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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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    Born on Easter Sunday: This colt has the amazing markings to prove it

    ELMWOOD, OKLAHOMA — Reuben Parker has been Beaver County Sheriff for a while now, long enough to think he’d seen everything. But Parker, his son Will, and his son-in-law Kyle Anderson got a surprise on Easter morning, something none of them had ever seen, ever. “No. Not ever,” says Sheriff Parker. “This is the first time, but we’ll take all of them the good Lord wants to give us.” P and J Quarter Horses is a side business for the […]

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    The Oklahoma National Memorial has its Run to Remember. They also host a Ride to Remember

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — If you like motorcycles and you own a nice one, any sunny day in Spring offers a good excuse for a ride, to turn the key, and just go somewhere with the wind in your face. It’s been 9 years since David Dunn thought up another good reason to ride. “No one else was doing this at the time,” says Harley owner Dunn. As he reflected on the passing of another April 19th anniversary, he began […]

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    On the 100th Anniversary of our National Park system, we offer you the smallest and least known

    GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA — This National Park is a hard place to visit but not because of its remote location. So just to be sure, we got a guide. “I’m not an official park ranger,” says Stacey Frazier. “I’m the ‘duly designated’ park ranger.” Frazier might not pull down a federal paycheck but maybe she should considering she is the person everyone turns to with questions about what she claims is the United States smallest National Park. “Let’s take a hike,” […]

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    His dad traded a pony for it. Doug Rather wouldn’t take anything to part with his Victory Six now.

      OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The keys officially changed hands Monday morning. After 2 years Jonnie Overbay had finally finished restoring this 1929 Dodge Victory Six. “This car really turned out nice,” says Jonnie. “Did you ever think it would look like this,” asks a visitor to Reno Rod and Custom? “I always hoped it would,” says happy customer Doug Rather. But underneath all the shine and frame-up restoration lies an interesting story. “Dad always said we’d fix it up […]

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    After 24 memorable trips and more than 2,000 veterans, Oklahoma Honor Flights takes one last trip

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Reveille sounded at 0300. These troops hadn’t slept much. 95-year-old Zora Patton couldn’t wait to get in the air. “It’s been a long time since I rode in a plane,” he said as they gathered at a hotel near the Oklahoma City airport. Stooped and creaky but still proud, these are the last of Oklahoma’s World War II veterans. A few more found in Korea. They gathered on a Monday morning for one last mission, a trip […]

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    Saved and Restored: Taft Stadium’s old neon sign glows again

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — It’s not easy restoring that old flame, the one that burns so bright in memory, and, then, fades with time. But this sign points to one exception, a neon treasure saved from a field. “I just hear story after story every time we show it,” says Jim Gleason, who led the charge to plug it back in. He continues, “I could see it but until the day we lit it up I had no idea it […]

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    How did a 500 square foot section of North Carolina basketball history end up in Moore, Oklahoma?

      MOORE, OKLAHOMA — The place is Trifecta Communications. This is there downstairs office where a lot of regular work goes on; some video editing, news gathering, advertising. They do all that at the Old Moore School office park. “We do a little bit of everything,” says tech director Rob Morris. Trifecta has offices upstairs too which is where this story gets interesting. CEO Brent Wheelbarger inherited a chunk of history when he moved in here, a 500 square foot […]

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    Viral Video: A Love County Cowgirl and Cow story you have to see

    MARIETTA, OKLAHOMA — Is there a more iconic image than a farmer and her tractor heading out for an afternoon of pulling or plowing…or whatever 5 year olds do with a battery-powered John Deere? In this case Maizi Jake Willis really does use her tractor for a type of work. On this particular afternoon she’s on her way to pick up a ‘boyfriend’ or, better yet, her friend named ‘Boy’. Now Maizi is one of those ranch girls who is […]

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    Edmond singer and her sassy ‘friend’ make the big stage on ‘Little Big Shots’

    Edmond, Oklahoma — There are lots of kids who play at bringing life to their toys, and then thee is Darci Farmer. She’s an 11-year-old girl who stuffs all kinds of personality into a whole family of puppets including Katy the Yodeling Cowgirl. Together, their work might just make Darci a star. “I really love performing because it’s fun,” says Darci, “and I love making people happy.” She’s always been the ‘ham’ of the Farmer family. Mom had her in […]

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    After more than a century of hard luck, one former Oklahoma town gets its due at the Capital

    DALE, OKLAHOMA — Searching for the ‘town’ of Dale is fruitless now. Dale is a school district, some houses, and a lot of wheat, but no longer an actual town. Bob Seikel’s great-grandfather helped settle the bottom lands along the North Canadian River just a few miles west of Shawnee. “It was originally on a stage-coach route,” he says. He is one of the keepers of Dale’s sometimes hard luck history, of how this town was really growing before statehood […]

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    It Takes The Village: In fact he’s the only Public Works Director in The Village history

    THE VILLAGE, OKLAHOMA — It’s not often that you can get a city manager to lie on camera, but that’s what Bruce Stone did for us Monday. Before you get too upset though, you should know the reason for his deception, and for this gathering of The Village city employees. They all filed into the city council chambers to surprise a fellow worker, and to honor him for a half-century of service. “I’d say he’s an institution as far as […]