Beloved Meteorologist Out At KJRH

By Tom Locicero
Our News Oklahoma Writer/Editor

August 29, 2013

Beloved KJRH chief meteorologist Dan Threlkeld claimed on a Facebook post Wednesday to have been escorted out of the Tulsa-based station by management, but his version of the incident is being disputed.

Threlkeld, who worked at the station for nearly 11 years, wrote on Facebook, “Turns out I will get no ‘goodbye’ on television. Management escorted me to the door this afternoon and said I was done there. I’m not making this up. So this is it.”

In an earlier Facebook post, Threlkeld announced that he would be leaving the station on Friday, August 30. However, he said his alleged firing was unexpected.

Threlkeld said that he and management have been having disagreements over ideas for the last two years or so and that the working relationship became difficult.

He added that he walked into work like any other day and news director Susan D’Astoli escorted him to the door. However, D’Astoli said the former weatherman’s version is inaccurate.

D’Astoli said that Threlkeld was not fired, but she could not elaborate because the station does not discuss personnel issues.

Threlkeld’s contract was to end Friday, August 30, and with his new business venture, it seemed apparent that he would not be returning. Rumors have been circulating stating as much for several months. Threlkeld confirmed them by stating that management told him in April that they did not intend to sign him to a new contract.

In his Facebook post, Threlkeld also announced that he had co-founded an above-ground, expandable storm shelter company called Tornado Place, which was scheduled for an official launch date of September 1. Threlkeld said he might launch it today instead.

D’Astoli said Threlkeld’s replacement will be Brett Anthony, a meteorologist from KSHB-TV in Kansas City. The new chief meteorologist will debut on September 23.

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