Andrew Speno, one of our favorite local media personalities, is no longer with Fox 25. As Steve Largent would say, “That’s bull shit!”
We first heard the news at around 4:30 today via an email from an Ogle Mole. The Mole, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, claimed that Speno, along with News Director Joe Spadea and an employee from HR, were all fired or asked to “resign.”
Speno confirmed this news at about 5:00pm on Twitter:
This sucks. As this old “OKC Media Approval Rankings” poll shows, everyone seemed to like Andrew Speno. He was Oklahoma City’s version of Brian Williams. He came across as professional and trustworthy, yet he also had a subtle humor and wit that could make you laugh. That humorous side was good, but it also got him into trouble. He had to publicly apologize a few weeks ago after making a funny, yet “insensitive,” smart ass remark about Whitney Houston and her crack pipe on the air.
Oddly enough, we’re hearing that the crack pipe comment isn’t what led to Speno’s departure. According to our sources, “stirring the pot” and either knowing about and/or failing to alert station management to an HR “issue” may have lad to his demise.
What’s that HR issue? Well, read this Q&A from our Friday Mailbag that was posted on March 16. When you do, keep in mind that Channel 25 also parted ways today with News Director Joe Spadea and an employee in the HR department.
I’m a big Serge Ibaka fan. I like his blocked shots, his 19-foot jump shot and his ability to snag offensive rebounds. Hell, I even like it when he says “Serge Ibaka, I am from Congo” during Fox Sports Oklahoma’s cheesy, low-budget player introductions.
But there’s one thing about Serge Ibaka that I don’t like. He’s quickly turning into a meterosexual douche bag. And it may be too late to stop him. From NewsOK:
Thunder forward Serge Ibaka will bench his NBA uniform for an evening of high fashion on Friday at Gaillardia. Ibaka will host Fashion in Full Bloom, an evening of fashion and silent auctions to benefit Allied Arts.
Evan Hopkins, the event’s planner, said he is working on getting more Thunder players to attend the event, which features Oklahoma fashion designer Johnathan Kayne Gillaspie as emcee and the fashions of several locally owned Oklahoma City fashion boutiques.
Ibaka is known for his personal style when off the basketball court. The 6-10, 240-pounder has done some modeling, including for ESPN magazine’s “Body Issue” and model-style photos for Edge Magazine.
In 2011, Ibaka made a cameo in Lupe Fiasco’s video “Out of My Head,” which features Trey Songz.
Yes, Serge Ibaka is hosting a fashion show with the overexposed “celebrity” fashion designer Johnathan Kayne. You have to admit, that’s kind of douchey. Plus he appeared in this music video (pic above). That’s kind of douchey, too.
But the biggest, most douchiest thing he has done is appear in a feature pictorial in the March issue of So6ix magazine. Yes, So6ix Magazine.
Here are a couple of pictures:
Last summer, I drove to Tulsa for a brief business trip. I went to our state’s Second City for a variety of reasons, but primarily so I could:
1. Have drinks with some 21-year-old college girl who wanted to write for us
2. Grab lunch with a couple of dudes behind some “new media” upstart called This Land
3. Tell people I was actually taking a blogging business trip
Overall, the business trip was a success. We now have a Tulsa writer named Chelsea. Those two dudes – This Land Editor Michael Mason and Publisher Vincent LoVoi – took me to some trendy Brady District spot for some sort of ritualistic Pork Belly Ramen soup. And several people, including my grandparents, thought it was a big deal that I took a blogging business trip.
Anyway, that new media upstart This Land is upstarting pretty well. In addition to their bi-weekly newspaper and various blogs and podcasts, they have recently launched a new half-hour television show that’s shown on their website and Cox Cable.
I sat down with the new media outlet’s editor Mr. Michael Mason for a Lost Ogle Q&A. We talked about new media, This Land’s possible expansion into the Oklahoma City market and about the Oklahoma City – Tulsa rivalry. We didn’t talk about This Land being an advertiser on The Lost Ogle or anything, because we didn’t want this to look like a shameless promotion. Because it’s not.
Anyway, check it out. It’s pretty good.
Last week we told you about the infuriating and somewhat sad tale of Brett Allred. He’s the lobbyist who lost his temper and wrote some very mean and inappropriate things to a married mother of five on Twitter.
Well, it looks like Brett Allred isn’t the only one who knows how to lose his temper. Yesterday, NewsOK.com reported that the married mother of five who was the target of Allred’s ill-advised attack— Rachel Hernandez — was charged with the hideous crime of “outraging public decency.” The charge stemmed from an incident that occurred at Deer Creek Elementery School last September.
Rachel Renee Hernandez, 32, of Oklahoma City, was charged Monday with outraging public decency, a misdemeanor, in connection with a Sept. 9, 2011, incident at the school, 4704 NW 164.
Hernandez, according to a probable cause affidavit, became irate over her child’s school records from the previous year and refused to leave school property.
Deer Creek’s principal said Hernandez followed staff around campus, interrupted normal school activity and used profanity in the presence of children, a deputy reported.
Hernandez refused to cooperate with the deputy and refused to leave school property, stating that “if I touched her she would punch me,” the deputy said.
When the deputy attempted to take Hernandez into custody, she “became combative and struck me in the head with a file folder,” the deputy said.
Earlier this month, a judge dismissed three felony charges against Hernandez — assault and battery upon a police officer, resisting arrest and trespassing — at the request of prosecutors, court records show.
Did you notice that there is no comment or statement from Rachel Hernandez or her attorney that gives her side of the story. Not even something like “Ms. Hernandez refused to comment.” Fortunately (or unfortunately), we’re here to do the dirty work for a publication that refers to itself as “the state’s most trusted news.” We talked to Rachel, and this is an ultra Cliff Notes version of what we learned:
A few weeks ago, an Ogle Mole leaked to us a series of work order requests submitted to the Oklahoma Department of Central Services (ODCS) from the Governor’s Mansion.
The work orders, which were issued between January – May of 2011, feature an odd array of maintenance requests for the heated pool and hot tub at the Governor’s residence, and in particular, Governor Fallin’s demands that they both heat-up to her ideal temperature for maximum comfort and relaxation.
The Mole also provided us with several ODCS expense reports. They show the state spent at least $3,255 maintaining the Governor’s heated swimming pool and hot tub during that time frame. Included in those costs were a $1,445 Blue Spa Cover and an $850 chlorine salt generator.
Anyway, we break it all down below/after-the jump.
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