Thanks, Jim, so glad you brought this to our attention.
July 08 2009 at 20:27:40 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Karl Malden
Comments: Heard that he has passed.
What a range, but "The Streets of San Francisco" was a good role and brought
Michael Douglas' chops to the forefront.
And his American Express spots for so many years...
I am trying to remember a short-lived but excellent series after that, set
in Pittsburgh and in the steel patch, which Malden played the paterfamilias
in. (That would be "Skag"...webmaster)
Good man - long career - Amen.
July 08 2009 at 16:16:45 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: Sky Sunlight Saxon Email: wilhelmurg at yahoo dot
com Comments: Sky Saxon was a hero of mine, but just as Celine
died the same day as Hemingway (and thus no one took note) Sky's death will
always be overshadowed Michael Jackson dying a few hours later.
However there is a strange connection; I remember Rolling Stone had a "where
are they now" article in the mid-1980s, and they found Sky living in a shack
in Hawaii, still pretty fried as a sixties acid casuality. He had hair to
his waistline and was freaked out that "dog" spelled backward was "God."
He told a story about almost running out of gas and having no money. He had
a copy of "Thriller" with him, but the station attendent only gave him $1
in gas for it.
Even Sky Saxon, one of the hardest rockers from the garage punk era, had
a copy of "Thriller." That says volumes to me.
July 08 2009 at 12:44:48 Name: Erick Topic: KOTV/KWTV Comments: My understanding of the Griffin restructuring
(which is entirely based on heresay and wild predictions) is that all (or
most) personnel matters and general decision-making will be handled in OKC.
Both stations will retain their own on-air staff, with KOTV using KWTV reporters
for reports from the OKC area (which has been done for sometime). Both stations
have shared the same graphics package for at least a year.
In other words, this restructuring is supposed to be seemless to the viewer.
We will see if that remains the case.
July 08 2009 at 12:00:26 Name: Bob Swanson Topic: Tulsa bands of the 60s Email: email@example.com Comments: Yes, you also forgot the great Sky Saxon of the
Seeds, who probably inspired many a Tulsa garage band! (See
GB 293 for discussion and pictures of Tulsa
bands of the 60s.)
July 07 2009 at 20:28:38 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: George Lemaster Comments: Wow!
I met him at KTVY 30 years ago on a switcher demo.
Stuart Odell said George WAS/IS the smartest engineer at KOTV - EVER.
July 07 2009 at 20:20:53 Name: George Lemaster (via email to
webmaster) Topic: Wayne Johnson: KOTV tech / Bob Wills
clarinetist Email: lemaster aht gwmail daht
gwu daht edu Comments: Hi Mike,
I found these old pix and thought you may want to add them to the KOTV page.
Wayne Johnson is the gentleman in the photo.
George Lemaster, Ph.D.
Falls Church, VA.
Thanks, George. You have been spoken highly of here in the past
July 07 2009 at 17:08:31 Name:
Mike Miller Topic: Goodbye Michael Comments: First, Thanks Lee. You are a visionary.
To Scott: This hoopla is probably more than you'd see at a presidential funeral.
However, the best headline I've seen on today's memorial service appeared
on The Drudge Report. Above a photo of Michael Jackson the headline proclaimed:
Never Can Say Goodbye.
Funny how one of his greatest hits really hit the nail on the head. I remember
sitting at a bar next to a man with a very deep voice and listening to that
Jackson Five tune for the first time.
July 07 2009 at 16:35:24 Name: Scott Linder Topic: A dubious "honor" Comments: I must say, I found the "greatest entertainer
who ever lived" remark during the Michael Jackson memorial to be rather
laughable. There are many who rank far above Mr. Jackson in every respect.
I'll excuse this dubious accolade to ignorance, or an attempt to produce
applause and a clean sound bite.
July 07 2009 at 14:44:22 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Yes, Michael Jackson Comments: Imagine how very, very strange it would've
been if Michael Jackson had died somewhere around 2044 (at age 85) enjoying
an iced tea in a hammock on his South Sea island---instead of the way he
did. Hollywood: conquer it they all thought they could.
Del Taco Bueno
July 07 2009 at 11:11:27 Name: Woody Topic: Balls Comments: In the previous post, I meant to say Golf Balls.
As everyone knows, Only Congressmen, Senators, Masters of the Universe and
Bernie Madoff hit Gold Balls.
Stop that laughter!
July 07 2009 at 11:05:26 Name:
Lee Woodward Topic: Errata Email: LeMoatDotCalm Comments: In answer to Mike's queries:
I must admit I don't watch a lot of local, but enough to see no apparent
change. I do watch the very professional Sports Blitz with John Holcomb and
Dean Blevins occasionally.
Yes, Regina is out and the plans for the new KOTV downtown is on hold. She
was talking about a big opening with a bunch of us old timers. By the time
it ever gets built, we may be photos only.Thanks anyway Regina.
That is a poor segue to...
The news that and old friend of us Oldies, John Makar passed away. John was
in Sales at KOTV before founding the very successful "Par-Buster" Gold practice
equipment company. The last time I saw him was at the "Fountains KOTV Reunion."
The Webmeister has a photo of John at that event.
John was a solid citizen in more ways than one. Just like the equipment he
produced. I still hit Gold Balls off the practice mat I have had for over
twenty five years. "Fore"
July 06 2009 at 15:49:12 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: In Search of GOOD Coneys
Comments: A PA friend said if in Scranton, try this joint:
I missed a legendary stand in Charleston, WV on a recent trip thru there.
July 06 2009 at 14:28:01 Name:
Mike Miller Topic: KOTV ??????
Comments: Doesn't anybody watch KOTV anymore? Does it look different
after the news consolidation with KWTV?
Surely Lionel must still watch his old station even while Lee is biking around
I read somewhere that Regina Moon was out. Anybody else?
July 06 2009 at 14:01:26 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: McNamara Comments: Robert S. McNamara, the cerebral secretary
of defense vilified for his role in escalating the Vietnam War, a disastrous
conflict he later denounced as "terribly wrong," died Monday. He was 93.
I used to see him on the Metro when I worked nights in DC about 10 years
ago. He was going home from his DC office or back to write after dinner.
This was circa "The Fog of War" time, I guess...
Folks forget that he ran Ford before being tapped by JFK.
July 06 2009 at 09:13:14 Name: Lani Brown Giese Topic: re: Your dad Jim Ransom Email: im4crooozn at my warped drive
online doht comm Comments: Dear Mike,
My heartfelt condolences to you and your family...
I'm sure your dad was really proud of your contribution to the Memories of
Tulsa Past, and proud of all your siblings and their endeavors.
I'm sorry I didn't see this sooner, I spent half of June in T Town and Dallas.
Sincerely from both me and my brother Jesse, Lanette
Thank you, Lani and Jesse. I appreciate it.
July 04 2009 at 19:24:41 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Samuel L. Jacksonese
Comments: Oh no, Webmaestro. I saw Samuel L. Jackson in "Pulp
Fiction." His lines in that unforgettable movie prove that what Mr. Jackson
actually said on the TV soundtrack of "Snakes on a Plane" was: "mundane flirting"
(followed by) "mocha flowing." He said it over and over again to John Travolta.
I heard it.
Loopin' the loop in Arnoldzburg, I remain, Del in Cal
July 04 2009 at 16:38:33 Name: Webmaster Topic: Run this one up the flagpole Comments:
Samuel L. Jackson's famous line from "Snakes on a Plane", edited for TV:
Safe for work; safe for home; safe for children; safe as milk
July 04 2009 at 15:22:42 Name:
Mike Miller Topic: And they shall be one! Comments: Does anyone have any updates on how Griffin
Communications has restructured KOTV and KWTV to combine the Tulsa and Oklahoma
City news operations?
Several months ago, there was a report here about Griffin combining the two
news operations. Anyone know how that's working out?
I live in Fleming Island, Florida, (formerly a part of Orange Park), and
combined news operations have become the norm in the Jacksonville area. I
had an earlier post about the local NBC station simulcasting its newscasts
on the ABC station. (Same program at the same time, but not always precisely
because of the unpredictable nature of sports programs.)
Now the local CBS and Fox stations are doing the same thing. However, because
Fox runs its late news an hour earlier (10 p.m. EDT) the newscasts are not
simulcasts. Fox has no early cast. All the stations run separate promos with
different call letters, but other than that, the reporters and anchor people
are the same. Jacksonville also has an independent channel 4, producing a
local newscasts equal to the others. It seems criminal that all the local
news is crime news.
Also, because of the economic slump, Jones College Radio, WKTZ 90.9 FM (a
good music, non-commercial station that began broadcasting in 1964 has begun
running commercials! According to their website, contributions last month
from listeners totaled only $2000 or about 3 cents a listener. Without the
addition of commercials, the station says it would go silent. Where will
it all end?
(Footnote: Jones College should not be confused with Bob Jones University
in South Carolina). Was that thunder?
July 03 2009 at 17:28:47 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Recovering from shock Comments: On a news package a few moments ago, I saw
someone put ketchup and "relish" on what they were calling a "hot dog". Good
Lord, what were they thinking? I almost passed-out.
July 02 2009 at 05:30:35 Name: Joe C Topic: Paul Newsom Email: Joetul ta xoc.ten Comments: Paul Newsom, outdoors TV personality and on air
for ONG, Jim Glover, Automax died Tuesday after battling cancer.
July 01 2009 at 15:37:23 Name: Dave Topic: Mladen Sekulovich
Comments: Mladen Sekulovich was the original birth name of the
Serbian-descended Karl Malden, who was 97. 97? I had no idea. But I should
have, as he seemed to be around forever. Fascinating obit in the Washington
Post at http://tinyurl.com/kq7jx6
July 01 2009 at 14:45:15 Name: Scott Linder Topic: The growing list of those to
remember Comments: Sadly, we must now add actor Karl Malden to
the list of those we remember.
June 30 2009 at 16:25:55 Name: Scott Linder Topic: The Michael Jackson Circus
Comments: As more "important news" breaks here in LaLaLand, I
have received six phone calls to do audio for news coverage of the Michael
Jackson Circus at various locations.
I'll pass... I'm too old and cranky to do 24-hour shifts with MW or up-link
crews, they won't pay my rate, and I just refuse to contribute to this sort
of "news gathering".
I'm glad I'm old.
June 30 2009 at 15:58:43 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: New Title at Comedy Central? Comments: My goodness, I've just discovered that if Stephen
Colbert's first name were Robert, he could call his show "The Roberrr Colberr
More important news after this breaking story from Encino.
June 30 2009 at 08:54:05 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: That downtown Tulsa movie set
Comments: I think they need to bring in the WOODWARD BROTHERS
as background players to look more "Texian".
June 30 2009 at 06:29:53 Name: Wesley Topic: Soundtrack and 2 sell homes
I was being facetious. I realize they are in fact not one and the same person.
My comments were an observation on their similarities regarding how they
June 29 2009 at 22:31:09 Name: Gary Chew Topic: It's a Barnum 'n' Bailey world
Comments: If any can get a count on it, please let me know how
many rings there are in the Michael Jackson Circus now going on down in La
The 'grieving father' clip was very touching. How can I say it? Oh yes...
"Just as phony as it can be...."
June 29 2009 at 14:03:38 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Sorry... Comments: I am so sorry for the omission. Thanks for
June 29 2009 at 14:00:10 Name: Steve Smith Topic: You forgot one, Grasshopper
Comments: Do not omit David Carradine or you will be forced to
walk the rice paper without leaving a trace!
June 29 2009 at 13:54:10 Name: Scott Linder Topic: In remembrance of June 2009 Comments: In remembrance of June, 2009:
Please remember them in your thoughts, and feel blessed and thankful if they
touched your life in some way.
June 29 2009 at 11:46:15 Name: Webmaster Topic: Movie being shot downtown today w/Jessica
Alba, Casey Affleck Comments: See this article in the
June 29 2009 at 11:43:06 Name: Erick Topic: Linda Soundtrak
Comments: A minor correction to a previous entry, Linda Soundtrak
and Paulette Kingston (of 1-800-2-Sell-Homes) are NOT the same person. My
mother has known Paulette Kingston for years, and I remember what she looked
like in the 1980's. They aren't the same, but I can see somewhat of a
I believe Linda Soundtrak's real first name is indeed Linda, and I think
she lives in Alabama now, per an entry (purported to be from her) in a previous
groupblog on this site.
Watch Linda Soundtrak video on the KOKI
page. She is not Paulette, and she is living and working in Birmingham
June 29 2009 at 10:38:05 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Fred Travalena
Comments: Impressionist Fred Travalena, a headliner in Vegas showrooms
and a regular on late-night talk shows with his takes on presidents, crooners
and screen stars, has died in Los Angeles. He was 66. Travalena died Sunday
at his home in the Encino area after a recurrence of the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
that first surfaced in 2002.
Travalena was known for the sheer volume of celebrities he imitated, leading
to the nicknames "The Man of a Thousand Voices" and "Mr. Everybody."
Didn't he have a Branson show at one time??? I think he appeared on a couple
of Oral Roberts's Tulsa TV shows, too.
I'm sorry to hear it. I saw him in person on "Super Password" with Audrey
Landers and host Bert Convy back in 1986 on a visit to L.A.
June 28 2009 at 23:52:21 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Billy Mays' Demise Comments: I noticed on the CBS Sunday Evening News (with
ex-NBC-er Chip Reid, BTW)a video of Mays YESTERDAY talking about hitting
his head in a rough landing of a small jet, I think it was. It happened in
Tampa. He told the reporter that he was all right. He did rub his head as
he spoke about it, however. Kind of weird to see a video of a guy from yesterday
who passed in a few more hour's time.
June 28 2009 at 19:33:42 Name: Wesley Topic: Famous TV pitchmen Comments: Considering famous TV pitchpeople (annoying)
and their craft, after having given the matter much though and subjected
all the available date through our massive computer banks* I have concluded
Linda Soundtrack and Paulette Kingston (1 800 2Sell homes) are in fact one
and the same person!
Sad but true.
* Ok, so our computer banks are an antiquated Packard Bell Pentium I @ 75
Mhz with 8MB of memory and running Windows 95. . . . It was either that or
the old TRS-80 Model 4 with 64k of memory and a Z-80 Chip at 4 Mhz. (hey
now, there was a time when these boatanchors really were considered
June 28 2009 at 16:47:54 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Our favorite, or most annoying
Comments: The demise of Billy Mays got me to thinking about the
art and craft of the pitchman. I saw and heard many pitches during my time
with "Holiday On Ice" back in the late 60s when the show played State Fair
Between matinee and evening ice show performances I would often cruise the
midway... my favorite was Royal American Shows. It was very clean and classy,
and potential vendors waited for years to get a spot. I would usually grab
some good midway food and check-out the pitches and the fascinating men and
women who hawked the booths.
As I reflect on those who now do this sort of thing on television, it's
interesting that the late Billy Mays appeared to develop his own style that
did not seem to reflect his past experiences, as often touted. His pitch
was more straight-forward, and did not ring of the slick patter or skill
of those who came before him. None the less, his style made him millions
in the past few years.
Actually, the spots or infomercials that now feature "Cousin" Arnold Morris,
"Chef" Tony Nataro and Vince "Shamwow" Offer are much more polished, and
hark back to the style and expertise of the rapid-fire midway hawker that
I always enjoyed.
Even if you have no interest in a knife, towel, or other stuff it's interesting
to study the art of the pitch.
Ed McMahon started as a pitchman on the Atlantic City, N.J. boardwalk,
as did Ron Popeil.
June 28 2009 at 13:55:35 Name: Dana LeMoine Topic: Billy Mays Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Let's hope the late night "comedians" can resist
making light of Billy's passing. It won't surprise me if they do,
June 28 2009 at 11:03:47 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Billy Mays
Comments: Television pitchman Billy Mays was found dead this morning
at his home in Florida. He was 50.
What a week...
June 27 2009 at 14:11:20 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Ed McMahon
Comments: Just a note about Ed McMahon. Years ago I shot some
wrap-arounds and a feature piece with him for the Tonight Show. It took place
in a suite at the Beverly Hilton. I believe it was a spoof for Johnny Carson's
birthday, or some such.
Ed was a very nice man and very easy-going, but he was not interested in
doing a lot of takes, and did not suffer fools lightly. He was very professional
and expected everyone to be the same. As I recall, we did it in two takes
with a couple of VO pickups.
Ed thanked us and treated all of us to lunch in the dining room down by the
pool. What a nice guy.
June 26 2009 at 23:36:00 Name: Mike Bruchas (via email to webmaster) Topic: Ed McMahon Comments: Don Lundy reminded me that Ed McMahon started
the trifecta of those passing this week with Farrah and Michael Jackson following
him off this mortal whatever.
All worked in TV, spanning about 50 years... all had financial trouble, too.
I remember Ed as the boss in the original "Fun With Dick and Jane" movie.
Future Tonight Show host Jay Leno had an uncredited role in that 1977
Ed was such a perfect foil for Johnny Carson. He was doing far better
financially than Johnny for much of the time of their association, a vein
of comedy that Johnny seemed to enjoy working.
June 26 2009 at 23:03:31 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Elvis and Michael
Comments: Ode to Elvis and Michael
All that glitters is not golden,
Especially in California
Alas, Michael Jackson's Holmby Hills pad
Must surely have been a Heartbreak Hotel
Capes, glitter, caricatures of themselves:
Icons sputter and fall
Ali G. advises, "Keep It Real"
There in his Put-On Reality
June 26 2009 at 22:01:52 Name: Larry Strain Topic: Coming Back Email: email@example.com Comments: Hi guys. Haven't been here in some time now. But
I still see so many of my old friends from KVOO, KRMG, KRAV.
I was also surprised to see how many of us old timers have passed on.
I'm still alive and kicking, living in the Orlando Florida area now. As you
can tell from my email address, still involved in aviation after retiring
from American Airlines after 35 years.
My old announcing skills still come into play as I among one of about 6
professional air show announcers in the U.S. Fact is, I'm writing this from
Helena, MT. after just completing a show with the Thunderbirds.
Jim Hartz, did you ever write that book about 911?
I see Mike MIller is still up and taking nourishment as well as several others
who remember the Akdar Shrine Building and the Philtower.
Looking forward to catching up on some of my old friends.
June 26 2009 at 13:01:41 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Analog TV Quirkiness
Comments: Got this from my brother Alan in Wichita, today: "My
little handheld Casio pocket TV picks up a UHF station out of OKC,
KSBI-TV Channel 52!"
June 26 2009 at 11:44:50 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Coping with the new generation
Comments: Mike, I completely understand your reaction to your
young Final Cut instructor's comments. I experience this sort of thing on
a daily basis. The new generation of "producers" and others often do not
appear to have any knowledge of the methods and language of television
I understand that the tools have changed, but technology means nothing without
a firm understanding of how the process works and how it evolved. I have
spent countless hours explaining how to accomplish the most basic production
sound tasks to a gaggle of clueless youngsters who make more money in one
episode than I make in a year.
I'm always happy to share my experience and to do what must be done to produce
quality results, but I don't appreciate the "attitude" and lack of interest
in the methods and language that make it all work.
By the way, I did send my resume to the little boy who asked for it. My first
listed credit was for a series I did twenty years before he was born.
Yes, I work union. Always have, always will!!
June 26 2009 at 09:51:10 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: To Scott L out in LaLaLand Comments: Resume: just give out a list of shows that
you have worked on; is this a non-union gig?
I am trying to learn Final Cuts Pro editing (for free) at VA Tech this week
and my teaching support by summer lab folks has been near minimal. I am learning
how NOT to edit Avid style.
If I ask about stuff, they reach over and go dat dat dat on the keyboard
and say "that's how it is done" and walk away.
I was told by one, "we don't use that old TV talk or those terms any more".
I wanna say, whaaaaat? Then realize that this is the "computer generation".
I hate to tell my connection here that 3/4 of his paid summer staff is not
helping us, as is their mission here.
BTW, schools rent on-line tutorial time and VA Tech does NOT rent the services
in summer. My loss.
June 26 2009 at 00:03:53 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: New Iraq Film Comments: In early September of 2007, I posted a film
review on this site of a film called "In the Valley
of Elah." Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron and Susan Sarandon are in
it. Jones got an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in 2008, but didn't win.
The film was pretty much overlooked, otherwise. It didn't do well at the
box office and sort of slipped off any radar that it might have been on soon
after its release.
Now, we've got another movie starting to makes some rounds that comes from
a novel by the same guy who wrote the magazine article from which the "Valley
of Elah" came. The author's name is Mark Boal. The new film is, "The Hurt
Locker." I've heard it may be the best of all feature films of the current
Iraq War and Occupation. I mentioned in my "Valley of Elah" review (on this
site) that "The Hurt Locker" would be coming out in 2008.
Here we are midway through 2009 and some reviews are now starting to crop
up about "The Hurt Locker." I hope I'll be able to get to a screening of
it soon, for if it's any better than "Valley of Elah," it likely will be
knocking off a lot of socks.
A guy born in Modesto, CA (just a stone's throw or so down the freeway from
me) has the lead, along with Aussie/Brit Guy Pearce and Brit Ralph Fiennes.
A woman named Kathryn Bigelow is the director. The trailer indicates the
film is about an American GI who defuses bombs in Iraq. Move over "English
I look to be posting a review of the film soon, here, but don't hold your
breath. Movies like this, which lay it all out in no uncertain terms (like
"Elah"), sometimes have a way of stalling out somewhere between second and
June 25 2009 at 12:10:02 Name: Webmaster Topic: Tulsa Book Blog Comments:
I just listened to Jeff's commentary on KWGS about VHS tapes. He may also
be the second coming of 80s NPR pundit Ian Shoales. Heavy freight to carry.
I think Jeff is more than up to the task.
June 25 2009 at 11:54:05 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Farrah Fawcett Comments: Word just moved on the wires and web: Farrah
is dead from cancer.
I never heard of her except for a swimsuit poster till Charlie's Angels,
which started to air on KTUL when I was there.
June 25 2009 at 11:30:55 Name: Webmaster Topic: Shorts Day on Brookside and more Comments:
Great Beryl Ford pix of the Brookside Coliseum roller rink, Brookside, and
other 50s and 60s Tulsa shopping centers at Tulsa Gal's Blog today:
June 25 2009 at 01:44:48 Name: Bethany Carter Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Not sure if this is a good place to post this, but
this is a very nice site. I look forward to further updates, and hope to
be contributing in the future myself.
Thank you, Bethany.
June 24 2009 at 23:25:34 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Victor Gischler Comments: Former Okie and Osage County resident AND
pulp/noir/mystery author Victor Gischler has a blog on his new works:
Escaped Osage County for the milder, cooler haze of Baton Rouge. His new
series is set in OK with not the luckiest deputy.
June 24 2009 at 20:44:16 Name: Webmaster Topic: Star Trek in Tulsa this weekend Comments:
This weekend in Tulsa: Trek
Expo 2009 with Leonard Nimoy, Avery Brooks, Marina Sirtis, John DeLancie,
Denise Crosby, and Phil Morris.
Phil is the son of TV "Mission: Impossible" star Greg Morris, and an extremely
funny actor. On "Seinfeld", he played "Jackie Chiles", a spoof of real-life
lawyer Johnnie Cochran. Phillip Morris, like the cigarette? His dad must
have had a sense of humor, too.
(According to Wikipedia, Greg Morris disliked the film version of Mission:
Impossible so much that he left the theater early. He might have liked
my review of MI1.)
Here again is Gary Chew's review of the recent
"Star Trek" movie, which includes
links to other Trek-related content on TTM.
June 24 2009 at 20:02:09 Name: Webmaster Topic: Previous GroupBlog link Comments: