"Three students were sent to the principal's office when they appeared to
be high on drugs or alcohol in March, said Mustang School District Superintendent
Bonnie Lightfoot. She said the kids explained that they had tried something
"Young people plug into i-dosers through putting on headphones and downloading
music and tones that create a supposed drug-like euphoria."
The reader comments with this story are "highly" entertaining.
The editor of the now-defunct Tulsa Tribune would likely feel vindicated.
See his 1979 editorial, "Knocking the rock".
Here's the video scare story. We could use another
Martin Gardner in Oklahoma about now.
July 23 2010 at 15:42:49 Name:
Jim Ruddle Topic: Daniel Schorr
Comments: A sidebar on Dan Schorr.
When I was teaching at the University of South Florida--and moonlighting
in the daylight at WTVT--I became friends with the artist in residence, Jacques
Abram, a gifted pianist.
Jacques was born in Texas, but his early musical promise led him to the Curtis
Institute, then Julliard. He was on his way to prominence in the late 'thirties
and then the war came along. He was stationed at San Antonio in a Special
Services unit where, one day, a young fellow he had known in New York showed
up begging him to get him into Special Services, otherwise, he'd become just
another doggie in the Army and have to go to war.
Jacques pulled a couple of strings and got the lad into the unit and time
Abram told me this personally.
The young man was Dan Schorr. In his autobiography, Schorr mentions this
incident, but puts a different spin on it, as one might expect. I met Schorr
at Abram's house one night, in Tampa, and when the subject came up, he changed
Schorr also got Marvin Kalb his start in the newsbiz. Kalb was studying things
Russian in Moscow and Schorr was desperately trying to get out of the Moscow
assignment. He lobbied New York to assign Kalb--who had no journalistic or
broadcast background, but the Russian stuff got him the job and Schorr got
out of Dodge. This was according to what Schorr told me.
July 23 2010 at 12:22:54 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Daniel Schorr's Passing Email: Northeast of Eden Comments: A toast to a real journalist, of which there are
fewer these days. Mr.Schorr, fortunately, was able to continue at NPR following
his not so halcyon days at CBS News. Dan was on the CBS News Labor beat.
You may ask, what's that?, these days. And don't forget the "Pentagon Papers"
row. Daniel Schorr is at least a 1000 light years on towards being a paragon
in journalism as any of the Breitbarts of this world. RIP, Mr. Schorr.
July 23 2010 at 11:52:45 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Daniel Schorr Comments: Long time CBS reporter, early CNN reporter//analyst
and NPR news analyst, Daniel Schorr died this morning.
July 22 2010 at 22:47:32 Name: John K. Young Topic: Re: KELi Anniversary Show Email:
johnk662561atyahoodotcom Comments: I cross posted the pertinent details over on my
Facebook account regarding the show so that more folks could attend. I know
a lot of Kellyville and Sapulpa High graduates who were devoted KELi listeners
over the years. Plus, I figured the extra promtion couldn't hurt. :) I hope
the show is a big success and that something similar can be done for KAKC
July 22 2010 at 04:28:53 Name: Rose Bowl Bunker Commander Topic: S.E. Hinton Comments: Happy 60th birthday to S. E. Hinton, Tulsa's
July 21 2010 at 23:36:19 Name: Gene Savage Topic: 14K / 92K (KELi) Anniversary Email: inbox at blacklightradio
dot com Comments: This year marks the 25th anniversary of the last
top 40 record played on AM 1430, KELi.
In previous postings, I said 14K & 92K signed off at noon on Saturday,
August 17th, 1985. Mel Myers, program & midday jock on 92K challenged
me on that "fact" this year, and indeed a forecast from an aircheck from
the night before has confirmed: 14K & 92K signed off at noon on FRIDAY,
August 16TH, 1985. I've gotten that wrong for (mumble) years!
In working up the 25th anniversary tribute netcast, I've decided to move
the annual celebration to the launch date of 14K: August 24th. (A Tulsa Tribune
article I have a copy of says they will launch Wednesday, August 24th at
I'll start at midnight east coast time (11pm Tulsa time) and stream airchecks,
music & memories from the two years KELi briefly returned to its previous
top 40 / hot hits / rock of Tulsa glory. The tribute will end at midnight
east coast time (2am Tulsa time) so... yeah, it will run 28 hours total.
It is free to listen & no log-in is required. If you've never visited
the site before, it will ask you if you are on a "high" or "low" connection.
Say "high." (The stream is 96kbps, so you WILL need a broadband connection
like a cable modem, DSL or satellite to listen without hiccups.)
The URL of the station is
BlackLightRadio.com. When you
get there, click the big purple play symbol in the upper left-hand corner.
When we're not "14K For A Day," we're streaming the top pop hits from 1980
to 1989 (a format change as of January 2010, from free-form).
P.S. - If you have ANY airchecks from 14K or 92K, no matter how short, no
matter how bad the sound quality, I'd really, REALLY like to get a copy!
They're not making those broadcasts anymore, ya know? ;-)
July 18 2010 at 09:04:31 Name: Webmaster Topic: Robert Plant in Tulsa Comments:
We caught Robert Plant and the Band of Joy at the Brady Theater on Friday.
"Band of Joy" was the name of the group he was in with John Bonham prior
to Led Zeppelin, and now the band name is back, though with a different lineup
The opening act said they had Tulsa relatives present at the show. They are
extremely talented and got a big response from the audience. Jen said of
"Opening act the North Mississippi Allstars Duo LuCo (brothers Luther and
Cody Dickinson) rumbled and wailed through a set of up-tempo, bluesy, rocky,
jam-infused Americana -- the pair as drummer-keyboardist and guitarist, mixing
vocal harmonies with finger slide and staccato rhythm."
July 16 2010 at 23:13:36 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Ooops...
Comments: Sorry - had NOT read the post about Ross, Gerry and
George being let go.
July 16 2010 at 23:09:49 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: OETA news team Comments: Say hey to Ross Dixon and make him wiggle his
Gerry Bonds was Gerry Harris in 1985 at KOCO-TV. I believe that her ex-husband
had been a producer/director somewhere else, and then news management kind
of intimated that "we" KOCO directors might easily be replaced - but it never
July 15 2010 at 13:45:45 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Master of Space 'n' Time Email: Northeast of Eden Comments:
Checking out the Leon dude in downtown Sacramento tonight.
Full report to follow. I'll see if I can get him to talk.
July 13 2010 at 07:35:43 Name:
Tomek Topic: OETA Anchors Email: mranch at cox dot net Comments: My thanks to Jeff who emailed in, TTM's webmaster
and others who wrote in with comments and thoughts
concerning the end of the "traditional newscast" on OETA.
Followers of this fine website can get a good "feel" for what really happened
in stories that appeared in the
Gazette. Both are still available online. Both carry the sentiments of
Gerry, Ross and me.
I will be active in the media and on radio and TV (see
like I was before OETA called me in late 2006 and asked me about coming back
to do some news again.
We had some nice shots taken of us on the news set after our last "Oklahoma
News Report" on June 30. I'm sending one separately for the TTM website.
Ross Dixon, Gerry Bonds, George Tomek on ONR News Desk 30 June
There is a nice comment about George by 'scottokie' in the entry about
the OETA changes on the irreverent blog,
July 11 2010 at 22:58:17 Name: Jan LeMoine Topic: Quotations postcard Email: ok_lemoine at yahoo dot
com Comments: I knew someone would happen along at TTM who knew
the kids on The Quotations postcard! One of the things I love about Tulsa
TV Memories ;)
July 10 2010 at 20:33:45 Name:
Jim Ruddle Topic: Bill Minshall / Greg Chancellor Comments: Frank Morrow is correct in his remarks about
Bill Minshall who, like me, had the problem of having a name that was close
to another, more familiar, one. He got "Mitchell" all the time; I got "Ruggles."
He was intense about his work--not a bad thing--but was a casual, laid back
sort when not under the gun. Red-faced and smiling is how I remember him.
He came along at KOME as the old guard was beginning to move on:Ken Klein
went to WjZ, in Detroit, Wally Iams went someplace, Greg Chancellor went
to Colorado. Dick Campbell, of course, stayed in town.
Chancellor was just a trip. One evening he was doing the six o'clock news
and, as happens for no good or apparent reason, kicked every third word.
I've done it and most of the other talkers have done it. But Greg was
After booting something else, he stated clearly and authoritatively into
the microphone: "There'll be an English translation of this newscast at ten
July 10 2010 at 17:35:34 Name: David Bagsby Topic: Animations
Comments: Saw a few of these in the movie Fantastic Animation
Festival years ago...Closed Mondays - blabbermouth computer!
July 10 2010 at 08:38:15 Name: Webmaster Topic: "Viva Tirado"
Just thought of this: I hadn't heard this surprisingly jazzy tune by
El Chicano (Wikipedia)
since it was a Top 40 hit in 1970:
July 09 2010 at 23:02:30 Name: Jim Cripps Topic: Animated Shorts - OETA Email: jimcripps atcha yahoo.com Comments: I was spurred lately to look up old animated shorts
/ films / cartoons and such, that were played on OETA in the late Seventies,
maybe into the early '80s, between such shows as Dr. Who and Monty Python's
Flying Circus, and whatever was on before them. I looked forward to these
all the time, and have managed to find a few online, except for a few. I'd
like to show some links here, and ask if anyone remembers the ones I couldn't
"Bambi Meets Godzilla" 1969 - Probably the most popular, and very simple.
"Special Delivery" 1978 - I still think it's strange.
"Sisyphus" 1974 - I'm not too sure if this ever aired on PBS, but it's still
"The Concert" 1974 - One of my favs; a man holds a concert on a pedestrian
crosswalk behind Royal Albert Hall!
"The Giving Tree" 1973 - Everyone's favorite!
"Icarus" 1974 - A claymation film. Great storytelling.
"Closed Mondays" 1974 - This one scared me when I first saw, which was probably
"Make Me Psychic" 1978 - Very trippy!!
Maybe I'll post what I couldn't find, later. Thanks for reading/watching.
Comment as always!
July 09 2010 at 15:29:24 Name: Teb Blackwell Topic: Quotations Pic Email: tebii at comcast dot net Comments: For the record, the Quotations pictured on their
postcard are Rodney Salmon (lead), Kenny Sigmon (drums), Steve Jones (rhythm)
and Jim Williamson (bass).
July 09 2010 at 11:45:24 Name: Webmaster Topic: Good news in OK politics Comments:
Paul Nosak, whose local TV show about tree service I reviewed in
GB 272, has thrown his beaver-skin cap into
the ring for Lt. Governor. This is the best news I've heard about that office
since "The man with two first names", Spencer Bernard, held it!
Sorry I haven't done much here lately. I just took my networking midterm
(100%) and am studying while also working full-time. At least TTM readers
and Mr. Chew are keeping the place moving. The semester ends late this month.
July 07 2010 at 17:29:39 Name:
Morrow Topic: Bill Minshall Email:
frankdotmorrow@coxdotnet Comments: Bill Minshall was a prominent radio announcer in
the late 1940s and 1950s at KRMG. He later became a salesman at the station,
and I think he also became head of the sales department at the station.
He had an evening disk jockey program on the station, playing mostly soft
music that coincided well with his dulcet voice. When he was doing his
open-microphone sections, he always had soft harp music playing in the
He was very active when he was a student on the TU campus. He was an stage
actor and was a significant person in the foundation and development of the
Kappa Sigma chapter after the war. He also directed the Kappa Sig presentation
for the campus Singphony where all the sororities and fraternities sang songs
in an annual competition.
The first K-Sig rush party I went to got off to a very impressive start.
They knew that I was wanting to become a radio announcer and had won the
full, four-year KVOO radio scholarship. So, who picked me up at my home?
Bill Minshall and Donna Briggs--a stunning woman who was third runner-up
in the Miss America pageant and current Kappa Sigma Sweetheart. I thought
to myself, "They really want my ole bony butt."
July 06 2010 at 22:48:34 Name: Kathy Topic: The Quotations postcard on Ebay Email: Okiemom50@hotmail.com Comments: I noticed an old
Quotations postcard on your site(GB 311) 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! :)
Courtesy of J. LeMoine
July 06 2010 at 17:52:07 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Lindsay Lohan
Comments: Wow! Lindsay Lohan: TO THE JOINT. Wonder whose b*#ch
she'll be. Just think how tix sales will go for her next flick. A review
of it is a must, even if it's like her other films. Hollywood HAS GOT IT
July 05 2010 at 19:19:08 Name: John K. Young Topic: Italian Inn Cheese Spread/Dip Email:
johnk662561atyahoodotcom Comments: Just wanted to let y'all know...I made this over
the weekend and it's STILL as awesome as I remember! Thanks for
sharing the recipe! (in GB 270, plus photo of
Italian Inn) This is gonna be on near constant rotation at the Young
July 05 2010 at 16:38:50 Name: Scott Linder Topic: OETA and other PBS outlets....
Comments: Yep, it's not a good time for any PBS outlet. KCET here
in Tinsel Town runs their beg-a-thon pretty much every month of the year.
You'd think that Nancy Pelosi and some of those other big Democrat spenders
could send a few bucks to public broadcasting, wouldn't you?
July 05 2010 at 15:03:39 Name: Tulsa Area Music Archives Topic: Leon @ Willie's Email: info at preservemusic dot
org Comments: In case you missed it here's Leon's set. They didn't
mix his vocal in until about 7 minutes into the set. Jack Wessel, Leon's
bass player, told me afterwards that it was a typical sound mix for a Willie
Picnic - awful!
Kudos to Chris Simmons, Leon's guitar player, who does the vocals and slide
guitar on the blues tune. Enjoy.
July 04 2010 at 22:29:29 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Leon Does Austin
Comments: Leon just finished a 25 minute set down at Willie's
4th of July bash in Austin. Others I heard on the all day fest went about
the same length. Two stand outs were Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven"
and Leon's own "A Song For You." Only problem I had was that the radio/pa
folks didn't have Leon's mic up at the top of the set. Live radio! Hmmm,
What's that? Leon's due in Sacramento 7/15. I've got a front row seat and
will have a report for Russell junkies every wherever they may be. Willie's
July 04 2010 at 14:28:46 Name: Kim Davis Topic: Noel Confer Email: taxlady3 at hotmail dot
com Comments: Mike,
I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. I've been trying to locate him to let
him know that my mom, Sue White, died March 20 this year (2010). She and
my dad, Morrel Clute were good friends of Noel's when they all worked at
KFMB in San Diego. My mom worked briefly in radio there, then moved on to
become the co-hostess of the OTHER Sunup in San Diego with Bob Mills. Wow,
it really is a small world, isn't it?
My folks retired to Mexico in 1976 and didn't keep in touch with many people
from the TV/radio world. Apparently your dad was one they did, however. I
found his Brawley address and phone in Mom's phone book.
I remember your dad with great fondness. He was a frequent guest at our house,
and I remember deciding (I think I was 6 or 7) that I was going to marry
him when I grew up! This was because he was always so sweet to me, and paid
more attention to a little girl than most of my parents' friends did. Two
Gun Noel Kelly was MY friend, too!
I'm so very sorry to hear he is gone, and sorry I didn't get a chance to
talk to him. I know how much you miss him - we're missing my mom, too.
Kim Davis in Lake Elsinore, CA
July 04 2010 at 11:17:57 Name: Frank Morrow Topic: Minshall Email:
frankdotmorrow@coxdotnet Comments: Bill Minshall, former KRMG announcer and sales manager
died. His obit is into today's Tulsa World.
July 03 2010 at 18:58:48 Name: Collinsville Rick Topic: Oklahoma Bound Email: clarkrick at yahoo Comments: The world premiere of O B was held at the now-closed
Crown theater on Main Street Collinsville (1982?). It was then shown at the
theater around 86th & Lewis.
I worked as an extra, gofer, flunky, mechanic, chauffer, propman, etc during
the entire process. Some of the scenes were filmed on my family's properties.
The man behind this cinematic masterpiece? Pat (Clint) Poole. At the time
he was a VP of the American Exchange bank (now RCB) in Collinsville. A heck
of a nice guy. Don`t know what ever happened to him.
His right hand man was a guy named Randy Kelly from Sand Springs.
I have a VHS copy somewhere. Doubt it`ll make a BluRay release. Hope this
July 03 2010 at 09:46:47 Name: MovieOkie Topic: Thanks, Erick
Comments: Thanks for the movie website, I knew I wasn't crazy
but I haven't been able to find anything on the movie. I remember when it
came out and played literally a week and was gone.
I can't find any posters, pressbook, a print of the film or any information
on it at all.
July 01 2010 at 18:36:50 Name: Gary Chew Somemore Topic: "Oklahoma Bound" Not Found
Comments: In response to Okie Movie Dude: I checked out IMDb online
for the movie mentioned, "Oklahoma Bound." I got nothin'.
July 01 2010 at 18:33:11 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Leon 'n' Willie
Comments: Here's something off the Sirius/XM sked for this Sunday.
Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic
Sun 7/4 1:00 pm ET
Willie's having his annual 4th of July Picnic at The Backyard in Bee Cave,
outside Austin. In addition to a performance from Willie & Family, the
star-spangled lineup includes Willie's longtime friends: Leon Russell and
Asleep at the Wheel. (All you have to do is find someone with an Sirius/XM
Satellite Radio to invite to your 4th of July picnic!)
July 01 2010 at 10:46:48 Name: MovieOkie Topic: 80's Flick Email: email@example.com Comments: does anyone remember an early 80's movie that was
filmed around Tulsa and Skiatook in 81 or 82 called "Oklahoma Bound"?
June 30 2010 at 12:53:09 Name: Jim Cripps Topic: OETA and Oysters Email: jimcripps * yahoo.com Comments: I remember S&J's now, but never went there!
Poor OETA. Maybe not a good time to change valuable assets.
June 30 2010 at 10:11:04 Name: Jeff Topic: OETA lays off anchors Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: So this is what you get when the Republican-controlled
state ledge makes tax cuts for the ones that don't need tax cuts the main
object of their so-called form of government...
Our good friend here at TTM, George Tomek,
was one of those anchors. This is very unfortunate for the viewers.
June 29 2010 at 05:24:47 Name: Rose Bowl Bunker Commander Topic: Email: Earl Clark Comments: One of Tulsa's great contributors to jazz died last
night: Earl Clark, gone too soon at 58. Thanks for so many beautiful moments.
June 28 2010 at 17:07:00 Name: George Vreeland Hill Topic: From George Vreeland Hill Email: email@example.com Comments: What a good site this is.
There must be a lot of wonderful memories for a lot of people.
George Vreeland Hill
June 25 2010 at 06:58:05 Name: Mitch Gray Topic: Phone Food Email: North Of You Comments: My first real job (aside from mowing and shining
shoes) was flipping burgers at Big Mike's. I was paid a handsome sum of $1.60
an hour. The first real keyboard player I ever performed with was Jon Glazer
back in 1971.
There's your 6 degrees.
So Jon? Will you be involved in the Judds reunion tour? I hope all is well
June 25 2010 at 00:41:56 Name: Jon Glazer Topic: Phone-in burger joints and more Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: I, too, loved the burgers at Ma Bell's AND King's...
although, being a child, was probably more impressed by the phones. :-) If
it hasn't already been posted here, Tulsa's ORIGINAL indoor phone-in restaurant
was Big Mike's, in Southland.
Question: Does anyone have a picture of S & J Oyster Bar's signage (any
As it happens, I took some would-be arty shots of the rotating S &
J neon sign in the mid-1980s, but they are on slide film. I'll see if I can
scan them using a slide holder.
June 24 2010 at 17:23:50 Name: Rick M Topic: Italian Inn Comments: I know the Italian Inn and their renowned cheese
dip have come up in conversation here a few times. Let me tell you it's easy
to make it and it's just like I remember! First
here and get her recipe.
I was given a signed copy for Christmas in 2007. The first thing I did was
look it up. But I never knew exactly what the main ingredient was or where
to get it. Well it's in your local Wal-Mart deli cheese section. Look for
Merkt's Sharp Cheddar Cheese Spread in a 14 oz. tub (you will need 2).
The salad dressing is your choice Miracle Whip/mayo. The rest is
self-explanatory. I must give credit to my cousin who figured this out and
shared with me. However, she and I both agree there is a typo for the amount
of garlic powder. We both use a tsp and NOT tbs like it is printed in the
paper and book.
Our memories go back to the little house on Main
Street as kids. I felt others who remembered might like knowing how easy
it is to make, too.
June 21 2010 at 22:33:20 Name: roy lee Topic: Bill's Jumbo Email:
royleeeeeshouseatgeemail.commm Comments: Had a Bill's Jumbo a couple of days ago. Still solid!
Not one thing has changed.
June 20 2010 at 02:26:05 Name: Michael Bates Topic: Television Production Music Museum Comments: It's not Tulsa-specific of course, but the
website of the Television Production Music Museum is bound to stir some TV
Hundreds, possibly thousands, of theme songs and incidental music, mostly
from the US, but some from other countries as well.
June 20 2010 at 01:21:31 Name: David Worrell Topic: King's Comments: And just to confirm... King's was on the Northwest
corner of 31st and Sheridan. I see some earlier posts say Southwest.
That was me, guessing in GB 283. I removed my question about it.
June 19 2010 at 11:25:17 Name: David Worrell Topic: King's Email: david j worrell at gmail
dot com Comments: I was another fan of the Cheese Frenchee at
King's at 31st and Sheridan, where you ordered
over the table phones. Me and my friends occasionally went to King's for
a late night snack, and Cheese Frenchee was the most popular choice.
June 19 2010 at 10:58:05 Name: Rick M Topic: Strange Bedfellows Comments: It was announced yesterday that Luby's has
purchased the Fuddrucker's hamburger chain. I'm having trouble digesting
BOGO = BuyOneGetOne free, in case you were wondering, like me.
June 18 2010 at 21:27:41 Name: Jim Cripps Topic: Riots, 'Phone Booth', & Radio Email: jimcripps()yahoo.com Comments: I was trying to remember my Oklahoma history education,
and I don't recall learning anything about the riots in Oklahoma History,
in 1983. It was a real eye-opener when I finally heard about it.
My favorite sit-down, dial-it-in restaurant was
Ma Bell's, which I think had two locations
in Tulsa, one being on Yale near 51st. Loved that place! I was real sad when
it went away, but not as sad as Burger Chef's passing.
Radio is for naught. Their own only target audience are those that won't
be playing their own digital copies. Yet, if radio would play Neko Case,
The Decemberists, Janelle Monáe, et al., I would certainly listen