|Mike Bruchas - 09/21/99 22:35:34
Location: Wet Warshington Dee Cee area......
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Gusty
I used to TD "Video Soul" each day live and was reminded today of those days when a much younger co-worker said to me in the break room here - "what's the word".
I said "Word up!" which was a catch phrase from a Cameo video and he laughed. He recognized it from the video. I told him I worked with Cameo 2-3 times here and they were hilarious and fun to shoot with. He said - he didn't think they were as old as -I- am!
It brought back to mind - Tulsa's GAP Band. Used to be in Tulsa - they were on the tail end of any promo or TV ad for a concert of national rock n soul artists playing in Tulsa, almost by default. I worked with them on Video Soul 2-3 times but it was like we came from 2 different worlds though the GAP Band was on the rise and ditto then my fledgling career in Tulsa. I had never seen them perform before BET. In Tulsa we did not realize then that their following was growing BIGGER outside of Tulsa, always chalked them up as local wannabe's. It's amazing how distance from Tulsa changes perspectives.
I also worked with jazz lovesong balladeer Jeffrey Osborne here at BET and
reminded him of a tour to OKC in the early 80's and a appearance at KOCO
where for reasons unknown - he did a lip sync of a rising single on a public
affairs show hosted by Ann Abernethy. He said the label was just trying to
get out before the public and get his name known. Did a lot of these. Ann
was clueless about him and his music - but it filled up time on a show....
Lowell Burch - 09/21/99 20:36:19
Location: grew up North Tulsa, now I am out east
Favorite Tulsa TV show: not Lewis Meyer
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Meadowgold Milkman cartoonist
Stupidest local commercial: who watches?
I don't remember KOTV ever having live audiences for any of their shows. Probably did, though.
For Lewis Meyer. Never did care for the show a whole lot but I do remember
him chasing us out of his store when we were kids because, as he said, we
were not paying customers. And, as an adult, I never was, at his store. In
addition, he was the only person to never donate things to various causes.
I asked him to donate a gift certificate or book once and he said it was
against his policy. Maybe that wasn't altogether true, but that is what he
told me. I certainly remember his interview on Carson's show. Was he nervous!
(Who wouldn't be?)
Mike Miller - 09/21/99 20:09:23
Location: Vienna, Virginia
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Weather during a tornado
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Terry Young
Mike Bruchas - 09/21/99 19:05:25
Location: Lost in Tulsa of the 70's
Do you remember when Terry was running for one of his elected offices, he rode with the garbagemen on their routes? Good video moment for a candidate - probably better than David Boren and his Broom Brigade of the '70's.
We thought T.Y. wasn't a bad weekend weatherman and a halfway decent reporter/producer. His Generation Gap days I didn't remember.
What are you doing now?
Erick - 09/21/99 18:31:58
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: James Aydelott and Dan Satterfield
Mike Ransom (webmaster) - 09/21/99 17:36:32
Location: In the big town, as Mazeppa used to say
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Generation Rap
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Terry Young
Ray L. Rivera - 09/21/99 16:23:23
Location: Louisville, KY
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Uncle Zeb
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: R-I-D-E-S-H-Y
Stupidest local commercial: Dan P. Holmes
How did you find TTM?: Cruised On By!
Apparently one night Grif decided to move his bowels while he was in David's side of the studio. David was always a relaxed, professional and very placid man but I had never seen him so mad as I did that night.
I also remember my meeting the great Johnny Martin. It was pretty intimidating
because he always kept his studio darkened, so I had a hard time adjusting
my vision going from harsh neon hallway lights to a completely darkened studio.
Both of them were such nice men and I do miss them.
James Aydelott - 09/21/99 14:07:03
Location: Tulsey Town
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Championship Rasslin'
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Linda Soundtrack
Channel 2 switched right back to Dan in front of the chroma key. Dan, looking rather stunned, said something or other about getting that information straightened out and he'd get back to us.
I distinctly remember my parents and me exchanging laughs just afterward.
See you at the party in November. ja
Terry Young - 09/21/99 03:44:55
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Lee & Lionel
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Lee Woodward
How did you find TTM?: from Bill Hyden
I started as "weekend weatherman" at KTUL in June, 1970, while also working in news at KAKC radio. Moved into the KTUL news department in August, 1970 as a full time employee. Worked in news and did weather until April, 1975. Elected County Commissioner in 1976 and Mayor in 1984.
Interesting tid-bit: While serving as County Commissioner in 1980, I was called by Sadie Adwon, then GM at KTUL, and was asked to come back to the station to do weekend weather for three or four weekends while they were waiting for their new meteorologist for weekends. His name was Travis Meyer. Believe it or not, I was Travis' immediate predecessor.
I also was the producer of Generation Rap, the topical show done by Judy Hagedorn and Jan Kizziar. I booked all the guests. My favorite was an almost washed up Criswell (of Criswell Predicts). Never have seen anyone wear as much make up in my life.
Thinking back over all the years....my first TV experience was as a guest in the gallery on the Uncle Hiram Show on KVOO (when they were operating our of the old Akdar Building).
My Cub Scout Den (Den 21, Pack 42, Holmes Elementary School!) was featured on Spanky's Club House on KOTV. I was Sargeant of Arms that day!!! Will never forget going to the old Municipal Theater with a mayonnaise jar full of money collected for the local March of Dimes telethon. Sky King (Kirby Grant) was here for the telethon, as was Raymond Burr (Perry Mason). My brother and I were waiting in the audience to give our money to Sky King. My mother, watching TV from home, got worried that we hadn't been on yet, so she called in. Raymond Burr called us up from the audience and made us give the money to him, instead of Sky King. What a bummer!
Question: does anyone remember Richet Rule the former Disney artist who did
a five minute program for Meadow Gold Milk? Also, do you remember Lorenzo
Erick - 09/20/99 19:47:56
I don't think Wichita's WB 33 is on the air yet.
Mike Bruchas - 09/20/99 12:43:02
Location: Alexandria, VA
Is the new KWBT channel 19 on air yet? What about you West Tulsans - can you pick up channel 33 from Wichita yet?
If you need a poorly rationed version of what Nick at Night is showing - GoodLife TV (Formerly Nostalgia TV) is now showing the Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Make Room for Daddy, plus an "Adam"-less Bonanza twice daily (no Adam on Bonanza 'cause they only bought the last 3 years of the series).
Though after watching a few Ozzie & Harriet shows - NOW I know why my
Dad never would let us watch this zzzz of a show when growing up in the
Jerri - 09/20/99 11:30:49
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Mazeppa & Lewis Meyer the book guy
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Mr. Mystery
How did you find TTM?: surfing ~ searching Leo Russell
The group initially sent in a case of empty 7-up cans. which Mazeppa opened on the air the 1st week the campaign started. A stagehand threw the empty case, which bounced off Mazeppa's head. M. then opened a letter from the group taped to the case. SMC then purchased a large quantity of postcards, which they addressed and sold for cost.... Although at the end of the 1st week Mazeppa announced he had received only 4 postcards, the 2nd week his entire cast was shown wallowing in thousands of postcards!" Woo hoooo,it was Fayetteville Napalm Security!
As for Lewis Meyer, what can I say? I was born in 1952 in Northwest Arkansas, we got 3 tv stations. My dad ALWAYS had Lewis Meyer on when I woke up Sunday mornings. He was soo cooool.. I was just learning to read, but he always had cool books he was excited about, and he inspired me to read more and learn about everything. Guess what? Fast forward 40 years, and I still am reading and learning something new every day. What was his motto? "The more books you read, the taller you grow?" Ouch. Miss him.
Great site, y'all. I've sent to a coupla friends!
Thanks for the great info about the write-in campaign.
Y'all come back and see us, y'hear?
Mike Bruchas - 09/20/99 01:15:44
Location: Alexandria, VA
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Go for Dough with Gary Chew
How did you find TTM?: Those wacky guys at AMR that used to work in Tulsey TV + their co-workers
Lowell Burch - 09/19/99 13:44:44
Favorite Tulsa TV show: UFFCM
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Lionel
I remember G.Ailard appearing on a local telethon in the late 70s, and
showing some of the material that is now on the Lost Tapes of Mazeppa. It
was probably the same telethon, and I remember Jeff MacKay appearing, but
I missed the incident you are talking about.
Bill Hyden - 09/19/99 03:16:54
We will provide KOTV associated talent at FINALES from 6p to 10p on Friday, November 26. LeAnne Taylor will not be available but she recommended Paul Serrell and Beth Rengel. Hopefully, Lee Woodward will be in command performance...and I don't remember whether Lionel sings or not.
We're still building a contact list...names, addresses, phone/FAX/e-mail numbers. Any assistance will be appreciated.
Send to my e-mail address or to: KOTV 50TH, P O BOX 35004, Tulsa, OK 74153.
Don't contact KOTV. The reunion is organized by 'alumni' but with KOTV cooperation.
TTM has been of big help as Guestbooks are gleaned for names and
M. Ransom - 09/18/99 05:06:51
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Mazeppa
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Yehudi Menu
Mike Bruchas - 09/17/99 21:11:18
Location: Washington, DC
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Ken Broo
The following is copyrighted by the Washington Post - don't turn me in for "re-transmitting it" here, please.
Channel 9's Broo Is Dismissed
Ken Broo, the lead sports anchor at Channel 9 since April 1996, was fired yesterday by station president and general manager Dick Reingold, who offered no specific reason for dismissing a sportscaster who won two local Emmy awards in June.
"I'd prefer not to discuss that," Reingold said. "Ken did everything he could to keep us competitive. I'd just prefer to leave it at that."
Broo handled Channel 9's 11 o'clock show Wednesday night and was told of his dismissal yesterday, effective immediately. For now, Reingold said the station would move longtime Washington sportscaster Frank Herzog from his role as a reporter on the station's morning news show to handle weekday sportscasts at 6 and 11.
Broo's contract was scheduled to run out in October. He said last night that 10 days ago he told station officials he wanted to stay and asked if they wanted to keep him, but got no answer.
He said when he met with Reingold, he was not given any reason for his dismissal by the Gannett-owned station.
"There's nothing like getting fired in the middle of a hurricane," Broo said. "They complimented me for my hard work and handed me an envelope [with a check for his final weeks of his contract], and that was that. I didn't ask why. At that point, it wasn't important. They'd made up their minds.
"I think the station is struggling right now. I wouldn't think the ratings were a great factor. There are not many sports anchors in America who have an impact on the ratings. We're on at 6:52 p.m., and at that point, they're either watching you, or they're not."
Reingold said he had no permanent replacement in mind, and "we're really just beginning that process. I have no names, no preconceived notions."
Ken Mease, the station's veteran weekend anchor and reporter, handled last night's sportscasts and will continue on weekends. Herzog will step in full-time starting Monday, and, along with Mease, almost certainly will be a candidate to replace Broo.
Another possibility could be Bernie Smilovitz, a Washington native, former Channel 5 sports anchor and a popular sportscaster in Detroit, where he works for an NBC-affiliated station. Smilovitz could not be reached to comment last night.
Broo's departure also comes three weeks after former Redskins defensive end Charles Mann decided not to sign a new contract in order to pursue other ventures, including commercials, speaking appearances and even some movie or theatrical work.
Broo came to the station from Cincinnati, where he also worked as the radio voice of the Bengals in addition to handling sports for the local ABC affiliate. He replaced Warner Wolf, who was let go after an unsuccessful two-year run.
Broo will continue as a radio analyst for Maryland football games on WTEM the rest of the season and also will keep doing sports reports during weekday drive time on WHFS-FM.
While channels 9 and 7 chase Channel 4 both at 6 and 11 in what is generally considered close competition, ratings for the quarter hour when Broo went head to head against Channel 4's George Michael strongly favored Michael, especially during football season.
© Copyright 1999 The Washington Post Company
Mike Bruchas - 09/17/99 20:20:59
Location: Alexandria, VA
Jonny Johnson - 09/17/99 01:14:55
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Mazzeppa
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Clayton Vaughn
How did you find TTM?: Rockin John Henry
I just sent an email to an "Armin Sebran", and I'm sure it's the same guy, but I hope his email address hasn't changed.
I also see that there is a book entitled "Gemini" about twins, undoubtedly
by the same Judy Hagedorn, but nothing recent.
Brad Smith - 09/16/99 21:37:21
Pirate radio reminds me of when my old friend Jon Durkee (KRMG) and I used to broadcast from his house in Turley. Jon's dad let him set up a studio in his back yard in a portable building. At first we transmitted on walkie talkies with the talk button taped down and I would take the other one and ride my bike up the street to test the range. Later, Jon bought an FM wireless mike transmitter and used that. Jon went on to real radio and I went on to ham radio. As far as I can remember, there were never any real pirates in Tulsa. Several businesses are using Part 15 FM for advertising, AMC 20 Theater, Admiral Twin Drive-in, Video Revolution, and a church at 91st & Mingo. I'm sure there are others. Rhema uses AM during Christmas (1580 I think).
KWGS - I have a couple of KWGS surveys I will scan and send in. These were
out just before they started the subterrania music. They played top 40 music
for a little while.
Mike Bruchas - 09/16/99 17:57:36
Since the O's game was cancelled last night and tonight - I am guessing
G.S.Artain is not filming any location stuff till late tonight in Bladimore,
MD unless they are shooting innadoors.
M. Ransom - 09/16/99 15:15:07
Jim Back - 09/13/99 23:52:12
I, too, was convinced that if I hooked it up to my long wire antenna
(exceeding regulations for a 100 milliwatt station), I would have an FCC
truck with a rotating loop on the top out immediately, tracking my
Bill Hyden - 09/13/99 19:15:26
KWGS manager Frank Christel advised some time ago that TU had applied for another FM frequency for Classical Music. Perhaps it has even been approved. Surprisingly, he had asked for call letters KTBA.
Note my e-mail address change. My other is of PRODIGY CLASSIC, which is no
more as of 11:59p.m. October 1. The Y2K bug got it! However, we have been
assured that all messages to the old address will be forwarded for a year.
Mike Bruchas - 09/12/99 20:13:02
Location: Radio Free Alexandria?
At first I heard there would be 2 classes of stations - 10 watt and 100 watt power - probably would work great in a big city but not in the country. Maybe TU could have a second lower powered station 10/100 watt mini-KWGS to play all classic music or a return to "subterrania".
Next I heard they would be 100 watt and an "empowered" 1000 watt stations. The issue is still up in the air. I have heard grousing from small-market AM owners about they being against 1000 stations.
1000 watt stations would probably be heard albeit weakly in Tulsa but now with so much internet radio - you have to wonder why this new radio class is needed. Except if you live in area without a lot of computer users, I guess. (We have Radio Free DelRay here as a neighborhood internet radio station.)
I think Tulsa and other locales still may have some "pirate" radio broadcasters - this used to be big in the Northeast U.S. - non-FCC licensed stations running semi-erratically out of someone's home with "alternative" programming (music, religion, nonsense) till the FCC caught them. Do you also remember during the CB craze - idiots playing radio on the CB bands?
Part of the plan here with micro-radio stations was to give "alternative programmers" that might border on being pirates, a chance to go legit. Also I think there would be a cap on ownership initially - you could not own more than 1 station in this class in a market. It was kind of like a local Goliath against a Clear Channel mega-station farm of licenses thinking. A different voice needing to be heard.
Knowing the FCC and political forces in DC - that would probably last about 1 administration.
When Mike Ransom and I visited Matt Bunyan at Starship in August - we broached this subject with him. He was following it but taking no action yet.
Who knows - you might see local merchants snap these up - not as an infomercial
station but to reach their own select clientele. Wasn't this how radio started?
The earliest stations owned by department stores, insurance companies and
car dealers (hello KFMJ!)to woo their clients? Hello RADIO Starship?