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Report: David Payne is moving to Channel 9

If you can’t beat them, join them. Unless you’re Channel 9. Then you buy them from Channel 4.

Yes, just one day after they signed Gary England to a new contract, we’re hearing rumbles through the Ogle Mole Network that KWTV News 9 has poached popular weatherman and stormchaser David Payne from the KFOR Channel 4 weather team.

News 9 is apparently making the move to combat stagnant ratings and help prepare for the day when Lord England retires to his Severe Weather Palace in Edmond. If this rumor is true, and we think it is, it will come just 14-months after KWTV signed longtime KFOR chopper pilot Jim Gardner to a lucrative contract.

According to one email we received, Payne informed his colleagues at Channel 4 of his decision to leave yesterday morning. Upon hearing the news, Mike Morgan’s severe weather tie burst into hot flames and he had to be doused with water. From the back of the room, Emily Sutton slowly stood and said “I’ll chase the storms now, Mr. Morgan. I’ll chase the storms.”

Payne will allegedly start at News 9 in January.

I first heard the news from a high-level Ogle Mole yesterday at around 4:00pm. Over the next couple of hours, emails began to trickle in from the Ogle Mole Network asking why I hadn’t written about the story. This is because everyone thinks I just sit around a computer all day waiting for severe weather gossip to report. That’s only half-true.

So far, neither News 9, KFOR, David Payne or Gary England have confirmed or denied the report. Gary England is the only one to address the rumor, stating on Twitter that “No retirement.. Just signed a new long-term contract with News 9. You all surprised? I’m really surprised!”

After the jump are a few of the emails I received, along with my thoughts on the situation:

From: Local

Subject: David Payne

I’m surprised you guys haven’t broke the news that David Payne told KFOR this am at 10:00 that he is going to News 9 starting in Jan…..

From: Name withheld

Subject: David Payne

You missed the story, really?????

From: D

Subject: Lord England

Surprised you have not broke The Lord England story.  News 9 broke today with his replacement.

From: 24-year-old Patrick

Subject: Dissappointed

Can you believe that your life has devolved to the point that you spend your nights speculating which news channel an overly-hyper, thrill-seeking weatherman will work at? I better have a lot of sex, because in 10-years you’re not going to get laid.

Here are 34-year-old Patrick’s thoughts:

Once again, I have no clue if all this is true, but it sure smells like it. Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire, and where there’s usually fire there’s always a TV news helicopter broadcasting footage back to David Payne. This thing has been confirmed by so many people that it has to be true.

• We have heard that Payne will be groomed to take over the Chief Meteorologist position when and if Gary England ever retires. This probably explained why David Payne turned down the KOCO Chief Meteorologist gig. Being a weatherman in OKC is a big deal, but being the Chief Meteorologist at Channel 9 is something special. It’s like being the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, the manager of the Yankees, or the one attractive girl at Henry Hudson’s. It’s something special.

• I’m not sure if everything’s staying the same at Channel 9, but if so, it means their severe weather coverage team would be Gary England, David Payne, Jim Gardner, Val, and the Severe Weather Babes. That’s almost unfair. And for fun, they’ll have Jed and Mike Armstrong on stand-bye. Unless you like viewing glittery ties or watching Damon Lane piss his paints, why would you watch any other station? The News 9 weather team should have some sort of confetti-filled Miami Heat-type celebration where they countdown all their future ratings titles.

• Seriously, Mike Morgan has to be pissed. First they steal his chopper pilot, then they bring in an Emily Sutton clone, and now the take his Hutch. Next week, I bet Galen Culver moves to Channel 9 to start his “Is This a Really Great State or What?” series.

Anyway, as we learn more about this situation, we’ll keep you informed. Now that I’m about to hit the publish button, expect David Payne to change his mind and get cold feet. Then we’ll look like Dean Blevins and get the story wrong. That would suck. It also wouldn’t be the first time.


  1. Rusty Mcranie gets passed over,Doomsday Payne leaves sparkle boy, and TLO has an autoplay ad in its homepage!
    Can’t. Take. Much. More. (head explodes)

  2. Where to you get this “sagging ratings” stuff at News 9? That station has won the 10pm for several ratings books in a row? And the morning show won too. I work in then newsroom so i’m biased. But you are wrong. Surprise. Not.

  3. Dave, Say it ain’t so..Dude, you ain’t got enough hair for some AnthonyDavid geldoo..If you go your gonna miss your Lance and the home girls, Your quality line of bullshit isn’t going to fly with Amanda and Kelly. Have they told you that you have to bunk with Stan Miller at the station on stormy overnights? Did they mention that you have to wear the on air trademark tennis sweaters they have picked out for you 24/7 and out in public at all times…Jeez Bud, what are you thinking???!!

  4. Don’t be so upset about being the go to source for Meteorologist gossip. We are really the only state with Gary England. Who we all know is the best there is. So you, YOU, get to be the one to break news concerning his replacement. It’s kind of a big deal. Don’t be ashamed of it. I like that I can know this in advance bc I read your blog. And in all seriousness, when the sky turns black, I just can’t trust the severe weather tie. I trust Val, and Jed, and Michael on the storm scanner with Gary at the helm telling me to put on my bicycle helmet, And one day, one day,
    I may trust David Payne that much. Because Gary will tell me too. And I heard it here first.

  5. Every time you post this picture i cant help but stare and point out to everyone what side Payne tucks on. Awesome!

  6. Ten years of Gary England promoting his team as the calm, solid professionals may be at risk. What’s he going to do? Make Payne freebase Valium on every severe weather day?

  7. I can understand why DP would want to escape MM, but I can’t believe he is going to the station of the Breaking Wind Alert, where when news breaks, so do we!

  8. KWTV has a long and storied history of under-the-table takeaways of newsies and anyone with an inkling of talent including those in the engineering dept and newsroom.
    Fact is, if you’re an on-air talent, or general staffer, they pay MUCH better than the others in OKC.
    Working in news sucks though. I wish Payne the best.

  9. Well at least I will be able to watch channel 4. I could not stand David Payne. KWTV deserves to get what it gets. Stupid is as stupid does.

  10. The News 9 weather team should have some sort of confetti-filled Miami Heat-type celebration where they countdown all their future ratings titles.


  11. Surprised they didn’t hire Laughing Man, too. Need somebody in the studio without a brain to laugh at his stupid humor.

  12. So does that mean they will promote Emily the Weather Geek to the mornings? When David Payne first moved to this market he lived in my condo complex and he was the most unfriendly neighbor I had out of about 180-something units.

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