KOKI-TV

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KOKI-TV
KOKI23.png
Tulsa, Oklahoma
United States
Branding KOKI Fox 23 Tulsa (general)
Fox 23 News (newscasts)
Slogan Covering News That Matters (news)
Accurate. Dependable. (weather)
Channels Digital: 22 (UHF)
Virtual: 23 (PSIP)
Subchannels 23.1 Fox
23.2 Me-TV
Affiliations Fox
Owner Cox Media Group
(Cox Television Tulsa, LLC)
First air date October 26, 1980
Call letters' meaning OKlahoma Independent
(possible disambiguation from Oklahoma City's Fox-affiliated station KOKH-TV)
Sister station(s) TV: KMYT-TV
Radio: KJSR, KRAV-FM, KRMG (AM), KRMG-FM, KWEN
Former channel number(s) Analog:
23 (UHF, 1980–2009)
Former affiliations Independent (1980–1986)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 400 m
Facility ID 11910
Transmitter coordinates 36°1′35.8″N 95°40′42.3″W / 36.026611°N 95.678417°W / 36.026611; -95.678417
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.fox23.com

KOKI-TV, virtual channel 23 (UHF digital channel 22), is a Fox-affiliated television station located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States. The station is owned by the Cox Media Group subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, as part of a duopoly with MyNetworkTV affiliate KMYT-TV (channel 41). The two stations share studio facilities located on Memorial Drive and East 27th Street South (near Interstate 44) in the southeastern section of Tulsa; KOKI's transmitter is located between East 93rd Street South and the Muskogee Turnpike in southeastern Tulsa County (near Broken Arrow).

Current syndicated programming on KOKI includes: The Doctors, Wendy, Maury, Queen Latifah, Judge Judy, Family Feud, South Park, TMZ, Dish Nation, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, Seinfeld and The Arsenio Hall Show.

History[edit]

Prior history of channel 23 in Tulsa[edit]

Prior to KOKI's debut, the UHF channel 23 allocation in Tulsa was originally occupied by KCEB, which debuted as the second television station in Tulsa (after KOTV, channel 6) on March 13, 1954. It originally operated as an ABC affiliate, but also carried programming from NBC and the DuMont Television Network as a secondary affiliation. However, as manufacturers were not required to include UHF tuners on television sets at the time, ABC and NBC allowed KOTV (channel 6) to continue "cherry-picking" each network's stronger shows. The station operated from a studio facility located on the Lookout Mountain section of west Tulsa.

KCEB lost the ABC affiliation to KTVX (channel 8, now KTUL) when it debuted in September 1954, followed by the loss of the remaining NBC programs that KOTV was not already carrying to KVOO-TV (channel 2, now KJRH-TV) when it signed on that December. This left the station exclusively with DuMont, a non-viable fourth-network that itself would soon fold in 1956. The low viewership that KCEB suffered due to the lack of wide availability led the station to cease operations on December 10, 1954. KCEB's former Lookout Mountain studio facility was sold to original KTVX owner John Toole Griffin; channel 8 moved its operations into that building the following year, where it remains to this day.

KOKI station history[edit]

As an independent station[edit]

KOKI-TV first signed on the air on October 23, 1980; it debuted as the first independent station in the Tulsa market and the first commercial television station to sign on in the market in 26 years (since KVOO-TV signed on). KOKI (standing for "Oklahoma's Independent" and originally branded as "Tulsa 23") was founded by a group of prominent corporate executives and community leaders in the Tulsa area, known as "Tulsa 23, Ltd", which was awarded the new UHF channel 23 license by the Federal Communications Commission. The partnership was led by managing partner Benjamin F. Boddie and investors that included former Williams Companies CEOs John H. Williams and Charles P. Williams, who were also responsible for the redevelopment of over nine square blocks and one million square feet of new office and retail construction of downtown Tulsa including the establishment of the Williams Center, the Bank of Oklahoma Tower (the state's tallest office tower at the time, at 52 stories and 660 feet (200 m)) and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

As reported in the Tulsa World, the ownership team featured well-known names in Tulsa leadership of that era which also included Robert E. Thomas, Walter H. Helmerich II, C.W. Flint, Robert V. Sellers and Jim Lavenstein (the latter serving as KOKI's original general manager). The station's original studio facilities were located on 46th Place in southeast Tulsa. Its initial programming featured a blend of cartoons, older movies, westerns, drama series and a few classic sitcoms; KOKI-TV had fairly decent viewership, still, the station was mediocre in terms of programming. It generally bought syndicated programs second and third-hand, after other area stations passed on offers to acquire them, and did not bid for any stronger programs. In fact, some sitcoms and other shows that the station carried were not even airing in the market locally. Its main competitor, KCGT (channel 41, now MyNetworkTV-affiliated sister station KMYT-TV), was even weaker and ran mostly network shows rejected by the local "Big Three" affiliates (KOTV, KJRH and KTUL), religious shows and barter programming.

In 1983, Time-Life Inc. (now Time Warner), the parent company of premium cable channel Cinemax, filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit against KOKI over the use of the slogan "We Are Your Movie Star" (which Cinemax had also used at that same time). That October, KOKI won its case in Tulsa Federal District Court.

As a Fox affiliate[edit]

KOKI became a charter affiliate of the fledgling Fox network on October 9, 1986; however, it essentially remained an independent station as Fox only provided a couple of hours of network programming a day (and would not even expand its primetime lineup to seven nights a week until September 1993); the station eventually branded as "Fox 23". On March 6, 1989, Houston-based Clear Channel Television, Inc. entered into an agreement to buy KOKI from Tulsa 23, Ltd.; the sale was finalized in early 1990. Clear Channel significantly upgraded channel 23's programming, adding more recent sitcoms, higher-quality movies and some first-run talk shows.

KOKI logo, used from 2002 to 2011.

During the 1990s, KOKI shied away from classic sitcoms on its daytime schedule and added more talk, reality and court shows. More recent sitcoms were added to the station's schedule during the evening hours. Clear Channel began managing channel 41, whose call letters had changed to KTFO in 1991, under a local marketing agreement in 1994. As children's programs began to disappear from syndication, KOKI increased its syndicated programming inventory with even more talk and reality shows.

In 2001, Clear Channel moved the operations of KOKI and KTFO from its South Yale facility into a newly converted state-of-the-art building located at 2625 South Memorial Drive (formerly constructed and owned by the Oertle's Family Discount Store and later rented by a Burlington Coat Factory store), merging both stations with Clear Channel's local radio station properties.[1] On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel entered into an agreement to sell its entire television station group to private equity firm Providence Equity Partners, which placed the stations into a broadcast holding company called Newport Television.[2]

KOKI was depicted fictionally in the 2000 comedy-drama film Where the Heart Is. However at the time of the film's release, the station's only news programming consisted of hourly updates, as its news department would not be formed for another two years.

On August 11, 2011, 25-year-old William Boyd Sturdivant II (who had a history of mental issues and criminal activity including arrests for burglary and drug possession, and also reportedly once walked 250 miles (400 km) from Tulsa to Dallas) was found wandering around outside the South Memorial Drive facility of KOKI/KMYT and the Clear Channel radio stations. Sturdivant was chased onto the roof of the station, after which he climbed up to 150 feet (46 m) on the 300-foot (91 m) transmission tower located outside the facility;[3] Sturdivant moved between 75 and 100 feet (30 m) at various points during the 150+ hour standoff (which became the longest standoff in the history of the Tulsa Police Department, breaking a record originally set during a 1993 standoff involving a murder suspect that lasted 32 hours[4]). The standoff ended at around 6:40 p.m. on August 16, after a retired police negotiator was sent up the tower on a crane to talk Sturdivant down. Local news outlets in Tulsa and Oklahoma had nicknamed Sturdivant "Tower Man".[5]

Horizontal version of KOKI logo, used from 2011 to 2014.

On July 19, 2012, Newport Television announced the sale of KOKI and KMYT (along with the Jacksonville, Florida virtual duopoly of WAWS and WTEV-TV) to Cox Media Group. As Cox Media Group is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, the purchase placed the station under common ownership with the area's major cable operator Cox Communications,[6] creating the first instance in which a company owned a television station and a cable provider in the same market since the FCC repealed its ban on this type of cross-ownership in 2003.[7] The sale to Cox also placed KOKI and KMYT under common ownership with Cox's Tulsa radio station cluster (KRMG (740 AM and 102.3 FM), KRAV-FM (96.5), KWEN (95.5 FM) and KJSR (103.3 FM)). The FCC approved the transaction to Cox on October 23, 2012, and the deal was finalized on December 3.[8][9]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[10]
23.1 720p 16:9 KOKI-DT Main KOKI-TV programming / Fox
23.2 480i 4:3 MeTV Me-TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KOKI-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 23, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 22.[11][12][13] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 23.

News operation[edit]

KOKI-TV's noon newscast title card prior to January 2014.

KOKI-TV presently broadcasts 48 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with eight hours on weekdays and four hours each on Saturdays and Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the highest local newscast output among the broadcast television stations in the Tulsa market and the highest among overall in the state of Oklahoma. In addition, the station produces an hour-long talk/lifestyle program Tulsa Live (originally titled Great Day Green Country until June 2014), which airs weekday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

Although KOKI is a relative newcomer to the field of local newscasts, the station has managed to make significant viewership gains in the Tulsa market since the inception of the station's news department. The station has also gained a reputation in the Tulsa area for its "Solving Problems" investigative reports, helping area residents that have been scammed by local businesses; the investigative unit was originally known as the "Fox 23 Problem Solvers" until 2007, when it was changed to its current name in order to avoid confusion with NBC affiliate KJRH's similarly named "2NEWS Problem Solvers" investigative unit.

From the mid-1980s until January 2002, KOKI produced news updates running three minutes in length that aired daily during daytime and Fox primetime programming from a small studio. At the time, it was one of only a few Fox stations that were not owned by the network offering some local news prorgramming, albeit KOKI's news presence was relatively minor. On January 26, 1997 (immediately following Fox's telecast of Super Bowl XXXI), KOKI premiered First Weather on Fox 23, a nightly weather forecast segment that aired interspersed within its syndicated programming; it was led by a five-minute segment at 10 p.m., with two additional minute-long updates at 10:35 and 11:05 p.m.; First Weather ran on the station until shortly before the debut of KOKI's newscasts.

Clear Channel Communications eventually decided to start a full-fledged news department for KOKI. On February 3, 2002 (following Fox's telecast of Super Bowl XXXVI), the station debuted a nightly hour-long 9 p.m. newscast,[14] becoming the first independently produced newscast to debut in the Tulsa market since KGCT's news department folded in the early 1980s. News programming on KOKI quickly expanded over the next few years. Five months later in June 2002, KOKI added an early evening newscast at 5:30 p.m. on weeknights; its early evening newscast expanded to one hour the following year with the debut of an additional half-hour newscast at 5 p.m. In April 2006, KOKI premiered a four-hour weekday morning newscast from 5:00-9:00 a.m. (at the time, it competed with KOTV's morning newscast of the same length, that station moved the 8 a.m. hour of the program to CW-affiliated sister station KQCW (channel 19) in January 2008); the station moved its syndicated children's program block to Sunday mornings as a result. Two months later in June 2006, the station debuted an hour-long noon newscast, which competes solely against KOTV's own hour-long newscast in that timeslot (KJRH's midday newscast airs one hour earlier at 11 a.m., while KTUL does not produce its own midday newscast). On January 18, 2010, KOKI began producing a half-hour weeknight 10 p.m. newscast.

On January 16, 2011, starting with the 9 p.m. newscast, KOKI became the second television station in the Tulsa market (behind KJRH-TV) to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. The station also began using a logo and graphics package by Hothaus Creative Design that was based on the visual appearance of Fox's owned-and-operated stations. On September 23, 2013, KOKI debuted a half-hour weeknight 6:00 p.m. newscast.[15] KOKI subsequently debuted three-hour newscasts on weekend mornings on January 3, 2014, running from 7:00-10:00 a.m. on Saturdays and 6:00-9:00 a.m. on Sundays; it is the second station in the Tulsa market (after KJRH-TV) and after KWTV-DT to carry a morning newscast on Saturdays and Sundays.[16] In January 2014, the station adopted a modified version of the graphics package used by San Francisco sister station and fellow Fox affiliate KTVU, and dropped its O&O-styled logo coloring in favor of a silver and red logo.

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • Tulsa 23 Newscheck (1980–1986)
  • First Weather on Fox 23 (10 p.m. weathercast; 1997–2002)
  • Fox 23 News (2002–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "There's Only One, Tulsa 23" (1980–1983)
  • "Where the Stars Are" (1983–1985)
  • "Tulsa 23, Oklahoma's Independent" (1985–1987)
  • "First. Complete. Local." (2002–2004)
  • "Breaking News. Breaking Weather. Solving Problems." (2004–2009)
  • "Breaking News. Breaking Weather." (2009–2014)
  • "Accurate. Dependable." (2009–present; weather slogan)
  • "Covering News That Matters" (2014–present)
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News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

Anchors[17]
  • Tiffany Alaniz - weekend mornings on Fox 23 News This Morning
  • Brittany Jeffers - weekends at 9:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
  • Michelle Linn - weekday mornings on Fox 23 News Daybreak and Fox 23 News This Morning (5:00-9:00 a.m.)
  • Clay Loney - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also "Solving Problems" investigative reporter
  • Jonathan McCall - weekends at 9:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
  • Shae Rozzi - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Ron Terrell - weekday mornings on Fox 23 News Daybreak and Fox 23 News This Morning (5:00-9:00 a.m.)
Fox 23 Severe Weather Team[17]
  • James Aydelott (AMS Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • John Boyer (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekend mornings on Fox 23 News This Morning and weekends at 9:00 p.m.
  • Michael Seger (member, AMS) - meteorologist; weekday mornings on Fox 23 News Daybreak and Fox 23 News This Morning (5:00-9:00 a.m.)
  • Ben Walnick (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekdays at noon
Sports team[17]
  • Nathan Thompson - sports director; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Martina Del Bonta - sports anchor; weekends at 9:00 p.m.; also general assignment and sports reporter
  • Andrew Carter - sports reporter; fill-in anchor; also general assignment reporter
Reporters[17]
  • Jeff Brucculeri - weekday morning traffic reporter
  • Lynn Casey - general assignment reporter
  • Miranda Christian - multimedia journalist; also photographer
  • Janna Clark - general assignment reporter
  • Morgan Downing - multimedia journalist
  • Angela Hong - general assignment reporter
  • Preston Jones - multimedia journalist
  • Price McKeon - multimedia journalist
  • Janai Norman - multimedia journalist
  • Sharon Phillips - general assignment reporter
  • Eddie Randle - weekend morning multimedia journalist
  • Farron Salley - general assignment reporter
  • Ian Silver - general assignment reporter
  • Sara Whaley - multimedia journalist
Cox Media Group Washington, D.C. Bureau[17]
  • Kyla Campbell - Washington, D.C. bureau correspondent
  • Jacqueline Fell - Washington, D.C. bureau correspondent
  • Justin Gray - Washington, D.C. bureau correspondent
Tulsa Live[18]
  • Kendall Kirkham - co-host
  • KC Lupp - co-host

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clear Channel Communications Moves into New Tulsa, Okla., Building, Tulsa World (via HighBeam Research), August 25, 2002.
  2. ^ "Clear Channel". Clear Channel. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  3. ^ Man still on station tower, KOKI-TV, August 12, 2011.
  4. ^ Record-shattering standoff continues into a third day, KRMG,[disambiguation needed] August 13, 2011.
  5. ^ OU defensive back's father used compassion to coax man down from Tulsa tower, NewsOK.com, August 17, 2011.
  6. ^ Newport Sells 22 Stations For $1 Billion, TVNewsCheck, July 19, 2012.
  7. ^ FCC Repeals TV/Cable Cross Ownership Rule, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, February 27, 2003.
  8. ^ "Federal Communications Commission". Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  9. ^ "Federal Communications Commission". Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  10. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KOKI
  11. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  12. ^ "Federal Communications Commission FCC 07-138". Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  13. ^ CDBS Print.
  14. ^ Fox 23 KOKI-TV; Newsroom Spotlight, Broadcasting & Cable (via HighBeam Research), October 21, 2002.
  15. ^ KOKI to Add 6:00 p.m. News in September TVSpy, August 7, 2013.
  16. ^ Tulsa's KOKI-TV Expanding Green Country's Weekend News Coverage Cox Media Group, December 3, 2013 (the press release states the program was originally set to run from 7:00-9:00 a.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays, see schedule for correct times).
  17. ^ a b c d e Fox 23 Staff Bios
  18. ^ Tulsa Live – About Us

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