Sarah Haertl to leave Intrust Bank Arena for BOK Center and Tulsa Convention Center

WICHITA — Sarah Haertl says there’s only one arena she would have left Intrust Bank Arena for, and now that’s what she’s doing.

“My original dream job was Intrust Bank Arena,” says Haertl, who has been the director of sales and marketing since October 2009, three months before the arena opened.

As of Sept. 10, Haertl will be the director of marketing for Tulsa’s BOK Center and the Tulsa Convention Center.

“It’s just a dream opportunity for me,” she says. “The BOK is just one of those special buildings that for whatever reason continues to exceed expectations.”

Haertl is married to Bruce Haertl, sports director for KWCH, Channel 12.

“At this point I plan to come back on weekends … and one night during the week and commute as well as we possibly can,” Sarah Haertl says. “I do not have this all figured out yet.”

The Haertls have two older children and two younger ones, and Sarah Haertl says they’re all right with her move.

“The 10-year-old is really excited because the BOK Center has a Justin Bieber date.”

KAKE, Channel 10, to drop its 4 p.m. news; KWCH, Channel 12, to add 4 p.m. newscast on sister station

UPDATED — KAKE, Channel 10, is dropping its 4 p.m. newscast, but marketing director Bryan Frye says that doesn’t mean the station is offering any less news.

“We’re still doing the same amount of news, just in different time periods,” he says.

There is no staffing reduction related to the change.

Frye says that in January, KAKE added a 4:30 a.m. newscast in anticipation of canceling the half-hour 4 p.m. newscast, which debuted in 2007.

“The problem was we never really had a good companion piece at 4:30,” Frye says.

He says viewers tuned in for the 4 p.m. newscast but then left at 4:30. The station tried several half-hour shows in that slot, but none was a good lead-in to the 5 p.m. news.

In September, KAKE will run the hour-long “Dr. Oz” at 4 p.m. He’s one of the syndicated “You Docs” The Eagle runs every Tuesday.

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Sportscaster Jim Kobbe to leave KSN, Channel 3; chief meteorologist Dave Freeman wins award

WICHITA — KSN, Channel 3, hasn’t officially announced plans for a new 10 p.m. newscast, but sportscaster Jim Kobbe isn’t waiting around to hear them.

He’s turned in his resignation for a new job in human resources at Spirit AeroSystems, where he worked between KSN and a previous job with KWCH, Channel 12.

“I’m really delighted,” Kobbe says.

His last day at KSN is March 20.

Last month, Have You Heard? reported that Kobbe, anchors Stephanie Bergmann and John Snyder and chief meteorologist Dave Freeman were told their services will no longer be needed at 10 p.m.

Freeman has just won a public service award from the National Weather Service.

His award is the civilian equivalent to the federal award the National Weather Service’s Dick Elder and Chance Hayes recently received.

The three worked to get the national criteria for the definition of a severe thunderstorm raised from hail three-quarters of an inch in diameter to one inch – or about the size of a quarter.

The problem, Freeman says, is sometimes “waking people up at 2 o’clock in the morning to tell them to go back to bed.”

“Most people think weather guys love warnings,” he says. “Ironically, it was a bunch of weather guys trying to find a way to issue fewer warnings.”

Freeman says he was happy when his colleagues won their award and had no expectations for one for himself.

“I was literally speechless, which anybody who knows me will tell you is remarkable.”