|Mike Bruchas - 05/06/99 20:47:08
Stunkard-Phipps was a cottage industry that grew. Jim now has a "paint a
plate" business in Tulsa and Terry was in charge of video production for
Mercury outboards the last time I heard. Beau Anello was one of the first
employees and the last I heard he had a successful video production business.
They were Tulsa TV folks that took a different path and made money. Maybe
you could reach out to any of them for some new takes on Tulsey TV.
M. Ransom - 05/06/99 18:45:10
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Cartoon Circus
Stupidest local commercial: Bill Haynes windows
Don Lundy - 05/04/99 23:52:49
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Mr. Zing
Stupidest local commercial: "Super Cool" John Mount
Mike Bruchas - 05/04/99 23:12:41
Mike Bruchas (again) - 05/04/99 22:39:34
Maybe he can tell us where Jim Ruddle went!
- 05/04/99 21:43:37
KTUL did not carry HOT L BALTIMORE off ABC (it died any way) because of too many gay characters on it - again did not meet you know what. I think at one time SOAP wasn't carried off ABC in it's regular time for the same reason - they may have tape delayed it. Several times KTUL ran local movies and made MORE $$ than running network offerings that were questionable or "just not Tulsa". John Wayne in any form drew big numbers on Friday or Saturday nights in Prime Time in Tulsa and KTUL had the best film package with a lot of Wayne flix.
In '75 or '76 KTUL did not carry the Fall kick-off season shows 2 or 3 weeknights during premiere week because they carried Billy Graham (who paid more money than the network revenue). It was only an hour a night, but still. I think Bob Hower (as Programming Director) was mad that this happened, but Sales swayed the GM to do so. Dumb. ABC DID have a strong season that year.
McCartney's grocery hostage story - I was in Tulsa at friends when this broke
and I called the assignment desk at KOCO in OKC where they had not heard
of it. It was a slow OKC news night so we had a crew scream up the Turnpike.
Luckily the photog was an ex-KTUL employee who knew how to get to McCartney's.
I think the reporter did a "phoner" at the end of Nightline and KOCO scooped
the OKC stations on this. But who was the anchor in Tulsa called by the gunman?
I can't remember if I saw the story on 6 or 8 when it broke either...
I think "Hot l Baltimore" also had a (gasp!) hooker as a regular character.
I am trying to get "wiseguy" to visit the guestbook.
M. Ransom - 05/04/99 21:22:38
What about KJRH's GM explaining why they NBC affiliate was running Barney Miller re-runs instead of Saturday Night Live.
What about the hostage guy who called the News anchor from the supermarket where he had hostages.
What about Dianna Moon getting attacked by the San Diego Chicken and having to leave the set because she couldn't stop laughing, and Bob Hower finished the newscast by himself.
Got these in your collection?
Mike Bruchas - 05/04/99 20:45:36
KTUL used to be notorious for going off the air for a power loss either in
Coweta or at Lookout Mtn. at the wrong time. In the Jimmy Leake days - we
could have had 2 power feeds, from different sub-stations mile away from
each other to the station from PS in the 70's - per an employee whose Dad
was an executive at PSO - but mgmt. nixed it because of the cost. So they
went off the air at critical times.
Ma Barker via email - 05/04/99 17:35:33
Then it was time for Don Woods and Gusty for the weather. Way back then practically no weatherman on television was a real meteorologist, but Don was. And he could draw the little cartoon character he called "Gusty." Don was a great guy. So were most of the people I worked with in Tulsa. In those days it was very unusual to have a woman in the controlroom, telling men what to do and exposed to all their "bad" language. From what I have learned I think I was one of the first two or three women in the U.S. to be a television director. It was a lot of fun and hard work.
Thanks, Ma! On Ma's site (see the Links page),
she tells a good story about how KTUL got the beat on the other stations.
Erick - 05/04/99 13:27:44
M. Ransom - 05/04/99 02:17:55
Clarke Ingram, who created the DuMont Television Network site referenced on the Links page, commented:
I saw your mention of Daze' (the telepsychic). I had no idea she was ever on the air in Tulsa, but used to watch her on a cable channel called TEMPO. (I was in Tucson, Arizona at the time, around 1988-89). TEMPO was strange. The channel seemed to run the lowest-budget programming possible, and featured (among other things) Hawaiian baseball on Saturday afternoons, fed from one of the Honolulu TV stations, spot breaks and all!
Daze' had a show of her own on TEMPO. One day I turned on the channel, only to see a slide which said something to the effect that "TEMPO has left the air and will not be returning." Could I have been the only one watching? LOL...
I replied: Re (Yvonne) Daze'...a friend of mine worked at Tempo Television here in Tulsa at the time. I believe it was owned by a guy who got rich by being the intermediary for the Turner Superstation. As you say, I think they were unceremoniously sold and absorbed. My friend told me about a woman named Marie Vega who had a psychic show for Tempo in L.A. While visiting Tulsa, she was annoyed by insects and wondered seriously why Tulsa didn't project a psychic screen to fend the pests off.
Clarke replied: Yes, I remember that "meditation" period at the end of the Daze' shows! She would offer rather hypnotic-sounding suggestions, while something like a shot of waterfalls played on the TV screen. Ah, what memories you are bringing back. And I did not know the Tempo channel originated in Tulsa. That explains Daze', but not baseball from Hawaii! (maybe the price was right...)
Deb Walker via email - 05/03/99 17:35:42
I remember I was about 9 or 10 when I figured out that King Lionel's voice
was done by speaking while breathing in, and was the envy of the 5th grade
for that one.
john - 05/03/99 04:33:29
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Mazeppa, Uncle Zeb
How did you find TTM?: brother
Has the Mazeppa Tulsa State Fair poster been reproduced? If so where can I get one? If not where can I get a good used one? Mine is in poor shape (the dog sprayed on the copy that was given to me).
How or where can I find any of the old KELI AM 1430 and 970 KAKC top forty song hit lists from the 60's, 70's, and early 80's? Have any of them been reproduced. I am wondering if any other radio stations in other cities had song lists?
Oh one last thing before I forget ,where can I find a original 7up Uncola Underground card? I haven't seen one since I was a kid. Any help would be appreciated. Anyone with any information please contact me.
P.s. My family moved from north Tulsa to Inola in August of 1972 and I am 35 years old so how did Mazeppa do Hee Haw and Mazeppa at the same time? I remember seeing Mazeppa in 73 and 74 on Channel 8 and listening to him on the "Unfilmy Can Festival" on KAKC in 75
p,s,+1 Does anyone remember the old Cathey's commercial on KRMG, "Cathey's
from 9th to 10th on Main and Brookside" with the background music of Lara's
theme from Dr. Zhivago.
The Mazeppa poster has not been reissued to my knowledge. That is just my old copy of it on the website.
On the top forty lists, I just happen to have several, so I put one of them on the site. You might try John Henry, who does oldies radio shows here in Tulsa. I don't believe John is online, but I think Karl (see my "Tulsa TV Memories visitors' sites") could get an inquiry to him.
The 7 Up card? I never had one. I have no idea where to go for those--maybe John Henry again? If anyone out there knows, please write in. I wouldn't mind having one, too.
"The Unfilmy Can Festival"---that topic has not come up until now. Yes,
Mazeppa did a radio show after the TV show ended. For Hee Haw, the individual
bits (e.g., the cornfield segments) were taped en masse in a few days. Then
all the different bits were spliced into shows. So Gailard Sartain probably
did not spend that much real time doing Hee Haw.
Erick - 05/02/99 23:22:57
Mike Bruchas - 05/02/99 19:23:32
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Go for Dough with Gary Chew
Harry is still kicking - saw him at the '97 KWGS Reunion and sat at the table with him and his son who is one of the top jocks on the CBS FM there. Harry worked at WMAQ for years, used to do radio weather reports from home before he climbed into his AMC Marlin to drive to work (I remember as a kid). He also worked at WLS and WGN - think he is still a weekend or back-up talent on air there. Several of his kids went to TU.
Speaking of Gary Chew - need to find which NPR station he is at in California
and get him on-line here....
Mike Bruchas (again) - 05/02/99 19:14:17
Favorite Tulsa TV show: "Oil in Oklahoma" on KTUL!
How did you find TTM?: E-mail delivered!
Did ANYONE from Bokchito tune in yet??
Mike Bruchas - 05/02/99 18:57:51
M. Ransom - 05/01/99 20:22:29
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Learn and Live, with the 2 Highway Patrol troopers.
Stupidest local commercial: Bargainin' Bill
Mike Bruchas - 05/01/99 05:15:59
Question - why is it ch. 2 never had a Betty Boyd or Louise Bland type person
in the 70's/80's. Ch. 6 had Carolyn Jenkins and others - but 2 never seemed
to have a female figurehead/Women's Programming Director/talent like 6 &
8. Maybe before my time?
Erick - 04/30/99 17:59:06
M. Ransom - 04/30/99 16:37:54
Mike Bruchas - 04/28/99 17:35:22
Jean Cousins - 04/28/99 14:59:34
Stupidest local commercial: That Lynn Hickey car commercial where they guy won't stop shouting
How did you find TTM?: teamtulsa.com forum
Mike Bruchas - 04/26/99 22:46:36
Location: I should be in Vinita with my memory....
I got a great e-mail from Tony MILLS (Tonysart@aol.com) - who is a reader of this page - who works at Varitel Video in CA. Tony Waters - an accomplished musician and video engineer (here in VA) worked here with me at the same time I worked with ex-KTOW guy Tony MILLS. It was always fun when "Tony" was paged for a call here and they both were on duty....
Brother Mills, I stand humbly and embarassingly corrected! I am old and name
be-fuddled, but you are fondly remembered - whatever your last name! Now
send us some KTOW stories!!!
Actually, your memory appears to be phenomenal.
Mike Bruchas - 04/26/99 21:36:30
Location: In the ozone or by Bokchito, OK
M. Ransom - 04/26/99 17:50:36
Location: not Bokchito
The population of Bokchito is approximately 576. The approximate number of families is 295 (small families!) The amount of land area in Bokchito is 1.029 sq. kilometers.
I sent a query to a webmaster in Bokchito about Mazeppa's reference to
the town. It's a long shot, but you never know...
Erick - 04/26/99 16:03:01
In other issues, I've ordered a couple of the Lost Tapes of Mazeppa. I've
never seen Mazeppa, so I hope I like it!
Mike Bruchas - 04/26/99 13:57:41
I sometimes feel I am a true "Trivia Idiot Savant" - I can't always balance
my checkbook or remember who my Congressman is -- but I can remember which
female OK TV anchors now long gone who had "butt tucks", Bob Hower's military
record or where folks I worked with 20 years ago at 5,6,7(Amarillo),8, OETA
and 34 are at now plus nebbishy little thangs about them. Has to be a curse,
not a gift I guess! If I could only make money with this knowledge!! Got
to get a life before this here Millennium thing happens....
Mike Bruchas - 04/26/99 13:41:31
Favorite Tulsa TV show: KTUL Morning Movie at 10am (now long, long gone!)
How did you find TTM?: Jack Hobson School of Airline Computing
I'm joking - but I have seen it spelled Bokchito. It may be the Okie-speak
interpretation of the Indian word that gets scrambled. I think it means,
"town with funny name for 70's TV show"...
Mike Bruchas - 04/26/99 13:29:11
It is down near MacAlester I am told - maybe in that area that was the Little Giant's congressional district.
Bokchito or Boka-chita in Gailard-speak was down that way, too. Thinking this was his birthplace was a brainfart on my part! Thanks, Jim - have been away from the Sooner State too long!
I wish I still had my OU Press Place Names book...
For clarification on Carl Albert - isn't there a state historical society
place that we can double-check at???
Erick - 04/26/99 04:26:33
Jim Back - 04/26/99 02:38:43
(Pause)...You know, as I look back at that sentence I suddenly feel I have
been consumed by way too much minutia.
Mark - 04/25/99 21:11:43
Favorite Tulsa TV show: 6 in the morning
Stupidest local commercial: John's Furniture, 13003 E.Admiral PL. "Hi, I'm Toy."
How did you find TTM?: Thru KOTV's 6 in touch forum
Mike Bruchas (again...) - 04/25/99 19:27:37
We learned Bokchito was the supposed birthplace of Rep. Carl Albert - then
still OK's little big man in DC. Always wondered if he got this from HIS
OK history schoolin'....
Mike Bruchas - 04/25/99 19:21:50
I remember Coppola shooting stuff across the street from 7th & Delaware
for one of his Tulsa movies - I had just moved away from next door to near
Downtown Tulsey and 3 weeks later a film crew was working there - don't remember
if it was "Rumblefish". Coppola had this Airstream mobile home parked there
with supposedly both a hot tub and viewing room for "dailies" on board. At
one time he was renting a ranch house out by the Bee-line during his projects
in town - I recall.
M. Ransom - 04/25/99 19:05:59
Previous threads at the end (the top) of Guestbook 5:
Movies made in and around Tulsa