As I’m writing this, local really-wants-to-be-a-media-starlet Abigail Ogle has 14,450 Twitter followers. Yep, you read that right: fourteen thousand, four hundred and fifty. That ranks her 9th in Oklahoma City and is a lot of followers for a relatively inexperienced sports reporter on a fledgling UHF channel. To put the number in perspective, compare Abigail’s count to these other local media personalities:
• Emily Sutton: 9,650 followers
• Kelly Ogle: 6,332 followers
• Dean Blevins: 10,809 followers
• Bob Barry Jr: 9,393 followers
Without a doubt, all of those individuals have higher profile jobs and better name recognition than Abigail, yet somehow she has more followers than all of them. How can that be? Are Abigail’s tweets extra-funny, super entertaining or more enlightening than the others? Does she follow everyone that follows her? Does she pretend to be BeeBee Jonez and post very very very provocative photos throughout the day?
No, she doesn’t do any of those things (unless you consider drinking Edna’s Lunchboxes with Mike Morgan’s bionic storm chaser to be provocative). It appears Abigail has taken an easier path to Twitter stardom. It looks like she paid for her followers. How else can you explain the unusual growth of her follower count over the past six months. Just check out this graph:
Hey all! Happy Monday, and welcome to Monday Morning Tweets.
Hopefully everyone had a good Mother’s Day, and you were all able to take a few moments to tell your mother that you’re thankful for her. And don’t worry, if your mom is anything like mine, she’s not even upset that you spent her entire Mother’s Day meal coming up with more and more creative ways to complain about Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins. Moms are the best. The rest of us are the worst.
This week’s tweets are after the jump.
Back in January, we let everyone know that Mary Ann Eckstein was stepping down as the news director at KFOR Newschannel 4. The report came as a shock to many. Mary Ann had been with KFOR for 33-years; long enough to remember when Mike Morgan wore regular ties, the Ogle men were just the Ogle boys, and Gene Wheatley had a farm report.
Yesterday, ABC announced the 13-contestants for its new summer reality show “Whodunnit?” The format of the show is basically murder mystery theatre meets The Mole. From an ABC press release:
What do a former NFL cheerleader, a bounty hunter, a nurse and a flight attendant all have in common? They’re all putting their investigative skills to the test along with nine other guests in the new murder mystery competition, “Whodunnit?,” premiering SUNDAY, JUNE 23 on the ABC Television Network.
“Whodunnit?” is an interactive series that puts 13 amateur slueths’ investigative skills to the test in a riveting mystery reality competition. Players will use a variety of crime scene investigation techniques to meticulously uncover evidence in a series of puzzling murders and to ultimately reveal who among them is the killer. Some players will form alliances in the competition, while others will choose to go it alone in their quest for the grand prize of $250,000. The contestants will be guests on a glamorous estate called Rue Manor with a steward, Butler Giles (Gildart Jackson), and each week must solve a new crime in order to advance in The Game. Failure to solve the crime will lead to a player’s demise, until only three are left. In the final episode, one player will unmask the killer and take home the $250,000 prize.
Sounds awful, doesn’t it? At least one of the contestants is a News 9 employee. In case you care, it’s this one:
I’m still not sure what to think about KFOR’s Lance West (pictured above). On one hand, he seems like a cool, funny and laid back dude. On the other, he’s a little goofy and weird. I’d compare him to the co-worker you’d invite out to happy hour with your friends, only to learn that he drinks strawberry daiquiris and plays video poker.
Lance has made quite a name for himself over the years for producing weird, off-beat sweeps stories. He’s swallowed swords, sipped his own urine, and I think one time even dressed up like a fat version of Mike Steely’s ex-wife and flirted with Bob Barry Jr. These types of stories went on a hiatus when Lance was stuck in the purgatory known as the Freedom 43 Morning Show, but now that he’s back in primetime they are starting to resurface.
The first one we noticed aired last week when Lance conducted a sophisticated experiment to see whether or not Oklahoma motorists are turtle killers. Turns out, we just like to kidnap and race the turtles in Crescent. This week, Lance decided to turn things up a notch and show first graders a videotape of Tim McVey’s execution.Yep, it’s good to have Lance back and in full form.
From a story called “Already Antiques:”
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