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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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    Great State: Bluegrass Music from Japan and Sweden Travels Well in Guthrie

    GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA — If the music you listen to hits just right, and if you listen often enough, part of it stays with you. Who knows if any of these grade school kids who came to Guthrie on a Friday morning field trip might someday pick up an instrument to play Bluegrass, but that’s how it happens. Totte Bergstrom was a kid in Sweden when his brother brought home a Flatt and Scruggs record. “Worried Man Blues,” he recalls. “I […]

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    Great State: Hideaway Hobby. Pizza Shop Owner is Honored for His Kite Flying

    ENID, OKLAHOMA — There is a scientific answer for why the wind blows and why it doesn’t. But the people gathered in this big field sought this invisible force for deeper reasons. “We’re out in the open air,” said champion kite flier Christian Baden Powell. “We’re being artistic.” Members of the American Kite Fliers Association get together every year somewhere in the United States. They bring ‘wind catchers’ of all sizes and shapes. They launch them, fight them, and perform […]

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    Great State: Oklahoma’s Largest ‘Corn’ Maze Began With Lonely Farmer

    CHICKASHA, OKLAHOMA — There was a time just a few years ago when this piece of bottom land north of town was perfect for growing alfalfa. Nothing really happened to the growing conditions. What changed took place in the mind of Jerry Reding, who saw bus loads of paying customers visit a farm north of here. He recalls thinking, “You know if I could just tap into the Chickasha area for schools (field trips) I could make a fortune too.” […]

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    Great State: Town and Museum named for Gene Autry Proclaims Itself Back on the Map

    GENE AUTRY, OKLAHOMA — They were the residents of Berwyn, Oklahoma until 1941. That’s when Gene Autry, who had a ranch nearby, accepted an invitation and a name change in his honor. 35,000 people showed up to see him when he came. Thousands more have come through to see more Gene Autry memorabilia than just about anywhere. “We have just about everything you can think of for Gene Autry here,” says the new Gene Autry, Oklahoma Museum director Leslei Fisher. […]

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    Great State: A Little Bit of Everything. KAUT Celebrates 35 Years on the Air

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — Think of the many ingredients that go into a good, spicy salsa. Brian Hill does all the time. He’s the chief cook and bottle washer at Twisted Oak Foods, but in another life he was one of many generations of people who poured their creativity into an independent TV station, Channel 43 on the UHF dial, the spicy sauce of local television for the past 35 years. “It fits that idea of hot sauce,” says Hill, […]

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    Oklahoma State Fair Food in Rare Salad Form

    OKLAHOMA STATE FAIR — Fried food is the stuff people actually go to the Fair to eat. It’s everywhere. It’s fried. It’s buttery or chocolaty. But to find ‘salady’ took a little searching. Then we found lots of good greens at the Spectacular Salad Contest on the Fair’s first day. Contestant Holly Cole brought in a good looking Garlic Romaine Salad with sauteed shrimp and, “Sourdough, herb croutons,” she adds. Her friend Michelle Robertson put together a nice Smoked Gouda […]

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    Oklahoma State Fair slogan prompts question. How Many smiles in a mile?

    STATE FAIR OF OKLAHOMA – Credit or blame for this story starts with a short conversation I had with ‘Candy Man’ Mike Meeker about the universal qualities of a smile. “Miles of smiles. That’s what we’re talking about,” he beams. “You’ve got a good, wide one,” remarks a visitor to his candy shop in the Cox Pavillion. “Do I have to go like this,” he asks stretching his mouth as wide as possible? “No. Not at all,” says the visitor. […]

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    Great State: Wildlife Wood Carver Has a Unique Relationship With His Furry Model

    TECUMSEH, OKLAHOMA — Take a big chunk of black walnut and Stanton Pace likes to follow the grains and growth rings. They tell him most about what shape his carved animals might become. “Let’s say I want to make a bear,” he says. “I’ll start carving and let the grain tell me how the features are going to be.” But Stan has something else few other carvers like him can boast, especially when it comes to carving bears. He has […]

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    Great State: She Made Varsity Cheer and Homecoming Court Not With Her Legs But With Her Spirit

    MCLOUD, OKLAHOMA — School let out early for Homecoming in McLoud. The whole town lined Main Street for the parade. The band played. The football team wore their home colors, and the Homecoming court rode in fancy cars. That’s where Kevlyn Patton joins the line. She’s a 16-year-old junior whose personal parade of hills and valleys extends farther than Friday’s celebration. Patton describes reactions she gets to her appearance. “Some people are like, ‘you’re amazing’ and some others are scared […]

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    Great State: From Chicken Farm to Pickers’ Paradise

    JONES, OKLAHOMA — There are people who are glad to get rid of junk, and then there are people glad to gather it up and restore or re-sell it. “There are just so many things to look at,” says Patti Fields. Fields and her husband Nick bought an old chicken farm in the late 90’s with the idea of re-purposing it. “We wanted to share our property with everybody,” she says. She thought the barns an open spaces might be […]

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    Great State: Former American Ninja Warrior Contestant Dares You to Try His Obstacle Course

    ADA, OKLAHOMA — The fun begins a few yards after the official start of the Orphan Love Mud Run. “First we’ll run over these tires,” he pants as he leaps over a series of giant tractor tires buried in the dirt. Organizer Daniel Manuel let his imagination run almost as wild as his running style. Still running, he shouts, “This hill will be a giant slip and slide.” This year the whole race course is his adopted baby. The man […]