October 21 2009 at 09:57:37 Name: Webmaster Topic: TTM featured on "Green Country
Perspectives" today Comments: (Bumping this item up for the last time)
During the deluge yesterday (10/8), Sam Jones taped a half-hour interview
with me about TTM for the KRSC-TV program "Green Country Perspectives with
Sam Jones". Thanks to Sam, production manager Dale McKinney and the
RSU Public TV staff.
Air times will be: Friday 10/16/09 - 8:30 pm; Sunday 10/18/09 - 6:30 pm;
Wednesday 10/21/09 - 1:00 pm.
October 21 2009 at 00:01:47 Name: Tulsa Area Music Archives Topic: The Chris O'Dell Interview Podcast
now available. Email: info at preservemusic dot
org Comments: VOL. 4.1
THE CHRIS O'DELL INTERVIEW
Currently on a book tour, we talk to the "Pisces Apple Lady" herself about
her new book, "Miss O'Dell: My Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles,
The Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and the Women They Loved". Chris visits
with TAMA Founder Steve Todoroff about her time at Apple Records, The Beatles,
and her relationship with former-Tulsan and rock legend, Leon Russell, who
was inspired by Chris and wrote a couple of songs for his inaugural album
on Shelter Records in her honor.
October 18 2009 at 13:24:44 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: More on Tulsa Records Email: wilhelmurg at yahoo dot
com Comments: I've had the Paragons record before, but the Al
Horn record has a white BTR label, which I had never seen before. When I
was first starting out in my record collecting adventures, when I was 11
in 1972, Bill's T was the goldmine of old 45s. I missed the period when they
were releasing their own records.
I forgot that Uncle Zeke's real name was Al Clauser. That almost puts these
records in the "Scope Them Turkeys" category.
October 18 2009 at 12:58:59 Name: P.Casey Morgan Topic: Tulsa records - one more time Email: p.casey.morgan at gmail dot
com Comments: Sorry - I wasn't quite clear in that posting. Bill's
T Records was a retail record shop, not a recording studio. Or at least it
wasn't a recording studio as far as I know (I don't remember ever being in
there - was there a "record yourself" booth in there somewhere? Anyone?)
Wilhelm's Bill's T article has a record
on the BTR label you can see and listen to, with Charlie Daniels(?!) as one
of the Paragons, pre-fame. I added it back on 3/25/2005.
The label of one of the very records Wilhelm bought,
"Have A Heart" on the Alvera label. is viewable
on the Uncle Zeke/Al Clauser page. The label was named for Al, and Vera,
Added these links below, too.
October 18 2009 at 12:56:46 Name: P.Casey Morgan Topic: Tulsa records Email: p.casey.morgan at gmail dot
com Comments: Wilhelm - I think "BTR Records" at whatever North
Harvard has to be "Bill's T Records," which was at the corner of Admiral
and Harvard forever. Catty corner from the Quik Trip which is now at that
intersection. Who knew Bill's T also made records?
October 18 2009 at 12:07:44 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: Tulsa Records Email: wilhelmurg at yahoo dot
com Comments: Yesterday I went to the Flea Market out by the traffic
circle and ended up with an instant Tulsa record collection. I wanted to
see if anyone knew about any of these titles. I have listed producers,
songwriters, the address of the record company (when given) and the year,
1. Al Horn:
Copy Cat (Larry Kingston)
Hello Mr. Heartache (Al Horn) BTR Record Co. 19 N. Harvard, Tulsa
2. Billy Joe Thurmond with the Tulsa Swing:
Big Balls in Cow Town (Hoyle Nix)
Faded Love (Bob & Johnny Wills)
Derrick Records 1448 N. Harvard, Tulsa 74115
3. Campbell Bro. :
Blue Blue Blue (Forrest Lee) Have a Heart (Dick Overbey) Alvera 5366 W. 2nd Street, Tulsa
4. Don Moore, Bob Clear & The Tulsa Mountain Downhill Racers:
The Tulsa Mountains (Moore/Clear/Neighbors)
Burnt-Out Cowboy Songs (Moore/Clear/Neighbors/Kemp)
Trayson Records 6130 E. 32nd Tulsa (1979)
6. Bobby McBride:
Bobby McBride: I Am So Blue (Emma J. Mohrman)
Tommy Mattox (vocal) Bobby McBride: All I Have to Offer You (A.L. Owens /
Alvera P.O. Box 9304 Tulsa
7. Johnny Stills:
Footsteps in the Hall (Stills/Yandell)
Honky Tonk Daddy (Stills/Card/Barrett)
Vaca Records, 6736 E. 6th Tulsa
8. Johnny Stills:
Marie (Stills / Reed)
You Painted The Image of Me (Stills / Reed)
Produced by Al Clauser. Alvera P.O. Box 9304 Tulsa
9. Dudley Pennington:
Turn On Your Love Light Baby (Dudley Pennington)
Silver and Gold (Dudley Pennington)
Produced by M &S Enterprises. Pride 2032 E. 49th Street N. Tulsa
10. Tammy Jackson:
Oklahoma Two-Step (Faded Love) (Marjorie Fain)
Almost in Your Arms (Marjorie Fain)
Produced by L.D. Allen. Dee Jay 230 W. Commerce, OKC 73109
11. Benny Kubiak & His Fiddlers
Tulsa on a Saturday Night (Benny Kubiak)
Contry Concerto (Benny Kubiak)
Produced by Mickey Sherman. Homa Records P.O. Box 60494 OKC 73106 (1974)
Let me know!
October 18 2009 at 11:25:09 Name: Jim Reid Topic: KOTV 60th Anniversary
Comments: My guess is they have too much other stuff to deal with
right now. My station here in Dallas also went on the air in 1949, and I
remember the big deal we made of our 50th anniversary 10 years ago. There
has been no mention of any kind of observance, and with staff reductions
and budget cuts, it just may not be the right time.
October 17 2009 at 18:44:49 Name: Dave Topic: 6
Comments: Yeah, it seems that KOTV should have at least acknowledged
its 60th anniversary. No. 60 is never as big a deal as No. 50, but it's going
to be awhile before the station gets to roll out whatever for No. 75. Unlike
other institutions, they could have marketed a "6 at 60" mini-publicity campaign.
October 17 2009 at 14:43:57 Name: Dale McKinney Topic: Perspectives on YouTube Email: horvendale at gmail and so
forth Comments: To answer David's question about the Green Country
Perspectives show ending up on YouTube, I don't know yet. Our webmaster,
Brady, is working on our video page. But of course, he's also working on
shows. We're a small staff. Of course, I think most stations feel like they
are short of staff - it's the nature of the beast that you always need one
or two more people than you have. Where have I heard that before? Oh yeah,
if you're a director, you always need one more effects bank or one more channel
of DVE than you have.
Thanks to Mike for being on the show. I'm sorry we had to do it during the
Great Storm. When I was doing the research, and writing the open/tease/promo
scripts, I stayed up very late just rummaging around on Tulsa TV Memories.
I finally quit when I just couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. I don't
suppose this is the first virtual museum, but it's one of the best.
October 17 2009 at 12:38:34 Name: David Bagsby Topic: TV show
Comments: Any chance of that show you're on getting to YouTube?
October 17 2009 at 09:59:20 Name: Beverly Topic: Bozo in Tulsa Comments: Mike,
I never knew we had our own Bozo in Tulsa! I remember well
Mr. Zing and Tuffy and just barely remember
Big Bill and Oom-a-Gog. I can remember watching
Bozo, though. When my little boys watched Bozo in the 80s it was out of Chicago,
I think. I wish we still had a local kids' show. I read somewhere, probably
on TTM, that there was once a childrens' show upstairs at the
Hawk Dairy. I'm not quite old enough to remember
Is Sam Jones' show ever repeated?
Yes, there are two more airings of my interview I know of:
Sunday 10/18/09 @ 6:30 pm, and Wednesday 10/21/09 @ 1:00 pm.
Doug Montgomery was our Bozo, and I wish we had
more about him here.
October 16 2009 at 21:07:08 Name: Beverly Topic: Sam Jones' Green Country
Comments: Great job, Mike! It's nice to have a face to connect
with your name.
Enjoyed the show very much.
Thank you, Beverly. My reaction to seeing the show was relief that it
came off so well, thanks to Sam and the crew.
October 16 2009 at 21:06:48 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: KOTV
Comments: I agree with TulsaTownie...aren't them Griffin folks
remembering that THEY own Oklahoma's second oldest TV station and Tulsa's
H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y, KOTV!
October 16 2009 at 17:09:10 Name: K. Bolen Topic: Falcon Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: I have to admit, after I read Mr. Chew's post, I
was a little confused and after I got enlightened, well, I couldn't help
myself from cracking up...besides Falcon being OK, his other kids, Mustang,
Galaxie, and Maverick are doing well, and oh the wife (Crown) Victoria
October 16 2009 at 16:43:51 Name: TulsaTownie Topic: KOTV's 60th Anniversary Comments: 60 years ago yesterday (October 15th 1949)
Tulsa's first TV station, KOTV, signed on! They didn't mention it on air,
or on their website. What a shame to not acknowledge such an important part
of Tulsa's history.
October 16 2009 at 13:05:27 Name: Beverly Topic: RSU Public TV
Comments: I'm so happy you wrote in about Sam Jones program tonight.
I can't wait to watch!
October 15 2009 at 23:00:39 Name: J LeMoine Topic: RSU Public TV / Weird Ward Comments: Hey, Mike - Looking forward to watching you
tomorrow evening on Green Country Perspectives! Sam Jones
has always been a favorite, and I'm glad to hear of his show.
As you probably know, Tim Yoder of the excellent
Workshop on RSU-TV is a fellow alum of East Central High School. Mr.
Yoder's additional claim to fame: he was the person who came up with the
fuzzy, googly-eyed head for the figure of "ELOM, God of Chemistry" for the
Fellowship of Heathen Chemists school club (started by our old Chemistry
Teacher, Pat "Weird" Ward)
Looks like Tim might be branching out; if you click over to Health &
Fitness at the above link, his photo is also next to "Female Fitness".
October 15 2009 at 18:31:46 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Flyin' High Into the 5th Dimension Email: Northeast of Eden Comments: Hey, can someone help me decypher this short email
I just got:
"Would you like to ride in my beautiful ballon?"
Your friend, Falcon.
What does this mean?
October 15 2009 at 17:16:28 Name: Michael Hansen (via email to the
webmaster) Topic: KVOO Radio Blooper
Comments: I am a native of San Jose, California. I have never
lived in Oklahoma, but I like archaic audio and video, such as old TV/radio
broadcasts and recordings.
Well, I happen to have a audio recording of an alleged blooper done on the
radio during a broadcast during a rainstorm and flood.
All my records have been boxed up, so one of these days when I find the
recording, I may post it on YouTube and tell you about it...
The actual blooper is short; I converted it to
MP3. I believe this is from an old
(Wikipedia) "Pardon My Blooper" record.
The Arkansas River flooded Tulsa in 1956: see photos and read more in
GB 50. Anyone able to add more to this
October 15 2009 at 15:45:15 Name:
Woodward Topic: Big Redhead from KC Email: AnonDotCom Comments: Just read where Johnny Martin's favorite, Marilyn
Maye, and Annie Ross are doing a nostalgia month at New York's Metropolitan
Hop a smoker and get up there!
Webmaster: We used to hear a lot of Marilyn Maye on KRMG in the 1960s.
Lee, was this DX Aqua Car part of the opening
of your and the King's show?
(Later) Lee replied:
It was different from the one you refer to. Mine was metal and also had a
stack or tube in the middle of it, that blew air from a little fan that kept
a small Styrofoam ball suspended just above its tip. I'm not sure the one
I had could actually float, but it could have. I haven't seen that filmed
opening in years. Soooooo long ago. By the way, I think mine was two-tone
October 14 2009 at 21:59:11 Name: Tim Lones Topic: Virgil Dominic/Wally Kinnan Comments: Hello:
I am not from Tulsa or Oklahoma, but I have occasionally looked at the TTM
site over the years. Tulsa really has a rich broadcast history and I like
how you all are keeping it alive.
I notice you occasionally talk about Virgil Dominic and Wally Kinnan, both
spending early careers in Oklahoma. They were together at WKYC-TV in Cleveland,
where I remember watching them. Here (if it works) is a 1971 WKYC clip from
their 50th anniversary show in 1998:
October 14 2009 at 19:10:14 Name:
Mike Miller Topic: Do-it-yourself teleprompters Comments: This
in the Washington Post caught my eye. Cost-cutting: TV station trains
newscasters to run own teleprompters.
Too bad I'm not still at WTTG-TV, Ch-5. I already KNOW how to run my own
teleprompter. I actually preferred it because I knew when to speed up or
slow down. How much training does it take? Duh!
When I first used a teleprompter, the rule was to pretend you're reading
from the script. You had to look down to see your copy, then have longer
eye contact. Today, newscasters don't even pretend and it's so much
October 13 2009 at 15:26:26 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: The 70s are back! Comments: New movie out this week is retro:
you go to the site and have a picture, you can "black dynamite yourself"
with a paste on hair app.
October 13 2009 at 08:15:30 Name: Beverly Topic: Scott Comstock Email: BeverlyW58@hotmail.com Comments: Scott,
I had a feeling when I read Patrick's clever comment of how intelligent you
were...that you were the right person. My parents always spoke of how smart
both of the Comstock boys were. They told me of how there is a monument or
something at TU in honor of your brother.
My mother's favorite story...you, your brother, and another boy in the
neighborhood knocked on the door and when she answered you all asked if my
dad could come out and play! Daddy loved that story, too.
It's so nice to know that you are still in Oklahoma and doing well.
October 13 2009 at 03:47:37 Name: Webmaster Topic: Josef Hardt podcast Comments:
New podcast on GoodbyeTulsa.com:
Peter Hardt, Mr. Oktoberfest". Josef passed away on June 11 this summer.
His daughter Karena talks about her father as a local celebrity (he was the
host of Fantastic Theater), and about his childhood
growing up in war-torn Germany.
October 12 2009 at 20:33:05 Name: John K. Young Topic: Mr. Bruchas Radio Reception Email:
johnk662561atyahoodotcom Comments: Mike, I can relate to your radio collection that
seems to have taken on a life of its own due to a well-meaning gesture. I
had a similar thing happen with old Kodak Brownie cameras.
I had picked up two at a local thrift store, not to use but simply to sit
on a shelf as I thought they looked cool. Within 6 months those two cameras
had grown to 20 with no signs of slowing down or stopping. At first, I thought
the first two cameras had had an encounter while I was out of the house,
then I discovered what had caused the sudden increase in cameras. My wife
Julie and my best friend John MacShane decided that I must really like old
Brownie cameras so they went on a "Brownie Safari" and bought up as many
as they could find.
I appreciated the intention...but too many Brownies is not a desirable thing.
I have since sold off or given away all my Brownies...and now collect larger
scale die-cast cars. I can't win. :)
October 12 2009 at 19:44:40 Name: Scott Comstock Topic: Me Email:
scottycomstockatyahoo.com Comments: Beverly,
You have found me.
October 12 2009 at 19:15:59 Name: Mike (maybe I have OCD?) Bruchas Topic: Radios...too many radios...
Comments: When I lived in DC and found my TU era Grundig AM/FM/LW/SW
stopped working, I started buying shortwave radios, because it IS on the
East Coast and from there, Europe is a tad bit closer. Also most of my newer
Taiwan and Japanese-made radios had better AM DXing capabilities.
I have a Grundig mega-SW/AM/FM that I bought when a NatGeo employee and haven't
used since moving to Chicago. It fills a bedside shelf.
So I got a deal on a C.Crane "orphan" (meaning returned) WiFi radio last
week and am awaiting for it. The last one that I had - I did not have WiFi
in the house for and passed it on to Don Lundy, so that he can sit in his
Inadianpolis living room and listen to West Coast talk radio via the web.
About 2 days ago, family friend Andy (aged 86 and WW II Navy vet) gave me
6 radios, most crappy drug store faux shortwave radios which he had been
given. Previously I had received a box of 6 transistor radios and a great
Chicago-made Motorola AM/FM with a steerable handle antenna from him.
Instead of being the crazy old lady with too many CATS, I feel like I am
becoming the old geezer with too many RADIOS.
October 12 2009 at 17:01:27 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Good Music on the Radio
Comments: What a trio! Jack, Johnny and Woodward. In a minute,
I'd listen for hours to any of those dudes. I did listen to Campbell when
I was a senior in high school up on the plains of northern Kay County when
he had me up to my ears in good music at 1170's Sleepwalkers Serenade. I
worked with Johnny AND Lee and know first-hand the tastes in music these
gentlemen help to promulgate in way or another.
I used to go by Campbell's house in Brookside and listen to The Singers Unlimited
with him and his wife. Such vocalizing. None better, along with the Hi-Los.
Woodward can not only pick great music to program but he knows how to sing
it, too. Just ask Lionel.
Back in about '77 I think it was, I went through the dust-covered LP library
at KWGS, when I was there, to see what kind of late 50s and early 60s non
rock they had on the shelf. There was a treasure trove of nearly cherry discs
awaiting to be placed on 89.5. We started up "Standard Reprise" every Monday
through Thursday evening starting at 9, I think it was. Les Brown, Les Elgart,
Woody Herman, and more jazzy stuff later into the evening. Then on Friday
evening we did a little number called "GS-JAZZ" with John
Doremus' voice giving the intro. (He did it for nothin'.) May he RIP.
A bit later, I twisted Dr. John Major's arm to get one hour of jazz on Saturday
evenings on KCMA, the commercial classical station. The name of that show
was "Midnight Oil." Seems like an appropriate name for a jazz show out of
the Tulsa area, hmmm.
October 12 2009 at 13:12:01 Name: Beverly Topic: Scott Comstock Comments: Thanks, Patrick! You're so funny!!!
The reason I'm asking is that my parents' first home was by a family whose
name was Comstock. They had two little boys and my parents were just crazy
about them. They bought the house in 1947. I wasn't born until about ten
years later, but I have heard about the Comstock boys all of my life.
My mother is now 92 and we took her on a drive Saturday down Charles Page
Blvd. and by their first home. She has a difficult time remembering much
of anything, but when it did sink in of where we were, she started telling
us about the little boys who lived by them. She doesn't remember their names,
I don't mean to be pushy, but I had to ask because I would love to tell mom
that I found one of the Comstock boys. If Scott isn't the one, I'll just
keep looking. Sadly, my mother told me the other Comstock boy died at a young
Thanks for your response.
October 12 2009 at 12:48:24 Name: Patrick Bryant Topic: Scott Comstock
Comments: Yes, my good friend Scott C. were raised in Tulsa, though
he were exiled to OKC about 35 years ago, thus raising the average IQ of
latter town noticeably.
October 12 2009 at 11:17:13 Name: Beverly Email: BeverlyW58@hotmail.com Comments: I agree.......I would certainly listen if Lee Woodward
were on the radio!
There has been someone named Scott Comstock who has written in at times.
Does anyone know if he were raised in Tulsa?
October 12 2009 at 03:14:28 Name: Jeff Buckley Topic: Fair Giveaways
Comments: Have to mention one that I remember my whole life, but
I can't say for sure that it came from the fair. My parents had a Moore Funeral
Home bottle opener for at least 30 years.
Now that's making your promotional budget work!
October 11 2009 at 22:46:09 Name: John K. Young Topic: Mr. Woodward on the Radio Email:
johnk662561atyahoodotcom Comments: I have to agree with Stephanie. Lee Woodward doing
a radio show showcasing his favorite music ala Johnny Martin would be a definite
treat! Perhaps the powers that be at KWGS or other non-Clear Channel owned
stations in Tulsa would be receptive to the idea. If it were to happen and
that station has an Internet link, I'd be a guaranteed listener!
October 11 2009 at 16:13:22 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Johnny Martin and Jack Campbell Comments: Stephanie, I certainly agree with you and Lee
Woodward that the Johnny Martin Show was one of the last personality-driven
shows on Tulsa radio that reflected the taste and style of the one whose
voice we heard.
Both had their own musical tastes, but they enjoyed and appreciated good
music and were dedicated to playing it, as long as there were sponsors who
agreed and supported them.
Indeed, they were perhaps the last radio personalities in Tulsa who pulled
their own playlists and treated their listeners to a radio experience that
was unique and very personal. We all knew them as our late-night musical
friends who played the tunes that we loved.
Jack Campbell on Sleepwalkers Serenade the night of the moon landing,
July 20, 1969. (Scott Comstock)
October 11 2009 at 14:21:16 Name: Mike (forgetful) Bruchas Topic: Tulsa State Fair Comments: Okay - besides "the
song" - us out of towners need a report on how good the Fair is this
year? Any Don Woods sightings?
I hear deep-fried cheese curds are available on the Midway this year (thank
you, Wade Harris!)
Roy Lee posted a quote on Facebook in regards to the Fair which had me cackling.
Need some "team coverage" here, folks!
October 11 2009 at 14:01:34 Name: Stephanie Staines Topic: Lee Woodward and Johnny Martin
Comments: Many thanks to Lee Woodward for
his writing: I guess you could say, that in
reality, when Johnny and his peers went away, that's when the music died.
Lee hit the nail on the head with that remark.
What once made radio special was personality and the simple facts are
personalities like Johnny Martin presented a show. Remember, it was the
Johnny Martin Show. It was more than the good music
he played, more than his hip style and clever wit, it was a well-crafted
program, a show like no other. It was not an accident that Martin became
known as the "King" of Tulsa airwaves. He was original, a true showman and
Martin did not suffer fools, those wanting to help make his program into
something not of his own creation. As the legend goes a retail shop owner
wanted to buy time on KRMG but had several suggestions about how the station
in general and the Martin show specifically could be made better. When told
about the shop owner's ideas Martin replied "You don't tell me how to run
my show and I'll not tell you how to run your business."
P.S. I would love to hear the Lee Woodward version of the Johnny Martin Show.
A Lee Woodward radio show sounds like a good idea to me.
October 11 2009 at 13:57:10 Name:
Mike Miller Topic: The aging process
Thanks to Mike and Mike for the birthday greetings. If at 72 I?m aging like
fine cheese it must be Limburger, (or Lumburger), I FORGET how to spell it.
October 10 2009 at 21:06:01 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Canadian T-Giving
Comments: Maestro Funsky: It only makes sense to have the American
T-Giving as decreed by law if bid'ness wants the American people to be reminded
they only have a month to buy all them presents a'fore Christmas.
Thanksgiving would be more effective as a winter holiday if it were on the
last Thursday in February. Turkey and punkin pie, I've found, taste just
as good then as in November.
Del in NorCal
October 09 2009 at 19:48:15 Name: Mike (forgetful) Bruchas Topic: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
Comments: If you are or live in Canada - it's Thanksgiving weekend
there. Often makes more sense than OURS less than a month from Xmas. Throw
a moose "on the barbie" for us!
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