|Tony Sellars - 07/31/99 03:13:07
Mark H. (again) - 07/31/99 00:36:10
Mark H. - 07/31/99 00:28:22
Favorite Tulsa TV show: 6 in the morning
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Beth Rengel
Stupidest local commercial: most recent commercial on the radio: QuikTrip,where we take care of our customers 25 hours a day
Mike Bruchas - 07/30/99 23:56:35
Location: Warshington, Dee Cee
Is the clothier a car dealer subsidiary????
Mike (brain-fogged) Bruchas - 07/30/99 15:28:55
Location: G.Washington's hometown, Alexandria, VA -250 years young last week!
Favorite Tulsa TV show: UCFF&CM
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Johnny Donut
Wasn't she also Jenkin Lloyd Jones' daughter? Always thought this was neat if so. Is she still in Tulsa?
Still trying to see if anyone can confirm that the back half of the KOTV
parking lot WAS the old Tulsa Police Station - thought Buddy Allison had
told me that once.
Phillip Swearingin - 07/30/99 09:36:21
Location: Tussa, Oklahoma
Erick - 07/29/99 17:54:23
Tony Sellars - 07/29/99 14:30:44
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Al Jerkens Sportscast
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: May Beth Cormany (Beth Rengel)
How did you find TTM?: Very Tasty
I must ashamedly admit I threatened to put a fork into his hand one day when
he went after my sandwich. People still put memorials in the newspaper on
the anniversary of Ho Ho's death. Pokey the Puppet's Bill Howard was studio
manager at KOCO and then went to OETA. He has now retired from that job as
Mike Bruchas - 07/29/99 13:27:03
WICHITA TO LAND WB AFFILIATE STATION CITY'S FIRST MINORITY-OWNED STATION SCHEDULED TO LAUNCH SEPT. 1.
PASADENA, Calif. -Wichita's first minority-owned television station is scheduled to launch Sept. 1 as an affiliate for the WB network.
The station, listed only as Channel 33 with no call letters at the moment,
is owned by Marcia Turner of Winnetka, Ill., according to Kenneth D. Werner,
executive vice president of distribution for The WB, a network that debuted
nationally in January 1995.
Phillip Swearingin - 07/29/99 08:51:58
Location: Tussa "Of Course"
Favorite Tulsa TV show: UFFCM
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: G.ailard S.artain
Stupidest local commercial: John F Lawhorn
How did you find TTM?: Took a wrong turn on the Internet.
Was Beau Velvet and the Desert Snakes Busey's first audition for a Buddy
Holly Story ?
Just more unsolved Tulsa trivia. Keep an eye out for the Tabloids.
Darrell S. - 07/29/99 04:35:11
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Mazeppa and all the related characters he played
How did you find TTM?: thru a personal friend
Hoss Chopright was blabbing away about Greer's when all of a sudden his big old choppers go flying right out of his mouth. He mumbles something like "OH DARN, WAIT JUST A MINUTE" or something like that. Next, you see a shot of the teeth sitting in the bottom of a toilet. A hand reaches in from off camera and grabs the teeth. Next, you see Hoss wearing a long sleeve shirt wet to the elbow stick his teeth back in and go on as if nothing happened. Classic. Stupid. I loved it.
My only other real recollection (which is pretty fuzzy) is of the time Mazeppa
showed everyone how he did the stunt where he always slammed the door open
into his head. The camera did a close-up of his foot as he slowly opened
the door. The door hits his foot, his head snaps back, but of course, Mazeppa
is unhurt. Then he proceeds to repeat the stunt at speed about 10 times in
a row until he really does knock himself out or at least you are supposed
to believe it. Later, in another segment, somehow he goes flying thru the
air horizontally, head first into the door. Maybe I was only a kid, but I
really do believe he had to hurt himself on that one.
Lowell Burch - 07/29/99 02:30:03
I saw Sam Jones in his yard about 2 weeks ago and he said he was "looking
into some things" or something along those lines.
Erick - 07/28/99 20:04:49
You mentioned several great shows, but you forgot DDD Danny, which was actually to be syndicated by NBC at some point. HoHo and Pokey were an OKC TV institution for many years, until the man playing Pokey became ill in the late 80's. I remember growing up, it was HoHo followed by American Bandstand...some combo. In recent years, the afternoon kids shows were big. Arlo at KAUT, Travis at KOCB (he hosts a show on Nickelodeon now), and Ranger Roger on KOKH, who is allegedly the most popular local kids host on any Fox affiliate. Granted, we didn't have a Mazeppa, and Count Gregor kind of lost his punch after he started showing up in hair loss commercials, but these folks were awesome, and we loved 'em.
Regarding Sam Jones...he DID appear on 25 after KOTV axed his show there.
In fact, Gary Shore did the weather on that show for a short time. I figure
it lasted a couple of months at best with Sam as host, then he suddenly
disappeared, and some bearded guy with a headset mike did a simlar format
for a few weeks. Now, 25 is an affiliate of "The Box" a music video
Mike Bruchas - 07/28/99 20:04:30
How this may impact the far Northern/Central OK along the KS line audience for the new WB 19 KWBT - which is targeted to launch about the same time - remains to be seen. Maybe 19 will do the 8 thing and garner NE Arkansas viewers.
Who needs cable? Or it will provide an alternative to small towns that are
Mike Bruchas - 07/28/99 19:56:10
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: In OKC - HoHo the Clown
Stupidest local commercial: In OKC - Trust House Jewelers
Ho Ho the Clown - the late Ed Birchall - was the father confessor/in-house chaplain to the staff at 5. He won a couple of awards for kids programming (with NO budget) but was treated badly by stupid management. He had a loyal staff following and made a lot of friends. 5 "buried" his show at different times all too often. He used to pull funny stories off ABC DEF (the newsfeed from ABC) for kids and had the usual cop/fireman guests. He was a special person at 5 for so many and will be missed. Contributor Tony Sellars can also vouch for the love we all had of Ho Ho. Pokey the Puppet - Bill Howard the studio manager - I heard was still working at OETA either after his retirement or forced departure from 5.
Don't forget the often mentioned Danny D. Dynamo aka Danny Williams from
4 - he was John Chick's OKC version and talent on so many shows. Wish I still
had a video copy of a chunky brown haired Mary Hart as Danny's sidekick on
Danny's Day before she "went Hollywood" on Entertainment tonight! What was
the name of his organist for studio music on that show??
Lowell Burch - 07/28/99 16:53:02
Favorite Tulsa TV show: UFF&CM
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Most any Tulsa 50s&60s
Stupidest local commercial: Here's how cool guys drink SebenUp! (glug,glug,glug)
One comment on OKC TV. I never saw the Foreman Scotty Show but have heard
it was great. I did see Ho Ho the Clown (kid's show) and Count Gregor (late
show). Tulsa local TV blows those attempts at entertainment out of the
Here is a comment by "KRC" in the ok.general newsgroup re Sam Jones:
Sam moved over to Channel 25 after he left 6. Unfortunately, it seems that
Channel 25 only comes in within 100 yards of the transmitter. I used to get
it at times when I lived off I-44 and Memorial - back then it was "The Box"
a PPV music channel. Supposedly, 25 was switching to a public access sort
of format and Sam was to be their flagship enterprise. I messed about trying
to get 25 to come in after it was announced Sam was moving, but all I ever
saw was a shopping channel when I could get it to come in. I don't know if
Sam ever went on the air there or not. Knowing him, he's probably out fishing
somewhere - you might try contacting Ike Walker, who was his producer at
6 and was doing the "Tulsapalooza" show for 2. I don't know if he's still
with 2 or if he's moved on - but he's the best lead on Sam I know of.
Pat Powell - 07/28/99 12:56:48
Location: Yukon, Oklahoma
Favorite Tulsa TV show: The Sam Jones Show............NOT!!!!!!!!! Actually Mazeppa and the Uncanny Film festival was hard to beat !
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: John Chick was an awfully good guy who impacted lots of kids lives!
Stupidest local commercial: Mazeppa on top of a 20 foot aluminum ladder throwing 8 track tape decks from "Greers" onto the floor below!!
How did you find TTM?: I used to play drums with the Webmaster and his brother, both are talented musicians!
Hi, Pat! Mannix' ratings probably improved as a result.
5/10/2005: Gary Chew just told the full finger story here!
Mack Creager passed away in 2001.
Lowell Burch - 07/28/99 12:37:18
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Tuffy & Co.
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Leavus Beavus
Stupidest local commercial: Too numerous to mention
Mike Bruchas - 07/27/99 22:54:47
Favorite Tulsa TV show: The John Chick Show with Mike Miller or Jim Holtzman doing news
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Wayne "Tuffy"Johnson or aka Wayne "Homer" Johnson
8 used to make as big a thing about the Porter Peach Festival but the staff
always changed the name around to the Peter Porch Festival or something best
not mentioned here...Never seemed like there WAS much in Porter back in the
Wayne "Tuffy" Johnson - 07/27/99 18:16:11
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Mr. Zing & Tuffy of course
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Myself
Stupidest local commercial: The Rib Crib starring Tuffy
How did you find TTM?: heard about it at work
M. Ransom - 07/27/99 14:27:06
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Mazeppa
Stupidest local commercial: Tower Discount Center in Pryor presents Mazeppa for Tuf Nut Challenger Casuals
Jim Back - 07/27/99 03:42:46
RICK KOONTZ - 07/25/99 18:34:29
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Channel 6 News (late 1970s)
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: King Lionel
Stupidest local commercial: Soundtrack
Erick - 07/25/99 05:33:14
I totally expected them to have a big hour-long type special on their
anniversary, but really only saw little snippets during the news, and commercials
featuring old footage of Cy Tuma.
Mike Bruchas (yet again!) - 07/24/99 21:20:58
Location: DelMarVa on da East Coast
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Definitely the JC Penney Xmas Parade (when Tulsa had both a Penney's AND a downtown)
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Johnny Donut, esq.
Stupidest local commercial: Scott's Liquid Pride or Liquid Gold (ain't Pledge!)
How about from KOTV's big blow-out of 50 years of being on air?
It would be great to see what some faces look like now!
Mike Bruchas - 07/24/99 14:47:39
They are a part of Tulsa advertising/successful business history, too!
Mike Bruchas - 07/23/99 14:23:52
Lowell Burch - 07/22/99 13:34:20
Favorite Tulsa TV show: UFF&CM
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Mazeppa & Lionel
Stupidest local commercial: You belong in a zoo: Tulsa Zoo
I remember Brewster's Toy Store show and there was also a kids' show where
you saved up potato chip wrappers and then bid on items on live Sat. TV.
I was on it once and am quite sure it was Ch.2. We did bid high enough to
win a Rick-a-Shinny (street hockey game). The other kids were waiting to
bid on the bikes and big stuff.
That kid's auction sounds tantalizingly familiar as well. Was the potato
chip brand Kitty Clover? I will keep an eye out for that show on my trip
to the library next week.
J. TOWNSEND - 07/21/99 23:03:14
Location: TULSA, OK
Favorite Tulsa TV show: MAZEPPA
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: GAILARD SARTAIN
How did you find TTM?: THS
Mike Bruchas - 07/21/99 14:33:00
When 6 did an early morning show in the late 60's they had 1 or 2 cameras on the remote control heads - this was an "economy move" to use less crew.
These were remote tilt/pan/zoom only cameras - unlike those of today that move along a magnetic floorstrip or can truck unattended.
Lee was sitting at the old newsdesk when one of the cameras parked next to the desk to do cross angle shots, lost it's "mind" and started banging up and down on the edge of the news desk uncontrollably. I think he lost it and joked he felt like it was going to attack him!
It's hilarious now but back when 6 had only 2 then very expensive Norelco color cameras for all shows, it could have been disastrous.
When I was a 6 - we used the Evershed head for "supers" and the end of show credit "roll" off the homemade motorized drum with a then high tech low-light Panasonic b&w camera.
One time after a disasterous cast I was so disgusted I asked Andy K. Lee - our manic and maniac night floor guy to "take my name off of credits" - meaning Directed By Mike Bruchas, he peeled my name off and that night the cast was Directed By -BLANK-. It probably fit the tone of the cast....
After switching shows at 8 on 3 different switcher and setting all my own keys and effects at 6 - under the George Jacobs school of thought - directors had to call for the engineers to hot switcher on their switcher for keys and wipes - often with many a mispunch depending on who was engineering/switching air that night. We had 1 audio board in master control 2 but 2 director pillbox edit suites big enough for a director, producer, CG op only.
John Hillis - 07/21/99 02:37:55
Location: Let me off on Archer, I'll walk down to Frankfort
They also had a home-made tape playback rig for commercials that used 3/4 inch tape players. A tone on one of the two audio channels fired the next player in the sequence, giving a sort of primitive automation for breaks. It also played back news tapes, too, and when there was audio on channel 1, it would stop 'em dead right in the middle of the story.
Chan Allen was the chief engineer who was responsible for maintaining and building after George retired. He was from the baling wire and chewing gum school of engineering, and that was probably a blessing out on the prairie in the days before sending a card back to Sony was the extent of maintenance. I know all of us were good at breaking the stuff.
All the Corinthian stations were run "mean and lean" before that term gained currency in the argot of broadcasting, even the flagship, KHOU, in Houston where Dan Rather launched his television career rescuing heifers in hurricanes.
Here's another long-forgotten name: Jim Duggan, photog extraordinare. When
last I heard, Jim was at WCBS in New York, but that was probably 12 or 15
Mike Bruchas - 07/20/99 17:33:55
AH Belo Corp. - owner of KOTV - is in the midst of a civil rights discrimination suit at the Dallas Morning News - which it owns.
Three employees may or may not be truly wronged, but the newspaper management made several boners in how it refered to them and treated them - it was decided through arbitrators.
Funny, the folks on TV side of corporate management never seem to goof up and Belo is one of THE top TV chains to work for!
In fact Belo taking over KOTV was one of the best things for the station technology-wise - where 20-25 years ago everything was hand-built to save money.
When I was there in '76-'77 - we had wacky handbuilt switchers and audio
boards started under the eye of (the then retired) Director of Engineering
George Jacobs - once a brilliant engineer in the early days of TV. It was
weird going from 8 which had pretty good off the shelf technology - to a
station where so much was kit-bashed. As time went by and more enlightened
Chief Engineers like Don Stafford moved in, KOTV got some of the best TV
tech gear in Tulsa!
M. Ransom - 07/20/99 08:08:38
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Vik Viking ("DJ" who filled in for Mazeppa when he was "under the weather")
Stupidest local commercial: Popeil's Trim Comb: "This message is not for barbers!")
You recently had a reader comment on Scooter B. Segraves, he had to be part of the greatest collection of DJ's ever assembled at a Tulsa radio station.
Scooter B was from 3 til 6 pm, Captain Fantastic from 6 until 10 pm, Denver Foxx, 10 til 2 am, Don Cook, 2 till 6 am, Mike "Morning Mouth" McCarthy, 6 am till 9 am, Gary Ono Stevens, 9 am till noon and Charlie Derick noon till 3 pm.
Don Cook said in response via email:
That was indeed a killer air-staff, and it was a privilege for me to be part
of it. I worked there shortly after the demise of Progressive Radio KTBA
in Broken Arrow in 1974. Far as I know, Scooter B. was the most talented
radio personality in the history of Tulsa Top 40 radio, and he's now doing
Country Radio in Louisiana. He was a true media crazy in the 70's, and was
known, and respected, by DJ's all across the U.S.
M. Ransom - 07/20/99 06:32:29
Location: Here in the Big Town
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Fritz von Zeppa, Mazeppa's German cousin
Stupidest local commercial: Tuf Nut Challenger Casuals
Erick - 07/19/99 22:56:07
I think it's licensed to Muskogee/Tulsa, but I'm not really sure if that's a major deal, other than the xmitr will be between there, likely in the Coweta/Oneta area.
According to the OK Radio/TV station listing on metronet.com, a tentative
on-air debut is September 9.
This is now Guestbook 16...the previous discussion has been archived as
Guestbook 15. We heard from new visitors Darrell Neale, and Mick Fine, who
contributed a number of great new Mazeppa artifacts. We also heard from Mr.
Scott "Scooter B." Segraves, legendary KAKC DJ of the 60s/70s. Also, almost
anything you want to know about Tulsa TV transmitters and antennae can be
found in Guestbook 15, courtesy of the regular contributors to this
Mike Bruchas - 07/19/99 21:37:22
Location: Far far from Tulsey but plugged in!
Channel 19 was an unused commercial channel in T-Town I never knew was available.
It is owned by an LLP - a group in a limited partnership - supposedly with WB network corporate ties.
The studios and physical plant are over by the old Oil and Gas Journal printing plant by 15th & Sheridan.
Target date for air is "early Fall" - probably to get into the October ratings book - is my guess.
Wow - a new but now established network and a new station in Tulsa! It was neat when 23 went on as just an independent - but this is great. Now I wonder what they will program outside the WB's nightly offerings and Disney afternoon block? In some markets - UPN stations have lost StarTrek's new offerings to the WB.
Who carries StarTrek Voyager, TNG, etc. in Tulsa?
Getcha Tulsa TV jobs, right here.
Check out the new Mazeppa posters today.
Looking for a job.... - 07/19/99 19:39:10
Location: Tulsa's newest TV station!
If you're on a first name basis with Dawson, Buffy and Felicity we have a great job for you!
We're signing on America's newest WB station and we have openings in the following areas:
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