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May 21, 2007

NewsChannel 8 coming to city

Even television people nearly 90 miles away know that McAlester is a great place to visit.

That’s why NewsChannel 8 will be hosting a live broadcast from First Street and Choctaw Avenue Wednesday morning.

“We are thrilled to be bringing our NewsChannel 8 Morning RV to McAlester,” morning anchor D.C. Roberts said. “This is our last official stop of the tour — and we definitely saved the best for last.”

Roberts and meteorologist Mike Collier will start broadcasting before the chickens wake up, at 5 a.m. Another show will follow at 6, followed by Good Day Tulsa at 9.

They are inviting everyone to come out and watch the live broadcasts and also to visit with the staff and crew members.

This is the final stop in Channel 8’s 20 Counties in 20 Days show. The anchors plan to talk about the Old Town Festival, the Centennial Arts Show Gala, McAlester’s Centennial celebrations and the annual Outlaw Rodeo.

And to do all of that, they are going to talk to some of our local experts:

• Mike Echelle, director of the Pittsburg County Health Department

• Pam Bundy, secretary of the Old Town Association

• Ted Welch of the McAlester Arts Guild

• Connie Guidry of the Outlaw Rodeo

• JoeAnn Vermillion, who is in charge of McAlester’s Centennial events

• Terry Lanham, who will speak about economic development

• Connie Guidry of the Outlaw Rodeo

• NewsChannel 8 First Alert Storm Team storm chasers

The 20 Counties in 20 Days tour also included cities in Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Haskell, Latimer, Mays, Montgomery, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Rogers, Sequoyah, Wagoner and Washington counties.

More information about the tour can be found at, including a list of historic places in Pittsburg County, complete with pictures.

Susan Brittingham can be reached at

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