Earlier today, we reported that legendary OKC newsman Kelly Ogle was out at News 9 after 20+ years on the job.
Since I hit the publish button, more details are becoming clear and we have a correction/clarification to provide.
As opposed to being dumped, which we originally reported, it looks like Kelly is simply being put out to pasture. His final broadcast from the anchor desk will be tomorrow night at 10pm. After that, he will hang around the station filing the occasional “special report” while Karl Torp takes control of anchor duties each night at 5pm, 6pm and 10pm.
Basically, it looks like News 9 is doing to Kelly Ogle what they did to Gary England nine (!) years ago.
We know all this thanks to News 9. In response to our report, they were forced to set the record semi-strait and rush out the following “organization update” to staff. If you're a Lost Ogle Member, you can view it below:
It’s the end of an era in Oklahoma City TV news!
Although we’re still waiting for official confirmation, we’re hearing via the Ogle Mole Network that longtime News 9 evening anchor Kelly Ogle – son of Jack, brother of Kevin, uncle of Abigail, and a proud giver of his two cents – was alleged dumped by News 9 earlier this week, explaining his recent absence from that station’s 6pm and 10pm news broadcasts.
From those who are new around here, Kelly Ogle is as synonymous with OKC TV news as Bob Stoops is with OU Football. He has been with News 9 since the 1990s and served as their flagship news anchor for over two decades. He’s perhaps best known for his My Two Cents editorial segment, where he’d routinely share his center-right conservative views on current events and political issues.
From what I’m hearing, this is apparently not a feel-good mutual decision. The news took everyone in the Ogle Clan off guard, and Kelly hasn’t taken it too well. As one Mole put it, the breakup “isn’t pretty.”
That being said, there does appear to be some signs this was coming. For example…
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As we mentioned yesterday, Kevin Stitt recently said in a speech that Martin Luther King Jr. would be “disgusted” with the McGirt ruling, and definitely would have sided with him in his anti-Indigenous movement across Oklahoma.
Though I doubt that Stitt even believes racism truly exists, I’m still a bit amazed at the set of testicles on him to use that moment as a stump speech for his anti-McGirt manifesto, as he was obviously hoping to pit the various races against each other in a last-ditch effort to avoid losing Oklahoma in the upcoming election. Did it work?
And while people have spoken out against Stitt’s public tears, I’m more intrigued about the other historical figures that he will probably march out in upcoming weeks to help him—spiritually, at least, I’m sure—speak up against not only McGirt, but all Indigenous rights in general. People like…
1. Mahatma Gandhi
Shortly after learning that the Indigenous from Oklahoma and Indians from, well, India are two different groups of people, Stitt would reason that Gandhi was all in favor of a unified India and Pakistan, and as a result, would be “disgusted” by McGirt.
2. Woody Guthrie