January 10 2013 at 10:26:33 Name: Chuck Fullhart Topic: Louise O'Brien Email: SteampoweredAOLat
theedgeoftheearth.com Comments: To Mike Miller and Jim Ruddle:
Your mention of Louise O'Brien was interesting.
Louise is a distant cousin of mine, and when she appeared on TV in the early
50s and through the 60s, it was always proudly pointed out to me that she
was a member of the family--a cousin--but no one at the time was really sure
of the exact relationship. I guess family is family.
I do remember her early appearances on "6", and later in the early sixties
on national TV.
The last entry on the IMDB for her shows her as a production assistant on
American Idol in '02.
Thanks for adding some items to the memory bank.
January 10 2013
at 08:17:10 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic: John Hillis/Patti Page
Comments: John, I guess Patti warmed to the name as success grew.
Besides, think how lucky she was: She might have been "Patti Glencliff."
January 09 2013 at 23:14:34 Name: Erick Topic: Bill Howard
Comments: For OKC TV folks:
Bill Howard, best know for puppeting "Pokey" on KOCO's Ho Ho the Clown, has
died of cancer.
January 09 2013 at
21:31:01 Name: John Hillis Topic: The Singin' Rage
Comments: The Billboard obit for Patti Page says "Tennessee Waltz"
was the first pop tune to cross over to country; but the songwriter credit
goes to Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart, who first cut it on disc a few years
before Patti made it a giant hit.
Interesting to read the story of the overdubbing on "Confess" and realize
it was done before tape came into use, so all the overdubs must have been
on discs. Syncing everything up had to be a technical challenge in those
days where most records were recorded with orchestra and singer and one bum
note from anybody would mean another take on a new disc.
I'm not sure if her reaction to the nickname was as negative as Mel Torme's
to "The Velvet Fog", but I recall reading somewhere that she didn't care
January 06 2013
at 21:53:51 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic: Louise O'Brien
Comments: Mike, you reminded me of a couple of things. One is
the lovely Louise O'Brien, whom you mentioned.
At one point in the early fifties, we had a small cast that performed for
various groups and functions. There were five of us, as I recall, a guy named
Louie Ford, two other people--a male and a female--Louise and me. We had
one running gig at Southern Hills where we were supposedly floatin' down
the Mississippi, singing all the way. It ran for several weeks, starting
up river and traveling musically down all the way to New Orleans, with
appropriate songs hanging on that peg. Great fun and we did get paid. Louise
was a real trouper, in no sense a glamour girl personality, even though she
A few other engagements occurred, although the cast of characters was fluid.
Pleasant things to remember.
January 04 2013 at
16:30:34 Name: Mike Miller Topic: Hey Rube performers
Comments: Some of the names I recall from the Hey Rube shows included
my dads partner, Ford Jarrell, who later ran a dance studio on North
Lewis. Lew Miller was emcee and produced the shows; he and Ford did stand
up comedy (which included some slightly blue jokes.) Ford Jarrell was a comedian
who also played strange musical instruments. Logan Wait had a magic act,
and Louise OBrien was a singer who later became a Miss Oklahoma and
Miss America runner up in 1951.
I believe Shug Meade was also an entertainer on some of those army shows.
January 04 2013
at 16:11:32 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic: "Hey, Rube!" shows/Skilly's School
of Ballroom Dancing
Comments: I remember hearing and reading about the "Hey, Rube!"
shows, mainly because the name came from an old carnival shout that warned
the members of the crew that there was trouble afoot.
I knew several of the older vaudeville and minstrel show performers, but
sadly I can't recall many of their names. They all had day jobs doing other
things, but occasionally got on stage for some event or other.
One guy who was a permanent ornament for Tulsa nightclubbers was the comedian
Shug Meade who introduced many of us to blue humor in public.
Oh, and the other dance studio of note was
Larry Bettis' wife, Suzanne, ran a ballet school and one of her tiny charges
later became a Broadway star of the second order, Susan Watson.
January 04 2013 at
16:03:42 Name: Mike Miller Topic: Lew Miller
Comments: Jim Ruddle: Not many contributors to this incredible
site remember the string of dance studios on 15th Street west of Peoria.
I dont think we've met but I'm always impressed when someone
recalls those days long gone.
Lew Miller, Sam Avey and Glenn Condon formed the Hey Rube shows
during WW II. Both Avey and Condon were pioneers in early Tulsa sports,
entertainment and radio broadcast history.
In addition to the dance studio, my dad was a theatrical booking agent.
January 04 2013
at 13:27:45 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic: Patti Page/Lew Miller
Comments: Tulsans were surprised and proud back in 1947 (if memory
serves--and sometimes it does) when one of our local talents, Patti Page,
made the airwaves with "Confess." That was just the beginning. She outsold
many others who have been enshrined by various media bow-wows and was never
given full credit for her talent and style. Of course, the sea change in
music in the late fifties and thereafter kept her from the sanctification
that occurred for many lesser performers.
As for Mike Miller: We've never met (unless that memory I mentioned has failed
again) but Lew Miller's Dance Studio was a solid fixture in town and many
of the kids I went to school with took lessons there. The Central Daze always
had lots of dancing numbers which, no doubt, often grew from your dad's studio.
I can't even do a time step.
03 2013 at 11:30:24 Name: Frank Morrow Topic: Patti Page
Comments: Clara Ann got her start with a 15-minute show on KTUL.
The sponsor of her program, Page Milk, had her name announced as Patti Page.
Clara Ann was coached by a talented KTUL engineer and musician--Charlie Lawton.
January 02 2013 at
19:43:53 Name: Mike Miller Topic: Patti Page
Comments: During World War II, my father, Lew Miller, produced
entertainment shows for our troops, called "Hey Rube."
Those shows at various military bases throughout Oklahoma and adjoining states,
included Joe Linde's band, a line of girls (dancers), a magician, comedy
acts and a singer.
Among those who performed was a very young Patti Page who earned $5.00 a
performance! I did some walk on gags on those shows so I probably worked
with Patti but was too young to remember.
January 02 2013 at 18:02:50 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Patti Page passes
Comments: Here is a
to her obit in Billboard but I will always think of her as a pop music
singer - not country.
KTUL RADIO gave her start and Page Dairy sponsored a show that she performed
January 02 2013 at 12:16:15 Name: David Batterson Topic: Patti Page - RIP Email:
dwbatterson(at)gmail(dot)com Comments: Page, real name Clara Ann Fowler, died Monday night
at the age of 85 according to staffers at the Seacrest Village nursing home
in Encinitas, CA (north of San Diego).
What a talent and a class act.
30 2012 at 18:13:32 Name: Frank Morrow Topic: Xmas
Comments: One of the drawbacks of being a radio announcer was
having to work during the holidays. It was bad enough that no one else was
in the building unless you were working with an engineer who handled the
Making the experience more poignant was having to read all those thirty-second
Christmas "commercials" for the various businesses. They were without commercial
content. ("Brown-Duncan wishes you a very merry Christmas and hopes you will
have a wonderful New Year.") The station made good money from these advertisers,
but it wasn't always pleasant to read them.
New Years Eve also was really a struggle, hearing all those celebrations
from Times Square, etc. However, there occasionally would be an older, married
announcer who would kindly take all or a part of my shift so that I could
go to a party.
It's important to point out that in all my years in radio I was treated very
well by all but one of the older announcers, even though I was only a kid
of 18 and early 20s and had limited experience at first.
December 29 2012 at 20:12:54 Name: David Batterson Topic: New song and video Email:
dwbatterson@gmail(dot)com Comments: Former Tulsa deejay Mark Giles and I came up with
a new song. And Mark's friend created the music video. It's called "I Got
To Go Poop" but don't worry, it's G-rated!
December 24 2012
at 09:58:12 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic: Merry Christmas
Comments: Merry Christmas to all who linger here. The older element
is thinning out, but the newer ones will soon realize that there's much to
be gained from maintaining connections with those who shared the same turf
December 20 2012 at 20:35:46 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: 12-21-2012
Comments: IF the world does not end on Friday - I will be 62 and
Ed "Moe" Morris - whom I spoke with today - is 68.
It would have been Bob Hower's birthday, too....
In the next day or so - it would have been Don Lundy's 66th - I think.
Funny how so many guys that I worked in TV with in Tulsa and other markets
had "Christmas week birthdays"...
I'll never forget them - all....
December 16 2012 at 20:17:58 Name: Wesley Horton Topic: The Rubiot Email: okc_rn at yahoo dot com Comments: Regarding Terry Shonkwiler, and David Worrell's
queition about the infamous, "An Evening at the Rubiot."
It seems that Sonny Gray is on the staff of the music department at TU. I
sent him an email a while back asking if any copies of this still exist or
are available. I have received NO response.
I have noticed that Sonny Gray still appears and performs on occasion here
in Tulsa and the surrounding area. I have not been able to find a convenient
place where his scheduling are listed.
I would certainly think SOMEONE has a copy that they are not planning their
retirement account on. . it is just a matter of finding one . . .and I have
been looking for a while.
I noticed when looking at the label for the album, it was recorded in mono
I guess we will all keep looking and hopefully one day someone will find
December 12 2012 at 06:42:22 Name: David Bagsby Topic: 12-12-12
Comments: Here is my Citizen Kane...the longest 24 seconds of
December 12 2012 at 00:43:53 Name: David Worrell Topic: The Rubiot Email: david dot j dot worrell at
gmail Comments: I would also be very interested in hearing that
album "An Evening at the Rubiot". I see a few used copies of the vinyl out
on the internet going for $200 or so (one is on eBay). I have no turntable
so I'll have to pass.
I never went out to that club, but my ex-mother-in-law used to tell me about
the place - apparently they went there all the time and knew Sonny and Susan,
because she was married to a guy named "Gordon" who was heavily into jazz
and for a time was the announcer at the summer jazz concerts they used to
have in Skelly Stadium.
So I've always wanted to somehow get an earful of that scene...
As it happens, I do have a copy. I'll see what I can do about getting
it into MP3 format..
December 09 2012
at 17:37:41 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic: Pearl
Comments: My father had been listening on the car radio, parked
in the driveway. My mother and one of my two brothers were at home, as well.
It was a normal, quiet Sunday.
Suddenly, my father rushed into the house saying :The Japs have bombed Pearl
I had heard the name, but knew nothing about it. I was nine at the time.
My mother winced as my father said, "This means we're at war." She was thinking
of my older brother who was fourteen, but who might--and eventually did--get
called into service before it was all over.
Years later, on board a ship in drydock at Pearl, looking across the harbor
at the Arizona memorial where all ships and shore installations take their
cue for the daily raising and lowering of the flag, I remembered that day,
and the changes in wrought in the lives of my family and all the others.
December 07 2012 at 18:57:22 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: December 7th, 1941
Comments: Before my time - but what of you from that age - still
have a memory of Pearl Harbor Day?
A former girlfriend - born in Bulgaria but a naturalized citizen - is off
for a month in Hawaii. Her daughter was a US Park Service Ranger at the time
of 9/11 back then. She now lives there.
Both have said - it seems like younger generations - unless a "service related
family" - have kind of gotten out of step in even thinking about Dec. 7th
- it might as well have been a Civil War battle....
December 04 2012 at 21:44:25 Name: D Williams Topic: Bob Hower Email: jonahpro at hotmail dot
com Comments: Guess I'm a little late on this but I live in Kansas
City now and I just heard about Bob Hower's passing.
I left Tulsa in 1987 but I grew up listening to and watching Bob Hower. Then
in my 20s while I was performing at the City Club on 31st around the mid-70's
I wrote this song called the Oklahoma Brown Baggin' Blues, cause the clubs
were all getting busted almost nightly it seemed for serving drinks open-bottle.
Not long after, Bob Hower and his crew showed up at the door and wanted to
film that song for a segment on 'Bob Hower's Tulsa'. Very professional man.
First time I met him in person but he made everyone feel comfortable.
Guess he will always hold a spot in just about any subset of Tulsa memories.
November 27 2012 at 17:31:10 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: 2" tape
Comments: As previously noted - for years I had an ABC News Archives
2" on the Watergate Hearings (I think) as my door stop at Atlantic Video.
Somebody later boosted it.
ABC had forgotten about it - we were doing 1" and BetaSP dubs of it and much
more for the National Archives...
November 26 2012 at 18:25:12 Name: Terry Shonkwiler Topic: Albums Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Does anyone have a copy of Sonny and Susan Gray's
album: An Evening at the
Rubaiyat? (spelled "Rubiot" differing from Omar Khayyam's poem)
The Rubaiyat was a supper club off Riverside Drive and 81st (?)
in the mid 1960's.
Las Vegas, NV
November 24 2012 at
19:16:50 Name: John Hillis Topic: Wire Recorder
Comments: I vastly enjoyed Mr. Ruddle's explanation of the wire
recorder, and not just because it used an explanation of measurement based
on the size of a 100-foot reel of 16 mm film.
Also on the subject of abandoned technologies, I had occasion recently to
hear that a decorator out West was looking for the shipment cases used with
two-inch videotape (the big teal-colored ones), as a home accent. Not interested
in the tape, mind you, just the boxes that we used to pick up at the bus
depot from the next station on the Mike Douglas Show bicycle route.
Presumably, they've found some way to remove the thousands of labels that
were slapped one over the other on the sides, or maybe they just add to the
decor cachet of the things.
November 23 2012 at 12:10:55 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Nov. 22, 1963
Comments: JFK was slain in Dallas.
CBS and most documentaries haul out the Walter Cronkite scene of him pronouncing
JFK dead on air...
November 23 2012
at 09:05:28 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic: Wire recorder Football
Comments: Writing about how the wire is fixed in the recorder:
The word is "led" of course. Like the "Moving Finger" of Omar's poem, once
you've sent an entry,
"..nor all your Piety nor Wit,
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
Nor all your tears wash out a word of it."
November 23 2012
at 08:56:27 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic: Football Fun
Comments: Frank Morrow's lament about high school football and
radio brought back bitter memories.
In the fall of 1948, Ted Machler and I were tasked with hauling back to Central
High School a slice of the color of a game between the Braves and some other
worthy group of athletes. How we were to do this is a watershed in the alteration
of technology and its effects on broadcasting.
We were to accomplish our chore not with a tape recorder--which the school
did not yet own--but with a WIRE RECORDER, a device from hell, personally
engineered by the Devil himself.
In case you never dealt with one of these malignant inventions, imagine a
1950's model transistor radio, relatively small compared with older tube
portables, but a handful, nonetheless.
Now, picture a reel of hair-thin wire, the reel about half the size of a
16mm film spool.
This copper-colored wire was loaded into the machine and was lead over the
recording/playback heads, an activity that seemed destined for tangles and
snarls. When running, there was a solid, scraping, metallic contact and it
degraded the recording almost faster than it made it.
But that was nothing compared with the editing process. To accomplish an
edit, one broke the wire, or snipped it, then--so help me--a square knot
was tied to join the disparate pieces. When that knot went over the playback
head the resultant "pop" got your attention. Also, it undoubtedly scored
a nick in the head.
Then, too, the wire was so damned flimsy and unmanageable that sweet
personalities like mine were turned to hate. I've read that in Finland they
have annual contests to see who can throw cell phones the farthest. They
should have had one earlier for wire recorders.
21 2012 at 21:51:53 Name: Frank Morrow Topic: Old days
Comments: The stories about covering high school football and
Forrest Brokaw brought back some memories for me. When I was driving the
KRMG Newsmobile in 1956-57, one of the places I would visit would be the
high school football and basketball games. Reporting on them would help me
fill out my quota of events to report on each night. I'd pull the vehicle
(a VW Microbus with a transmitter and tape recorder) into Skelly Stadium
or park it outside a gymnasium and report the progress of the games.
Forrest Brokaw was program director for KVOO-TV when I was employed by KRMG.
I really liked my job and the people on the staff of the radio station, but
was curious about working in TV. Consequently, I got an interview with Brokaw.
Unlike the four radio stations I had worked for previously, he had no formal
material for doing a tryout. He merely found an old poster in a trash can
and asked me to improvise a commercial. After the interview he said that
as an on-camera announcer I would be given $400 a month. Although this was
much better than the $1.00 an hour I was given at KAKC or the $275 a month
at KTUL, it was less than the $425 I was making at KRMG, which was a good
salary at the time.
I happily resumed my work at KRMG, but I'll always remember my hour of being
underwhelmed by Brokaw and TV in Tulsa. I had the impression that local TV
stations wanted people to work for peanuts just to have the "glory" of being
November 17 2012 at 09:29:18 Name: Mitch Gray Topic: Wonder-ful Aroma Email: North Of You Comments: One of the best places to be in Tulsa, around 2
in the afternoon,is near 11th and Sheridan. The Hostess bakery would be in
full swing and the air is filled with the smell of fresh baked bread. But
After decades of baking, Wonder Bread is shutting down.
So long Ho-Hos. Goodbye Ding Dongs. Adieu Twinkies.
November 16 2012 at 18:02:33 Name: DolfanBob Topic: Local media guys Email: DolfanBob@lycos.com Comments: That was a great read Dave. But speaking of Scooter
Segraves. He and another TTVM poster have seemed to disappear from Facebook.
Gary Chew was another of my friends on there and now both have gone. Any
news as to what has happened to them? I always enjoyed reading Mr Chew's
reviews and keeping up with where Scooter B was.
November 16 2012 at 01:15:49 Name: Dave Dryden Topic: KELi Radio
Comments: Just came across the piece on KELi complete with
an illustration by Gailard Sartain, who graduated from Will Rogers a few
months before I started there. Although I never met Gailard, even after he
graduated he was much talked about at school especially by Bill Cochran,
who later was a DJ at KRAV for several years before moving back to Coalinga,
CA, where he was born and lived until shortly before high school. Bill was
a couple of years ahead of me at Rogers.
Rumor has it that Gailard, who wrote scripts and regularly appeared on the
tv program Hee Haw, was largely responsible for Roy Clarks buying house
near 20th and Terwilliger and moving to Tulsa from Nashville. As the story
goes, the two frequently met in both cities to work on scripts, and Clark
fell in love with Tulsa. I cant vouch the accuracy of that. (Speaking
of accuracy, Wikipedia says Gailard graduated in 1963. Since he graduated
before I started there in 196w. that cant be right.)
I had a summer internship in photography at the Tulsa Tribune in 1962, the
summer before I started high school, and I took most of the Tribune's high
school sports photos during 1962-63.
The Tribune had some budget cutbacks the next year, including big cuts in
the budget for part-time employees. Just before the beginning of the 1963-64
school year, KAKC announced that they would have live reports from Skelly
Stadium during high-school football games, done by George Basil Segraves
III (aka Scooter Segraves) and sponsored by Orbachs. So I made an appointment
with Bill Miller, who was then program director at KELi, and suggested that
KELI do the same but have a high school student do the reports. He
asked if I had anyone in mind. Yeah, me. I was kinda surprised
when he bought the idea.
This was before KELi moved to the faigrounds. They operated from a small
house in north Tulsa that had three large towers (they were directional
southwest, as I recall) outside. After they moved to the fairgrounds, the
transmitter and towers remained in north Tulsa.
So that fall I did 10-12 live reports during each high school game at Skelly.
The stadium had (and apparently still has) that three-tier press box on the
east side. The bottom level was print media. The second level was radio.
The top level was tv. I had the tiny booth at the south end of the second
level (large enough to seat two people barely) for high-school games.
Scooter Segraves had the one just north of mine. The big booths were at the
center of each level, on the 50-yard line. Toward the ends they got progressively
During halftime (especially when the weather was cold or wet), cheerleaders
from both schools somehow managed to find the radio booth and both
booths were crammed way beyond capacity, with people sitting on laps, etc.
Whatever hot chocolate I had left at that point quickly disappeared.
Even though he went to Edison, Bob Losure (later of KVOO, KOTV and CNN Headline
News) was a good friend of mine. He wrote sports stories for Tulsa School
Life (back when there was one weekly newspaper for all eight high schools),
and Bob often went with me when Edison was playing at Skelly. Bob used to
borrow my binoculars during halftime at Edisons games and gawk at one
of the Edison baton twirlers (whom he finally met years afterward at an Edison
reunion, while he was working at KOTV, and later married just before going
to CNN). Last time I heard from Bob, he had remarried and was living in
Henderson, NV. (Wikipedia says Bob was born in 1942. Thats about five
years off. We both graduated from high school in 1965.)
The next summer, KELi gave me two Tulsa Oilers season tickets and several
rolls of dimes and sent me to all the Oilers home games and call in the score
from a pay phone at the ballpark after each inning. KVOO had the contract
to do the play-by-play for Oilers games that summer. Other stations could
only give the score after each inning. Bob went with me to some of the games.
A few weeks before the end of the summer, I got a call from the World. One
of their photographers was going to be in the hospital for a while, and I
was asked to work there full-time. I took Bob out to KELi and introduced
him to Bill Miller and asked Bill if it would be okay if Bob called in the
scores for the rest of the season. He agreed, so handed over the tickets
and what was left of the dimes and took the job at the World.
Around 1994, after I had moved to St. Louis, Bob wrote a book (Five
Seconds to Air: Broadcast Journalism Behind the Scenes) about life
at CNN. I went to the Borders in Creve Coeur, a St. Louis suburb, to see
Bob at his book signing and hear what he had to say. There were 200+ people
who went to see him, get his book autographed and listen to his remarks.
At one point Bob pointed to me and said, Thats Dave Dryden, the
guy who gave me my first job in broadcasting. I thought, what the @)#!@
is he talking about?
Then he launched into the story about KELi and the Oilers. He mentioned that
a country-western radio station in Sapulpa had a sign on the left centerfield
wall at Oilers Park. That station gave him his second broadcasting job
as a DJ from 2-6am. Bob said he was convinced that nobody was listening during
the wee hours and one night he decided to find out. He announced that
the fourth caller would win $1 million. (That was a lot of money back
then.) There wasnt even a question to answer. One light on the phone
lit up. It was the program director of the station. Shortly after that Bob
moved on to his third job in broadcasting at KVOO. After that, he
was co-anchor (with Clayton Vaughn, who formerly did a morning shift as one
of KAKCs big seven rockers) of KOTV 6pm News.
After that, the late Ed (no relation to Ted) Turner, who grew
up in Bartlesville and was producer of the CBS Morning News for several years,
hired Bob as an evening/weekend anchor and special projects director at CNN
Headline News. (After CBS, Turner retuned to Oklahoma as news director of
KWTV in Oklahoma City, where he built an award-winning news staff. When Turner
started at CNN, he took his entire staff at Channel 9 producers,
directors, editors, reporters, anchors, camera operators with him.
The only exception was Jerry Adams, formerly one of KAKCs big
seven rockers, who had resurfaced as an evening news anchor at KWTV.
Jerry and his wife Carol opted to remain in Oklahoma City.)
Back in high school . one evening I was at the station talking to Bill
Miller when Jerry Adams came out to ask Miller about a job. Millers
response: We dont hire people from KAKC unless their last
name is Segraves. Miller did tell him about an opening at KTRN in Wichita
Falls, TX, which was owned the owner of KELi, the T&O (Texas and Oklahoma)
Broadcasting Co. Although I came across Jerry again in Oklahoma City several
years later, I dont know whether he took the job in Wichita Falls or
I also worked with Forrest Brokaw, who was news director at KELi back then.
Forrest later became PR director at the Sun Oil refinery in Tulsa. I believe
it was a Sinclair refinery before Sun acquired it. My senior year (when I
as doing photography at the Tulsa World), Horst Jankowski had a record called
A Walk in the Black Forest which Mike Kelly (we all know
that wasnt his real last name lol but I wont give
it here) introduced at least once as A Walk in the Black Forrest
Throughout the 1980s I worked in public relations for Phillips Petroleum
Company in Bartlesville while Forrest was at Sun. Jim Lange, the editorial
cartoonist at The Oklahoman in OKC (where I worked for ten years after high
school and college), was president of the American Association of Editorial
Cartoonists, and the associations annual meeting was to be at the Sheraton
in downtown OKC. Jim called me and asked if maybe Phillips would spring for
breakfast and lunch one day during the meeting and provide the convention
program that morning. Of course we did and brought in the American
Petroleum Institute and Sun to make it more of an industry-wide effort.
We had four speakers an executive VP from Phillips, A VP from API,
Forrests boss (who was VP of refining at Sun) and Jim Gillie, a Will
Rogers-style humorist whose full-time job at Phillips was giving speeches.
I was in Oklahoma City for a couple of days before the meeting. The Phillips
exec flew in on a company plane the morning of the program. I picked him
up at the airport. I was supposed to leave the keys to my rental car with
the bell captain so he could drive himself back to the airport after the
luncheon. I was going to take the hotels limo to the airport and fly
to Washington later in the day after tying up some loose ends.
Forrests boss was going to catch a plane to New York and had to leave
before the luncheon. Forrest was supposed to drive him to the airport at
the end of Suns part of the program, which was just before lunch. But
Forrest had parked his car on the roof of the parking garage that morning
and left the lights on. Forrest, out of breath, rushed up to me just
before lunch and asked me to help him jump-start his car. We couldnt
get it started, so he asked to borrow my rental car so his boss wouldnt
miss his flight. Reluctantly I handed him the keys after Forrest assured
me hed give the keys to the bell captain by the end of the luncheon.
When Forrest got back to the hotel with the keys, the Phillips exec was
explaining to the bell captain that he knew the bell captain had the car
keys besides I said hed have them. Forrest handed him the keys
and tried to walk off but he couldnt get away without giving
an explanation of the convoluted chain of events.
November 10 2012 at 05:58:45 Name: David Bagsby Topic: TSO
Comments: The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra is indeed a top drawer
unit. The pianist last week was Steven Lin and incredible.
09 2012 at 08:10:50 Name: Frank Morrow Topic: Tulsa Symphony
Comments: Last week's concert of the outstanding Tulsa Symphony
brought back a lot of Tulsa memories. There is a long, continuous line of
such concert groups, going all the way back to the Starlight Concerts that
my mother took me to at Skelly Stadium in the late 1930s.
In the '50s, the Tulsa Philharmonic performed at Convention Hall, now called
the Brady Theater. I didn't miss a performance because KTUL's Program Director,
Karl Janssen, would give me a free, complimentary ticket. Karl hosted a classical
music program on KTUL (radio) each week. KTUL's Traffic Supervisor, Rudy
Cohen, played violin in the orchestra.
When the Tulsa Philharmonic was trying to become recognized as a major orchestra
in the US, they would haul out two dazzling works to perform for the people
who would come to town to evaluate the Philharmonic. One was the "Firebird
Suite" by Stravinsky and the other was the "Pines of Rome" by Respighi. The
latter was played by the Tulsa Symphony last Sunday.
Another factor that stimulated a memory for me last Sunday was the playing
of Rachmaninov's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," a piece that is much
like a concerto for piano and orchestra. One of the variations (the 18th,
I believe) was used to make a very popular 78rpm record that was played on
regular disk jockey programs all over the country in the early 1950s. It
was extremely unusual for a purely classical arrangement to be made for popular
consumption. (There were many classical themes that had been adapted for
popular arrangements, but not in a purely classical format.)
The record propelled a young American pianist, William Kapell, to national
fame. What made the record even more interesting, as well as poignant, is
that this wonderfully gifted performer was killed in a plane crash a few
months after the record took the country by storm. Memories of Kapell buzzed
through my mind Sunday while listening to another young prodigy play the
same work with the Tulsa Symphony.
November 01 2012 at 13:29:53 Name: Nancy Grayson Topic: Orleans Cafe Email: gngrayson at cox dot net Comments: Does anyone remember the Orleans Cafe located on
Boston, between 2nd and 3rd, west side of street? It was was there in the
Awhile back, Michael Bates of
BatesLine.com created a Google file from
the 1957 Polk's City Directory showing Tulsa's restaurants as of 1957, marked
with a knife-and-fork icon: Google Map
of Tulsa eateries in 1957. There I see: Orleans Café, 214 S Boston
Ave. Here is how it looks there
01 2012 at 12:47:22 Name: Frank Morrow Topic: "Engineering" console Email: frankdotmorrow@coxdot net Comments: I haven't been in a radio station since 1957 when
I left Tulsa and the radio profession for a new life in the Navy. I'm curious
what a contemporary studio and "engineering" console looks like now. Do any
stations still run "combo?" With so many local stations being controlled
from out of town and with so much different equipment being used nowadays,
I can't imagine what such an installation looks like.
My first guess is that 78rpm records are no longer played.
October 26 2012
at 21:18:24 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic: Kortney contact Email: email@example.com Comments: Dear Kortney--I'm reachable through my email address
(above) or perhaps the national crime database. In either case, I'd be delighted
to hear from you.
October 24 2012 at 22:05:37 Name: Nancy Topic: Movie at Skyline Park Spanky made Email: yenbig at cox dot net Comments: Does anyone remember Spanky
making a Western movie at Skyline Park? My brother
and I (7 and 9 then) were in it briefly. I would like to know what happened
to it. It was a short little movie he ran on his kid show here.
October 24 2012 at 16:39:51 Name: Kortney Smith Topic: Looking for former KOTV Employees Email:
Kortney.firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: I am the receptionist at KOTV. I lucked onto this
website and realized you might be just the right place to help me find some
former employees of KOTV; we're planning a reunion in the new building next
While I've been with the station 14 years and recall quite a few of my list,
there are others unfamiliar to me, but I noticed email responses from Lee
Woodward and Jim Ruddle, both of whom I'm trying to contact. If you can help,
I'd be most appreciative.
I don't have a date yet; it would likely be next Spring after we've settled
into our new digs (for which, many thanks, Lord). As we are now fewer than
40 days from the start of the move (it begins Dec. 1), there is much to do,
so please feel free to pass on my email and phone number (918-732-6000) to
any former employees you might know and ask them to contact me. It would
be a great help.
Thanks in advance. Kortney Smith
October 21 2012
at 18:09:01 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic: KOTV's new digs Comments: Ikea doesn't need that building. The floors,
designed to hold IH heavy equipment are concrete about one foot thick. I
fell on them once and have had a bad back ever since.
October 17 2012 at 19:23:22 Name: David Batterson Topic: KOTV's new digs Email:
DavidB@sandiegogeezers.com Comments: Erick wrote: " I'm not sure what you could convert
a TV station into."
Well, maybe an IKEA store?
October 15 2012 at 20:11:48 Name: Erick Topic: KOTV's new digs
Comments: They're moving right along on the new building. It's
much bigger than the old one. The STL tower went up earlier this year. It's
got a good location, adjacent to the Drillers' new stadium in the Greenwood/Brady
District area. I assume the old building will be razed. Because while a tractor
dealership can be converted into a TV station, I'm not sure what you could
convert a TV station into.
October 14 2012 at 15:43:37 Name: Stacy Richardson Topic: New channel 6 building Email: email@example.com Comments: They were off the air for an hour or two Friday
night, allegedly to move some equipment to the new site. The target for the
move has always been the end of the year, and I haven't heard otherwise.
As for the soon-to-be-abandoned facility: I imagine it will go back to being
an International Harvester dealership.
October 14 2012 at 15:12:41 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Question from Chicago
Comments: Has the new Channel6 - Griffin Media HQ opened yet in
Any news on what the old KOTV building will become - if not another mega
downtown parking lot?
October 13 2012 at 10:16:36 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Tangent - for you sci-fi fans Comments: Stuart Clark and I worked at the National
Geographic together a few years back.
He has a real day-job but also writes sci-fi in his alter ego mode.
Check out his web-page...
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