, Seinfeld, Grey's Anatomy and The Doctors. KWTV has the distinction of being one of the few stations running entertainment news shows after late night network shows (The Insider and Extra air after The Late Late Show, followed by an encore run of Entertainment Tonight, which also airs after the 6 p.m. newscast).

KWTV (along with Tulsa sister station KOTV) also airs the state tourism program Integris Health's Discover Oklahoma (hosted by Ron Stahl and former KWTV anchor Jenifer Reynolds) on Saturday evenings before primetime. The station also airs Let's Talk Gardening on Saturday mornings during the spring, which delays the Saturday morning children's program block by one half-hour. The station aired Jeopardy! until 1998 (it has since moved to KFOR-TV), but ironically it acquired Live with Regis and Kelly (then Live with Regis and Kathie Lee) from KFOR-TV in 1995 and aired it until September 2010, when it was replaced by The Nate Berkus Show (none of the other stations in the market currently carry Live, making Oklahoma City the largest market not carrying the program). It was also the longtime Oklahoma City home for the syndicated agricultural newscast AgDay, which it shared with independent station KSBI (channel 52) from 2006 until September 2010 when the local broadcast rights to the program went exclusively to KSBI.

As of October 25, 2010, KWTV became the first Oklahoma City television station, and one of only five in Oklahoma, including Tulsa-area stations KOTV and KQCW (also owned by Griffin Television), NBC affiliate KJRH and ABC affiliate KTUL-TV, to carry select syndicated programs in high definition. Syndicated programs broadcast in HD on KWTV include The Doctors, Seinfeld, Extra, The Insider and Entertainment Tonight. In addition, KWTV is one of the few U.S. stations to air station promos in widescreen and network promos in HD that are aired outside of network programming.

[edit] Sports programmingEdit

Since 2000, KWTV has broadcast three Oklahoma State Cowboys basketball games per season, usually airing on a Wednesday or Saturday, in addition to airing CBS' coverage of NCAA basketball.


[edit] News operationEdit

Currently, KWTV broadcasts a total of 35½ hours of news per week (with five hours on weekdays and 3½ hours on Saturdays and Sundays), the most of any station in the Oklahoma City market and the second most of any Oklahoma television station (behind Fox affiliate KOKI-TV in Tulsa, which carries 39½ hours of newscasts each week). KWTV has a partnership with Tulsa sister station KOTV (also a CBS affiliate, owned by Griffin), showing news stories from KOTV during evening newscasts, as well as a KOTV-produced news insert during KWTV's 4 p.m. newscast.

In 1971, after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued the Prime Time Access Rule that cut the three broadcast networks at the time (CBS, NBC and ABC) prime time schedules by 30 minutes each night from 3½ hours to three hours, KWTV's 6 p.m. broadcast of Newsroom 9 debuted as the first 60-minute newscast in the Oklahoma City market, broadcast from 6-7 p.m. (a format similar to KFOR-TV's current 6 p.m. news block). The newscast was split into two separate 30-minute broadcasts at 5 and 6 p.m. in 1976, with the CBS Evening News sandwiched in between at 5:30 p.m. From 1966 to 1971, KWTV's newscast was titled Eyewitness News, a moniker later used by rival ABC affiliate KOCO.

While the Ogle family is a staple of KFOR-TV dating back to the 1950s with Jack Ogle (and continuing to this day with Kent and Kevin Ogle), KWTV's co-anchor of the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts is Kelly Ogle, whom since 2003 has also had his own op-ed segment titled My Two Cents, similar to the aforementioned commentaries from Duane Harm, airing weeknights during the 10 p.m. newscast. Chief meteorologist Gary England, morning and noon anchor and former sports reporter/anchor Ed Murray and reporter Gan Matthews have had the longest tenures of any of the station's on-air news staff, with England having been with the station since 1972 and the latter two having been with the station since the early 1980s. In the 1990s, KWTV attempted its own investigative unit called "The Investigators", in the form of the investigative reports on many CBS and Fox affiliates. These segments had included reports highlighting unsafe conditions at Metro-area restaurants and area doctors who have committed malpractice. The station continues to do periodic investigative reports to this day; and also features an investigative segment called "Consumer Watch", reported by 5 p.m. anchor Amanda Taylor, which is similar to KFOR's longtime consumer/investigative segment "In Your Corner".

KWTV was the first Oklahoma television station to use a helicopter for daily news-gathering (launched one day before KOCO's Sky5), Ranger 9 (replaced in 2006 by SkyNews9 HD, a Bell 407 helicopter), which became installed with a camera below the nose of the helicopter dubbed as EagleVision in 2000 and the first to use one equipped with a high definition video camera, as of early 2006. However until the conversion of its newscasts to HD, images from the helicopter were not broadcast in HD, as the station's newscasts did not make the transition until October 2010.

In 2001, the station embarked on a media partnership with The Oklahoman newspaper which included the merger of their websites. That collaboration ended in early 2008. Incidentally, the Oklahoma Publishing Company, owner of The Oklahoman, put rival station KFOR-TV on the air in 1949 as WKY-TV and owned it until 1976. KWTV also partners with Tulsa station KOTV-DT, also owned by Griffin since its acquisition of the station in 1999 from A.H. Belo Corporation. The two stations collaborate on Sunday night extended sports coverage branded as the "Oklahoma Sports Blitz."

In early November 2006, KWTV began using a brand-new, state-of-the-art news set, specially designed for high-definition broadcasting that could be implemented in the future. The set was designed and built by FX Group (the same group that built KOCO's set three years earlier).

During the February 2010 sweeps period, KWTV brought in anchors who formerly worked at the station to anchor the 4 p.m. newscast while regular anchor Melissa Maynarich was on maternity leave (Maynarich ultimately did not return to the station), with former weeknight anchors Jenifer Reynolds, Jennifer Eve, Angela Buckelew and Tammy Payne substituting; Payne temporarily anchored the 4 p.m. newscast from March to July 2010. On August 2, 2010, the 4 p.m. newscast was reformatted, becoming more of a lifestyle-oriented newscast, with Christina Eckert and former Miss Oklahoma and Miss America Lauren Nelson taking over as anchors.[8]

On October 24, 2010 beginning with the 10 p.m. newscast, KWTV became the second station in Oklahoma City, and the fourth Oklahoma station (after Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH, Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR-TV, and Ardmore-Sherman CBS affiliate KXII), to broadcast its local newscasts in high definition; KWTV introduced new on-air graphics, news music (The CBS Enforcer News Music Collection by Gari Communications, which is already used by KOTV), station logo (a rounded red square with a "9" in Goudy type), and station slogan ("Oklahoma's Own"). Tulsa sister station KOTV adopted a similar logo and identical graphics and slogan on that same date although that station currently broadcasts its newscasts in 16:9 enhanced standard definition widescreen.[9]

Weather coverageEdit

The station is well known for placing a significant emphasis on weather. Famous for its severe weather coverage with chief meteorologist Gary England, KWTV is known for having the top technology in the country for storm coverage. Previously working as a hydrologist in Louisiana before joining the station, Oklahoma born-and-raised England is Oklahoma's longest-serving local television meteorologist, having worked at the station since 1972 (he assumed the mantle of the longest-serving meteorologist in the state—previously held by former WKY-TV/KTVY/KFOR-TV meteorologist Jim Williams, who worked at that station from 1958 to 1990—in 2004, when he reached the 32-year mark at the station).

In 1973, KWTV installed the first weather radar in the country for television. Shortly after it was installed, the radar was utilized by Chief Meteorlogist Gary England on May 24 of that year during a televised severe weather alert of a tornado warning for Canadian County following the sighting of a damaging F4 tornado near the small town of Union City which resulted in extensive damage.[10] An original film of that televised warning from 1973 is often still used today in Channel 9's promos of England and its severe weather coverage.

In 1981, the first commercial Doppler radar in the nation was installed at KWTV at the recommendation of meteorologist Gary England.[11] England believed the radar would help him better forecast the severe weather that often affects Oklahoma. Shortly after KWTV introduced its first Doppler radar, a tornado located in Caddo County near the town of Binger was indicated on Doppler radar during a live cut-in by Chief Meteorologist Gary England and at the same time, a live shot of that tornado was broadcast during that cut-in from a cameraman stationed inside KWTV's news helicopter, Ranger 9, which was flown to the scene. In 1986, England helped develop the first weather alert system in the country for broadcast television called First Warning, and in 2000, KWTV was among the first to introduce software for the PC that alerted the user to both severe weather alerts and breaking news in the form of I-News.

Famous for its severe weather coverage with meteorologist Gary England, KWTV is known for having the top technology in the country for storm coverage. In 1986, when a devastating tornado tore through the northern Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond, Channel 9 and England were credited for their advanced warning efforts resulting in relatively few injuries and no casualties despite the millions of dollars in damage. On May 3, 1999, Gary England went on the air to cover the F5 Tornado that damaged much of central Oklahoma from Chickasha to the southeastern portion of the Oklahoma City metro, including the suburbs of Moore, Del City, and Midwest City. There were many other storms that day as well, the final death toll was 44, though it is believed that it would have been much higher without the advance warning provided by Gary and the rest of the KWTV weather staff.

KWTV was the first station to produce tornado documentaries of the June 13th, 1998 Oklahoma City tornadoes, the 1998 October Tornado Outbreak and the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak.

From the 1980s until 2006, England and the NEWS9 weather team had presented a series of programs each spring and summer season titled "Those Terrible Twisters" to local communities throughout Oklahoma in which they visit with viewers and provide lots of information regarding tornado safety precautions and promote the station's efforts in providing up-to-date severe weather coverage to Oklahoma. The station also produced half-hour "Those Terrible Twisters" specials airing each spring on KWTV, featuring tornado footage shot by KWTV Storm Trackers (interspersed with behind-the-scenes video of KWTV storm coverage) along with tornado safety information. In 1998, KWTV was one of the first stations in the country to introduce a computer system (originally known as MAX until 2003) to display future weather conditions in exact hour-by-hour detail. KWTV was the first station to produce tornado documentaries of the June 13th, 1998 Oklahoma City tornadoes, the October 1998 Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak and the May 1999 Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak. During the first of the three tornado events, a camera on the station's transmission tower caught live on the air, the collapse of an auxiliary tower belonging to KFOR-TV and its former radio sister WKY-AM.

On May 8, 2003, when an F3 tornado hit northern Oklahoma City, KWTV tested a new Doppler radar titled MOAR (for Massive Output Arrayed Radar; though Gary England colloquially referred to it as the "Mother of All Radars"). The radar has the ability to detect a tornado's path down to street-level. After the radar was put into regular use the following year, GPS tracking was added to display the location of the Storm Tracker units. In February 2007, KWTV launched another radar named "Storm Monitor" (now known by its standard brand name of ESP (Early Storm Protection)). The "MesoStrengthIndex" determines the strength of a mesocyclone in a severe storm and its potential of producing a tornado. If the "MesoStrengthIndex" level is over 5,000 and the "ProbabilityofTornado" percentage is over 30%, there is a significant chance of a tornado eventually occurring. The station also operates two other radars: VIPIR, which has been in use since 1999, and Doppler 9000XL, which has been in use since 1985.

RatingsEdit

KWTV has long held a rivalry with KFOR-TV for the highest-rated newscast in the Oklahoma City area. It has also long been one of the strongest CBS affiliates in the country. During the May 2006 sweeps period, KWTV had the highest-rated late newscast in the United States. ABC affiliate KOCO (channel 5) has become dominant with its newscasts in the 5 and 6 p.m. timeslots. As of May 2007, the station's 10 p.m. newscast was currently the top-rated newscast (per Nielsen Media Research) in the nation and tied with KFOR in the mornings. In late 2008 Nielsen Media Research came forward to admit a mistake in KFOR's numbers as they were not recording the digital feed correctly. This placed KFOR back ahead of KWTV eventually leading morning, noon and night broadcasts.

News/station presentationEdit

ImagingEdit

The former "9" logo, a "9" with a slit between the bottom curve and diagonal portion (which is nearly identical to that currently used by Denver NBC affiliate KUSA-TV and previously by Tucson ABC affiliate KGUN-TV), was used from 1988 to 2010 under the "KWTV 9" and "News 9" brandings along with the newscast titles Newsline 9 and News 9. Several Channel 9 logos have been used through the years at KWTV, most notably a squared-off "9" similar to Australia's Nine Network from 1971 to 1981, used alongside the newscast titles Newsroom 9 and Big 9 News. That was succeeded by a stylized script for the channel number "9" and call sign KWTV, used during the period from 1981 to 1988 after the station branded its newscasts Newsline 9, during which period KWTV used the local promo campaigns "Count on 9" (1982-1986) and "The Spirit of Oklahoma" (1986-2001) along with CBS Television Network promos.

KWTV has gone through several different on-air branding schemes including Newsscope, Eyewitness News, Big 9 News and Newsline 9, and finally the present NEWS9, retaining the current logo despite several graphics package changes. KWTV used Image News by Gari Communications as its news music package from 1997 to 2010 (some stations owned by Hearst Television, owner of KOCO-TV, had used Image News (with others using Gari's The B Package) for their news package until 2004, but because KWTV had used Image News, KOCO did not use it). After it began carrying its newscasts in high definition in October 2010, the station began using The CBS Enforcer News Music Collection by Gari Communications as its news music package.

Newscast titlesEdit

  • Four Star Report (1953-1958)
  • Big 9 News (1958-1960 and 1980-1981)
  • Channel 9 Report (1960-1962)
  • Newsscope (1962-1964)
  • Channel 9 News (1964-1966)
  • Eyewitness News (1966-1971)
  • Newsroom 9 (1971-1980)
  • Newsline 9 (1981-1997)[12]
  • News 9 (1997-present)[13]
  • News 9 in HD (2010-present)

Station slogansEdit

  • Television 9, Eyewitness News, In Supercolor (1966-1971)
  • Newsroom 9, Oklahoma's News in Color (1971-1975)
  • The Best is Right Here on Channel 9/Channel 9 is Easy on the Eyes (1973-1974; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • All The News on Newsroom 9 (1975-1979)
  • We're Coming On, The Big 9 is There (1979-1981)
  • Reach for the Stars on TV-9 (1981-1982; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • Great Moments on TV-9 (1982-1983; localized version of CBS campaign)
  • Count On 9 (1982-1986)
  • We've Got the Touch, You and TV-9 (1983-1984; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • You and TV-9, We've Got the Touch (1984-1985; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • We've Got the Touch on TV-9 (1985-1986; localized version of CBS ad campaign)
  • The Spirit of Oklahoma (1986-2000[14]; also formerly used on now sister station KOTV)
    • Variations: Working In The Spirit of Oklahoma, In The Spirit of Oklahoma
  • More Local, More Meaningful (2000-2003)
  • Making a Difference (2007-2010)
  • Oklahoma's Own (2010-present)
  • Stay with NEWS9, We'll Keep You Advised (weather slogan, has also been read from 1981 to 2000 as "Stay with TV-9, we'll keep you advised" and prior to 1981 "Stay with Channel 9, we'll keep you advised.")
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News teamEdit

Current on-air staff (as of October 27, 2010)[15]Edit

Current anchors

  • Christina Eckert - weekdays at 4 p.m.
  • Robin Marsh - weekday mornings "NEWS9 This Morning"
  • Kirsten McIntyre - weekdays at noon and 4 p.m.; also weekday reporter
  • Stan Miller - weekday mornings "NEWS9 This Morning"; also fill-in weeknight anchor
  • Ed Murray - Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.
  • Lauren Nelson - weekdays at 4 p.m.
  • Kelly Ogle - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.; also reporter
  • Jennifer Pierce - weekend mornings "NEWS9 This Morning"; also weekday reporter
  • Amanda Taylor - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.; also consumer reporter ("Consumer Watch")

NEWS9 Weather Team In addition to providing forecasts on KWTV, the NEWS9 Weather Team also provides forecasts for KOKC, KOMA, KMGL, and KRXO radio, and the Oklahoma News Network family of radio stations.

  • Gary England (AMS and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weekdays at 4, weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Michael Armstrong - meteorologist; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.
  • Jed Castles (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings "NEWS9 This Morning" and noon
  • Matt Mahler - meteorologist; weekend mornings "NEWS9 This Morning"
  • Stephanie Malone (AMS member; NWA member) - meteorologist; morning and noon fill-in, also weather producer

OKBlitz.com Sports team

  • Dean Blevins - sports director; weeknights at 5 and 6, and Sunday-Fridays at 10 p.m.; also Oklahoma Sports Blitz co-host
  • Toby Rowland - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6 and 10, and Sundays at 5:30 p.m.; also Friday Football Blitz host/sports reporter
  • John Holcomb - Oklahoma Sports Blitz co-host; also sports director and anchor at KOTV in Tulsa
  • Jessica Coody - sports reporter; also fill-in sports anchor
  • Chad McKee - sports reporter; also fill-in sports anchor

Reporters

  • Darren Brown - videojournalist
  • Colleen Chen - 10 p.m. reporter
  • Jim Craig - substitute traffic reporter
  • Mason Dunn - "SkyNews9 HD" pilot reporter
  • Andrew Harris - traffic reporter
  • Adrianna Iwasinski - general assignment reporter
  • Jon Jordan - general assignment reporter
  • Gan Matthews - general assignment reporter
  • Mindy Mizell - web anchor/reporter; also fill-in morning and noon anchor
  • Jacqueline Sit - general assignment reporter
  • Rusty Surette - general assignment reporter - 10 p.m. newscast / fill-in anchor
  • Emily Wood - morning and noon reporter

Oklahoma Impact investigative unit

  • Alex Cameron - "Oklahoma Impact" investigative reporter; also fill-in anchor and KWTV creative services director
  • Amy Lester - "Oklahoma Impact" investigative and general assignment reporter
  • Jennifer Loren - "Oklahoma Impact" investigative reporter; also KQCW 9 p.m. anchor and KOTV reporter in Tulsa

Contributors

  • Dr. Mary Ann Baumann - medical contributor
  • Irven Box - legal analyst
  • Ron Hays - agricultural contributor
  • Jim McWhirter - retirement planning contributor
  • Scott Mitchell - political analyst

NEWS9 StormTracker Spotter Unit

  • Chris Beverage
  • Alan Broerse
  • Hank Brown
  • Patty Brown
  • Amy Castor
  • Val Castor
  • Marty Logan
  • Tom Pastrano
  • Bobby Payne
  • Rob Satkus

Notable former on-air staffEdit

  • Jerry Adams - anchor/reporter (1974-1982)
  • Charles Bassett - weekend evening anchor/reporter (2005-2010)
  • Nick Bender - weekend morning meteorologist (2008-2009; now at KOTV-DT in Tulsa)
  • Paul Bouchereau - meteorologist (1984-1986 and 1994-2001)
  • Jack Bowen - co-anchor (1987-1990; later at KOCO-TV and KOKH-TV)
  • Brady Brus - weekend meteorologist (1991-1999; now chief meteorologist at KSBI-TV, and co-owner and general manager of its owner Family Broadcasting Group)
  • Angela Buckelew - anchor/reporter (1992-2006)
  • Stacey Cameron - reporter (2006-2008; now chief investigative reporter at KCTV in Kansas City)
  • Mike Carpenter - anchor/reporter (1980s-late 1990s)
  • Ronald Clark - sports reporter (late 1970s-1985)
  • Ralph Combes - anchor/reporter (1960s-1970s)
  • Roger Cooper - co-anchor (1982-1987 and 1990-1993)
  • Scott Coppenbarger - weekend evening anchor (2005-2007)
  • Zach Daniel - weekend evening meteorologist (2001-2008; now at WTVR in Richmond, VA)
  • Jennifer Eve - anchor/reporter (1980s; later at KOCO-TV; now freelance, hosts "Together at the Table" feature for Sunday morning newscasts and locally-produced "Let's Talk Gardening")
  • Deborah Fabien - anchor/reporter (1980-1982)
  • Ritch Field - reporter (1998-2000)
  • Shon Gables - weekend morning anchor/reporter (1998-2001; later at WCBS-TV in New York City, now host of the syndicated "Black Enterprise Business Report")
  • Billy Griffin - News9 StormTracker Spotter Unit (2000-2006)
  • Ann Halloran - evening co-anchor, replaced retiring Jenifer Reynolds (2001-2002, contract terminated early)
  • Chris Harrison - weekend sports anchor/reporter (1993-1997; now host of ABC's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette)
  • Tarra G. Haskins - education reporter (1984-1985)
  • Amy Hawley - weekend anchor/reporter (1990s-2000s; now at KSHB-TV in Kansas City)
  • Gary Horcher - reporter (late 1990s-early 2000s; later at WBAY-TV in Green Bay, WI, now at KIRO-TV in Seattle, WA)
  • Mitch Jelniker - evening anchor/reporter (1982-1995; now at KMGH-TV in Denver)
  • Wayne Liles - farm reporter (1957-1981)
  • Alicia Malaby - reporter (1983-1989; now weekend anchor at KXTV in Sacramento)
  • Kia Malone - weekend morning anchor/reporter (2001-2004; now anchor of syndicated morning show The Daily Buzz)
  • Melissa Maynarich - weekday anchor/reporter (2006-2010; now in California)
  • Russ McCaskey - reporter (1992-1995; now at KJRH in Tulsa)
  • Deborah Lauren McCaskey - reporter (1986-1995; later at KJRH in Tulsa)
  • Mignon Merchant - morning anchor (1980s)
  • Fran Morris - host of children's show Miss Fran from Storyland (1950s)
  • Casey Norton - weekend anchor (1999-2002; now at KOMO-TV In Seattle)
  • Pam Olson - Oklahoma City's first female news anchor (1970s-early 1980s; now reporter for the Tulsa World)
  • Bruce Palmer - anchor/reporter (1953-1959)
  • Tamara Pratt - anchor/reporter (1990s-2007; now married to Oklahoma County D.A. David Prater)
  • Randy Renner - reporter (1980s-1998)
  • Jenifer Reynolds - anchor/reporter (mid 1980s-2001; now co-host of Integris Health's Discover Oklahoma)
  • Nelson Robinson - morning meteorologist (1980s)
  • Mark Rodgers - weekend sports anchor/reporter (2000-2003; now at KOCO-TV)
  • Carrie Rose - weather producer/substitute meteorologist (2006-2008)
  • Tony Sellars - sports anchor/reporter (1984-1987; now director of communications at Feed The Children)
  • Dennis Smith - weekend meteorologist (1970s; later at The Weather Channel)
  • John Snyder - sports director (1973-1975 and 1982-1987;
  • Patti Suarez - co-anchor (1982-1990)
  • Dean Swanson - anchor/reporter (1977-1982)
  • Leroy Tatom - "Ranger 9" pilot reporter (1994-2001) [D]
  • Bill Teegins - sports director/anchor (1986-2001; killed in OSU plane crash in Colorado in 2001) [D]
  • Ed Turner - anchor (1950s-1960s)
  • Harry Volkman - chief meteorologist (1954-1960; later at WGN-TV and WFLD-TV in Chicago)
  • Doug Warner - morning anchor/reporter (2005-2009; now at KSLA in Shreveport, LA)
  • Mark Weaver - anchor (1950s-1960s)
  • Gene Wheatley - agri-business reporter (1983-1986)

|} ^[D] - Deceased [5] This film, television or video-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it with reliably sourced additions.==Office location== KWTV's studios and transmitter are located at 7401 North Kelley Avenue, just across the street from the studios of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority. KWTV's studio was revamped in 2006 and fitted with a new set built by the FX Group. The phone number is 405-843-6641.

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