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Galen Culver is a reporter/photographer for Oklahoma’s News Channel 4 who produces, shoots, writes, and edits a feature segment called, “Is This a Great State or What?” He just celebrated his 25th anniversary as the originator of that series.
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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    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — He’s better known for his music now than for his barber skills. Harold Kennedy just works Fridays and Saturdays at te Lakeside Barber Shop. He only came in on this day to play and sing for us. Now in his early 90’s, the barber’s kid from Spencer gets to turn the radio down and stretch his fingers. No one minds at all, partly because of where that music comes from. “I started playing when I was a […]

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    Demanding Murray State College program teaches the art of gunsmithing

    TISHOMINGO, OKLAHOMA — Finals week doesn’t look like this at very many Oklahoma colleges. Students like Matt Hayworth spend a lot more time at the machine lathe than hitting the books when they go to gunsmithing school. “The work you do looks quite exacting,” remarks a visitor. “Yeah,” replies Hayworth. “Within a few 1/1000ths of an inch really.” From chambering the barrel of an AR-15 to installing choke tubes on a shotgun, gunsmithing professor Robert Webb oversees the 30 students admitted […]

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    A forgotten crossroads of the Old West: These two markers and some wagon ruts are all that’s left

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    Can the sound of a banjo change your life? It did for this Tulsa man

    TULSA, OKLAHOMA — The original song, the one that hooked Rob Bishline, was ‘Dueling Banjos’ from the movie ‘Deliverance’. Rob Bishline was 13 years old when he first heard it, and it was a moment that changed his life. “When I heard that sound I thought, ‘this is it,'” he recalls. “I love this sound.” The construction of an instrument mirrors his own development. A block of wood starts it off. Bishline mowed lawns until he earned enough to walk […]

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    Computer games bad for kids? Not according to one Edmond surgeon

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    Wanted: Dancers and Athletes in one package for possible Olympic competition

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    20 years since ‘Twister’ hit theaters and Wakita wants to celebrate.

      WAKITA, Okla. — The storm season for the town of Wakita was pretty busy in 1995. From April right on through the end of summer, the town doubled in size just about every day as film and construction crews worked on a little movie called ‘Twister’. “It was an amazing summer,” says Linda Wade. “It makes the rest of them seem a little bit duller. Every street in town was lined with trucks.” Wade was an extra in that […]

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    Add one more baseball stat to this Oklahoma man’s long career: the oldest living major leaguer

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    After 25 years of ‘Is This a Great State or What!’ Galen Culver pays tribute to some of his favorite moms

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — We can see them with our eyes closed, imagined, or, most of the time, very real, and very close. Amanda Shelton was just getting used to motherhood when we visited their young family in Ponca City. Little Ava was a close call, born 4 months early, but doing well by Mother’s Day 2010. “Do you feel like a mom?” we asked. “Getting there,” she said. We know that moms will do just about anything for their kids. […]

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    The only Oklahoma bred horse to ever run in the Kentucky Derby is still living the good life at 30

    PIEDMONT, OKLAHOMA — Like a long tunnel, the passage of time slips from memory because it’s covered by the routines of every day. Robin Von Hemel knows this particular routine very well. These two horses get special feed twice a day, same time, same place. “They’re used to that, these guys,” she says walking through a gate to a small pasture. She likes to keep things predictable for Oklahoma’s most famous race horse. “Hi Trevor. Hi baby boy,” she coos […]

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    50 Years Later survivors and rescuers of the worst air crash in Oklahoma history come back for an emotional reunion

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