The musical group Honky Tonk Confidential will release
Stew" on 2/26. It features 4 of Bob's songs. Listen to an MP3 sample
of "TV Anchorman" at the link. It sounds a bit like "A Boy Named Sue" with
Bob's lyrics and vocals.
February 21 2007 at 09:12:56 Name: Erick Topic: Public Radio in Tulsa
Comments: Usually I find a way to keep up on these things, but
I missed this one.
About a year or so ago, OSU's public radio outlet expanded to include the
107.5 FM frequency northeast of Tulsa. Usually, I could pick this up in my
car, and it actually complemented KWGS very well, as they offer different
programming, but reception was sometimes a problem.
I just realized by checking
radio-locator.com that there is now
a translator frequency for this station in Tulsa at 107.3 FM, and it comes
in crystal clear at home and in the car. Just a heads up for the public radio
fans out there.
February 21 2007 at 08:45:36 Name: Joe Topic: KAKC identifiers
Comments: More stuff from Youtube. I typed in KAKC, and up popped
a clip featuring radio identifiers from around the country, produced by the
Drake Chenault group. The first two are for
KAKC, and will probably
jog a few memories.
February 20 2007 at 18:37:20 Name: King Lionel Topic: Squid Pro Quo Email: DotCastleRotCom Comments: I say; "Dig up the 57 Plymouth and replace it with
Anna Nicole; perfect size, perfect timing. All my Subjects can join me in
ululating in the key of B-Flat."
FOX will send "Shepard Headroom." It will be huge!
February 20 2007 at 18:00:38 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Music under newscasts
Comments: When Steve Smith was at KWGS in the 70s, he introduced
music beds to be played under newscasts. Most of us thought this heresy.
Now I am hearing more newscast features here on the East Coast on commercial
stations for markets, consumer stuff with non-distractive music beds under
them. Gee, he musta started a trend back then. You can't recognize the tunes
so that's better!
February 20 2007 at 17:27:06 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: Comic Empire Email: Wilhelmurg at yahoo dot
com Comments: I guess it's the same Comic Empire. I didn't find
it unitl 1985, located just south (3122) of 31st & Mingo. I know he has
the old Spider-Man outdoor sign from a long forgotten comic/record shop that
was just east of 11th & Yale in the early 1980s on the north side of
the street. He still gets an occasional underground, but it's snatched up
in seconds; now undergrounds usually start at $10 on eBay and go up into
the hundreds of dollars. I like the shop because it's nothing but comics
(and comic anthologies and supplies) - no figures, no games, no CDs, no cards
- run by a guy who knows the history of the medium, and he has more back
issues than anyone else in town at reasonable prices.
I'm a comic snob; when I'm looking for collectors items I don't want to trip
over a bunch of children (and loser adults) playing Yu-Gi-Oh!
February 20 2007 at 13:03:17 Name: John Durkee Topic: The Last Days of the Rockin '97 Email: john-dot-durkee at coxradio-dot
com Comments: I just read Dick Loftin's comments on KAKC. Those
were fun days indeed. As I recall, Don Carpenter was also involved in "The
Great Egg Beater Rip-off". Carpenter is now doing mornings in Detroit.
I also remember Dave Poteet holding the PD (Randy Anson) hostage with a fire
extinguisher until he agreed not to make us read some silly promo lines in
the middle of a newscast. The day we changed from Top 40 to MOR was painful.
I was the news anchor. We went into the newscast with "Dream Boat Annie"
and came out with "Lucky Be The Lady". There were billboards all over town
stating "KAKC is off its rocker".
We were indeed.
February 20 2007 at 12:22:40 Name: Webmaster Topic: Sun-Up
February 20 2007 at 12:21:25 Name: Homer Topic: Comic Empire and Waterbed Stores
Comments: To Mr. Murg..."Comic Empire"! That place is still in
existence? I actually worked there in the 70s. The original owner was named
Larry Scott; not sure when he sold the place, wonder whatever became of him?
An interesting place to work. Many good memories, until the Sci-fi crowd
ran amuck after the release of the original "Star Wars". A few underground
comix WERE sold there many years ago. Mr. Scott carried a select few, but
the focus of the store was more mainstream.
Waterbed stores (with or without head shops). Did any other city have more
than Tulsa? I seem to recall the aforementioned "Odyssey Mall", "Dot Sleep
Center", "Great Southern Waterbeds", and "Best Shot Waterbeds". Some memorable
TV and radio ads. Whatever become of Uncle Leo?
passed away on March 1, 2004. More about Mr. Newton at the link.
February 20 2007 at 11:54:38 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: Unfilmy Can Festival Email: Wilhelmurg at yahoo dot
com Comments: As far as I remember the Unfilmy Can Fastival was
the radio version; unfilmy because it was a non-visual medium. I first discovered
the radio version on KAKC-FM, which was a nice change from the pre-rock pop
music that they usually played. It was also on KAKC AM, but by that time
I had become an FM snob (now I'm an XM snob).
I remember picking up the National Lampoon Radio hour on the Broken Arrow
had The King Biscuit Flower Hour (which is being rebroadcast on XM's Deep
Tracks) and the daily Spider-Man five minute segments, which didn't seem
to last long. They also had a weird, short interview show with rock stars
where the interviewer would say "We asked Elton John about his new album..."
and then the audio quality would go way down and you would hear the star's
answer, obviously recorded on location months before the questions were added.
I saw in Rolling Stone that four Monty Python albums were recently re-released,
Python's Previous Album" and
Monty Python Album." The reviewer noted that the Pythons had a cult audience
before the television show was broadcast here through their albums being
played on AOR/Classic Rock stations. Unfortunately KMOD never played comedy
albums, so they were a mystery to us until they appeared on the Midnight
Of course Oklahoma would have the one hippy station that refused to play
comedy. I didn't know about Cheech & Chong either until KAKC and KELI
started playing "Sister Mary Elephant" as a hit single.
I've never known whether Dr. Demento was a weekly show that kept getting
canceled locally, or if it only came on a few weeks a year. It came on the
first local FM top forty station, but I can't remember the call letters (103.3?
I also used to pick up KOSU, which played radio shows from the 1940s, like
"Fibber McGee & Molly" and "Duffy's Tavern." I was always disappointed
that KWGS never played anything like that.
The other day 106.1 changed their format and had a voice giving the countdown
to the change while emotionlessly throwing out pop culture phrases, like
"It's The Real Thing," or "Hi, I'm Jim Rockford, at the tone leave your name
and number and I'll get back to you." Brian Parton called me and said to
turn on my radio. It honestly took me a few minute to remember how to even
work the damn thing.
My how times have changed.
February 20 2007 at 10:44:53 Name: Steve Bagsby Topic: Can Unny Fest Filmaval Comments: I remember a time back in the 70's when you
could hear G. Ailard on the AM, then tune over to FM and catch the National
Lampoon Radio Hour. In the case of Brother David and myself, through the
magic of a T.G.&Y table radio (tan with gold enamel trim). Anybody have
a similar recollection?
February 20 2007 at 01:52:50 Name: Webmaster Topic: Tulsa Times
Comments: My 8-minute plus interview from OETA's "Tulsa Times"
last week is now on
Video. You'll notice a little "shout out" to Edwin, asking for footage
February 19 2007 at 21:58:48 Name: Rick Brashear Topic: Headshop at 41st & Peoria Comments: Re:Wilhelm Murg
Topic: Where can I buy a bong, Dude?
There was a headshop/hangout called Pepperland above some store. I don't
remember if the store was a water bed place but I do remember a water bed
place somewhere around there. I witnessed a pretty funny act one night outside
A friend and me went there to listen to some band (psychodelic lights and
all) and his next door neighbor, Chuck, was there. Well, Chuck was on acid
and three sheets to Mars. My buddy cooked up an idea. We waited outside on
the south sidewalk, and when Chuck came out, my buddy told him we knew he
was a narc and had been snitching on people. Chuck of course, denied it all,
but that didn't stop the inevitable. Ron then fired six rounds of blanks
at him. Chuck grabbed his chest and 'died' on the sidewalk. A few pedestrians
saw the whole thing and began screaming, "Oh my God! They killed him! Somebody
call the police!". We ran to the parking lot behind Pepperland and jumped
into my 1954 Plymouth (code named: Dreadnaught) and zig-zagged out of the
neighborhood at a blistering 20mph. We zagged all the way to 15th & Lewis
and then headed east, where safety and beer awaited us. The next day, Chuck
barely remembered anything of the previous evening and we didn't bring it
Ahh...to be young and irresponsible again. :)
February 19 2007 at 21:29:35 Name: Charles Luke Topic: Mazeppa! Email: ccaycar69 at yahoo dot
com Comments: I just found Tulsa TV Memories and Mazeppa.com tonight.
I grew up in Tulsa during the sixties and seventies (got married and moved
away in 1981) and the memories of people like Leon Russell, Gary Busey (aka
Teddy Jack Eddy), Sherman Oaks, and of course all of Gailard Sartain's characters
came flooding back. Does anyone remember when the Uncanny Film Festival became
the Unfilmy Can Festival and Mazeppa became G. Ailard S. Artain?
February 19 2007 at 13:11:12 Name: David Batterson Topic: Animated music video Email:
davidbat(at)yahoo(dot)com Comments: Just another shameless plug for ex-Tulsans David
Batterson and Mark Giles, who have a new music video on YouTube, for their
February 19 2007 at 10:58:51 Name: Dick Loftin Topic: KAKC Email: email@example.com Comments: Just saw Brandy's post from February 16th. Interesting
times those final days of KAKC. I used the name Dick James (the name of the
Beatles original music publisher) and it was the only time I used a fake
name on the air. But I remember Brandy, Randy Anson (where'd he wind up?),
and all the rest. I did feel funny playing Jack Jones and Tony Bennett on
the "Rockin' 97," but it was such an honor working in the very studio, on
the very console, all the greats from KAKC worked on. It was a fun time.
The glory days were long gone, but what a thrill it was to work in that studio
at the Trade Winds.
Another thing that was from that time was the day John Durkee, Dave Poteet
and I found a huge box of egg beaters in a storage room. Why they were there
I have no idea, but we decided to give them away on the air. There was no
promotion budget for the station obviously, so off we went. "Just call and
we'll give you as many egg beaters as you want." The phones lit up!! I was
amazed and continue to be amazed about the response to this day. What great
Good luck to you Brandy, wherever you are....
February 19 2007 at 09:24:03 Name: David Bagsby Topic: Keye Luke Fan Club Email: dcbatsunflower.com Comments: Perhaps Britney is following the mysticism trend
and becoming a Shaolin Monk. Check for tiger and dragon tattoos on her forearms.
When you can snatch the pebbles from my hand, it will be time for you to
release another single.
February 19 2007 at 09:21:59 Name: Lee Woodward Topic: Serial Celebs Comments: Ladies such as Anna Banana Smith, Limply Lohan;
Bareist Hilton and Nittenny Spears, do for women, what John Wayne Gacy did
February 18 2007 at 01:29:33 Name: roy lee Topic: Head shavin' Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: She can shave her head if she wants and it won't
affect my opinion of her one bit. Then again, I couldn't tell you the name
of one of her songs if I tried.
February 18 2007 at 00:43:55 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: SATANISM! and Mr. Ed Email: Wilhelmurg at yahoo dot
com Comments: The "Mr. Ed" Theme song was targeted by Christian
groups in the 1980s when not one, but TWO backward satanic messages were
"found" in it. "That is of course unless . . ." when played backward is suppose
to say "Sing the song for Satan" ("sang the song or sade in,") and "Well
listen to this . . ." contains the message "Satan's the singer" ("sade in
da sing gear.")
The song was included on the two-record set "Television's Greatest Hits,"
which was included in mass record burnings. Thankfully it was the beginning
of the end for the movement; even hardcore Christians had trouble with the
concept that Mr. Ed was out to destroy the minds of the Nation's youth.
Ironically, TeeVee records, the company that released the set, had their
first major hit a few years later when they signed Nine Inch Nails to their
label. I'm sure more than one of these fringe Christian people pointed to
the signing as proof that TeeVee records was in on the Satanic consparicy,
which they started with Mr.Ed. We were all fools not to heed their warning.
February 17 2007 at 23:18:28 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Bad 'No Hair 'Day Email: Just SW of the Donner Party
Family Grill Comments: This young and, unfortunately, mixed-up woman is
either crying for help...or striving for a comeback. If the latter is correct,
I suggest she keep the coif and change her name to Britney Shears.
Sorry 'bout that.
Delmeaux de Gillette du Coffeyville.
February 17 2007 at 20:04:42 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Britney Spears head shaving
Comments: Does this mean all female singer/rich but trashy/drug
affected "5 Minute Celebrities" are gonna "go the Sinead O'Connor look" in
Why do people look up to these folks?
Of course even the late but hip Frank Sinatra did a duet with Sinead....Her
career has survived though not as big as it once was.
Lemme know if this becomes the "rage" among young teens and impressionable
young women in Turley, Barnsdall, Checotah or Muskogee this weekend!
I am tragically non-hip any mo'...
February 17 2007 at 18:27:41 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Ray Evans
Comments: On the CBS Radio news feed at 1 am Eastern this morning
- a good 90 seconds was on Ray Evans and how his music is so tied to the
1950s US and "theme songs" of American vocalists like Doris Day. I knew who
he was - but had no idea what ALL he had written!
February 17 2007 at 18:20:21 Name: Dave Topic: Who was Ray Evans?
Comments: An obscure obituary in one of the papers today from
the L.A. Tines wire notes the passing of 92-year-old Ray Evans. He was a
Hollywood songwriter who collaborated with Jay Livingston. Together they
produced "Buttons and Bows", "Mona Lisa", "Que Sera, Sera" and "Silver Bells."
Well, that's interesting, you say. But wait -- there's more. The article
inexplicably saved the kicker for the last paragraph, which says:
"The songwriting duo also wrote the themes for the TV series 'Bonanza and
You heard that right. The composers of "Silver Bells" also wrote "A horse
is a horse, of course, of course."
IRJFK's emphasis is more national than local, though the blogger, Ron
Enderland, grew up in this area (Miami, Oklahoma). Some of the blog entries
touch on central TTM topics, e.g., Local Kid Shows, Local Wrestling Shows
on TV, The 7up Flickering Can Light, Drive-In Theaters; the
Up Pop Bottles item even has a link to TTM's "Pop Bottles" page.
It's another view of the 60s and 70s from the perspective of a former
February 17 2007 at 11:35:14 Name: David Bagsby Topic: Underground comix Email: dcbatsunflower.com Comments: Odyssey Mall was the headshop at 41st & Peoria.
Crimson's "Lizard" album there as well as this Asian Ukelele deal that
I thought would look cool on stage but ended up a wall hanging for it would
never stay in tune. It looked like
February 17 2007 at 11:05:23 Name: Webmaster Topic: Robert Jennings
While watching a tape of "Boston Legal" recorded on 2/13, I saw this still
about the passing of veteran ABC cameraman Robert Jennings. Robert sent a
photo in 2002 for the
Jim Hartz page;
he shot Jim's audition at KOTV in 1963 for NBC-New York.
He covered many important stories, including Vietnam, the assassination
of RFK, Somalia, and Afghanistan. Here is a
story about him and
message board at ABC News.
Here is Robert Jennings' side of my email correspondence with him. At
my request, he talked about his career in Tulsa and beyond. He also sent
the photo of a KOTV cocktail glass.
Mike: I am Robert Jennings, ABC News in L.A. Just found your wonderful site.
I was at KOTV, from 1960/63. Worked in the News Department for Tuck Stadler
and camera for Art Elliott. Worked Lee's show and would love to say hello
and thank him for the start of a 42 year career in TV. Regards and Thanks
for your time. Robert
Mike: At the time I was there, we did Jim Hartz audition for NBC, saw a young
guy from TU, Jesse Patrick Odell come aboard, he is a CBS Network cameraman
in Dallas. Like you said, Bob Brown, did his first standupper in TV and finally,
that was the time Lee built
the castle. It was the best! Robert
Mike: When you send a message to Lee, tell him I was around when he was building
the castle. He would work on it in the studio, near the
At that time we redid the studio with all new insulation and a new small
Can't stop reading the guest book. I have E-Mailed
he and I shared an apartment for awhile. Robert
Mike: I am thinking of writing a book of the last 40. Covered Vietnam from
1965/68. Did the POW releases from the Philippines and Hanoi and the fall
of Cambodia and Saigon. Travelled with Bobby Kennedy in 1968, spent a year
with Reagan in 80. Many things happened in that era. Patty Hearst, SLA, Charles
Manson to O.J. etc. I was fortunate to be in position to cover them all.
Mike: Here are four pictures of a time gone by. These cocktail glasses were
a promotion from 61 or 62. I still have three left after the earthquakes.
As for your question how did I get to ABC. I left Tulsa to go in the Army.
Went to KPRC in Houston after that, Tom Jarriel was my assignment editor.
Year later went to WSB in Atlanta, Tom Brokaw was the anchor. 1965, ABC News
started for real. Tom Jarriel recommended me and I went to Japan and Vietnam
for 3 years and have been in L.A. since. Regards and keep it up. Robert
February 17 2007 at 02:04:37 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: Where can I buy a bong, Dude? Email: Wilhelmurg at yahoo dot
com Comments: I came across a reference someone might know. I
was at Comic Empire this week Tulsa's finest comic shop, in my humble
opinion - and got into a conversation with the owner, Mike, about underground
comix. He said he started collecting them when he was a kid and they were
available at Starship and another establishment, but he couldn't remember
the name of it. It was a waterbed store with a headshop above it around 41st
& Peoria. Apparently it wasn't in business long. Does anyone remember
this place? I always thought Starship was the lone distributor of undergrounds
in the area.
February 16 2007 at 21:27:48 Name: Dwight L. Fast Topic: Jerk Joints Email: FishingFast@comcast.net Comments: Thanks Mitch for the cool story about Sandy's. I
was living in Magic Circle back in the 60s and 70s. Now that you tell the
story about the car crashing through the window. I remember exactly where
Sandy's was located. I ought to because it was the place the first time I
ever saw someone smoking pot.
So now the jerk joints of the east side of Tulsa are becoming pinpointed.
Sandy's, Goodtimes,Tornado Alley, Mineshaft & Granny's Basement are located.
What about Zodiac or Ziggy's, does anybody remember where they were located?
Or does anybody remember the names of the jerk joints that were located at:
41st & Memorial - 21st & Garnett by Tiffany's - 31st & 129th
- 41st & Garnett - 15th & Memorial - 11th & 129th behind the
Quik-Trip by East Central High.
February 16 2007 at 21:06:12 Name: Brandy Topic: KAKC
Comments: I'm new here, been poking around for jolts to the old
memory. I was a DJ on KAKC as it took it's dying breaths as a rock and roll
station. Well, it was actually more of a middle of the road/adult contemporary
format when I was there. Randy Anson was the Program Director. Larry White
was the Chief Engineer. James "Pooty" Poteet was the Junior News Director.
Dick Loftin aka Dick James worked both KAKC and KBEZ (Killer Bees).
It was my first gig as a DJ after graduating college with a degree in Radio
Broadcast and Communications. It wasn't the longest gig I ever worked, but
it was my first and my favorite. Characters such as Jim Richards, Randy Anson,
Dick James, Carmen Pleasant, Billy B... What memories. What fun. RIP, R&R
KAKC...I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.....
February 16 2007 at 18:39:17 Name: Mitch Gray Topic: Yep! More jerk joint! Email: mitchwerx at cableone dot
net Comments: Ok, Dwight, Sandy's was located in the strip center
at Hwy 169 and 21st. Owned and operated by Ed Sanders, Sandy's opened in
1973 as Sandy's Shoppe, a tape and record store. But who could compete against
Bill's T or
are to Wilhelm Murg's articles on this site)
So Ed had a lease to fulfill and out went the records and tapes and in came
the American and Tornado foosball tables, along with pinball and a few pool
tables. A few doors down was John Dougherty's barber shop (I shined shoes
there for awhile...25 cents a pop but that's another story...) and the In-N-Out
A few more doors down was a night club...forget the name but I do know that
Don White played there almost every night. He may have owned the place.
And...next to that was the center's first strip joint! Someone drove a car
thru the window of that place and bartender Karl shot his nuts off! The guy
had just been thrown out for harassing a dancer.
Whew! A lot went on back then! Anyway, that's where Sandy's was located.
I hope that was a lesson to him.
February 16 2007 at 15:47:58 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: NONzine Hype Email: wilhelmurg at yahoo dot
com Comments: We got another issue of NONzine out on the streets
today in OKC.
My contributions to this issue include a review of
HARDCORE, a documentary on the hardcore punk movement, which raised its
ugly head after Sid Vicious killed himself and ended the first wave of punk
Apparently there was some confusion over who was going to play the film here
in Tulsa. As I understand it, The Circle was going to play it, and then the
AMC took the option, but never played the film, so it finally played at The
Circle last week, the same week it came out on DVD. Tulsa's own hardcore
heroes N.O.T.A. (who are referenced in the film, but do not appear in it)
spoke at the sold out Tulsa premiere last Friday.
I also got in a review of
FILMS OF KENNETH ANGER VOL. 1. Anger is a true visionary and technical
alchemist who took film to its further reaches, not only as a medium, but
in subject matter, and unusual casting. As I keep pointing out to those who
don't understand, Martin Scorcese, the god of mainstream film, did the
introduction for the accompanying booklet. It's not just for gay Satanists
In my TIGER BEAT FROM HELL column I review four new releases of music too
unique and creative to ever get played on the radio (which is a sad statement
of our times.) It was inspired by the new
IN THE SKY album -- as they did the music for both the TV and film versions
of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS we might actually have a chance of getting their
neo-progressive rock sounds on the air -- but don't hold your breath.
NONzine is also looking at the possibility of coming into Tulsa. They keep
saying that if they can just get three ads from Tulsa, they're ready. A lot
of people in OKC say that the magazine is too hip for Tulsa, and when I ask
people around here all I get it "Yeah, that's probably true." Once again
-- a sad statement of our times.
February 16 2007 at 08:39:10 Name: Joe Topic: King Lionel
Comments: I think I just found King Lionel's long lost cousin.
While perusing old Mattel commercials on "youtube", I came across a "Larry
the Lion" toy. This one talks, without someone's hand up his rump. Looks
like Lionel's next of kin.
Just type in Larry the Lion in their search, and it's the first spot in the
Soon there will be some Granny and Lionel on YouTube or Google Video.
February 16 2007 at 08:05:20 Name: Lowell Burch Topic: Hollywood Lionel
Comments: When I was just a little tyke, I remember asking my
dad why Lee Woodward didn't go to Hollywood. I really thought Lee was talented.
I remember Dad saying that he thought Mr. Woodward just thought he would
rather stay in Tulsa. Of course, I did not know about his equally talented
brother at the time. I guess the Woodwards had enough representation in Tinsel
That still doens't explain why Lionel never packed up and headed west.
P.S., My dad, Bob Burch, was on OETA news last night being interviewed about
the '57 Plymouth Time Capsule, in case you missed it.
February 16 2007 at 00:06:55 Name: Webmaster Topic: Previous GroupBlog summary
We had just learned of the passing of Richard Pulliam, Tulsa World
Jerk joints (foos or fooseball parlors) were still a raging topic.
Frank Morrow filled us in on the history of news services. The aesthetic
qualities of teletype machines were extolled.
The passing of singer Frankie Laine ("Rawhide") was noted. Lee Woodward
answered questions about his actor brother Morgan.
The webmaster guested on OETA's "Tulsa Times" (the show will be replayed
on the OETA OKLA digital channel through Saturday, 2/17). Edwin Fincher discerned
a call to action in that appearance. George Tomek is now an anchor on OETA.
Rick Brashear contributed a vignette about dragging Brookside.