Mike Bruchas - 08/17/99 18:24:31
He says he has written an article on KWGS' Ed Dumit - slated to appear in the next edition of "Oklahoma Family Magazine". Be looking for it at a grocery store near you!
Incidentally - former KELI/KRMG newsman Randy Kindy was editing the magazine
but now joins the media services staff at St.Francis Hospital. Will probably
still write for "OFM" though.
Mike Bruchas - 08/17/99 15:10:34
Jim Back wins! Cains' dance floor has a gazillion automobile springs under it, so it is a spring-loaded dance floor! Ya see, folks had springs before we had shock absorbers...As for Harold Stuart - he WAS W.G. Skelly's son-in-law. Jim's r ght - he did add "flavor" to Tulsa broadcasting. As mentioned here before - at one time he & Jimmy Leake were bidding for Tulsa Cable TV's initial franchise - probably 1 or both would have to have then sold a TV station to get this - but neither got the n d from the City.
Re Pat McGroin - obviously someone at 6 was a Dilbert reader - that is a
corporate pseudonym of Dilbert's creator in corporate America.
James Aydelott - 08/17/99 13:51:54
Favorite Tulsa TV show: The Plenty Scary Movie
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: King Lionel, of Course
Stupidest local commercial: better not say!
I'll leave you with one very amusing modern Tulsa tv memory. Jim Giles was
doing a Halloween live shot in front of some mock tombstones at some spook
house last year. He was kneeling and explaining how scary these tombstones
were, but he failed to take notice of the names, which were plainly readable
back at the station and at home, our favorite was Pat McGroin!
I see that KOTV has updated its web site. I also see that we both graduated
from East Central High School. I would say "Go Cardinals!", but I was a marching
band guy who didn't pay much attention to the outcome of the football
Jim Back - 08/17/99 03:59:11
Location: Edmond, OK
KRMG moved to 71st and Yale about 1983, shortly after I left. They had been in Liberty Towers (at 15th and Boulder) from about 1968 until 1983. Before that they were in the Cimarron Ballroom downtown.
I wanna guess at your Cain's question: The dance floor is on springs? That's
my recollection, anyway.
Erick - 08/16/99 21:26:00
Clear Channel stations in Tulsa...KOKI and KTFO. Both are located in Fox
Plaza on Yale between 51st and 61st. Radio-wise, there's KQLL AM and FM,
KMOD, KMRX, KAKC, and I think KOAS. If they were in the same place (KMOD,
KMRX, KQLL, and KAKC are in a building near 41st and Skelly), that would
be a BIG complex! Sounds cool, though!
Mike Bruchas - 08/16/99 18:49:06
Someone said they have a party or concert stage by the studios or xmitr. Anyone know where?
BTW - where is KRMG at now? Guess they are out of Liberty Towers.
Irv Johnson at KOKI says there may be a plan in the future to park all of the Clear Channel radio & TV stations in a shared campus in Tulsa. Can anyone name all???
In other Tulsey news - saw a poster for Cain's 75th Anniversary with Merle
(Okie from Muskogee) Haggard coming up in early September. Yeeha! Trivia
- why do they say at Cain's "you get more bounce for the ounce?" (this is
not a fabric softener or drug question!). Answer soon here....
James McDonough - 08/16/99 04:00:45
Stupidest local commercial: Sound Track w/ Linda Sound Track
How did you find TTM?: family & friends
MITCH - 08/14/99 00:57:03
Favorite Tulsa TV show: UFF&CM
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Alan...Alan...ALAN FUNT!
P.S. Recently returned to Tulsa for a short visit and Webster High School's
1974 Class reunion. After 23 years of living away, it STILL feels great to
Guido - 08/14/99 00:29:37
How did you find TTM?: surfin' USA
rick koontz - 08/13/99 03:45:35
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Channel 6 news, mid 1970s
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Ken Broo
Mike Bruchas - 08/13/99 00:34:05
Favorite Tulsa TV show: The John Chick Show
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Doug Dodd
Stupidest local commercial: Judy N Jody
Mike Bruchas - 08/13/99 00:27:44
Ralph Bardgett was the dean of 6 directors and for years - some say the best in Tulsa for news. He left 6 to go teach at a college in MO then on to Texas. Irv Johnson filled his shoes as primetime news director (and straight man for John Hillis) and though I only got to know Ralph briefly - he was a class act.
Lee Clark went to TU at the same time I did and was great - but where she went after KOTV - I don't know.
In a sad note of Tulsa TV of the same era - I went to TU with Joyce Skala,
who did hospital p.r. in Tulsa and was a general assignment reporter at KTUL.
Somehow at sometime her life changed and I learned last year she perished
in the Heaven's Gate en masse suicide in CA. Funny where us Tulsans end
Ray L. Rivera - 08/12/99 17:21:08
Location: Louisville, KY
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Mazeppa
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: The Dancin' TransFund Guy
Stupidest local commercial: Same As Previous
How did you find TTM?: Surfed By
M. Ransom - 08/12/99 01:34:05
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Denny Delk
Stupidest local commercial: Manufactured Homes
Not so many cartoons right now, though the most fun was doing the Ewoks cartoons
for Lucas. I do alot of games for them as well, including Rebel Assault,
Tie Fighter, Curse of Monkey Island, Droid Works and others. For Mindscape,
I have been the voice of the Chessmaster for about five iterations so far,
and we're starting on the next one. Too many other games to mention.
Mike Bruchas - 08/11/99 16:00:41
Though at KTUL in 1972, a Pepsi and a Twinkee was breakfast for some many folks - no McDonald's in Red Fork or the West side of Tulsey in the 70's.
Real men/women drank Griffin's (yuck roast) coffee all day and snacked on cigar-eetes.
Wayne told us last week Toby Brown - former KTUL then CBS cameraman had retired back to downstate OK, selling classic cars. Will try to reach him.
Be looking for more pix here on the KTUL visit, was most impressed by the new plant.
Also visited with Tulsa's best TV art director, Monte Toon - who is now a digital artist besides having so many other graphics skills. He worked with Carl Bartholomew on so many 8's the Place spots, too.
Did not immediately recognize former Chief Photog Red Statum who has done Sales since '76 nor Engineer Gary Clausing who was "the young kid" on the transmitter crew then. He worked the studio some back then as a tape op before going out to Coweta.
He reminded us that former GM Bob Muth in the 70's had a short hair/no beard
dress code then for staff and that Audioman Matt Bunyan and now owner of
StarShip Records (who had both long hair and a beard) - would be tipped off
to hide when management crawled the halls upstairs. He said Muth probably
never knew Matt worked there and never connected Matt's announcing voice
with the face....
Denny Delk - 08/10/99 20:59:10
Location: San Francisco
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Coffee Break
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Clayton Vaugh/Lee Woodward
Stupidest local commercial: The Reeves Boys
How did you find TTM?: the webmaster found me
"Running through your site is like a tonic for the mind (remember that one function of a tonic is to clean out the alimentary canal after a long, sedentary winter)...Saw a note that you work with (are associated with?) Don Cook. Tell him I said hello. I worked with him at KTBA years ago. I'd left KRMG to try the experiment in free form radio. It was great for awhile, but we got less free and were definitely underfunded."
Yes, KTBA was one of the great, if short-lived, stations in Tulsa
Mark H. - 08/09/99 21:27:55
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Eyewitness News6 / The News on 6/ 6 in the morning
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Beth Rengel
Mike Bruchas - 08/09/99 17:52:49
Called OETA in Tulsa Friday and discovered KTUL/OETA Engineering legend Leon Holland is still working part-time at OETA/Tulsa but Tulsa Chief Engineer (and KTUL alum) Jack Maynard had retired. Gene Tincher - long-time KTUL and OETA Engineer - they said, "Who?". If any one has heard from Gene - please drop us a line.
I was trying to reach Gene at 1 time for a show called "American Soldier"
on GoodLife TV - he was an Army audio tech at the Nuremberg War Trials after
WWII - as a kid right off the farm from Illinois. The series is vignettes
of WWII veterans talking about their experiences - which GoodLife drops into
their WWII programming block. But alas it is out of production right now.
Mike Bruchas - 08/09/99 17:37:24
Yup - to confirm webmeister Ransom's message - I got my first tour of KTUL in 5-6 years last Friday courtesy of long-time friend Senior Engineer Larry Miller. I was REALLY surprised at the changes! Be looking here for some pix but a lot was dark inside because of construction. Saw a lot of old friends and I AM stuck in time - some I did NOT initially recognize after 25 years!
If you saw how the interim news-set is right now, you'd be surprised! It takes half of what the old Total 8 Tulsa set took up in Studio B at 8.
Be looking for their new super radar you can see their new mini-water tower with BIG radome on top from most of West Tulsa. More later.
Heard Channel 9 KWBT is hiring and staffing up, too. Also learned that 19 is the ONLY Tulsa station getting geared up for digital TV - it makes sense to do so "going in the door".
My brother confirms the the new Ch. 33 in Wichita is doing signal tests with
color bar/tone now but has no other news about the "other" WB station that
might reach into No. OK .
Rick Koontz - 08/08/99 22:25:17
Can anyone tell me more about Hal's career, pre mid-1970s?
Also, I heard a rumor that Liz Exon (who works weekends on Channel 2) worked at Channel 2 in the early 1980s. Is that true?
Jim Back - 08/08/99 20:17:36
Location: Edmond, OK
She and Bob Stevens were married for awhile during that time period.
Hal O'Halloran was the PR person (and radio voice) of the Tulsa Ice Oilers in the early '70s. When the team fell into one of its many financial hardships in that era, he was out. I had wanted to find a way to get him on KRMG, but we never got it worked out. He died sometime in the late '70s, as I recall.
By the way (or BTW -- see I'm picking up Internet slang) someone should track
down Len Morton for early Tulsa radio/TV stories. He was at KVOO (radio and
TV) in the late '50s and a little into the '60s.) Last I knew he was an ad
sales rep. at Tulsa Cable -- or TCI Cable -- or ATT Broadband -- or Cox Cable
-- or whatever it's called now.
Mark H. - 08/07/99 21:23:28
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Beth Rengel
Rick Koontz - 08/07/99 20:20:23
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Channel 6 news -- late 1970s
M. Ransom - 08/07/99 05:58:34
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Tuffy and Bill Mitchell
Mark H. - 08/05/99 00:41:27
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Beth Rengel
Tony Sellars - 08/03/99 18:44:24
P.S. to Mike Bruchas : the organist on Dannysday was Jay Spivey.
Erick - 08/03/99 17:52:51
Still on the hunt for my Gusty book. I know it's around the house somewhere,
but I just moved, so it could be in any number of the 60 boxes of crap I
Tony Sellars - 08/03/99 15:58:55
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Bob Carpenter
Erick - 08/03/99 06:05:29
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Don Woods and Gusty
Stupidest local commercial: New PSO ad with Clayton Vaughn narrating
There's a photo of this, and short description from James Leake on the KTUL
Photographer's site at www.ktulphotog.com ...it's under the History of KTUL
section. This site can also be found in the TTM Links Page! Right, Websenior
Mike Bruchas - 08/02/99 21:28:29
Mike Bruchas - 08/02/99 21:23:38
Erick - 08/02/99 20:22:29
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Clayton Vaughn
Speaking of Gusty and Don Woods, I recently found a book in an antique store
circa 1980, featuring lots of Gusty drawings. However, in the short time
it's been in my possession, I've already misplaced it. Anyone know the history
behind this book? Are there different books out there?
Gary Chew - 08/02/99 18:55:17
Location: Sacramento, CA
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Lawzee! Guess!
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Lionel
Stupidest local commercial: Too many to count
How did you find TTM?: Webmaster Hisself
I'm glad there is such a web site. By the way I have an unpublicized photo
of Woodward and myself acting goofy on the old KOTV weather set. I'd love
to get it on this web site, but since I can just barely remember WW II, I'm
not up on all this new fangled cyber-stuff. Help! Not being afraid to admit
it, I remain,
Mark - 08/02/99 10:23:46
Location: Tulsa, OK
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Midday Oklahoma
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Deirdre Davis
Stupidest local commercial: Anything w/ Bob Hower
How did you find TTM?: Newsgroups
Lowell Burch - 08/02/99 07:50:40
Tricia - 08/01/99 13:09:32
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Beth Rengel
How did you find TTM?: browsing
Erick - 08/01/99 04:25:12
Jennifer Eve...had the pleasure of meeting her while she was not in the most
pleasant of moods. She was at KOCO for a long time before switching over
to KWTV about the same time longtime KOCO anchor Jack Bowen went there. Jennifer
jumped at the chance to go back to KOCO just a few years later. She's now
the main co-anchor for the late news. I thought Jennifer worked in Tulsa
for a time, but I just read her bio, and no mention of it.
M. Ransom - 07/31/99 22:47:25
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Sasha Foo
"I would like to nominate Ms. Foo and her gigantic raven-black mane of hair to be included on your page."
But alas, the proprietor of that site replied:
"Sorry, there is no picture or bio on the UPN-13 site. Maybe you can convince the powers that be to do something about it. Please?"
Your resourceful webmaster was able to find this shot of Ms. Foo.
Another Foo-related link:
Lynn Hickey Farms.
Is that OUR Lynn Hickey (Auto World)?
Mike Bruchas - 07/31/99 22:10:02
Jennifer Eve - long-time KOCO producer then reporter - while at OSU or OU and before she got "into the biz" named her little dog "Sasha Foo" way back when...
I think also in OKC - someone did a take-off on her as "Sucha Fool" for some show....
8 aired "Soul Train" and did an 8's the Place disco spot with an all-African-American cast that was neat.
Break out those platform shoes, kids!
rick koontz - 07/31/99 17:47:53
Pat Powell - 07/31/99 14:19:19
Location: Yukon, Oklahoma
Lowell Burch - 07/31/99 12:53:09
Location: ex-Oil Capitol of the World
Favorite Tulsa TV show: UCFF&CM
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Jerry Webber, Mr. Garrett & Teddy Jack Eddy
Stupidest local commercial: Price Mart jingle (It was so stupid, I loved it!)
I was talking to a old high school chum, Ron Turley, who appeared on UFF&CM
as Mazeppa's look-a-like. He received $75 for his appearance. He had not
seen Gailard since then, until recently in the airport. Ron decided not to
bother him but Gailard turned to him and said, "Hey, Ronnie! Aren't you even
going to talk to me?" I've heard similar stories which lead me to believe
he is pretty good at remembering people.
This is now Guestbook 17. The previous entries are archived as Guestbook
16. We heard from "Tuffy" again, and from new visitors Darrell S, Pat Powell,
Rick Koontz, and Phillip Swearingin. We discussed OKC TV, and saw pics of
Georgia Jones, and Beth Rengel from her Riverside Chevrolet ads.