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Dan Threlkeld has no clue why he was escorted out of KJRH…

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Since it seems like local TV weather coverage is the only thing we’re writing about this week, let’s go ahead and take a look what’s happening up in Tulsa.

Remember Dan Threlkeld? He was Mike Morgan’s back-up at KFOR in the late 1990’s and early 2000s. He and Mike never got along, so Dan moved up Tulsa to be the Chief Meteorologist at KJRH. He served in that role for 11-years until he was escorted out of the offices this past Wednesday. He then decided to get on Facebook and complain about it.

The Tulsa World has the scandalous details:

KJRH chief meteorologist Dan Threlkeld, who has been at the station for nearly 11 years, was escorted from the station Wednesday, according to his Facebook post Wednesday.

“Turns out I will get no ‘goodbye’ on television. Management escorted me to the door this afternoon and said I was done there. I’m not making this up. So this is it. You are looking at the tie (he posted a photo of the tie) that would have been my last one tossed on Friday night,” he said in his post.

That’s weird. Why was he escorted out of the building?

KJRH, channel 2, news director Susan D’Astoli disagreed with the way Threlkeld described his departure.

“Dan was not fired,” she said in a phone interview, adding “This is what I can tell you: Obviously we cannot comment on personnel issues. We really do wish Dan the very best in his new endeavors.”

Threlkeld announced on Facebook at 1 a.m. Wednesday that he would be leaving the station on Friday. But he did not expect to leave before then, he said in a phone interview about what happened.

Ohhhh, so he left one of those 1am Facebook posts. From experience, I can tell you those never end well. Facebook should probably make a rule that prohibits any status updates after 1:00am, or at least make people pass a breathalyzer before a post is approved.

Anyway, an Ogle Mole sent me Threlkeld’s 1:00am Facebook post that led to him being escorted out of the KJRH offices, thus denying him a chance to “remove his tie one final time.” I guess that was his Friday night schtick. He would remove his tie on air or something. Gary England he is not.

Here are the Facebook posts:

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I have no clue why the escorted him out of the building. All he did was bad mouth station management and overly promote his new tornado shelter business. Here’s the Facebook post he left the following day after he was escorted out. The first paragraph is kind of funny:

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Yeah, he has no clue why they escorted him out of the building. He’s “not making it up.” Lets hope he’s better at selling tornado shelters than he is twisting the truth on Facebook and / or picking ties. This was the final tie he was going to toss:

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My grandpa thinks that’s an awesome tie. Who knew that Kohl’s had such stylish fashion. He should have went with Kelly Ogle’s LSD tie:

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Anyway, good luck selling tornado shelters Mr. Threlkeld. I have a feeling we’ll see you giving weather on an OKC or Tulsa Fox affiliate in a couple of years or so.

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Comments

  1. In my experience, 1am Facebook posts are usually preceeded by a plethora of adult beverages. Which might also explain the tie…

  2. Dan is a really great guy. He should be the one replacing Gary. If Morgan hadn’t run him off he might have been the one….

    • Dan seems like a good guy, but when I was in Tulsa earlier this month, I saw Dan on t.v. and was shocked at how much weight he had gained! He probably weighs close to 300 pounds or more. I would assume management was unhappy with Dan’s appearance, and that’s what set the ball in motion. If Dan had lost the weight, he might still be on t.v.

  3. Dan’s contract wasn’t renewed. So yeah, in essence he was fired. It’s well known that the ‘new’ management at KJRH has been out of control since their regime started. Dan wasn’t the only casualty. I have watched Dan for many years. And he wasn’t an alarmist like the OKC guys are. He will be sorely missed in the Tulsa market. Yes, KJRH did him wrong!

    • The new management probably told him to get into shape. He’s gotten very big since leaving OKC. When I was in Tulsa earlier this month, I saw Dan on t.v. and I was shocked by his appearance. That’s the entertainment world for you. It’s all about appearances! Dan never stood a chance at his size. Poor guy. I liked him when he was in OKC.

  4. Wednesday was James Aydelott’s birthday (meteorologist on Tulsa Fox23), and Dan Threlkeld wrote a happy birthday post on his facebook wall that said something like “Happy Birthday! My present to you is leaving channel 2 so you can rocket into second place in the Tulsa weather market!” I wish I’d made a screenshot. I don’t have time to comb through all of Aydelott’s birthday posts to find it. But it struck me as snarky….and amazing.

  5. Dan is a good meteorologist, not an alarmist, and he would not respond in kind to some of his detractors. Worked with him and and at competing stations. Wish him the best.

  6. The more I read The Lost Ogle, the more I discover how much we all like to gripe, grump and whine. Notice I said “we”. That means one pointing at you and three back at me. No wait, two at me, I lost my middle finger after flashing the bird to the wrong fellow. Good luck to Dan.

  7. I always liked Threlkeld. He was a regular customer at a grocery store deli I used to work at in the mid-90s on NW Expressway & Rockwell and he was very personable, a nice guy. Too bad he couldn’t just swap jobs w/Count Mike Morgan…

  8. Facebook gives anyone a platform, and sarcastic comments don’t serve any purpose. Why can’t people vent? What better time? He left on his terms, so I wish him and his new company well.

  9. People take facebook and social media to seriously anyway, just ask the people who run this little smut page…. (see sarcasm, don’t take it so seriously)

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