ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

cloudy-day
79°
Partly Cloudy
H 90° L 70°
  • cloudy-day
    79°
    Current Conditions
    Partly Cloudy. H 90° L 70°
  • cloudy-day
    89°
    Afternoon
    Partly Cloudy. H 90° L 70°
  • clear-day
    90°
    Evening
    Sunny. H 94° L 74°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg news on demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg traffic on demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg weather on demand

00:00 | 00:00

Local
KRMG’s Anderssen to start his sunshine state experience
Close

KRMG’s Anderssen to start his sunshine state experience

KRMG’s Anderssen to start his sunshine state experience
left-to-right: April Hill, Rick Couri, Nicole Burgin, Shelby Travis and Drew Anderssen, enjoying a Tulsa Drillers' daygame.

KRMG’s Anderssen to start his sunshine state experience

KRMG’s Operations Manager, Drew Anderssen, is departing his longtime Tulsa home today, after accepting a similar job at a co-owned radio station in Florida.

Anderssen first joined KRMG in 1996 in the promotion staff. Drew quickly advanced through the management positions and became assistant program director (PD) and interim PD. In 2000, Anderssen became the program director of KRMG. A few years later, he became operations manager, the position he held until today.

Drew was very active in our Tulsa community, volunteering his time and energy to the Tulsa Jaycees, Tulsa’s Young Professionals, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Operation Aware. Coming from a family of police officers, Drew was also very active and supportive of the Tulsa Police Department and was recently accepted into the Tulsa Police Reserve Academy. Drew was also well known amongst the Grand Lake community.

“In my 30 years of radio, I’ve never had a greater boss/mentor/friend than Drew Anderssen,” said KRMG News Director and host of the KRMG Morning News Joe Kelley. “I’m very thankful for that fateful moment in which I bumped into Drew at a radio seminar in California. Drew said to me, ‘What do you know about Tulsa?’ I told him I didn’t know anything about Tulsa. He’s been schooling me ever since.”

Drew has accepted the program director position at News Talk WDBO in Orlando, Florida, which, like KRMG, is owned by Cox Media Group. KRMG has launched a nationwide search to find his successor at KRMG.

It was not difficult to find KRMG staffers that wanted to add to this story.

Joe Kelley

The thing I will miss most about working with Drew is the way he makes me feel when I know I've fallen short of his expectations - he would always inspire me to be better, not saddle me with frustration.

Drew is famous for saying the words "let's huddle." When he says those words, he's switching gears from 'friend' to 'boss.' We all know that. He doesn't know that we all know that, though.

And like a pop-up timer on a hot oven turkey, Drew's cheeks turn red when his passion builds. He doesn't know we all know that, too.

Yet, even with he says "let's huddle" or his cheeks turn red (or especially when he says “let’s huddle or his cheeks turn red), it's always an opportunity to learn from his vision, passion and energy.

More than losing a fantastic boss, I will most miss my friend Drew. There is no more fiercely loyal, compassionate and loving friend than Drew. He is that one rare person where you have no fear in dropping your guard. He’s not just pretending to care about you. He actually does care.

I’m very excited for the staff at WDBO in Orlando. They are getting an absolute dynamite programmer and soon-to-be friend.

Rick Couri

His personal touch. There was never any doubt in my mind where I stood with him or that he cared about what happened to me and my family. I’ve never worked with a person who has cared or invested as much in me as Drew did. And, he’s a snappy dresser.

Shelby Travis

Drew is one of the hardest working managers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. When breaking news happens any time, day or night, he’s the first guy at the station to coordinate the many moving parts that are KRMG team coverage. He has taught me so much about being a leader. I’ll miss going to lunch with him. That’s when his personality and infectious smile really shine. There aren’t many managers that I’ve worked for that I can honestly say I have enjoyed just ‘hanging out’ with more than Drew.

April Hill

Before I came to KRMG, I felt like a working Cinderella. Working for Drew, and his management team, I finally felt appreciated, not undervalued and overworked. Once I reached full-time status, Drew made sure to make me feel like I was part of a talented team. So, I tried to be happy for Drew when he announced his promotion. I must have failed because Shelby Travis called to check on me that night.  He said I was the only one who actually gasped then said nothing as I looked straight forward in silence. It’s a small broadcasting world. Odds are I will be able to work with Drew in sort some of capacity one day. One can only hope.

Dan Potter

At the risk of sounding like a moldy ‘70s disc-jockey, I’ve been in radio over 30 years.

I’ve had at least 10 program directors at stations from Fort Wayne to Dallas. I’ve had friendships, to one degree or another, with all of them. And, I’ve learned from all of them. No offense to any of them, I’ve never met someone like Drew Anderssen.

Professionally, his ability to sum-up a market and develop a strategy to conquer it ought to be studied by the Pentagon.

But, there are many PDs who are brilliant strategists. What truly set Drew apart is his cheerful willingness to do whatever job needs to be done, whenever and wherever it needs to be done, whether that’s helping set-up a gazebo for a remote, brushing snow off a satellite dish or reporting on a double-homicide at 3:30 in the morning.

Drew never asked us to do a single thing he hasn’t already done or is willing to do.

That has earned him a staff willing to walk into battle with him.

And, every step of the way, he’s made everyone around him feel like we’re not just his friend, but one of his best friends.

What more could you want from a boss?

Steve Berg

Drew is that rare boss who could pull off the delicate balancing act of supervisor and colleague.  He always managed to maintain the necessary level of authority, but always did it with a respect that I’m sure I didn’t always earn.  And he usually did it with his unique Anderssen wit and good humor. 

It was always apparent that Drew poured his heart and soul into this job, going through focus group research and ratings data with a fine-tooth comb, always looking for a way to make the station and the product better.  He knew this station up, down, front, backward, and sideways.  And there isn’t ANYBODY out there who loves the world of radio more than Drew. 

During breaking news, he never hesitated to jump in a vehicle and go chasing a storm or jump on the mic and start anchoring coverage.  Employees are always impressed when the boss walks the walk.  So thanks Drew for the steady leadership (and the steady paycheck).  Orlando is lucky to have you!    

Chris Cordt

It has been an honor and a pleasure to work for Drew Anderssen these last three months. Drew is everything you would want in a boss. I’m sad that I was only able to work for him for three months but I wish him nothing but the best in Orlando. Our loss is their gain.

Michael Purdy

I don’t know much about Drew.  What I do know is that he made me feel welcome at KRMG.  For a boss to care about a part-timer and also encourage me to be great…He’s a special guy!  I wish him the best of luck!

Russell Mills

A year ago, at a bad time in my life, I came to KRMG looking for work with exactly zero days' experience in radio. Drew took a chance and hired me as a part-timer, and went out of his way to throw me production work and as many breaking news call-ins as he could to help me make some money and catch up on my finances. I owe him a debt of gratitude which I fear I'll never be able to repay. He sets an amazing example as a leader, as a boss, and as a human and he will be sorely missed.

Nicole Burgin

Drew Anderssen's office is cleaned out but I am still in denial about his departure from Tulsa and KRMG.  It just doesn't seem real to me!  In my short 5 years at KRMG, Drew has been KRMG.  I have learned from him about radio and what it takes for KRMG to be a leader in news, weather and information.  Most of all, I have learned from him about myself and have been reminded about the kind of person I want to be.  My fellow co-workers have written about his heart, compassion and leadership.  He's the entire package, a great boss and mentor.  When I first started, I called him my boss, now I call him my friend.

Read More
VIEW COMMENTS

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

  • In a surprise to many in his own party, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday postponed plans for a vote this week on a GOP health care bill, as internal divisions among Republicans burst into the open on the best way to overhaul the Obama health law, delaying any vote until next month at the earlies. Here is what’s next on the health care front: 1. No vote until after the July Fourth break. The plan from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was to have a final vote on a GOP health bill by this Friday at the latest. Instead, the new plan is to come up with some deals and secure the 50 votes needed for passage in July. “I think this is a good decision,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), who expressed optimism that a vote could take place the week of July 10. “We’re so close,” Perdue added. But one thing I’ve learned over the years is Congress only feels the pressure to act right before a vacation break – and that happens July 28. 2. Some not so subtle GOP messages. One thing that was striking were the statements issued by several GOP Senators – after the vote had been delayed – as several Republicans waited to publicly pronounce their opposition and concerns. For Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), it was the level of Medicaid spending. Maybe the biggest surprise was a tweet from Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) – who wasn’t on anyone’s radar – that he was opposed to the bill as it currently stands. To me, that’s a canary in the coal mine for broader GOP concerns about their health care bill. The Senate healthcare bill missed the mark for Kansans and therefore did not have my support. — Jerry Moran (@JerryMoran) June 27, 2017 3. Some Republicans sounding some odd notes. Along with the statement from Sen. Moran, another post-delay item deserves a note, from Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). “The first draft of the bill included hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts for the affluent,” Lee said in a statement, which sounded more like something that a Democratic Senator might say, rather than a very conservative Republican. health111 4. Who can McConnell peel off on health care? While various GOP Senators said they opposed the Republican health plan, they also included the caveat that they don’t like the way it is right now. Things could change in coming days and weeks in order to get someone to vote “Yes.” But for Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), his message in a telephone town hall to voters back in the Silver State on Tuesday night was that he doesn’t expect major changes in how the GOP bill would deal with the Medicaid program. “I do not believe that Ronald Reagan would have supported this health care bill,” Heller said. I’ll put him down as a “No” for right now. 'This just shows you they don't have the votes right now…and they can't count on mine going forward.' — Heller on GOP postponing vote — Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) June 28, 2017 5. But don’t declare the bill dead just yet. Remember, the House came back from several near-death experiences on health care in March and April, and still managed to get something approved in May. So, just because the Senate has thrown a tire does not mean that the entire bill is going into the Legislative Ditch. Speaker Paul Ryan said a few hours before the Senate got the chain wrapped around the axle that he wouldn’t bet against his Senate counterpart. The Majority Leader will be tested now, and we’ll see how Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) performs in the spotlight. Ryan: 'I would not bet against Mitch McConnell…I have every expectation the Senate will move this bill.' — Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) June 27, 2017 Stay tuned.
  • Shoppers at a Walmart in Cocoa, Florida, expressed concern after learning that at least 17 registered sex offenders, some designated as sexual predators, listed the store as their home address. >> Read more trending news  State law allows homeless sex offenders to use the address of the closest physical address for their registration. Most of the sex offenders listing the Walmart as their home address likely live across the street in a homeless camp set up in a wooded area, police said. Mother, and Walmart shopper, Heather Poole said she couldn’t believe so many sex offenders lived in such close proximity to a place children and families regularly visit. “We go there, like, 10 times a week,” Poole said. “We literally live right down the street. “It’s pretty scary, you know? We have kids and, you know, you don’t want (the sex offenders) being around and you don’t know who it is.” In a statement, Walmart said that the company goes to great lengths to keep shoppers safe. Walmart admitted, though, that it did not know about the homeless sex offenders using the Clearlake Road store as their home address. Walmart’s full statement: “We work to maintain a safe environment for our customers and associates. It’s disturbing to learn that convicted felons would list our store as their residential address. We condemn such a practice and must refer any other questions to local law enforcement.” According to the Cocoa Police Department, after registered sex offenders are released from prison, officers verify the address listed on their paperwork and check on the individual again in six months.
  • You've almost certainly HEARD of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But Newsweek decided to delve into the little known day-to-day life of being a dictator.  They say Kim is no workaholic like his father, and despite many appearances and parades, he likes to relax and spend lavishly. They say state spending on luxury goods like alcohol, electronics, and high-end clothing, has nearly doubled to $645 million per year during his tenure. Kim tends to indulge on wine and cheese, they say, and actually had to cancel appearances at one point for health and weight problems. He has a wife, but she's rarely seen, and it's believed he has a daughter, but that's not confirmed. He has the main Central Luxury Mansion but also spends a lot of time at what Newsweek calls a palatial complex on the coast, which Dennis Rodman describes as a 7-star party in Hawaii, but Kim “is the only one there.” You can read more from Newsweek here.
  • We’re learning more about a bizarre death investigation in Sand Springs. Police identified a body found in a Walmart bathroom as 29-year-old Katherine Caraway of Muskogee. The bathroom had been locked for days. Employees told police they assumed the bathroom needed to be fixed, so they placed an out-of-order sign on the door.  Caraway’s body was found when they opened the door on Monday. Police aren’t sure exactly when the woman died. Caraway was seen on store video entering the room three days before her body was found.  Capt. Todd Enzbrenner says video shows Caraway entering the room about 6 p.m. Friday.  Enzbrenner says a maintenance worker opened the door shortly after 3 p.m. Monday. The body was sent to the state medical examiner to determine the cause of death, but police say the death doesn't appear suspicious.
  • A Brentwood, California, man reportedly shot dead two men who tried to rob his home, and the chilling incident was caught on a neighbor's surveillance video. >> Watch a news report showing portions of the video here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised)   neighbor speaking to KTVU, Reggie Nichols, said the homeowner told him that four men tried to break into the home late Wednesday and steal a safe, but he shot two of them dead. According to the East Bay Times, the robbers, who were armed with a pistol, are said to have been in their 30s. The homeowner and the deceased have not been named. >> Read more trending news “I’m ticked off, because this kind of stuff doesn’t happen around here,” Nichols said. “It’s a good neighborhood. It’s been a really long time since something like this (happened).” Police said the man will not be charged, as it appears to be a clear-cut case of self-defense. “The preliminary information shows it to be a home-invasion robbery,” Brentwood police Lt. Walter O’Grodnick said. “Two suspects. One with a firearm. They presented a threat, and the shooting was prompted in self-defense.”