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A change is afoot at WBZ: Morning meteorologist Danielle Niles is leaving the station effective tomorrow (10/31) to be a stay-at-home mom. Having two kids in not even a year and a half and being married to someone with the exact same shift (WBTS/NECN's Matt Noyes) helped drive the decision.

 

My guess: Sarah Wroblewski, formerly of WFXT and a very good friend of Niles, gets the morning slot. She's been at noon for most of 2019 after Niles shaved that shift away after the birth of her second child last year.

 

https://www.boston.com/news/media/2019/10/29/wbz-meteorologist-danielle-niles-mom

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On 10/30/2019 at 5:51 PM, scrabbleship said:

My guess: Sarah Wroblewski, formerly of WFXT and a very good friend of Niles, gets the morning slot

My money's on Wrobo, too.

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Rumors of a round of layoffs at legacy Nexstar stations and the new Tribune stations.

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7 hours ago, Sendir said:

Rumors of a round of layoffs at legacy Nexstar stations and the new Tribune stations.

 

Can confirm. The axe is swinging at KFOR, so far an anchor position has been eliminated along with various administrative positions.

 

You truly hate to see it.

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6 minutes ago, Al-SA-TX said:

 

Can confirm. The axe is swinging at KFOR, so far an anchor position has been eliminated along with various administrative positions.

 

You truly hate to see it.

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Dang. Why did they eliminate his position? Are they going to replace him? Don't they need an anchor at 4, 5, and 6:30?

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47 minutes ago, Al-SA-TX said:

 

Can confirm. The axe is swinging at KFOR, so far an anchor position has been eliminated along with various administrative positions.

 

You truly hate to see it.

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Do non-competes go out the window in such a situation? If KWTV or KOCO had an opening, they could hire him?

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31 minutes ago, GoldenShine9 said:

 

Do non-competes go out the window in such a situation? If KWTV or KOCO had an opening, they could hire him?

I doubt it but it would depend on his contract he signed with Tribune before the sell.

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On 10/31/2019 at 4:02 PM, JCB4TV said:

Regarding the coverage of this story, while KOCO and KOKH directly disclosed that it was Abigail's home that caught fire, KWTV made no reference to it at all on their evening newscasts, only reporting on it during their early-evening newscasts and omitting it from the 10:00 broadcast (it's possible that this might have been an understanding between uncle Kelly Ogle, who anchored the Thursday night newscasts, and station management, given the sensitive nature of the issue for their family).

 

KFOR initially went as far as saying that the home belonged to "a daughter of Kevin Ogle" (he has two, KWTV reporter Katelyn Ogle being the youngest), but Kent Ogle openly addressed that it was Abigail's home that caught fire in an addendum to a report on that story during the noon newscast (and presumably, the morning newscast) Friday, thanking viewers for their well wishes to the Ogle family. (Kevin took the night off Thursday, with Eli Roberts filling in for him at 6:00, for what apparently was Eli's last KFOR newscast, and Joleen Chaney anchoring solo at 10:00.)

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I noticed Abby Broyles was not listed on the KFOR site. Has she been gone a while or is this new?

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49 minutes ago, edladd said:

I noticed Abby Broyles was not listed on the KFOR site. Has she been gone a while or is this new?

She is a lawyer now but I think does the news on the side

 

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15 hours ago, tjt24 said:

This may or may not be a coincidence, but Bill Martin did announce his retirement from WJW on last night's 5pm news. His last day is November 26th. 

https://fox8.com/2019/10/31/bill-martin-announces-retirement-after-25-years-at-fox-8/

 

It's hard to believe that it's been over twenty-five years since Bill Martin worked at WPXI Channel 11 Pittsburgh.

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23 hours ago, jbnews said:

Dang. Why did they eliminate his position? Are they going to replace him? Don't they need an anchor at 4, 5, and 6:30?

More than likely it'd be Kevin Ogle doing the 4 and 5pm newscast. Most likely what Nexstar is doing is they're consolidating the seperate newscasts with seperate anchors into one newscast with one anchor team each now I don't know what that means for the future of anchors like Heather Holeman most likely she could just slide over to the 4pm side with Kevin and let Kevin/Joleen anchor all other newscasts except for 9pm on KAUT (unless Kate Smith gets the axe too).

 

All I can say is that changes are coming to 444 East Britton Road and this could either be a good thing or it could very much be an epic disaster and before anybody asks about ratings I can't comment about them because no one in the OKC area does local station ratings anymore and the most recent relevant data I can find dates back to 2001 (that's 18 years ago)

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3 hours ago, oknewsguy said:

More than likely it'd be Kevin Ogle doing the 4 and 5pm newscast. Most likely what Nexstar is doing is they're consolidating the seperate newscasts with seperate anchors into one newscast with one anchor team each now I don't know what that means for the future of anchors like Heather Holeman most likely she could just slide over to the 4pm side with Kevin and let Kevin/Joleen anchor all other newscasts except for 9pm on KAUT (unless Kate Smith gets the axe too).

 

All I can say is that changes are coming to 444 East Britton Road and this could either be a good thing or it could very much be an epic disaster and before anybody asks about ratings I can't comment about them because no one in the OKC area does local station ratings anymore and the most recent relevant data I can find dates back to 2001 (that's 18 years ago)

Sadly, I'm forecasting a bloodbath at KFOR as several of their personalities, Kevin Ogle & Mike Morgan, have been there for nearly the entire KFOR era and have survived all previous owners, Palmer > NYT > Local TV > Tribune. I see Nexstar making KFOR/KAUT younger and cheaper. As for poor Eli, he took over for Lance West after the latter's forced resignation, thus, it was West's old position that was eliminated. Moreover, Scott Hines depated just before the sake was completed.

 

Current KFOR Personalities Who've Have More then 10 Years Tenure

Tara Blume - 1991

Brian Brinkley - 1990

Joleen Chaney - 2007

Galen Culver - 1991

Ali Meyer - 2000

Mike Morgan - 1993

Kent & Kevin Ogle - 1993

 

Other Questions:

Does Nexstar keep Chopper 4?

Does Nexstar allow KFOR to staff 5 Meteorologist?

 

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On 11/2/2019 at 6:36 PM, JCB4TV said:

Sadly, I'm forecasting a bloodbath at KFOR as several of their personalities, Kevin Ogle & Mike Morgan, have been there for nearly the entire KFOR era and have survived all previous owners, Palmer > NYT > Local TV > Tribune. I see Nexstar making KFOR/KAUT younger and cheaper. As for poor Eli, he took over for Lance West after the latter's forced resignation, thus, it was West's old position that was eliminated. Moreover, Scott Hines depated just before the sake was completed.

 

Current KFOR Personalities Who've Have More then 10 Years Tenure

Tara Blume - 1991

Brian Brinkley - 1990

Joleen Chaney - 2007

Galen Culver - 1991

Ali Meyer - 2000

Mike Morgan - 1993

Kent & Kevin Ogle - 1993

 

Other Questions:

Does Nexstar keep Chopper 4?

Does Nexstar allow KFOR to staff 5 Meteorologist?

 

Looking at how WFLA, WAVY and WOOD have done since the Nexstar era, I think Nexstar will allow KFOR to keep Air Comfort Solutions Chopper 4 and also Nexstar might eliminate Sarah Libby's position as a freelance meteorologist.

 

Beyond that the only changes I envision are anchor lineups and merging of newscasts (i.e. 4:30pm newscast merging into the 4pm hour and the 6:30pm newscast merging into the 6pm newscast)

 

On the latter since as you said Nexstar eliminated what was Lance West's old position most likely I see Kevin and Joleen adding another 30 minutes to their anchoring duties. Also don't forget about Heather Holeman too if you don't include that period from 2007-15 where she was a stay-at-home mother she's been with Oklahoma's News Channel 4 since 2000 as well.

 

Things are about to get interesting at 444 East Britton Road that's for sure

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On 11/1/2019 at 8:17 PM, ScottSchell said:

She is a lawyer now but I think does the news on the side

 

Speaking of Abby Broyles, she apparently announced today that she'll be challenging Jim Inhofe in Oklahoma's 2020 Senate race.

 

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On 11/1/2019 at 8:17 PM, ScottSchell said:

She is a lawyer now but I think does the news on the side

 

Which that does make sense since she did attend Oklahoma City University and got her Law Degree.

 

Although it is quite interesting to see how someone like Abby Broyles can get into television news with her Law Degree. It goes to show you how broad and wide the Mass Communication degree is as I've learned in my semester that I've been attending College

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On 11/3/2019 at 6:06 PM, oknewsguy said:

Current KFOR Personalities Who've Have More then 10 Years Tenure

Tara Blume - 1991

Brian Brinkley - 1990

Joleen Chaney - 2007

Galen Culver - 1991

Ali Meyer - 2000

Mike Morgan - 1993

Kent & Kevin Ogle - 1993

I think Kevin Ogle, being close to retirement age plus his expensive salary, could be given a chance to "retire". Probably Galen Culver, because of his popular feature "Is this a great state or what" will be retained but his wife, Tara Blume, may be on the bubble. In this highly competitive weather market I can not imagine Mike Morgan being let go.

 

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9 minutes ago, edladd said:

 

First off something got messed up in the system not entirely sure what happened with that.

 

Second off, Kevin is only 59 he don't turn 60 until the 23rd of next month so I don't think Nexstar would force Kevin into early retirement because don't forget he's also the moderator of Flash Point on Sunday mornings.

 

Otherwise I think Galen is safe, I think Tara is fine where she's at I don't think she gets laid off and given how Severe Weather savy Oklahoma is it'd be a big mistake for KFOR and Nexstar to let Mike Morgan go imo

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