There’s been some moving and shaking in the local media over the last few weeks. I haven’t really got a chance to write about it any of it, so let’s go ahead and do that now.
As we first reported last week, Tyler Media is flipping 107.7FM KRXO to a sports radio format in August. Since we broke the news, there have been a lot of rumors as to who is joining the new station. We’ve addressed some of this on Twitter and Facebook, but I thought I’d officially clarify them here.
This is what we know:
As we first reported last night via Twitter, big changes are happening to the local sports radio universe. Tyler Media is switching 107.7 KRXO from a classic rock format to local sports talk radio in August. The new station will air OU football, NFL games and has already poached regional radio curmudgeon Mike Steely from the Sports Animal. The classic rock format that KRXO has aired since the 1980s, including some of the station’s personalities, will move to 104.5 FM:
Mel Bracht at the Oklahoman conveniently spelled out some of the details for us.
The already crowded sports talk market in Oklahoma City soon will be getting its sixth sports talk station. Tyler Media announced Wednesday that it is launching a sports talk radio station in August on FM 107.7.
Classic Rock KRXO, which had been at 107.7, will move to a new frequency at FM 104.5, the company announced. According to the news release, KRXO’s lineup of Bob and Tom, Cara Rice, Buddy Wiley, Kelso, Unkle Dave and Rick Caldwell are expected to move to a much smaller signal on 104.5. Ty Tyler, president of Tyler Media, said in an email the new frequency recently was granted by the FCC and will reach more than 800,000 people in the metro area.
Tyler said it is in the process of hiring local sports talent from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the new unnamed station on 107.7 FM, which he said will have the strongest signal in the market. The station will include play-by-play of OU sports and be associated with NBC Sports. It plans to air NFL broadcasts on Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights, and other programming is under consideration.
“We are excited to expand our portfolio of stations,” Tyler said in the release. “A Big League City needs a Big League Sports Station.”
Sports Animal radio personality Mike Steely is expected to join the new station. Steely, a member of the Morning Animals, last appeared on WWLS-FM 98.1 on June 29. He said he could not comment if he was leaving the station.
This is a big deal. The Sports Animal has had a near monopoly on the local sports radio market for 15 years. Others have tried to chip away at this stronghold, and all have done so with limited or no success. I’ve boiled down this dominance to the following four factors:
• Strong FM signal.
• Resources and Sales Infrastructure.
• OKC Thunder Radio Partnership
• The most popular sports personalities in the market.
With this new venture, all of those advantages have been neutralized. 107.7FM is one of the strongest FM signals in Oklahoma, Tyler Media has the resources and infrastructure to compete, and OU football is still a bigger draw than the Thunder. In addition to all that, Mike Steely may not be the only Sports Animal personality to jump ship. The rumor mill on this story is spinning out of control. Ogle Moles from all corners have been sending me information, gossip, tips, etc. about this story.
I’ve tried to sort through them and get to the bottom of things. Here’s what I know:
David Payne’s 4th of July fireworks display was much more entertaining than yours.
While you were lounging by the pool, eating hot dogs and taunting Steve Lackmeyer in Bricktown, some lady named Jody Hunt celebrated our country’s independence by burning her clothes in the bed of David Payne’s pick-up. Truck Yeah! Go America!
Here are the details from a police report filed by Logan County Deputy Corey Hasler. It’s located on OSCN.net:
I, Deputy Corey Hasler, responded to the area near 5350 David Payne Dr in reference to a female running through the neighborhood naked. I arrived in the area along with Deputy Brown and Deputy Daves and we began searching the neighborhood. While searching the area Deputy Daves was flagged down by a man, later identified as Jeff Shelton, at 5450 David Payne Dr. Jeff told deputy Daves that the woman that was running around naked, had lit a fire in the back of his neighbor, David Payne’s truck, and that he was able to extinguish it with his garden hose.
Jump back Loretta! I think we just came up with a new rule for the Gary England Drinking Game. Now, whenever David Payne spots a tornado on David Payne Drive, you have to strip off your clothes and start a fire in the bed of your neighbor’s Nissan Frontier. And you have to do it before the universe falls into a worm hole and collapses upon itself, which is what I think happens whenever David Payne spots a tornado on David Payne Drive.
Seriously, how did that happen? Does the road scream and shout as you drive by? Is it made of gravel and golfball-sized hail? I say we change Reno to Gary England Boulevard. We should also rename I-35 to the Mike Morgan Freeway (but only during rush hour).
The story gets better though. Here’s the rest of the Deputy’s report: [sic]
It may be time to pray for The Oklahoman.
Over the July 4th weekend, the newspaper that still prints a prayer on its front page ran a two-part expose on atheism. The feature, which was inspired by Wolf Blitzer’s discovery of an Oklahoma atheist that survived the tornado that God sent to Moore, gives us a good look at those curious, immoral, and overly logical souls who do not accept God as part of their life.
Seeing the Oklahoman cover atheism is somewhat surreal. I think in the 1950’s the Gaylord’s lobbied for it to be a crime. Now, not only does the Oklahoman acknowledge that atheists live, eat and breed in Oklahoma, but Religion Editor Carla Hinton goes out of her way to portray them as regular people like you and me.
Well, kind of normal. Check out the atheists they found for the article:
Yesterday, the two highest-rated news channels in the OKC metro – KWTV News 9 and KFOR News Channel 4 – aired reports claiming the reality trash hit “The Real Housewives” would be filming a season in Oklahoma City. The two stories are virtually identical. In fact, they’re so similar I was able to mash them into one story:
Watch out America, because the next series of the popular “Real Housewives” reality TV shows could be happening right here in Oklahoma City.
Today was the by invitation only casting call for a new installment of “The Real Housewives”. This time instead of New Jersey or Beverly Hills, It’s right here in Oklahoma City.
A local production company is already in talks with producers at Bravo, which is the network that has launched six “Real Housewives” series since 2006 including Beverly Hills, New York and Atlanta. Thursday was the first day producers started screening potential housewives in Oklahoma.
“There have been so many times in my life I have said, ‘Oh, my gosh. My life should be sitcom,'” said Eva Aranda, a potential ‘Real Housewife.’ “So when this came up, I said, ‘You see, my life could be a sitcom.'”
And this may be Aranda’s big break. She and several women met at the Gaillardia Country Club to be screened for the “Real Housewives of Oklahoma City” reality TV show.
One by one, women hand-picked from well-known families sat in the hot seat and showed the camera why they should be one of the next Real Housewives of Oklahoma City. Los Angeles producer Annette Colbert – Latham pitched the idea to Bravo.
“I think they’re elegant. They’re wonderful women. They’re showing the best side of Oklahoma City,” said Colbert-Latham, Executive Producer of the ‘Real Housewives Of Oklahoma City.’ “They’re socially connected. They’re very wealthy and more importantly, they have a lot of things on the ball and also own their own firms. Some are millionaires, multimillionaires and even billionaires.”
Colbert-Latham’s team plans to put together their video of the group in the next couple of weeks and send it off to Bravo to see if the show will be picked up. The second round of screen tests will take place Friday again at Gaillardia from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Latham wants women who have made names for themselves.
“You can expect to see some real drama, we are very real here, and nobody puts up facades, and nobody tries to be something they’re not,” said Carol Hefner, a potential ‘Real Housewife,’ whose married to Robert Hefner IV and has five children.
Hefner’s family is responsible for Lake Hefner and Hefner Parkway, and she once ran for the State Senate.
So there you have it. The Real Housewives of Oklahoma City is coming to town. There’s no need to get a quote from Bravo or vet the mysterious “Los Angeles producer Annette Colbert – Latham.” She has cameras, a couple of credits on IMDB, and wealthy local housewives at her disposal. Therefore, everything she said must be 100% legitimate and this is in no way an elaborate ruse or scam. Nothing to see here. Move along.
Well, not exactly.
We did a little research, and this whole thing smells as fishy as a bass from the lake Carol Hefner’s family allegedly built, and instead of exposing the publicity stunt / possible scam for what it is, our two biggest news channels fell for it hook, line and sinker.
Here are two things that make us feel this way:
1. Bravo is denying any involvement in the show. Check out what Andy Cohen, the face of the network, tweeted last night:
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