February 01 2012 at 20:24:17 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Nixon p.s.
Comments: My former boss, Fritz Roland, passed 2 weeks ago.
One of his claims to fame - was being Nixon's cameraman on that classic first
trip to China.
Though he had a personally inscribed picture on a wall at work - he always
referred to tricky Dick, as "that crook".
February 01 2012 at 20:21:05 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Don
Cornelius Comments: The host/creator of SOUL TRAIN took his own life
today in Los Angeles.
I can remember us running it for the first time on KTUL many, many years
ago. Think for a while - we ran it after AMERICAN BANDSTAND.
The show started initially in Chicago then was moved to CA for big-time
Of course, we all warbled "SOOOOOOOOUL TRAIN" on the intercom coming back
to the show from local breaks.
February 01 2012 at 17:27:24 Name: Mitch Gray Topic: Location,Location,Location. Email: North Of You Comments: Mr Chew, No, I'm not North of the Trask ranch. I
have two sons in Santa Barbara. Does that count? I spent some time back in
the 70's hitchhiking up and down Hwy 101 from Santa Maria to Vancouver BC.
My current locale is north of Tulsa in Frank Phillips territory. I watched
you for years along with G-Alaird.
Photo journalist Gaylord Herron, who used to be a relative by marriage,kept
us informed of the KOTV off air antics.
Thanks for your interest.
February 01 2012 at 15:58:16 Name: Scott Linder Topic: The Nixon Oval Office Recorders
Comments: Yes, the recorders that were installed in the Nixon
Oval Office by the Secret Service were Sony TC-800B machines along with many
cheap Sony lavaliers. The machine that was used for transcription was a Uher
February 01 2012 at 14:06:40 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Roman's Roaming Email: Northeast of Eden Comments: Mitch, I have a feeling it probably wasn't. btw,
is north of you...north of northeast of Eden, by any chance?
February 01 2012 at 10:17:18 Name: Mitch Gray Topic: Polanski's Folly Email: North Of You Comments: Has it ever been determined if Polanski's interaction
with that tape machine was consensual?
February 01 2012 at 01:51:30 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Rose Mary's What? Email: Northeast of Eden Comments:
Oh yes. Ken said it was a Sony. If the reel-to-reel is out of the Nixon White
House, Mr. Broo has scored himself a real eBay coup ($$$$$$) !!!
Anyway, Roman Polanski has already directed a movie about THAT tape recorder.
You know, "Rosemary's Teac?" And the running time on it is ONLY 17 minutes.
Thanks for the opening, Mitch.
January 31 2012 at 18:05:02 Name: Mitch Gray Topic: Nixon Oxide Email: North Of You Comments: I wonder if Ken's new recorder was the one Nixon
used in the Oval Office?
January 30 2012 at 22:11:54 Name: Ken Broo Topic: Reel To Reel Tape Machine Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Believe it or not, we found a vintage Sony TC 800B
at a Goodwill store in suburban Cincinnati. Paid just $5 for it and it works
like a charm. Listened to tapes I made almost 40 years ago and they sound
like they were 'cut' yesterday. Only problem is I don't sound any better
today than I did then.
January 30 2012 at 14:41:53 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Tiny Town Terrors: Continued Email: Northeast of Eden Comments: Jim Ruddle: Oh yes Art! Something I remember well.
As a flakey jazz musician remarked in response to a query from Al Jazzbeau
Collins regarding what he, the jazz player, thinks of Art, "Well, man, I
think Art blows the most." And the jazzer is right, don't you think?
January 30 2012 at 09:29:37 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic: Mas Terror
Comments: Gary Chew--It wasn't just one midget: The whole damned
town was full of them, white hat midgets, and black hat midgets, and they
rode SHETLAND PONIES!
They could walk under the swinging doors of a bar.
Tell me this isn't art.
January 30 2012 at 01:21:41 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Terror in Tiny Town Email: Northeast of Eden Comments: Hey there, Mr. Ruddle. I missed this film first-run,
since I was a year old when it came out. My mom wouldn't let me go out by
myself that year. Later I missed it as well. And now after checking it out
on IMDb, I think I understand your take on the movie. It looks pretty awful.
A midget come to town to kick butt? But, I'm thinking my mom and dad might've
chuckled watching it, if they did...maybe just because that had gotten away
from their screaming kid for an evening.
Good to hear from you, sir. Hope you're well. You can check out some of my
latest reviews, other than "Terror in Tiny Town," online at
January 28 2012 at 15:20:25 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic:
Flicks Comments: Why, Gary Chew, do you never have anything to say
about "Terror of Tiny Town"? Now, THERE was a movie! Maybe the worst movie
ever made, but it was a movie.
I saw it when it came out--about 1938 or '39--had swallowed the preview hype,
then hated it from the first frame. (Just to open a new topic.)
January 24 2012 at 14:23:35 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Best Movies, Again Email: Northeast of Eden Comments: In my stupor last night, I failed to include "The
Tree of Life" in my Best Film List for 2011. And I'm really glad that Malick
got a best director Oscar nominiation go along with it. And happy still that
Woody Allen got such a nomination as well for "Midnight in Paris." Both are
really fine films.
January 24 2012 at 02:49:11 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Best Movies I Saw in 2011 Email: Northeast of Eden Comments:
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn
The Ides of March
What else, surfers?
January 20 2012 at 16:36:53 Name: Scott Linder Topic: To Frank
Morrow Comments: Frank, I forgot to mention that my favorite tape
machine cleaner is made by American Recorder, located here in Simi Valley.
The S-721H cleaner is wonderful. The 4-oz can is $24.95.... but it's worth
January 20 2012 at 16:18:58 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Reel-to-Reel, etc.
Comments: To Frank Morrow,
I hope that your tape and disc transfers work well for you. As mentioned,
nice tape machines are available at very reasonable prices.
If you don't choose to bake your tapes, then be aware that your machines
must be cleaned before every pass using isopropul or de-natured alchohol.
Of course, you should de-mag the machine before every use. If you still have
your discs, I would suggest doing the xfs from the discs rather than the
Ok, I'll shut-up. I could write about this for hours. Good luck, and let
me know how it goes.
January 19 2012 at 15:41:09 Name: Frank Morrow Topic: Reel-reel
Comments: Thanks for your info regarding my efforts to find a
good, reliable reel-reel tape recorder. My tapes are all 1/4 inch that range
from 1.75, 3 3/4, and 7 1/2 ips. They range in purchase date from 1951 through
about 1973. Some are of historical significance like the ones of Central
High's "KVOO Day" in 1951 and radio broadcasts of KAKC, KTUL, and KRMG from
1951-1957. Some highlights include the crash of a B-52 near Skiatook, reporting
about a Dallas tornado, and the Tulsa Easter Pageant of 1957. I also have
put about 1,000 78rpm records on these tapes.
There also are many tapes of family activities when I was stationed in Guam,
Hawaii, Morocco and Turkey.
My ultimate goal is to put these tapes and old 78rpm records onto CDs or
January 19 2012 at 14:53:11 Name: Erick Topic: Mitchell's
Memories Comments: As always, apologies if this has been mentioned...but
has anyone been watching the "Mitchell's Memories" segements on KTUL's "Good
Morning Oklahoma" every week? Most of them are really interesting. I think
they are also on the station's website.
January 17 2012 at 12:33:17 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Still working at 90
Comments: Happy Birthday, Betty White, age 90.
Born in Oak Park, IL 90 years ago today.
I can't remember ALL of the TV shows that she appeared on. I DO remember
her husband, PASSWORD host, the late Allen Ludden.
January 15 2012 at 15:43:54 Name: Scott Linder Topic: More creaky voices
Comments: Oh yes, the creaky-voice valley girl thing seems to
be all the rage now. During a recent shoot I asked my A2 to check the talent's
RF. He said "everything is fine... that's the way she sounds live!!"
To reset your ears, I would suggest a lovely afternoon listening to Sarah
January 15 2012 at 09:23:04 Name: Mitch Gray Topic: Vocal Irritations Email: North Of You Comments: Spot on with the "Creaky" thingy.
Next up: Starting your sentence with "I Mean".
January 14 2012 at 22:34:28 Name: Webmaster Topic: Miss America pageant this evening
January 10 2012 at 16:57:58 Name: Erick Topic: Anniversary Comments: Not to doubt this website's father, but isn't
TTM starting its 13th year?
Late 1998 until late 2011... I've counted it out several times and I get
13, going on 14.
January 07 2012 at 20:18:57 Name: Michael M. Miller Topic: Webmaster
Comments: I totally agree with my old friend Gary Chew. (And that
doesn't happen very often.) Congratulations, Mike! Enjoy your new job!
January 05 2012 at 05:30:09 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Job Fetching Email: Northeast of Eden Comments:
Mr. MR: Mucho congroucho marx, senor. Couldn't've happened to a nicer hombre
or better web maestro.
Delmeaux du Coffeyville.
English, Spanish, Italian and French all in one post. Thank Heaven for
translators at Google.
January 03 2012 at 23:18:36 Name: Webmaster Topic: Comments limit in GroupBlog / Capitol
Re the comments from Jim Ruddle and Frank Morrow about the comments field
being limited to 512 characters, the Pathfinder people set the max length
up to 2048 characters. Funny, the same thing happened just one year previously,
Re the Capitol Records photoset Scott Linder sent us yesterday, he notes
that you might like to take a look at the
Scoring Sessions website, if
you found his pix of interest.
December 31 2011 at 10:42:54 Name: David Bagsby Topic: Nuevo Yearos
Comments: Congrats on the new gig Mr. Mike! I was a bit concerned
when I heard about American... Cloud is very definitely the future so best
of luck.... remember me when you're the CFO of Google.
December 31 2011 at 10:00:15 Name:
Jim Ruddle Topic: Webmaster Comments: Congratulations on the job. Having watched
other good, qualified people looking for jobs in this screwy economic fog,
I'm delighted to hear of success.
And Happy New Year to you and all the other TV Memories types.
December 31 2011 at 09:37:52 Name: Webmaster Topic: Happy New Year!
Tulsa TV Memories began its 14th year two days ago. I propose a toast:
I am pleased to announce that I am starting a new job on Tuesday. This is
a great outcome of a quest that was underway two
years ago at this time.
More later, but I wish everyone a Happy New Year!
December 30 2011 at 20:59:35 Name: David Bagsby Topic: Archaic appliances
Comments: Mr. Morrow, what is the width of your tapes and at what
speed did you record them?
December 30 2011 at 15:14:33 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Tape machines and restoration.
Comments: To Mr. Morrow, and others with regard to analog recorders
and tape restoration...
Actually, nothing about analog recording or the machines is "dead" technology.
We use it every day here in LA to restore and master new recordings that
sound much better than that digital stuff!! Many mastering labs and studios
own and maintain beautiful machines including Studer, Ampex,Scully,3M,Otari
I'm sure that you can find a nice machine at a low cost, since they are being
sold by various "idiots" who don't understand what they have.
Just a note with regard to the restoration of older analog tapes... The problem
is that after years of storage, the oxide has pulled-away from the binder,
and the "sticky-tape" problem is the result during playback. The solution
to this is to "bake" the masters at a very low temperature for several hours
to re-bind the oxide to the base. This is not a permanent fix, but works
well for a one-time transfer.
About two years ago, I transferred eight 2" masters at Capitol Studios using
this method. Capitol does this almost every day just as they have for the
Sinatra masters, etc,
After you find a machine, you might want to contact others like Graham Newton
to help you.
If you want to do your stuff at Capitol Recording, call Paula Salvatore at
323/871-5001. Send me a note if you have any questions. I know how to do
Kind regards always,
December 30 2011 at 09:29:14 Name: David Bagsby Topic: Real to reel
Comments: Good place for dead technology is Ebay
December 30 2011 at 00:12:49 Name: Frank Morrow Topic: Reel-reel recorder
Comments: I have tons of reel to reel audio tapes, some of which
have recordings of some Tulsa radio broadcasts from 1951-1957. Unfortunately,
my tape machines have all bitten the dust, leaving me with no way to hear
these precious tapes and others that have recordings of my kids when they
I have used one place in Tulsa that occasionally had used ones for sale in
the past, but no longer is a reliable source. I would greatly appreciate
it if someone could point me in the right direction to buy one.
December 28 2011 at 17:38:10 Name: Scott Linder Topic: "Bobbi" Campbell
Comments: I'm so sad to hear of the passing of "Bobbi" Campbell.
She was Jack's wife, friend and companion for many years. She always made
"lunch" for Jack when he came to KVOO in the 60s to do "Sleepwalkers" and
"Music for Pleasant Dreams". I will always remeber his lunch pail from Bobbi,
and he always aked me if I "wanted a bite." Hmmm...
December 28 2011 at 16:51:01 Name: Gary Chew Topic: The Jack Campbell Family Email: Northeast of Eden Comments:
My condolences to Jack and his family. Great folks, no doubt...and everyone
who knows them...knows that.
December 28 2011 at 16:39:38 Name: Shirley Speechley Topic: Jack Campbell's Wife Email: email@example.com Comments: I ran into Jack Campbell on Monday and wanted to
let you know that his beloved wife "Bobbi" passed away on December 12th.
He said it was unexpected and they had a private funeral. She was 82. I worked
with Jack at KVOO from 1961 to 1994.
December 26 2011 at 00:40:35 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: MERRY CHRISTMAS - 2011
Comments: From a snow-less, mid 40 degree Chicago!!!
Flashback to my StarShip Records days in the 70s.
Working at part time gig at a local BestBuy this year and was thrown into
helping in the DVD/CD department on Xmas Eve.
Had a 30-something looking for and buying 2 classic Leon Russell Cd's for
his trip to Iowa. His father had been a Leon fan.
As I babbled on about Leon, the Church Studio and life in Tulsa in the 70s;
I think he thought that I was just a crazy old man in a Best Buy shirt.
December 23 2011 at 19:38:32 Name: Mitch Gray Topic: Misc. Email: North Of You Comments: Just recalled an old radio promo called "Think Mink".
I believe if you answered your phone with the phrase "Think Mink", you would
win a mink coat. I don't know which station it was.
Also one of the local TV stations broadcast the message, It's ten o'clock.
Do you know where your children are?" I guess there was a lot of absentee
kids back then. I know I was.
Cheers and Merry Christmas all!
December 22 2011 at 17:28:14 Name: Marti Coffman Nicholson Topic: KVOO Radio News Email: martinicholson at aol dot
com Comments: I have audio tape of a newscast I anchored at KVOO
radio in September of 1978. I can share it if there is an interest. It's
amazing what you find when you clean out old files!
I worked at KVOO in the mid-seventies as part of the Big Country news team
pictured by Si Hawk in Guestbook 129. That was after sharing an office with
fellow Oklahoman Jim Ruddle at WMAQ-TV in Chicago and before I married Skip
Nicholson in 1979. Skip reported at KTUL-TV in Tulsa and then at KOCO-TV
in Oklahoma City where he helped win a Peabody award for the station in 1982.
We are still together, by the way.
Thanks again for a great site with wonderful memories.
December 21 2011 at 13:03:43 Name: Frank Morrow Topic: Bob Markley
Comments: To add to Jim Ruddle's remarks on Norman Corwin, we
presented some of the writer's radio works on Central's weekly "Experimental
Theater of the Air" radio program. What a thrill for us. At that time the
copyright laws were not so restrictive as they are now. As a non-commercial
radio program, we could use any script for free.
December 21 2011 at 12:49:05 Name: Frank Morrow Topic: Bob Markley
Comments: More catching up after a two year absence:
Bob Markley went out west to seek his fortune but with limited and undoubtedly
disappointing success. He died in 2003. See
Bob was a handsome guy who was in the Central class of '53. He was in some
plays and also participated in basketball, but not on the varsity squad.
December 21 2011 at 12:20:34 Name: David Batterson Topic: Lee & Lionel video Email:
DB@oldgeezersunanimous.com Comments: Wonderful to see my favorite king and his loyal
subject Lee again. Brings back good memories of those fun TV days. Of course,
we know that Lionel always wrote and memorized his comedic bits, while that
slacker Lee just read off cue cards!
December 21 2011 at 08:30:20 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: 12/21/2012
Comments: Dag nab it : the world is supposed to end next time
12/21 rolls around.
At least according to the Mayan or Incan calendar OR the calendar may "just
So be good this following year, kids!
Act if it might be your last - then again...
And DON'T go see that stupid movie, "2012", either!
December 21 2011 at 08:24:54 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: 12/21
Comments: Happy Birthday to Bob Hower - who first hired me in
the "TeeVee biz".
Ditto to former KTUL engineer, Ed "Moe" Morris - now retired in Central MO.
Yours truly turned 61 today - gulp.
And Happy Birthday to - now retired in CA - Don Lundy. His birthday is in
the next day or so.
December 21 2011 at 07:06:01 Name: Webmaster Topic: Limitations Comments:
Sorry about that, definitely no intent to limit comments. I'll see what I
can do and report back.
December 20 2011 at 17:29:39 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic: Site Freeze
Comments: Frank, welcome to the Frozen Zone. I've had the same
problem for quite a while and it's almost as though Twitter were controlling
things and limiting the number of words. I've questioned, but no
December 20 2011 at 16:46:47 Name: Frank Morrow Topic: JFK
Comments: Not too long ago I moved back to Tulsa and have finally
reconnected with this web site. I was going to make a comment about when
I was first notified of the JFK assassination when I was a Navy cryptologic
officer and Russian linguist stationed in Morocco, but I find that I cannot
write more than nine lines without the keyboard freezing up.
Is there a space limitation on this web site now?
December 19 2011 at 19:39:11 Name: Rita Thurman Barnes Topic: Scooter Segraves Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Join the Scooter Segraves Fan Club on Facebook.
He's even around now and then . . .
December 17 2011 at 20:35:10 Name: Webmaster Topic: Previous GroupBlog link