KFOR-4 morning meteorologist David Payne will join the KWTV-9 weather team in January after signing a long-term contract with the station, the station announced Monday night.
Payne eventually will succeed Gary England as KWTV chief meteorologist when he decides to retire, said David Griffin, CEO and chairman of Griffin Communications.
“Whenever Gary decides to hang up his radar, we have hired David Payne to come in,” Griffin said in a phone interview. “We also have signed Gary to a long-term deal. He is going to be around for a while.”
KWTV announced that Payne will handle the weather reports at 4 and 5 p.m. weekdays. England, 73, will continue to handle the weathercasts at 6 and 10 p.m. as well as lead the station’s severe weather coverage while Payne storm chases.
A fourth-generation Oklahoman and a 1993 University of Oklahoma graduate, Payne is an Emmy Award winning meteorologist with a total of six Emmy wins and 12 nominations. He was born in Guthrie and raised in Edmond. His family still owns land acquired during the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.
“I am honored to be chosen,” Payne said in a news release. “And I am looking forward to the opportunity to learn and work beside Gary England.”
England, a Seiling native, celebrated his 40th anniversary at the station on Oct. 16. On KWTV’s video tribute to him that day, he announced he had just signed a new contract with the station. “I am going to be staying a little while longer,” he said.
A recipient of numerous awards and honors, England graduated from OU with a degree in mathematics and meteorology. He is credited with implementing the world’s first commercial Doppler radar, which was manufactured by Enterprise Electronics.