May 31 2010 at 15:43:33 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Morgan Woodward
Just caught Lee Woodward's bro, Morgan on Retroplex Channel with Sarah Jessica
Parker and Helen Hunt in "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (1985). Both the gals
look like they might've been about 17 or 18 years old for that shoot. It
was good to see Morgan in a tux.
May 31 2010 at 13:16:45 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: CLINT EASTWOOD
Comments: Turns 80 today.
Does anyone remember if he has even been in Tulsa for filming?
May 30 2010 at 17:44:06 Name: Bob Hardie (via email and by
permission) Topic: Ben Hevel
Comments: Jim, thanks for keeping us informed. I'm sad to hear
the news about Ben. I liked Ben.
I worked many years with him in the sixties, when I was at KTUL TV. Many
stories are to be told as we had a lot of fun in the 60s in TV. It was a
lot of work and a lot of fun then. One particular story involving Ben sticks
This story, one that doesn't make me look too good, is when
J. Howard Edmundson was running for governor,
the Prairie Fires Campaign. He was being compared with JFK. J. Howard was
charismatic. He lit up the election.
Tulsa TV stations, and some radio stations, wanted J. Howard to come to Tulsa
(from OKC) to ask him questions, etc. You know how news people were...are...
:-) They all wanted to be "THE STATION" that hosted the program.
As I recall, Ben and Bill Swanson, and of course, Jack Morris, were all involved.
Seems like Bob Gregory (Bob Pitcock) was there, too. They were successful
in getting the promising gubernatorial candidate to come to KTUL TV. A REAL
ACCOMPLISHMENT. The other TV stations were to carry it too; as I recall,
all on tape delay. Yep... all on tape delay. Our tape was to be sent to the
other stations for them to copy or use.
WELLLLLL, I was the video tape engineer at KTUL TV that day when it was recorded
in our studio. A BIGGGGG DAY. We rotated days as to who was the VT engineer.
To lay the groundwork here, each late afternoon, we had to record the ABC
DEF news stories feed. DEF was "Daily Electronic Feed" of ABC news stories
that we used on our local news shows. We typically used up to six stories.
It was quite a job to get them, physically cut the tape and splice them in
order to be used on the news. Took all evening to get that done by the 10
So, we recorded the J. Howard Edmundson program, which had reporters from
the other TV stations plus ours, in the late afternoon, really close to the
ABC DEF feed. I really had to hurry to take down the tape (we only had one
tape machine then) and put up the ABC DEF recording tape. Well, I took off
the J. Howard tape and laid it on the tape table next to the ABC DEF tape,
cleaned the tape machine per standard procedure, (in a hurry, of course)
and instead of picking up the ABC DEF tape, I accidentally picked up the
same tape, the J. Howard recording. AND I RECORDED OVER IT. By the time I
realized it, it was tooooooooo late. I remember my heart dropping to my stomach.
I had mixed feelings. I needed to inform programming, Ben Hevel. And I wanted
to not tell anyone until I had a chance to gain my composure. So, as I recall,
I told Verdell Sexton, the director. He told Ben. WOW... it hit the fan.
Ben said, "what idiot did that?"
I felt soooooooo bad. I probably crawled down the stairs, most likely the
circular ones too, on my chagrined body, to apologize and try to gain some
credibility back. After Ben calmed down, and he WAS LIVID, he finally talked
to me again. It took a while, but he came around. Jack Morris was livid too.
And I do NOT blame them at all. Most likely I snuck in the back door to come
to work for a few days until all calmed down. In my defense, I was a good
video tape engineer. I was young, early 20s, full of it, ya know, and sometimes
got too much in a hurry. This sure helped calm me down for a while. I sure
did a lot of "double checking". It really taught me a good lesson. Ben
Ben was very fair about things. Sometimes his first reactions were explosive.
However, I felt that he always came around. With me, anyway.
I also knew him when he was at Channel 2 as GM. I was involved in the Society
of Broadcast Engineers and meetings were in KVOO radio at times, with Johnny
Barth, CE. I'd see Ben there a lot and at other broadcast functions around
the city. Oh yes, I'd see him at the NAB too. He always had time to stop
and talk to me. This was in the 1980s. I left Tulsa again in 1990. My theme
song became, "Take me back to Tulsa".
Ben had some controversial situations at Channel 2, as I recall. I can't
remember much about them.
Boyce knew Ben best, in my opinion. He probably can remember a lot more than
me. As does Betty Boyd, Jack Morris, Don Woods, Bob Gregory and others. I
sure miss all those wonderful people. We had a great time in TV.
AND... I'd sure like to have visited Ben one more time. I liked Ben.
now in Magnolia, Texas, retired after 53 years in broadcasting.
May 30 2010 at 17:12:33 Name: Jim Hill (via email to webmaster) Topic: Ben Hevel Comments: In the Tulsa World death notices this Saturday
morning: Ben, age 80, died on Thursday. He was living here in Tulsa.
Ben was the Operations Director when I came to the station in March of 1965.
He left in the late 60s, going to a station in Ohio. I think it was a
Scripps-Howard station and he became the station manager. Boyce Lancaster
can tell us more.
He returned to Tulsa in the 70s to manage Channel Two after it was acquired
Services for Ben will be Friday June 4 at 12:30PM at Boston Avenue Methodist
May 30 2010 at 16:55:29 Name: Joe Riddle (via email to
webmaster) Topic: KRMG April 1978 11PM Newscast
Comments: Joe Riddle:"Found this off a Johnny Martin aircheck
that I taped at home one night. Thought it might bring back a few memories.
"Figured it wasn't Nelson Farmer or Len Ballard that came down to the station
that late at night.... that sounded like only one engineer at KRMG that I
Email reply from Jim Henry: "Guilty as charged!
"That's great.... That old 'top of the hour' ID, Dowdell, and ol'
Jim Back... Now those are memories!"
Webmaster: Also heard: Ed Hardy, Candace
Conley, Mike Early, David Rucker, David Boren...
May 29 2010 at 17:29:13 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: THE AUCTION?
Comments: Was that clip on cable or over the air in Tulsa?
Low dollar TeeVee!
Most cable systems won't do shows like this unless for PAID programming.
That was on cable.
May 29 2010 at 15:48:36 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: WRZA 99.9
Comments: This is an FM in Peotone, IL with a strong signal in
parts of SW Chicago. It has changed hands several times. Formerly a 3 station
chain owned by NewsWebRadio, which also failed. To Chicagoans, Peotone is
at the edge of the Earth in cornfields.
Edwin Newman has a weekend talk-show on it; presume it's in syndication.
He was telling about working at NBC in Chicago in the 1960s and I just missed
a blurb about Jim Ruddle.
He went on to do several Len O'Connor stories. O'Connor was one of the first
Chicago TV newsmen. later a commentator till fired by NBC and hired by WGN.
Newman was doing dead-on imitations of the late O'Connor.
Have to find out more on the Newman show.
May 29 2010 at 12:58:09 Name: Rose Bowl Bunker Commander Topic: Dennis Hopper
Comments: Thanks for the great trip. Dennis Hopper, RIP.
May 29 2010 at 07:57:28 Name: Sonny Hollingshead Topic: Ben Hevel Comments: The Tulsa World reports today that Ben Hevel
has passed away at age 80.
May 28 2010 at 13:20:14 Name: DolfanBob Topic: Gary Coleman Email: DolfanBob@lycos.com Comments: Gary Coleman of Diff'rent Strokes has died at age
May 26 2010 at 14:27:18 Name: DolfanBob Topic: Kids say the darndest things Email: DolfanBob@lycos.com Comments: We lost a great one today.
Art Linkletter passed at age 97.
May 26 2010 at 12:14:31 Name: Lang Hagen Topic: DICK BIONDI
Comments: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Rock and roll radio legend..
Comments: Chicago DJ - DICK BIONDI - celebrates 50 years on the air in Chicago
- tonight at midnight.
Hey, Mike, here's some trivia about that legend - who is Mr Biondi's agent?
Dave Martin, the son of Johnny Martin, Tulsa's Midnight King. Small
May 25 2010 at 23:27:33 Name: Webmaster Topic: "The Auction" fun
Comments: A stagehand trucks right
through hostess Layla's shot at 1:52 in the below clip from "The Auction",
4/6/2001. Just click to start; I set it up to jump right to the spot.
May 24 2010 at 19:49:20 Name: Dana LeMoine Topic: Bell's Amusement Park Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Great news!
It's a bit dated in subject matter, since so many quacks and charlatans have
come along since the book was first published, however, it's still a useful
antidote to the nostrums passed onto the public by acclaimed frauds.
May 23 2010 at 21:02:07 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Gardner's Demise Email: Just Northeast of Eden Comments: Sounds to me like the Enlightenment shines bright
on our old Rose Bowl Home and the Alley Commander-in-Chief.
Del in Cal
May 23 2010 at 20:22:07 Name: Rose Bowl Bunker Commander Topic: Martin Gardner Comments: Given how Tulsa has been saddled with so many
anti-intellectuals and irrationalists, it's particularly sad to lose Martin
Gardner. RIP, indeed.
May 22 2010 at 23:32:22 Name: Webmaster Topic: Former Tulsan Martin Gardner Comments:
I'm sad to report that Martin Gardner, author, former Tulsan, and 'Mathematical
Games' columnist in Scientific American for many years, passed away yesterday
at the age of 95.
Mr. Gardner was discussed on the 1957 page
on this site. RIP, Martin.
May 22 2010 at 22:06:54 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: TV flashback Comments: Watching a Mission: Impossible rerun: Jim Phelps
goes into a record store, gets a coded message on an LP from a nerdy clerk,
goes into a record listening booth and pulls the LP out of a then new high
tech Ziploc bag to get his instructions; of course, the LP self-destructs
in a bit of smoke.
Gee - how times have changed.
May 19 2010 at 21:52:15 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: 1975 Comments: 35 years ago today, Don Lundy and I both were
working at KTUL as directors. His eldest son, Matt, was born on this date.
I offered to do "the Chick show" for Don the next morning so that he could
be at St. Francis with Rosie and the baby. I had done the 6 and 10pm Total
8 Tulsa casts the night before. I had eaten the night before at the Crystal
City Coney Island restaurant.
Little did I know - that I had acquired food poisoning from there. I was
okay the next morning going live with John Chick's morning program. Then
about 5-10 minutes in, I suddenly had severe pain, so much that I could barely
sit at the switcher and direct. As I recall, projectionist Jonathon Jeffreys
had to finish the last 5-10 minutes for me.
Cameraman John Heatley drove me to St. John's ER. I spent about 4 hours there
and downed some meds. Yep - food poisoning....it's day that the Lundys and
I will not forget!
May 18 2010 at 16:52:29 Name: Rick M Topic: Re: 1906 Film of San Francisco Comments: I find this clip mesmerizing. I've watched
it countless times now. Also located another clip of the same journey post
earthquake and fires.
It clearly shows the destruction and devastation. Quite sad to watch after
seeing the first one. I was also pleased to find quite a number of 'sequel'
journeys filmed in more modern times for comparison. It's a striking difference
what traffic laws and rules do to transform chaos. It sure looked like they
were enjoying their chaos though.
May 17 2010 at 16:46:28 Name: Tulsa Area Music Archives Topic: TAMA VOL. 5.5 Leon Russell "Bonus"
Podcast Now Available! Email: info at preservemusic dot
LEON RUSSELL - SESSIONS FROM THE '70S, '80S,'90S AND BEYOND
Despite Russell's transition to a solo performing artist, he has continued
to work actively as a session musician and producer for other artists. We've
put together a wide variety of Russell's work beginning in the early '70s
and continuing through the past four-decades. Just like Russell's session
work in the '60s, this body of work reads like a who's who of popular music.
Includes insights and commentary on each song by TAMA Founder Steve Todoroff.
1. Hummingbird - B.B. King
2. Wild Horses - Flying Burrito Brothers
3. L.A. Getaway - Hill, Barbata & Etheridge
4. It Ain't Easy - Ron Davies
5. Blues Power - Eric Clapton
6. Vaya Con Dios - Doris Troy
7. The Song Of The Elves - John Simon
8. How The Web Was Woven - Jackie Lomax
9. Sweet Motor City - Jim Horn
10. Ask Me No Questions - B.B. King
11. Tandoori Chicken - Ronnie Spector
12. Live With Me - The Rolling Stones
13. Look At You Look At Me - Dave Mason
14. Day After Day - Badfinger
15. That Man Is My Weakness - Rita Coolidge
16. Bangla Desh - George Harrison
17. Will The Circle Be Unbroken - Delaney & Bonnie
18. Goodbye Old Missoula - Willis Alan Ramsey
19. Me and My Guitar - Freddie King
20. Be My Baby - John Lennon
21. Soothe Me - Mary McCreary
22. Rock and Roll Beat - Flash Terry
23. Watching The River Flow - Bob Dylan
24. My Captain - Jesse Ed Davis
25. Me and Baby Jane - Jose Feliciano
26. Woman, She Was Gentle - Eric Andersen
27. Tired of Midnight Blue - George Harrison
28. Shark (In The Dark) - The Dwight Twilley Band
29. Direct Me - Larry Hosford
30. The Choice - Andrae Crouch and The Disciples
31.Thinking of You - The Gap Band
32. Sold On You - Gary Ogan
33. Save The Last Dance For Me - Mary Kay Place
34. Lucky Old Sun - Willie Nelson
35. One Day I'll Walk - New Grass Revival
36. What Do You Expect - J.J. Cale
37. A Song For You - Phil Driscoll
38. Golden Rings - George Jones & Tammy Wynette
39. I Can't Trust My Heart - The Sky Kings
40. Little Piece of Your Love - Lee Rocker
41. That's What I Like About Love - Junior Markham
42. Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Earl Scruggs & Friends
43. Wade In The River of Jordan - Delaney & Bonnie
Running Time: 3:16:36
Direct from the vaults of the Tulsa Area Music Archives.
Preserving Tulsa's Music History...
May 15 2010 at 18:09:54 Name: Al Hess Topic: Gordon Berra Email: aljhessatcableonedotnet Comments: Back in about 1960, I used to listen to a show on
KRMG on Saturday evening that was hosted by "The Voice", Gordon Berra. It
was a jazz show and Mr.Berra often featured Sonny and Susan Gray of THE RUBIOT
Jazz and dinner club.
I was just wondering if anyone has any copies of Gordon Berra's voice. I
cannot imagine that anyone ever had a better voice for radio. I think I listened
to that show as much for his voice as for the lone voice of jazz her in Northeast
Please, someone tell me that they have a recording of Berra's voice, even
if it's just a commercial.
May 15 2010 at 16:10:28 Name: Scott Linder Topic: The Pomona College Commencement Comments: This has nothing to do with Tulsa, but I thought
that it might be interesting to some that I'm mixing audio for the Pomona
College Commencement tomorrow with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
as speaker. The event is outdoors, and I've never seen a larger Secret Service
detail since I lived and worked in D.C. at Ford's Theatre, National Theatre
and Kennedy Center for seated Presidents.
It should be a very interesting day. In addition to other feeds, we're streaming
on the web beginning at 9:30 PST. Visit the Pomona College website, if you
care to watch...
May 15 2010 at 14:11:23 Name: John K. Young Topic: Re: 1906 Film of San Francisco Email:
johnk662561atyahoodotcom Comments: Thanks for posting such an awesome bit of history!
May 14 2010 at 20:53:53 Name: Lee Woodward (via email to webmaster) Topic: 1906 film shot in San Francisco
Comments: Webmaster: This has nothing to do with Tulsa or TV,
but is history worth seeing. Be sure to go full-screen (the button with four
arrows pointing away from each other).
Mark Twain was still alive. According to
he heard that his friend Ina Coolbrith had lost nearly all she owned in the
1906 San Francisco earthquake, which happened four days after this movie
was taken. He volunteered a few autographed portrait photographs to be sold
for her benefit.
How many of the people seen in this movie would be gone by the next week?
Lee: "This is one of the most amazing historical films I've seen. There seemed
to be no rules per se. I wonder how many were killed or maimed every year?"
'You are there' for a cable car ride in San Francisco.
This film was "lost" for many years. It was the first 35mm film ever. It
was taken by camera mounted on the front of a cable car.
The number of automobiles is staggering for 1906. Absolutely amazing! The
clock tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still
there. How many "street cleaning" people were employed to pick up after the
horses? Talk about going green!
This film, originally thought to be from 1905 until David Kiehn with the
Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum figured out exactly when it was shot. From
New York trade papers announcing the film showing to the wet streets from
recent heavy rainfall & shadows indicating time of year and the actual
weather and conditions on historical record, even when the cars were registered
(he even knows who owned them and when the plates were issued!). It was filmed
only four days before the Great California Earthquake of April 18th 1906
and shipped by train to NY for processing. Amazing, but true!
May 10 2010 at 10:06:29 Name: John K. Young Topic: KELi Fan Page on Facebook Email:
johnk662561atyahoodotcom Comments: If anyone is interested, there is a new
KELi Fan Page on
May 09 2010 at 23:32:57 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Lena Horne Comments: Just heard, she has passed at age 92. What
a classy, classy lady!
May 09 2010 at 13:20:04 Name: Chuck Fullhart Topic: Leon McAuliffe properties
Comments: What did we do before we had Google? Leon purchased
KAMO in Rogers, AR in about 1965, and ran it for several years. I can't remember
the exact year he put it up for sale, but I want to say in the mid or late
May 09 2010 at 13:10:23 Name: Chuck Fullhart Topic: Leon McAuliffe properties Comments: On Jim's Ruddle's questions on Leon McAuliffe
owning any TV properties, he did own and operate a radio station in, I think,
Rogers, AR for years, or at least in the Rogers-Bentonville area. A friend
of mine worked for him for a few years; I'll see if I can get in touch with
May 09 2010 at 06:12:17 Name: Joe Talley class of '74, the mighty BTW Topic: "Mississippi Burning" movie Email:
email@example.com Comments: From an old late-night Mazeppa big fan from north
Tulsa... I loved you growing up, had late night sleepovers to watch your
show. I don't think I missed one. It hurt me and others when you played Sheriff
Stuckey in the movie, but over time I got over it. Most of my friends are
dead now. I'm going to order your DVD if you still have them. I'm proud to
be a TULSAN.
Joe, you can order Mazeppa DVDs at
Mazeppa.com. Thanks for writing, and hang
May 08 2010 at 20:25:39 Name: J LeMoine Topic: 60's Tulsa Band "The Quotations" postcard
on eBay Comments: I have no idea who these kids are, but someone
here might, and this may be of some interest:
1960s Postcard Rock Group The Quotations Tulsa OK
(from GB 313) Kathy said:"I noticed an old Quotations postcard
on your site and no one knew who they were! I knew them all! They all went
to Will Rogers High School in Tulsa. They were: Rodney Salmon, Kenny Sigmund,
Kenny Williamson, and Steven Jones. Most of them graduated between 1970 and
1972. Very talented group who used to play almost every weekend at the Western
village shopping center at Admiral and Garnett. One of their dads was a member
of the VFW there and would get them to play. My friends and I would go there
to listen to them and dance! Brings back many memories! :)
May 08 2010 at 07:06:37 Name:
Jim Ruddle Topic: Steel Man
Comments: Aside from the Cimarron Ballroom, did
Leon McAuliffe ever own any television properties?
I remember talking to him in the late 'fifties about a cable system he owned
in Rogers, Arkansas, but wondered whether that ever evolved into anything
YouTube clip of Leon appearing on the late 1950s
"Ozark Jubilee" TV
show (Wikipedia link) now on the main page.
May 04 2010 at 18:42:07 Name: P. Lazzarro Topic: re: TAMA Vol. 5 podcast now
Comments: Dadgum I don't know how I've missed this treasure trove
until now. Thanks for providing all this music. Wow.
May 04 2010 at 13:56:28 Name: Sonny Hollingshead Topic: Channel 41 history Comments: In April's issue of Tulsa People Magazine,
John Hamill wrote a column remembering a small bit of Tulsa TV history in
the startup of UHF Channel 41. You may find this interesting. Here's the
May 03 2010 at 11:19:34 Name: DolfanBob Topic: Bell's Email: DolfanBob@lycos.com Comments: Wow Ken's Pizza and Bell's commercials from the
80s. Talk about jarring them ol memories of great T-Town times. Thanks so
much for posting that link.
May 02 2010 at 21:32:20 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Rock and roll radio legend Comments: Chicago DJ DICK BIONDI celebrates 50 years
on the air in Chicago tonight at midnight. Hard to believe he was on the
air when I was in GRADE SCHOOL. Now on
May 02 2010 at 10:30:40 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: A Forgotten Moment from "Annie
Hall" Comments: During IFC's daily re-run of "Annie Hall,"
I happened to catch the scene near the end of the film where Alvy has just
flown from NYC to LA to persuade Annie to return to NYC and marry him.
After arriving in LA, Alvy waits for Annie at a Sunset Blvd. sidewalk health
food eatery. The waitress approaches his table and give him the menu. Alvy
knows, instantly what to order. He says, with a line only Woody Allen could
write and deliver, I'm sure, "I'll have the alfalfa sprouts...with a plate
of crushed yeast."
Still needing the eggs, I remain Delmeaux de Gillette du Coffeyville.
I had a sandwich (not of crushed yeast) at that same vegetarian restaurant
Source", L.A. Weekly link) when I visited L.A. in 1986. There was a large
billboard across the street.
May 02 2010 at 09:19:01 Name: Tulsa Area Music Archives Topic: TAMA Vol. 5 podcast now available. Email: info at preservemusic dot
NOW AVAILABLE! VOL. 5 LEON RUSSELL - THE SOLO YEARS PART 2
We continue our meticulously researched podcast series on the music career
of rock legend and former-Tulsa Leon Russell in Volume Five, which will focus
on Leon?s transition to a solo artist and future superstar. Focusing on his
early relationship with producer Denny Cordell, soul-singer Joe Cocker and
the historic "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" album, film & tour, and Russell's
debut album with Shelter Records featuring the British All-Stars, such as
George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Stevie
Winwood, and other notabes. Direct from the vaults of TAMA. Enjoy...
1. The Ballad of Mad Dogs & Englishmen - Leon Russell
2. Hello Little Friend - Joe Cocker
3. Delta Lady - Joe Cocker
4. Medley - Joe Cocker w/ Mad Dogs & Englishmen (live)
5. Steve Hoffman Interview - Part 1
6. (Can't Seem To) Get A Line On You - Mick Jagger w/ Leon Russell
7. Steve Hoffman Interview - Part 2
8. Indian Girl - Leon Russell
9. Steve Hoffman Interview - Part 3
10. The New Sweet Home Chicago - Leon Russell
11. Prince of Peace - Leon Russell
12. Roll Away The Stone - Leon Russell
13. Jammin' With Eric - Leon Russell
14. Hurtsome Body - Leon Russell
15. Chris O'Dell Interview
16. Pisces Apple Lady - Leon Russell
17. Shoot Out On The Plantation - Leon Russell
18. Delta Lady - Leon Russell
19. I Put A Spell On You - Leon Russell
20. A Song For You - Leon Russell
21. Old Masters - Leon Russell
22. Give Peace A Chance - Leon Russell
23. Ole Man Trouble - Hill, Barbata and Etheridge
24. Make Your Love Known My Brother - The O'Neal Twins
Direct from the vaults of the Tulsa Area Music Archives,
Preserving Tulsa's Music History...