Nick Bender

There are 27 comments on the News 9 Oklahoma City story from Jan 17, 2008, titled Nick Bender. In it, News 9 Oklahoma City reports that:

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Mark Shannon

AOL

#1 Jan 19, 2008
Nick

Welcome to OKC. I did two stretches in Amarillo - KPUR (Top 40 at the time) and Z 93. Worked in Pittsburgh with a Penn State graduate named GUY JUNKER at WBZZ...B 94 too. We were the first morning team on that station.

You'll find OKC to be an oversized AMARILLO, except no HELIUM MONUMENT or 72 OZ Steaks.

Mark Shannon
KTOK
Nick Bender

Yukon, OK

#2 Jan 21, 2008
Thanks for the welcome. There seems to be more trees here in OKC than Amarillo - a good thing -, even after the significant ice storm you experienced. I can do without the 72 oz. steak; that's too much even for this big eater!
Mark Shannon wrote:
Nick
Welcome to OKC. I did two stretches in Amarillo - KPUR (Top 40 at the time) and Z 93. Worked in Pittsburgh with a Penn State graduate named GUY JUNKER at WBZZ...B 94 too. We were the first morning team on that station.
You'll find OKC to be an oversized AMARILLO, except no HELIUM MONUMENT or 72 OZ Steaks.
Mark Shannon
KTOK
pj griffith

Amarillo, TX

#3 Jan 23, 2008
Well I see I waited way too long to compliment KVII Meterologist Nick Bender & now he is gone. First I thought he must be leaving because of a new broadcaster in the morning, then he was back, then there was the young lady giving the weather, then Nick was back, then the commercial for KVII where Nick is included with the news team & now his photo is not among the "Our Team" members. I am so sorry that I did not write before and tell this young man what a wonderful job he did broadcasting the weather especially when on his first week on the air in Amarillo when we had some of the most severe weather since I have lived here and as a new comer to the program his delivery of the storm conditions, with the other channels seeming to be in total confusion, Nick's weather broadcast was truly one of the most professional that I have seen given the weather conditions at that time (which were awful). Please where ever he has gone, will you forward these late words of paise to Nick for a most extraordinary job providing the community with excellent weather coverage. You will be missed by this viewer.
Nick Bender

Yukon, OK

#4 Jan 23, 2008
Thank you for the very kind words PJ. Indeed, that was a scary night for just about everyone in the Panhandles. I'll still be keeping an eye on the High Plains, since most of our (Oklahoma) weather roars across the TX & OK Panhandles first. Again, thanks for the compliments!
pj griffith wrote:
Well I see I waited way too long to compliment KVII Meterologist Nick Bender & now he is gone. First I thought he must be leaving because of a new broadcaster in the morning, then he was back, then there was the young lady giving the weather, then Nick was back, then the commercial for KVII where Nick is included with the news team & now his photo is not among the "Our Team" members. I am so sorry that I did not write before and tell this young man what a wonderful job he did broadcasting the weather especially when on his first week on the air in Amarillo when we had some of the most severe weather since I have lived here and as a new comer to the program his delivery of the storm conditions, with the other channels seeming to be in total confusion, Nick's weather broadcast was truly one of the most professional that I have seen given the weather conditions at that time (which were awful). Please where ever he has gone, will you forward these late words of paise to Nick for a most extraordinary job providing the community with excellent weather coverage. You will be missed by this viewer.
Blair Wilson

AOL

#5 Jan 23, 2008
Hey Nick,

I can't believe it's been almost a month since you left; I do miss you alot, wished you were still here. I hope you are doing well over there in OKC, I hope everyone is treating you well. I am doing well, I just turned 26 almost 2 days ago (January 22) It was a good day, I had fun too. I never believed that a famous actor would die on my birthday, but it happened; Heath Ledger was found dead on my birthday, which is really sad, as he was one of my all time favorite actors. I'll tell you more about it later. Keep in touch and let me know what's going on. I'll talk to you soon Nick, I miss you.
Kevin ODell

Ardmore, OK

#6 Jan 24, 2008
I noticed you went to school in Pennsylvania.....I was wondering if you were related to Tom Bender, former voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers......I worked with Tom In Ft. Myers, FL back in 1979/80 at WINK-TV.....Tom ws the sports director back then.
Thanks,
Kevin O'Dell
Ardmore, OK
Nick Bender

Oklahoma City, OK

#7 Jan 24, 2008
No Kevin, I can't say that I'm related to Tom Bender. Funny you should mention the Pittsburgh Steelers; they are my favorite NFL team...better luck for them next year huh?
Kevin ODell wrote:
I noticed you went to school in Pennsylvania.....I was wondering if you were related to Tom Bender, former voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers......I worked with Tom In Ft. Myers, FL back in 1979/80 at WINK-TV.....Tom ws the sports director back then.
Thanks,
Kevin O'Dell
Ardmore, OK
Kathy Albright

Bethany, OK

#8 Jan 27, 2008
Well, Welcome To Oklahoma !!! As a native New Yorker ,I know first hand about nor'easter's.
What I didn't know about was tornados'. I think I would perfer nor easters' over tornados' anyday at least you know when they will hit and can prepare. Tornados just drop from the sky at any given moment.Since I have been here I have been intrigued by the weather.
I know you will love it here as I do, people are friendly, polite, and kind.
So good luck and hope you stay for along time.
Nick Bender

Yukon, OK

#9 Jan 27, 2008
Hey Kathy thanks for the warm welcome and good wishes! I agree with you on the nor'easters over tornadoes any day of the week. You'd be surprised, however, at how fast some of those nor'easters and coastal storms can develop - though no where near the spontaneity of tornadoes.
Kathy Albright wrote:
Well, Welcome To Oklahoma !!! As a native New Yorker ,I know first hand about nor'easter's.
What I didn't know about was tornados'. I think I would perfer nor easters' over tornados' anyday at least you know when they will hit and can prepare. Tornados just drop from the sky at any given moment.Since I have been here I have been intrigued by the weather.
I know you will love it here as I do, people are friendly, polite, and kind.
So good luck and hope you stay for along time.
kyle mottinger

Crescent, OK

#10 Jan 28, 2008
welcome to oklahoma thanks for bringing the warm weather with you but as a joke you should have left the wind in texas you should enjoy working for news 9 and for gary england i enjoy watching the weather change in oklahoma and should to man
Nick Bender

Yukon, OK

#11 Jan 28, 2008
Thanks for the welcome Kyle. I really enjoy, already, working with Gary and the rest of our News 9 staff. I enjoy them almost as much as I enjoy Oklahoma's fast-past weather, which is poised to go from warm & windy to potentially cold & snowy - all within a few short days.
kyle mottinger wrote:
welcome to oklahoma thanks for bringing the warm weather with you but as a joke you should have left the wind in texas you should enjoy working for news 9 and for gary england i enjoy watching the weather change in oklahoma and should to man
Laura Rice

Williamston, NC

#12 Jan 28, 2008
Hey! It's my old weekend buddy! You left in such a hurry...but we're all so excited that you're doing what you love in OKC! Don't forget about us too quickly in AMA.

P.S. Have you been tanning?
Nick Bender

Yukon, OK

#13 Jan 28, 2008
Hey Laura! A little sunshine on the face while running outdoors goes a looong way with me; must be some of that Italian blood. Good to hear from you, and I'll be sure to check in from time to time.
Laura Rice wrote:
Hey! It's my old weekend buddy! You left in such a hurry...but we're all so excited that you're doing what you love in OKC! Don't forget about us too quickly in AMA.
P.S. Have you been tanning?
Mrs Steve Stedje

Spearman, TX

#14 Jan 28, 2008
Wrote to you last summer to share much we appreciated your professionalism and the great job you did in the Texas panhandle. You are "sorely" missed! In December, our daughter, from OKC, was stranded for a few days while she played for the Amarillo Nutcracker. When we made it back to OKC for finals, we were amazed at what the ice had done to the trees and of course the power. I'm sure you will enjoy OKC and the different types of weather! Hope to see your OKC forecasts when we are back that way.
Blessings, The Stedje's
Nick Bender

Yukon, OK

#15 Jan 28, 2008
Hello Stedje company, thanks for the words of appreciation. The ice storm certainly has left some scars here in Oklahoma that will take some time to heal. The weather here seems to change just as often, and just as fast as it did in the Panhandles; I look forward to it keep me on my toes. Best wishes!
Mrs Steve Stedje wrote:
Wrote to you last summer to share much we appreciated your professionalism and the great job you did in the Texas panhandle. You are "sorely" missed! In December, our daughter, from OKC, was stranded for a few days while she played for the Amarillo Nutcracker. When we made it back to OKC for finals, we were amazed at what the ice had done to the trees and of course the power. I'm sure you will enjoy OKC and the different types of weather! Hope to see your OKC forecasts when we are back that way.
Blessings, The Stedje's
Paul Holloway

Norman, OK

#16 Feb 2, 2008
Nick, please delete MPH when reporting wind speed in KNOTS. Do not use "KNOTS PER HOUR". Use KNOTS only i.e., current wind speed 15 knots.
Nick Bender

Oklahoma City, OK

#17 Feb 2, 2008
Good morning Paul.

We report all wind in miles per hour, whether it be sustained or gusts. Even though the Oklahoma Mesonet measures and reports wind in knots, which is what I'm assuming you were looking at, for on-air purposes we convert to/use miles per hour. Feel free to email me at [email protected] if you want to chat some more on the issue.
Paul Holloway wrote:
Nick, please delete MPH when reporting wind speed in KNOTS. Do not use "KNOTS PER HOUR". Use KNOTS only i.e., current wind speed 15 knots.
Harry Cohlmia

United States

#18 Feb 4, 2008
Welcome to Oklahoma,, you are doing a great job at News 9..... I am from Enid and know of the way Oklahoma weather can change very quickly... Hope you will make Oklahoma your new home, I enjoy your weathercasts......Again welcome to Oklahoma
Nick Bender

Oklahoma City, OK

#19 Feb 4, 2008
Thanks for the welcome and the compliments Harry. Quick-changing weather seems to be the going rate of things here in Oklahoma, as it was back in the Texas & Oklahoma Panhandle. When change becomes commonplace, can we call it change anymore, or the norm? Fun question to ponder on.
Harry Cohlmia wrote:
Welcome to Oklahoma,, you are doing a great job at News 9..... I am from Enid and know of the way Oklahoma weather can change very quickly... Hope you will make Oklahoma your new home, I enjoy your weathercasts......Again welcome to Oklahoma
chris hegstrom

Amarillo, TX

#20 Feb 5, 2008
Nick,
I hope all is good for you in OKC. Biggest change in the morning, besides you being gone, would be the lack of music in the morning to get our day started. I hope you are having as much fun with your new crew as we had here in Amarillo. Keep in touch.

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