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Galen Culver is a reporter/photographer for Oklahoma’s News Channel 4 who produces “Is This a Great State or What?” He joined KFOR’s team as a photojournalist.

Prior to joining NewsChannel 4, Galen worked as a reporter, photographer and weekend anchor in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

He broke into the television business a reporter and photographer in Missoula, Montana.

Galen earned his degree in Journalism and Communications from Washington State University.

Galen has received many photojournalism accolades including the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

His coverage of the first Gulf War won an Oklahoma Associated Press Award for Best General Reporting.

In July of 1991, Galen began a unique assignment to find and showcase amazing Oklahoma sights and stories.

Since that time the “Is This a Great State or What” segment has aired nearly every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on various News Channel 4 broadcasts.

Galen continues his search on the 5 p.m. newscast these days, producing, shooting, writing and editing feature stories from every corner of Oklahoma.

Galen is married to News Channel 4 anchor and producer, Tara Blume.

They and their Oklahoma-born daughters, Evelyn and Holly, live in Oklahoma City.

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    Kevin Stark’s Old Room at the Toy and Action Figure Museum Just Wasn’t Big Enough

    PAULS VALLEY, OKLAHOMA — These are his toys, but all this was never really Kevin Stark’s bedroom as a kid. “This is the room I wanted as a kid,” says Stark in front of a huge bedroom diorama containing thousands of posed action figures. “I had to share a bedroom with two brothers.” This huge display is a kind of fantasy bedroom at the Toy and Action Figure Museum. “Any you recognize,” asks a visitor? “Of course,” he replies. “I […]

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    How Long Does It Take To Scare You? Horror Shorts Film Fest Planner Says, ‘Not Long’.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Imagine a little kid up late, reading a collection of scary short stories long after his parents have gone to bed. Chris Forest doesn’t have to imagine it. He lived it. “I cannot believe that I put myself through that as a child,” he says. “I was probably between 8 and 10 or 11.” Forest is an independent writer and director these days, a job that still places him alone in dark rooms much of the […]

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    The Last Mustangs Hold Out With a Little Help From Their Friends

    ANTLERS, OKLAHOMA — Bryant Rickman’s call echoes through the scrubby oak of early fall, through the rugged terrain of the Kiamichi foothills, all the way to Blackjack Mountain, and back nearly 400 years. Rickman knows just about every one of the horses here, some still living wild. “They do real well up here,” he says. “We call this the Fossil River Refuge.” Every one of them has a name. But the one name they all share is Colonial Mustang. These […]

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    ‘Redneck Beachcombing’ Is Where This Artist Finds Pieces to Her Puzzles

    FREDERICK, OKLAHOMA — Along the continuous cycle of life, death, and re-birth the hands of an artist possess great power. “I mosaic almost every day,” says artist Jenny Perry. Here, she found Frederick to be the place where all her pieces fit, and where her mosaics made the most sense. “I just love the whole process of cutting things and making things fit,” she says. “It’s kind of like a puzzle where you make the pieces yourself.” She made her […]

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    It Was a Long Way to the Feed Store So This Family Opened Their Own

    PADEN, OKLAHOMA — The Cindle kids show pigs appear to have everything they need for Fall. They have good, clean stalls and plenty of feed. 2nd grader Brittany can actually sit on one of them. 13-year-old Bailey Cindle lets her little sister feed another pig green lollipops. “They also like marshmallows,” says Mom Denise. “We go through a lot of marshmallows in show season.” But even well fed pigs can’t eat this much. Scott and Denise’s girls get a good […]

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    Spook light mystery solved insist amateur sleuths

    EDMOND, OKLAHOMA – We should explain right away these men are not scientists. Allen Rice is an English professor at UCO. Micheal Ferguson is his son-in-law. Chris Shaneyfelt is a former student, and Keon Canady a current one. They call themselves ‘The Boomers’, and, for fun, they travel around Oklahoma in search of folklore, but mainly fun. Dr. Rice picked up a book one day and read about the famous Joplin Spook Lights and said to his rag-tag group, ‘hey. […]

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    Oklahoma inventor creates product to help keep coolers cool

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA – We caught Steve Glass on a Friday morning trying to get to Lake Texoma before dark. He was hurriedly packing the cooler with everything he might need for a long weekend of fun. But, Glass packs an extra punch with his cold stuff. It’s inside a two liter, blue cube, a special gel that he claims makes whatever ice you have to buy last longer. “What it is, is an ice extender,” Glass said. “It will freeze at […]

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    Actors From ‘Rain Man’ Scene Shot in Oklahoma Reunite 27 Years Later

    HINTON, OKLAHOMA — Like a long, lost relative actress Beth Grant came back home Saturday morning. She and Catherine Dougherty were actual dorm mates at the same college. Beth and six of Catherine’s children happened to share screen time in a movie called ‘Rain Man’, in a scene shot just down the road from the Dougherty farm. It’s been more than 27 years since they spent two days with a film crew to shoot the ‘Judge Wopner’ scene, but the […]

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    Texas Longhorns, the breed not the team, feel right at home in Kickapoo Canyon

    LOOKEBA, Okla. — Larry Johnston drives downhill to check on the herd every evening. His grandfather homesteaded this little pocket canyon east of Lookeba more than a hundred years ago. “They usually eat here in the day and then go up in the evening,” says Johnston. This generation of Oklahoma Longhorns looks right at home, almost as if they’ve been here from the beginning. “I always thought we had Longhorns on this place anyway,” he states. Actually Larry bought his first […]

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    ‘Hated Farmin’ Loved Cowboyin’. Osage County Man Collects the Old West

    BURBANK, OKLAHOMA — The topsoil is a little thin for farming in these flinty hills near the small town of Burbank. The only thing to really hold to usually has horns and fights back. But that’s always been fin with Steve Barnard, who grew up in the Osage County bluestem grasslands, and who fell in love with all things cowboy early on. “I grew up on a ranch,” he says, “Cowboyin’ and ranchin’ too.” “I hated the farmin’ and loved the […]

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    Great State: A Parking Lot Full of Ferraris, For Real

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The famous car builder himself, Enzo Ferrari, once said, ‘If you can dream it you can build it.’ For everyone else the world is divided un-equally between those who can dream and those who can afford to buy one of these things. “Basically, these guys are from all around the state,” says Ferrari owner Brantley Cowan. On a lovely Sunday afternoon, one by one, they pulled in to a small parking lot near Oklahoma City’s Film […]