KFOR Oklahoma City


  • TVN Tech: Serious Study Needed To Get Drone License

    The exam for FAA Part 107 certification to fly a commercial drone under 55 pounds, which first became available Aug. 29, covers far more than the drone itself. A mastery of knowledge on aeronautical concepts, charts, airspace and meteorology from an aviation perspective are among the areas emphasized on the initial test. Is it overkill for a media organization that will fly a done no higher than 400 feet? Not really, when seen in the context of maintaining safety, says the FAA. More | Add comment
  • Focus: Many Questions Over Nielsen's Post-Diary Ratings

    Nielsen announced plans last week to replace its paper ratings diaries with a system based on data from cable and satellite set-top boxes. However, many broadcasters still aren't sure how it's going to work. “They haven’t really told us that much about their plan going forward," said Raycom's Billy McDowell. Added Cordillera's Terry Hurley: "I'm hopeful, but skeptical." More | Comments (1)
  • Jessell: Is Your News Tired? Check Out Vice, Newsy

    For the most part, local newscasts were developed a half-century ago. It’s time for a renaissance. The typical newscast no longer resonates with many Americans, especially younger ones. That's why I’m intrigued by Scripps’ Newsy and am deeply curious about the nightly newscast that Vice is cooking up for HBO. All news directors should be, too.
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  • TVN Tech: Innovation, Progress Abound At IBC

    At this year's media tech compendium in Amsterdam, there was greater cooperation among vendors to ensure IP interoperability. On the business front, there was talk of zoned advertising and hyperlocal content delivery over the air with OFDM-based transmission systems such as ATSC 3.0. And on the technology frontier, all of the work to make Ultra HD a reality has begun to pay off with real-world applications, novel 360-degree acquisition (see the Nokia Ozo camera above) and new 8K implementations of OLED display technology. To see all of TVNewsCheck’s IBC 2016 coverage, click here. More | Add comment
  • Jessell: NBCU's 'Harry’ Could Be The Last Of Its Kind

    NBCU has a lot riding on Harry with Harry Connick Jr., but so does the broadcasting business. If it fails, I fear that Hollywood may finally give up on the big-budget, first-run syndicated show. And broadcasters need such shows to prop up their daytime schedules. Along with local news and a smattering of network fare, they distinguish TV stations from the great unwashed masses of cable channels that fill daytime with endless repeats of shows. More | Comments (8)
  • TVN Tech: Short-Form Programming In IBC Spotlight

    During the IBC 2016 opening keynote today in Amsterdam, the chairman of Vivendi Content and chief commercial officer of Vodafone Germany discussed how they are tackling changes in the distribution and consumption of video content. More | Add comment
  • TVN Names Scripps Station Group Of The Year

    In announcing the honor, TVNewsCheck Editor Harry A. Jessell cited the company’s efforts to go beyond broadcasting and establish itself prominently and profitably among national digital media. Led by CEO Rich Boehne, over the past three years Scripps has spent $124 million to acquire Newsy (OTT news), Midroll (podcasting) and Cracked (digital content).  More | Comments (1)
  • Smith, Sook, LaPlatney On Tap For TVN's ATSC 3.0 Confab

    One highlight of TVNewsCheck’s Nov. 9-10 TV2020 conference on the prospects for Next Gen TV will be the CEO panel featuring David Smith of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Perry Sook of Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Pat LaPlatney of Raycom Media. For more information, or to register for TV2020, click here. More | Comments (1)
  • Newsy’s Sabatinelli To Talk On How To Monetize OTT

    The fourth annual NewsTECHForum presented by TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group will feature an on-stage Q&A with Blake Sabatinelli, the general manager of the Scripps-owned OTT service Newsy, on Dec. 12. For the full NewsTECHForum program, or to register, click here. More | Add comment

Special Reports

  • Multicasting 2016: A four-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • Employment 2016: In Part I, the challenges facing broadcasters in finding the right people for the rights jobs. Part II: It used to be a given that news managers would readily move it if meant a bigger market and a larger paycheck. Not anymore. Part III, the military may become an even bigger source of talent for station IT and engineering departments.
  • THE TOP 30 TV STATION GROUPS: As a result of its merger with Media General, Nexstar Broadcasting moves up 10 spots and is now No. 3 on TVNewsCheck's 2016 station group ranking behind Fox and CBS. Gray's acquisition of Schurz moved it up to No. 13, Nexstar's old spot. Together, the two deals changed the rank of 21 groups and opened the door to two newcomers.
  • 2016 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s second annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics include field contribution, audio, cameras, IP transport, transmitters, antennas, newsroom computer systems, broadcast graphics and master control.
  • 2015 — Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
  • NewsTECHForum 2015: Complete coverage of the third annual conference from TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group
  • IBC 2015: At the annual tech gathering in Amsterdam, the prominence of IP in everything from production to distribution may have been somewhat of a surprise, but once on the exhibit floor or in the conference rooms there was no mistaking its broad — and still growing — influence.
  • Weather 2015: A three-part look at forecasting: a Q&A with AccuWeather founder Joel Myers; complaints by local weathercasters of network forecasting; and the latest on mobile and augmented reality.
  • Sales Management: A four-part look at the growing importance to stations of mobile viewing platforms; automated spot buying; improving digital sales operations; and a case study of a successful digital sales effort.
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KFOR Goes Big And Corny For A-Maze-ing Event
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Sep 2, 2016, 8:03 AM EDT
DMA 43: Oklahoma City
Fire Briefly Disrupts KFOR Morning Broadcast
TVSpy, Jul 20, 2016, 12:19 PM EDT
Market Share (DMA 43: Oklahoma City)
KFOR Ups 25-Year Station Vet To Sports Director
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Feb 10, 2016, 7:46 AM EST
dma 43: Oklahoma City
Driver Sentenced In Death Of Okla. City Sportscaster
NewsOK, Jan 22, 2016, 6:42 AM EST
NetNewsCheck Social Scorecard: DMA 43
KFOR Leads Oklahoma City Social Media
NetNewsCheck, Jan 11, 2016, 7:52 AM EST
Tribune-owned NBC affil KFOR holds the lead spot among local media on social according to data from Shareablee, at least in terms of total social actions. But it’s seeing competition from Griffin’s KWTV (CBS), which leads the market in overall fans/followers. Link | Add comment
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Hughes Named News Director At KFOR
TVSpy, Oct 21, 2015, 2:52 PM EDT
Natalie Hughes, interim ND since September at the Tribune NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City, gets the permanent promotion. Link | Add comment
Market Share (DMA 43:Oklahoma City)
KFOR Recognized With National Emmy
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Sep 30, 2015, 7:13 AM EDT
Market Share (DMA 44: Oklahoma City)
KFOR In Emmy Finals For Tornado Coverage
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jul 28, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT
Dma 44 (Oklahoma City)
KFOR Sports Dir. Bob Barry Jr. Dies In Crash
KWTV, Jun 22, 2015, 6:18 AM EDT
dma 44 (Oklahoma City)
KFOR Catches Tornado Touch Down On Live TV
TVSpy, Mar 26, 2015, 3:02 PM EDT
dma 44 (Oklahoma City)
Anchor-Reporter Meg Alexander Gone From KFOR
The Lost Ogle, Feb 27, 2015, 2:59 PM EST
Dma 41 (Oklahoma City)
KFOR-KAUT Announce Plans For New Facility
KFOR, Aug 5, 2014, 5:36 PM EDT
“The new 4 Warn Storm Center will be designed from the ground up and stand as the centerpiece of the entire news operation.  We’ll have the newest technology and the studios will be constructed utilizing the highest safety standards to withstand extreme severe weather so our team can deliver life-saving information on all digital platforms, without interruption, ” said Carlton Houston, news director of Tribune Media's Oklahoma City duopoly. Link | Add comment
Market Share (DMA 41: Oklahoma City)
KFOR Oklahoma City Celebrates A Million Memories
TVNewsCheck/Market Share, Jun 11, 2014, 8:19 AM EDT
Okla. Stations Go Continuous With Tornado
TVNewsCheck, May 21, 2013, 8:47 AM EDT
As the impact of yesterday's devastating tornado became clear, the market's new stations went into disaster mode. Watch their continuing coverage: KWTV here; KOCO here; KFOR here; KOKH here. | Add comment
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News, Sales Changes At KFOR-KAUT
TVNewsCheck, Jan 22, 2013, 3:36 PM EST
News director Mary Ann Eckstein is leaving after almost 33 years and Mark Martin has come on board at the Oklahoma City duopoly as general sales manager. Full Story | Add comment
Dma 41 (Oklahoma City)
David Payne Leaving KFOR For KWTV
The Oklahoman, Dec 17, 2012, 3:36 PM EST
Dma 41 (Oklahoma City)
KFOR’s Boyer To Retire, Milbourn To Succeed
TVNewsCheck, Oct 1, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT
Jim Boyer, GM of Local TV’s Oklahoma station, will leave by year’s end, to be followed by the current station manager Wes Milbourn. Full Story | Add comment
Air Check by Diana Marszalek
A Soldier’s Unusual Deployment: WTOC
TVNewsCheck, Mar 27, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT
U.S. Army Capt. Frank Razzano Jr. is spending a year as an intern in the news department of Raycom’s Savannah, Ga., CBS affiliate. He's following a reporter and a photographer as they pursue stories, sits in on news meetings and studies the station’s marketing and promotion efforts. It’s all to learn techniques and skills that will help him do his Army job of convincing foreign populations to support the work of U.S. forces in their countries. Full Story | Comments (6)
Oklahoma Site Of Latest Retrans Standoff
TVBR.com, Dec 16, 2011, 4:10 PM EST
Local TV LLC's KFOR (NBC) Oklahoma City says it is at an impasse with MSO Cable One over retransmission consent and may disappear from the MSO's systems in the Ada, Okla., area as of New Year's Day. Link | Add comment
Digital DMAs
Mobile Traffic Spikes In Oklahoma City
NetNewsCheck, Nov 10, 2011, 9:42 AM EST
For Oklahoma City's online media players, mobile has taken hold much sooner than anybody could anticipate. The city's main newspaper and online leader The Oklahoman saw a nearly 70% increase in mobile traffic over the past year. Link | Add comment
Air Check by Diana Marszalek
KAUT Oklahoma City Seeks Military Viewers
TVNewsCheck, Apr 18, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT
Local TV's low-rated MNT affiliate has calculated that it may be able find its place in the 45th largest TV market by focusing on the large local community with connections to the military. If successful, Freedom 43, as the station is now calling itself, could prove the value of seeking niche audiences other than those based of gender, age or ethnicity, says Hofstra media prof Bob Papper. Full Story | Comments (3)
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  • Rob Owen

    Easily fall’s best broadcast network comedy pilot, NBC’s The Good Place offers a clever high-concept premise that’s complemented with intelligent, sometimes absurdist humor. Created by Michael Schur, co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, The Good Place is a highly serialized series that’s essentially set in heaven and stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. NBC made five episodes of The Good Place available for review, and the show not only holds up, but also it improves, deepening characters that initially feel one-note and frequently leaving viewers guessing with cliffhanger endings to many of the episodes. The combination of snappy dialogue and winning but flawed characters makes The Good Place a great bet for fans of smart TV comedy.

  • Maureen Ryan

    Pitch has swagger, for good reason. It gets the big things right; the Fox drama about the first female baseball player in the Major Leagues is one of the year’s most assured and exciting debuts. But part of what impresses about the pilot is also the way it confidently strings together so many small but telling details. Ginny (Kylie Bunbury) is the first woman to be called up from the minors to the big leagues, and no show since Friday Night Lights has done a better job of portraying the internal and external pressures that weigh heavily on young athletes asked to do much more than merely succeed on the field. Pitch will likely do a good job of getting viewers to root for it. The hope is that the show won’t be an impressive, short-lived curiosity, but rather a long-term phenomenon.

  • Kevin Fallon

    In a fall TV season that’s already making a splash for championing diverse, distinctive voices in an array of projects that they created, wrote, and starred in, Better Things on FX stands out. The show is created by, written by, and starsPamela Adlon. She plays Sam Fox, the single mother of three daughters modeled after her own reality-show-ready experience raising three girls in Los Angeles following a divorce. Sam is also, like Adlon, a working actress — on shows both raunchy, a la Californication, and animated for children, like her role on Recess. It’s a refreshingly blunt take on single motherhood without sacrificing the warmth of parental love, portraying the dance between selfishness and selflessness that’s at the heart of being a parent — especially one weathering the hormonal fireworks of a household of four women at different ages.

  • David Wiegand

    The fall TV season doesn’t count as much as it used to — we already know that. But no matter how many retreads the broadcast networks throw at viewers in the next few months, this fall will be memorable because of the premiere of Atlanta on Tuesday, Sept. 6, on FX. The half-hour comedy created by and starring Donald Glover (Community), simply and brilliantly recalibrates our expectations of what a TV comedy is and how black lives are portrayed on the medium.

  • Louisa Ada Seltzer

    The second reboot of the 1980s John Candy movie Uncle Buck, bumped by ABC from midseason, has the same tired jokes you'll find on any second-rate sitcom. Too bad, because Mike Epps is appealing and ABC would be wise to keep him around for future shows, but there’s just not enough to this show to suggest it will last past summer. It also airs against NBC’s America’s Got Talent, summer’s No. 1 program on broadcast, which may make it even harder to find an audience.

  • Neil Genzlinger

    Bryan Cranston brings his Tony Award-winning interpretation of President Lyndon B. Johnson to television in an adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan play All the Way, and it’s still quite a sight to behold, just as it was on Broadway in 2014. Nothing beats witnessing this kind of larger-than-life portrayal onstage, of course. But the television version, presented by HBO, offers plenty of rewards, allowing Cranston to work the close-ups and liberating him from the confines of a theater set. Cranston’s performance is a gem — in his hands, this accidental president comes across as an amazing bundle of contradictions, someone who seems at once too vulgar for the job and just right for it.

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