The Oklahoma Christian Home Educators’ Association (OCHEC) held its annual convention in Tulsa this past weekend. It’s one of the top homeschooling conventions in the country for parents who really really really want to make sure their children have hard-wired religious beliefs and a limited worldview. We know this thanks to the group’s mission statement, it’s convention workshop schedule, and a few pics of trade show exhibit booths that a Mole sent our way.
Yep, The Blackwoods Morning Show is going after the home school crowd. Can you imagine being a homeschooled kid and having to watch that show every morning? How could you focus on the patriotic music with that glorious Chia Pet of hair staring back at you? The only thing you’d learn is to be very careful when choosing a hair stylist.
Here are a few more exhibit photos after the jump.
Cool fact about my car: 40% of its components have been recalled. Even cooler fact about my car: The auxillary port in the stereo doesn’t work, and the CD player is broken. (I’m fully aware I need to get a new car, but I keep holding out hope that we will get a metro-wide public mass transit system that runs 24/7. I’m also fully aware this will never happen.)
Because of the state of my car stereo, I listen to the radio a lot. And while I do have two NPR stations programmed in my presets, I still find myself listening to some of the local music stations. (Or, more accurately, I find myself flipping through the stations for the duration of my trip on the off chance that I find a song I like.) I’ve also gotten to listen to a lot of DJs, and this has led me to think about them a lot.
The local station that has occupied a lot of my head space has been the Katt. What can I say? I spend a lot of time waiting for “Possum Kingdom” by The Toadies to come on, and I hate how 94.7 has that bullshit “man up” campaign, which means I stick with 100.5. So, I’ve gotten to know those DJs fairly well as of late. That’s why I’m bringing you this list of things that I assume have probably happened at Katt headquarters.
1. Greg Zoobeck is Matthew McConanaughey in Dazed and Confused
Every time he sees some band groupies, I just assume he marvels at how he keeps getting older, but they stay the same age.
2. Local vape shop owners bribe the DJs to come to their in-store events.
It’s easy to feel disenfranchised as an Oklahoman in America. The major media ignores us unless there is an ugly political story or a natural disaster. We’re under-represented in pop culture. Just about every television show seems to take place in either New York, Los Angeles, or maybe Chicago. After all these years, we’re still considered a “fly-over state” full of horses, churches, and lunatic lawmakers hellbent on restricting the rights of people who aren’t white, far-right, and Christian.
Okay, so maybe they’re halfway correct about us, but our state is still largely ignored, especially when it comes to TV. That seems like it’s about to change, though. KFOR reports on a new Bravo series set to air that will take place in OKC:
If you were anything like me last Tuesday, you were glued to KFOR and Mike Morgan’s incessant promises that Oklahoma City would be under siege by high-pressure gustnados, fizzy-lifting drinks, and Oswald Cobblepots at any minute, starting sometime in the early afternoon.
And, if you’re anything like me, you probably wasted your day.
This isn’t the first time this has happened, by the way. Many times, as the sky goes grey this time of year and that all-to-familiar NWS beep starts ringing repeatedly, it’s hard not to plant yourself and follow the adventures of Val and the Gentner in Gotebo, Reed and the Dominator in Atoka and Emily on the Lady Weathercycle cruising a hail-battered Memorial Rd. like it was post-Bane Gotham City.
It’s exciting real-life drama that sucks me in like a particularly lazy edition of a Choose Your Own Adventure book and I always choose “Turn to page 57 to watch shaky camera footage of power-flashes in Purcell.” There are so many other things I could be doing. So many other things I should be doing. After all, after all that wait, if we’re all gonna die, might as well go having left a hastily drawn last-minute mark on the world.
So with today’s particularly nasty bout of predicted weather, instead of lumping it on the couch, here are five things we could all be dong instead.
Call Your Grandma
In today’s installment of As The Doppler Turns…
Last night, an Ogle Mole sent me a screenshot of a salty Facebook comment that KFOR Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan left on Aaron Tuttle’s Facebook Page. The comment was in response to this Washington Post article that Aaron shared with his 100,000+ followers. The article, which was written by Angela Fritz, was highly critical of the local and national media weather forecasters, including KFOR Channel 4, and the role they played in generating fear about Tuesday’s weather fizzle.
Yeah, that’s right. Aaron “Mr. F5 Tornado May Hit The Metro” shared an article that criticizes the fear inducing weather media, an exclusive group that Aaron Tuttle has been a part of for over a decade…
Forget what Aaron said, I agree with the Washington Post article 100%. Tuesday was the wake-up call. We need a responsible weather media that doesn’t resort to clickable headlines and panic-inducing forecasts when predicting the weather. All that does is drum up fear, tv ratings and website page views. We need responsible, non-sensationalized weather reporting like what you’d find in the Washington Post…
Okay, so maybe the Washington Post isn’t the best example for non-sensationalized weather reporting, but on a positive note, it’s good to be reminded every now and then that hypocrisy exists in places outside of Oklahoma. Sometimes, like today, we really need it.
Mike Morgan didn’t like the fact that Aaron Tuttle shared the article on Facebook. We know this because Mike left this now deleted Facebook comment on Aaron’s wall:
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