Last night, Oklahoma lost to Florida 24-14 in the BCS National Title game in Miami. David Jones and Paige Dillard met me in the OPUBCO Studios about 10 pm to watch the final mintues. The Oklahoman’s Mike Sherman sports editor came down to the 7th floor from the 8th to tape three segments.
I had three videos pre-produced: graphics and script. Paige pulled photos from The Oklahoman’s staffers in Miami ready for our videos. Jones prepared the studio for the three shoots.
We knocked out the first video, a post game show that lasted about five minutes talking about the game.
Then we rearranged the sets and taped two segments – one about Sooner coach Bob Stoops and quarterback Sam Bradford.
We finished taping around 11:30 pm. We record and edit using Final Cut Pro. We encode the FCP .mov files into .flv files using Adobe Flash Encoder. Exporting and encoding is by far the lengthiest part of the production.
We left the office two hours later after posting the videos and editing NewsOK.com and NewsOK.tv to properly display the videos.
Angi and I caught up with Tim O’Toole, a busy man these days, at the State Fair. It was raining outside, so we shot the interview in their war room, a room full of wallsize aerials and thick books of planning paperwork. O’Toole is president and GM of the fair, which begins Thursday and runs through Sept. 21.
Emma and Ethan were the most popular first names chosen by Oklahoma parents in 2007, according to the Social Security Administration. Now, before you read the story on NewsOK, you can take a simple little quiz of baby names on NewsOK.com. See if you can guess the most popular names in America.
In sports, the San Antonio Spurs beat the New orleans Hornets last night. The NBA playoffs are down to the Final Four – Pistons vs. Celtics, game 1 tonight. And Lakers Spurs, game 1 tomorrow night.
Tonight is part one of the two night American Idol finale. David Archuleta, a 17 year old from Utah vs. David Cook, a 25 year old from Missouri, who has spent time in Tulsa and so Oklahomans like to claim him. Tune in at 7 pm tonight on Fox.
It’s Tuesday, here are some headlines for you…
Today’s Oklahoma County bond issue election is mostly about Tinker Air Force Base. County leaders want to buy the abandoned General Motors plant on the south border of the base and lease it to Tinker. The county has negotiated a $55 million purchase of the plant from GM should voters approve the proposition.
Other bond propositions would pay for fixes to flood control, the county courthouse and county records retention, as well as a new county extension building.
You can find your Oklahoma County polling places online at NewsOK.com.
Ok turning to international headlines, in China, the toll of the dead and missing soared as rescue workers dug through flattened schools and homes today in a desperate attempt to find survivors of China’s worst earthquake in three decades.
In Oklahoma… As Picher residents searched Monday for their lost belongings in the rubble left by Saturday’s tornado, they faced a unique barrier to recovery: They can’t go back. With a federal buyout in progress, many storm victims don’t know what the future holds, but they know it won’t be in Picher. They say rebuilding would be foolish.
More severe weather is predicted to return today to Oklahoma.
A slight risk for severe thunderstorms will be east of a line from Medford and Enid to Lawton. Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs about 80 and windy. Thirty percent chance of thunderstorms, with some turning severe, in the late afternoon. 40 percent chance tonight.
The price of a first-class stamp rose to 42 cents Monday. But folks bought Forever stamps at 41 cents can still use them without extra postage. New Forever stamps went up to 42 cents.
NewsOK is free, be sure to check it out all today for the latest news and information.
The death toll in Picher is at six after yesterday’s outbreak of
tornadoes, the deadliest outbreak of tornadoes in Oklahoma since 1999. The
seven dead includes an infant.
The infant died at a Tulsa hospital. Identifying those killed could take up
to a week, according to
Several Picher residents told authorities they had no warning before the
tornado, which destroyed the south end of the city.
There are many people missing, but authorities could not give an estimate
given the extent of the damage. Crews and search dogs are going through the
At least 150 people — from scratches to more serious problems — were injured
in the Picher tornado, said Michelann Ooten, a spokeswoman for the state
Emergency Management Department.
Gov. Brad Henry declared a state of emergency late Saturday. He is expected
to tour the area this afternoon.
There will be official press conferences this afternoon. We will cover those
and provide video from them. Also, there are photo galleries from The
Oklahoman’s Matthew Strasen online at NewsOK.com. NewsOK.tv’s Tanner
Herriott is in Picher today as well and will be filing more video from the