No, that picture isn’t fake. Also, Mike Morgan, Gary England and that other dude are not about to block a free kick. They were actually receiving the Lee Allan Smith “Spirit of Oklahoma” Award (whatever that is) at their annual Associates Gala (whatever that is).
Three lifesaving meteorologists will receive the Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award at Oklahoma Christian University’s Associates Gala.
The 11th-annual dinner, featuring Oklahoma City Thunder broadcaster Grant Long as the keynote speaker, will be at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.
OC will present the Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award to KWTV’s Gary England, KOCO’s Damon Lane and KFOR’s Mike Morgan for their tireless efforts to keep people safe and informed during the May tornadoes.
The award, given annually to individuals who have devoted themselves to the betterment of Oklahoma, is named for Lee Allan Smith, a tireless proponent of Oklahoma City and the state as a whole.
Previous Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma award winners include Oklahoma City mayors Ron Norick, Kirk Humphreys and Mick Cornett, and former Oklahoma governors and first ladies George and Donna Nigh, Frank and Cathy Keating, and Brad and Kim Henry
That’s cool. It’s about time that someone else around town learned that heaping praise on local weatherman will bring visitors and attention to your obscure local university and/or website. It’s just a shame that we weren’t there to appreciate it. Clark Matthews could have read some of his dirty weather limericks and I could have shared the Gary England origin story. Seriously, how did we not get tickets to this??! We’re the authority for local weatherfolk. Who do the people at Oklahoma Christian think they are? The New York Times???
Overall, we heard the ceremony went great. There were only a few complications. The first was when the state map of Oklahoma suddenly appeared at the bottom right corner of the projection screen and alerted the audience to a flash flood watch in Roger Mills County. The second problem took place when something called a Damon Lane got lost in the moment and wet his pants on stage. You also had some hyperactive toddler and David Payne making strange, loud noises in the back of the room, but that happens at any event.
Here are some pics and tweets from the ceremony. I’m going to warn you, some of them are surreal. First, we had severe weather deity Gary England pose for a pic with Princess Snowflake Emily Sutton:
That was fast.
Before we get to why, let’s clear up one thing. KSBI is not a Spanish language channel. I know a lot of you think that, but it’s simply not the case. Also, they stopped airing gospel music and Matlock reruns several years ago. Now they focus on low-budget, locally produced programming and TV classics like Law and Order, Access Hollywood and Cash Cab. It’s a great station if you’re bored and lonely and don’t have cable.
Alex let everyone know on Facebook that she’s leaving for some new syndicated show in Dallas. Here’s the evidence:
How much would you be willing to pay for a matching couch and chair that was previously owned by Emily Sutton? $5,000? $10,000? $20,000?
If so, have we got a deal for you. The two-time Ogle Madness champion is selling some of her old furniture on Craigslist. Because she’s Emily Sutton and kind and sweet and perfect, some of the proceeds even go to charity.
Here’s the ad:
Emily Sutton’s Couch & Recliner (Portion of Sales to Charity!) – $400 (OKC)
Hello friends! I just moved and need to sell my couch & recliner. I will give a quarter of the sale to the GO MITCH GO Foundation in the fight against all blood cancers!
Couch & matching recliner for sale! Great condition. 4 years old. The microfiber suede is machine washable. I am willing to talk about the price.
$400 for a couch and chair previously owned by Emily Sutton??! Sign me up!!! I’d drop that much for them sight unseen. Not only would they be a great conversation starter – “That couch was owned by Emily Sutton” – but they’d be the perfect fit for my tornado safe room / weather museum / mom’s basement.
Let’s go ahead and check them out:
If that headline sounds as terrifying as a three-minute and forty-six second joke about Kurt Cobain mumbling his words, then I got some awful news for you. Linda Cavanaugh, a woman who wouldn’t know Amish Paradise from Amish Mafia, interviewed Weird Al Yankovic on Monday. I guess the comedian / songwriter / now-apparently-a-childrens-book author was in town to promote his new book.
The interview was weird and strange and awkward. Basically, it was everything you’d expect it to be. Check it out:
A couple of days ago, local Facebook weatherman Aaron Tuttle posted the following message on his Facebook profile page:
Yes, Aaron Tuttle has 35,000 people following him on Facebook. Cormac McCarthy couldn’t write a more depressing sentence. How does that even happen? Do the ladies like his over-the-top weather hype and 4-pack of Miller Light Tall Boy abs, or did Abigail Ogle loan him some of her Twitter followers? Who knows.
Anyway, let’s check out his special announcement. Maybe he’s going to work for David Payne, has accepted global warming as a fact, or decided to get to the laundry part of GTL:
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