So this discussion started with Jim Cowan, director of the Bricktown Association, complaining about what he felt was hype by tv weather forecasters and how it was costing downtown merchants business.
I then brought up how Mike Morgan was singled out for criticism at www.okctalk.com and what I heard from his forecasts. Was it fair for OKC Talk to focus on Morgan? I’d be curious to hear your comments. I have no agenda, other than to air people’s views, provide more of the behind-the-scenes details to stories, and go more in-depth on issues relating to downtown and the city.
There has not been a convergence relationship between The Oklahoman and KWTV for the past year and from what I’ve seen we’re truly competitors again.
Now for Mike Morgan’s response, unedited:
Hello there Steve,I don’t know you, but I feel compelled to draw to your attention to your unfair focus of attacks on me.I will draw to your attention, three prime examples of why my forecasts, at granted a later period in the OKC Forecast time line, we far better than others being presented at the exact same, or even later time.1) Mark Shannon’s live radio forecast at 5:45PM Friday. My Quote ” I am now swinging the other way….less snow in OKC than the NWS forecast.”2) I was appalled to listen to Gary England during the OU Basketball game of his live broadcast of Quote “ 4-7 inches of Snow with shutdown roads in OKC” This was between 7 and 8PM Friday Night…..after I had already stated on Channel 4′s 430-5-6 and 630PM newscasts of Quote ” Less snow in OKC than earlier expected, 2-4 inches, Slick spots.and3) Saturday Morning’s live weather castsChannel 9, Quote “OKC travel conditions today not very good at all”My quote, repeatedly ” OKC roads are fine, ONLY WET.” Even went to the extent of showing a viewer email from a shopping mall merchant stating “roads are fine, please come out and shop” and THAT I AGREED WITH HER!!You are affiliated loosely with TV9 since your email address is from the Oklahoman, your heavily slanted rant is not surprising…..been there, done that….I ask you now, show some balls and lift this email and prominently post it on your twitter site!OK?I am a great husband, very happily married to a nurse from Bristow and father of two, raising 5th generation Oklahoma kids.You may, or a few others may think I have some hidden deviant agenda, I can tell you I do not. I always just try my best. At least I do it face to face with my viewers, and not behind the auspices of a computer keyboard.With all that being said, I get it when it comes to cyberspace opinions, folks say things they would never say in person, but I also am keen to people in the media with agenda’s, and I see one forming with you. I am just here to point out a few “other” angles you needed to open your eyes to.At least I began to change my forecast as I saw it change, can we say the same about you?Sincerely,Mike MorganWeather forecaster in Oklahoma since the age of 10, that was 1974.cc Mark Shannon