Back in June of 2011, long-time Oklahoman Editor Ed Kelley left the “State’s Most Trusted News” to take over the editing duties for the ultra-conservative Washington Times. Well, that didn’t work out well.
Washington Times editor Ed Kelley is leaving the paper amid major leadership changes announced by new CEO Larry Beasley in a memo obtained by POLITICO.
Beasley announced the formation of “a new senior leadership team” in today’s memo, including Chief Operating Officer John Martin, Chief Financial Officer Keith Cooperrider, and Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer Tom Culligan.
But Kelley, who joined the paper as head editor just last year from The Oklahoman, will step down.
“As part of these changes, Ed Kelley is stepping down to pursue other opportunities, and we have already begun a search for a new executive editor,” Beasley wrote.
Yep, the good old “Stepping down to pursue other opportunities” excuse. Unless that opportunity was to donate his thick, luscious locks of hair to charity, that probably means Kelley was told to quit or be fired.
Back when Kelley took the Times job, we featured an expert panel that examined his tenure at the Oklahoman and the general direction of the paper. One of the questions we asked was:
Which is more likely in five years? Ed Kelley is the editor of the Washington Times or Ed Kelley is back with the Oklahoman in some capacity?
Well, let’s see how those experts did!
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:
Last week, we published a six-year-old audio clip of popular stand-up comedian Louis C.K. telling some jokes about Oklahoma City, and in particular, how someone should light a bomb in front of a federal building here and kill a bunch of people someday.
The post actually generated a little bit of controversy locally. Some people got really mad that a superstar comedian would try to make light of a senseless act of terrorism that killed 168 people and wrecked the lives of thousands. Others got mad at us for posting the clip because it was six years old, obscure and comedians have to universal right to say whatever they want, whenever they want, without any repercussions or consequences.
Anyway, somehow Louis C.K. was alerted to mini-controversy. He briefly discussed it on Monday in a weird YouTube interview with skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. Here’s the clip:
Yesterday, Gary England celebrated his 40-year anniversary at Channel 9. Think about that for a second. When Gary started keeping people advised and telling them to take tornado per’cautions, Richard Nixon was president, gasoline cost 55-cents a gallon and Oklahoma was ran by racist Democrats. Yeah, a lot has changed in 40-years.
Anyway, Channel 9 went all out to honor Lord England yesterday. They aired several tribute videos, a blooper reel and everyone ate cake in the break room. At the end of it all, Channel 9 announced that our Severe Weather Savior had signed a new contract. That probably explains why all the church bells rang and tornado sirens went off around 10:10pm.
After all the fan fair and pageantry, it was time for Gary to do what Zuess, God and the Griffin family had chosen him to do: Give the weather forecast. When he did, this happened:
In a way, the finals of our Oklahoma State Fair Photo Contest reminds me of NCAA Men’s Basketball Final 4. It’s kind of anti-climatic. Sure, it’s cool to see who wins and everything, but the real fun is that first week when we get to see the field, pick our favorites and watch a Cinderella or two emerge.
Here our the six finalists for the contest:
- Beauty and the Corn Dog
- Daisy Dukes and Cowboy Boots
- 8 Mile
- Mr. Snaky McMuttonchop
- Them’r my corn eatin’ gloves
- Sleeping Beauty
Before you review the pics and cast your vote, remember a few things:
- In the semi-finals, you could vote for three pics. This time, you can only choose one. Voting ends on Sunday night.
- Whoever submitted the winning photo will win a Limo Tour to the Wedge Pizzeria and Deep Fork Grill. When you go the Wedge, be sure to order an American Pie and add Pepperoni. When you’re done eating it, send me a thank you note. When you’re at Deep Fork, get whatever you want. It’s all amazing.
- I should have mentioned this in one of the earlier posts, but please don’t try to stuff the ballot box. Some person with the IP addresses 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 tried to do that, and let me tell you, it’s annoying. The votes are audited by the Clark Matthews accounting firm. You’re allowed one vote. Don’t try to rig things.
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