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Yes, Channel 4 has a new chopper pilot. Yes, Jim Gardner is moving to Channel 9.

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Anyway, you are here because you learned Bob Moore Chopper 4 pilot Jim Gardner has been replaced by some dude named Jon Welsh. Yes, Channel 4’s new pilot spells his named “Jon.” He’s one of those guys. Don’t worry, though. Jim Gardner is moving over to Channel 9 and will become one of Gary’s chief disciples. Hopefully his first action as captain of Sky News HD will be to change its name back to Ranger 9.

Anyway, you would have known all this if you were a regular reader of this site. We were all over it back in July of 2011:

Well, it looks like some helicopter drama is unfolding over the Oklahoma City metro.

We have learned that Bob Moore Chopper 4 pilot Jim Gardner will be leaving Channel 4 to take over the piloting duties for Channel 9. Gardner will replace Mason Dunn…

Here’s what else we (possibly) learned:

Rumor 1:
Jim Gardner has been given a “lifetime” contract at KWTV. That puts him in the same company as Gary England, Mike Krzyzewski and Rit Mathis.

Rumor 2:
Bob Moore was paying something to the tune of $30,000 dollars per month for the naming rights to the chopper. For $30,000 a month, Bob Moore can rename this website TheLostBobMoore.com

Rumor 3:
Jim Gardner may take that Bob Moore sponsorship with him to Channel 9. And if KFOR fails to find a new sponsor for their chopper, they may abandon their chopper program much like NASA grounded the shuttle program … only minus the fanfare and trumpeting.

We still don’t know if any of those rumors are true, but it doesn’t matter. Channel 4 has a new guy named Jon and Channel 9 has the guy who everyone will be watching in May. Now that you know that, I do have one question for you.

Why do you care?!! These are helicopter pilots for stupid news stations!!! It doesn’t matter!!! You’ll just flip through the stations anyway!!! Get a life!!!

Thanks, have a nice day!


  1. Agree 100%!! Nobody watched KFOR storm coverage for Jim Gardner, they watch it to see David Payne go balls out and nobody will watch KWTV 9 for Gardner either. They will watch because of Gary England and Val Caster.

  2. Dude…seriously. If you aren’t watchin Lance and David and their shenanigans then you are MISSIN out. When David screams out HOOK ECHO an angel gets it’s wings.

  3. But wouldn’t it be cool if these guys decided to fight for the best position on each news story? Air-to-air combat over Bowlegs!

      • I heard the photogs have been using Gears of War to practice their air to air missle shots from helicopters.

  4. Who wants to watch Gary England preempt network shows for a storm 100 miles away and will not even get close to where I am.

  5. Maybe it will revert to Hot Shot 9, the name John Griffin gave it years ago that lasted until one day a promo for the chopper aired next to a spot for the bug spray called, you guessed it, Hot Shot. It didn’t seem funny at the time. Actually, it was hilarious!

  6. THe one thing I do know is that Jim Gardener said that Channel four was poorly run as far as the studio guys and the ones behind the scenes. I do care that he moved as I like four-I can’t listen to England–just can’t. HOpe the new guy at 4 has a nice voice! :)

  7. love love love david payne!!! there’s just no one better! so far the new guy, jon, seems great too! knowledgeable, calm, and has a great voice!! i loved jim, but i’m still a 4-warn girl all the way!!!

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