December 24 2009 at 17:48:25 Name: Webmaster Topic: Merry Christmas to all
And for anyone who must be out in the blizzard tonight: be careful and we'll
leave a gizzer blinkie on for you.
(Later note) I was one of those unfortunates. I've never encountered worse
visibility in Tulsa. After 14 miles in an hour, I got stuck in my own driveway,
but called it good.
December 24 2009 at 17:33:40 Name: Loser Topic: KAKC Contact
Comments: To this very day, I still can't believe that those guys
were actually denied admittance to "Easy Rider." What a travesty!
Give it another 40 years.
December 24 2009 at 16:34:25 Name:
Mike Miller (via email to
webmaster) Topic: WTTG-TV in D.C. Comments: Ran across this old (1969) newspaper ad featuring
the names of the entire staff at WTTG-TV. By today's standards it was a fairly
small staff. I think there were 100 in the newsroom when I worked at WFAA-TV
Many of these staffers were either just starting out or becoming known in
the Washington market. There's Connie Chung, Maury Povich, Rowland Evans
and his partner Robert Novak, (they had a column in the Washington Post),
Hollywood reporter Rona Barrett and and Dr. Joyce Brothers. Povich was married
at the time and apparently didn't pay much attention to Connie until they
co-anchored the news a few years later in Los Angeles.
Most of the reporters had worked in smaller markets before jumping to Washington
and many of the names were behind the scenes types. They even included the
courier who would pick up our film as soon as it was shot and rush it back
via motorcycle for processing.
"IN COLOR SEVEN NIGHTS A WEEK." Interesting that they were still promoting
color in 1969, some five years after it debuted in Tulsa. The Metromedia-owned
station was considered the most successful in the country, largely because
it came on at 10 p.m. ahead of the network affiliates.
December 24 2009 at 10:23:16 Name: Lee Woodward (via email to webmaster) Topic: Merry Christmas Comments: Ah! Maury Ferguson. My thanks to Gary and all
others who still have a memory.
And my memory also tells me that it's Christmas time. So, I offer the attached
photo of the King and I in a younger mode but with an old and sincerely offered
bon mot to one and all, "Have yourself a merry little Christmas". I think
there's even a musical backup around here somewhere.
December 24 2009 at 08:38:20 Name:
Jim Ruddle Topic: Doc Hull Comments: I knew Doc a bit and used to sit in the
studio--announce booth-- with him at KVOO, in the Philtower.
Stopping for pancakes sounds right. He frequently expressed concern about
his waistline and at one point figured that he had cracked the code that
would move him to the world of the slender: Instead of having two pieces
of toast with his breakfast, he would have one. That should do it.
I don't think it did.
By the way, Merry Christmas to all the TV Memories gang.
December 24 2009 at 01:44:35 Name: Arm Topic: KAKC Contact Comments: I definitely remember the
radio show Beverly was asking about. It was called
"KAKC Contact." I know it aired on Sunday night, I believe from 9:00 to midnight.
It was a call-in show for troubled teens, dealing with relationship problems.
Although I was extremely troubled, I hardly ever listened to the show, and
only called once. Sunday nights were depressing enough, as I looked forward
to another miserable week of my life and that Monday morning alarm clock.
I'm okay now.
My only call to the show dealt with my buddy and I being refused entry to
"Easy Rider" at the 51 Drive-in in Broken Arrow,
due to the American flag on the back of his jacket. We called the show to
complain about it. We pretty much got over it and moved on the next day,
but I'll always remember turning on the show a few months later and still
hearing some losers debating about whether or not they should have let us
That's all I've got.
December 23 2009 at 15:41:01 Name: Steve Hull (via email to
webmaster) Topic: Doc Hull of Sleepwalkers Serenade Email: hullinc at charter daht
net Comments: My name is Steve Hull. Our father hosted
Sleepwalkers Serenade at KVOO then
later moved to KRMG. I remember, fondly, being allowed to go w/him to work
at KRMG (after KVOO) on occasion, a fantastic field trip for a little boy.
His was the early morning shift. The ritual for us on the way to the radio
station studio would be to stop and have breakfast at Bishop's? They had
the best pancakes that I can remember.
As we arrived at the station, I don't remember whether the building was unlocked
or if dad had a set of keys to unlock the door. Once inside the DJ area,
dad would prep and cue records. Sometimes he would let me cue the next record
while he watched to ensure that it was done correctly.
As his show started, I would wander around the darkened facility (low lighting)
and frequently ended up in one of the recording studios to sit at the piano,
entertaining myself by making up all kinds of things and sounds.
Sometimes being alone in the building felt a little spooky so would find
comfort being back w/dad and his show.
I can't believe that I remember some of the names of people that worked at
Milt Haynes? Leonard Haynes? Glen Condon? Lynn Higby?
Also remember a VW bus that dad would drive as a promotion for the station,
sometimes I got to ride w/him. He would drive in traffic and announce, remotely,
from the bus that he was behind someone else in traffic. He would call out
the license number, I believe, so that if the person driving that car was
listening to the station at that particular time, they would pull over and
stop. Dad, on behalf of KRMG, would reward the loyal listener with a silver
dollar. It was always a thrill when someone was listening and would pull
Dad made radio work look easy, maybe it was or is? He did have a great way
of talking to people on and off the air. I know that he enjoyed it so.
December 22 2009 at 22:49:08 Name: Beverly Topic: Radio show "Contact"
Comments: Does anyone remember a Sunday night radio talk show
on KAKC in the late 60s called "Contact"? Just wondering if anyone else remembers
Yes, I believe that was David Stanford's show, though I think
it was on KRMG in Johnny Martin's old time slot (see Arm's entry
above and Si Hawk's in GB 306 for more info about KAKC's "Contact") Jim Back
mentioned David in GB 56, also quoted on the Johnny
December 22 2009 at 09:16:30 Name:
Jim Ruddle Topic: Maury Ferguson
Comments: Back in the early to mid-fifties, I was a fan of Maury
Ferguson's. He did a program about various aspects of Oklahoma and hosted
it live from the KOTV studios. Apparently, he did the same thing in Oklahoma
City, and drove weekly to Tulsa for the program.
He was a pleasant--if slightly hyper--fellow, but who wouldn't be with what
he was doing? We oldtimers repeat ad nauseam that "live" was tough, and it
was, but Ferguson made it look easy, smooth, and problem free.
Ferguson was the first truly personable narrator/host I'd encountered in
local television and he was excellent at what he did.
December 22 2009 at 06:22:20 Name: David Bagsby Topic: Radio
Comments: The Unfilmy Can Festival was Sartain's radio show that
was on the same time as the National Lampoon Radio Hour.
December 21 2009 at 11:37:00 Name:
Gary Chew...Again? Topic: Maury in OKC Comments: Season's Best Wishes to my former colleague:
King Lionel's right hand man: Lee Woodward.
I grew up on WKY-TV in OKC while attempting to mature in the hinterlands
of Northern Oklahoma prior to making my pilgrimage to Tulsa.
Would you believe: Ferguson, Mr. Woodward?
Webmaster: In GB 12, 6/21/1999, Tony Sellars told us:
"Maury Ferguson is still in OKC, but retired. They took him off the Fred
Jones spots just a couple of years ago."
December 21 2009 at 11:29:26 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: What's In A Name?
Comments: Shoutout to Bob Dolfan: The Mazeppa show title, at least
the front end of it, was my 'think-up.' I queried G. Ailard, "How 'bout using
'uncanny'? Nice flip on Cannes, doncha think?" Since Maestro Sartain hails
from Tulsa, he added the now famous 'camp meeting' we all know, love and
continue, to this day, to experience steeped in a sense of mirth.
Part of my retirement income is made possible through residuals for the creation
of the 'uncanny' title.
From a cardboard box on a sidewalk somewhere in downtown Sacramento...
Shamelessly taking credit, I remain Delmeaux de Gillette du Coffeyville.
December 21 2009 at 11:19:45 Name:
Woodward (via email to webmaster) Topic: Photo in the Tulsa World today Comments: I was going to add a photo that was in this
morning's paper of three people from a WKY-TV photo shoot from years ago.
It refers to a Ned Hockman (center) flanked by, on the left, Howard Neumann
and on the right, Bud Wilkinson. Actually, I recognize the fellow not as
Ned Hockman, but a fellow named Maury _______ . He was, when I came here
in the fifties, an ad man from Oklahoma City. He had the Fred Jones Ford
account, which was huge. I just cannot remember his last name. I know the
sleuths out there in TTVM land will come up with it.
Here's the article by NewsOK.com with photo in today's Tulsa World:
December 21 2009 at 10:57:14 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Birthday Boys
Comments: It's the shortest day of the year.
Somehow, waay back when, a lot of us geezers were born on this date.
I turned 59, former KTUL engineer Ed Morris 65 and Bob Hower is ??.
Former KTUL hand, Don Lundy, has a birthday, too, on 12-23.
I worked with two other guys NOT from Tulsa who had 12-21 birthdays, must
be something in our birthdates which "drove us to TV careers".
December 21 2009 at 10:10:42 Name: DolfanBob Topic: Mazeppa Email: DolfanBob@lycos.com Comments: Do any of you Mazeppa fans remember G-ailard twisting
the name of the show to The Un-filmy Can-festival and Camp Meeting. Did I
just dream that ?
December 21 2009 at 01:41:18 Name: Dana LeMoine Topic: Mazeppa Articles Email: email@example.com Comments: Here are links to a couple of articles in Sunday's
Tulsa World (about the new DVD available from
Webmaster: A caption under the pictured "Mazeppa" matchbox cover states
that it "helped inspire" the show's name (which was actually "The Uncanny
Film Festival and Camp Meeting"). This may have been an assumption by the
On the history of the "Mazeppa" name: I had noted on the
1971 Gailard Sartain interview page that "Tchaikovsky's
opera 'Mazeppa' is based on Pushkin's poem 'Poltava,' which depicts the
historical Ukrainian separatist, Mazeppa, in both his political and romantic
Writer John Wooley, who appeared
on the Mazeppa show as a member of "The Beef Squad", is a fifth cousin of
Lord Byron. The story of Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley in the
summer of 1816 when she took a challenge by Lord Byron to write a ghost story.
The June 7, 1970 Mazeppa movie was "The Bride of Frankenstein", which framed
its main story with a take-off of this historical incident.
December 20 2009 at 20:09:24 Name: Elmer and Elsie Topic: Rex Brinlee Passing Email: elmeratbordendotcom Comments: Cattle all across Oklahoma will sleep better
December 19 2009 at 12:22:26 Name: Sam Topic: Rex Brinlee Dies Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Rex Brinlee died on Friday, Dec. 18, at St, Francis
Hospital in Tulsa.
December 17 2009 at 17:22:44 Name: Si Hawk Topic: Joe Henderson Email:
email@example.com Comments: I first met Joe Henderson in 1970 while I was a
member of the KELi Explorer Post 430 group. Joe was an all-business kind
of guy but never failed to show a soft side for young people getting in the
His voice was a staple on Tulsa radio and television for Safeway, OTASCO,
BJ Furniture Sales and a ton of others. Joe and Dick Schmitz pretty much
owned the air waves in local voice production in the 60s through the 80s.
Between Joe and Forrest Brokaw the members of our Explorer group got an
opportunity to see first hand how the radio business actually worked. The
Post 430 group enjoyed free baseball and stock car races and reported back
to Ken (Sutherland) Douglas, Dean (Jenkins) Kelly, Les Garland, John Steel
and Dick Ralston with live (and sometimes recorded) voicer reports. We were
also encouraged to produce PSAs for airing and create "long cuts" of the
Top-40 tunes being played on KELi. Those skills have served me very well
over the years.
A couple of years ago I was delighted to hear Joe on a local spot. It really
brought back memories. God bless you Joe!
I would not have recognized Joe today from the photo. Only by his distinctive
December 17 2009 at 01:52:37 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Joe "Kelly" Henderson Comments: Mike Miller's got it right, as does Mr.Sutherland
not so far east of me in Elko, NV. Henderson was pretty much all professional.
He did come in very early. He did the 6 to 9 air shift, "Coffee Cup Capers,)
I think it was when KELi came on the air. Bill Miller Kelly did the 9 to
I did the 3 to 6 afternoon drive. Seemed as though Joe was around almost
all day like someone who came in at 9 or so. We spent a lot of time doing
car radio checks in shopping center carlots all over Tulsa. I don't think
anyone at other Tulsa stations did that. We were always seeing how we and
KAKC were squaring-off with listeners.
I got off on the wrong foot with KELi. I had gone to the US Army (like Mike
Miller did about that time) while KTUL was transmogrifying into KELi. I had
a full time job at KTUL AM. I was told I would get my job back in Tulsa on
release from service. Raymond Ruff of OKC and owner of KELi wanted me to
go to his station in Wichita Falls. I like Oklahoma much better than Texas,
especially when we're talking about Tulsa. I found that I was legally covered
to be taken back at my full time job at 1430---to Mr. Ruff's chagrin. But
he respectfully obliged. I've always appreciated his action.
Joe was a good, serious, professional man to work for. My condolences to
his family. Joe and I are the same age.
I recently heard from Bill Miller, who now lives in the KC area, that Joe
was failing. Joe, as I remember, was a tee-total-er: no booze, no nicotine.
A pretty straight arrow, he was. Henderson was sort of a trailer-blazer for
the likes of the late Billy Mays. RIP, Joe.
December 16 2009 at 22:53:02 Name: Ken Sutherland Topic: Joe Henderson Email: ken at rubyradio dot FM Comments: 12/16/2009
I heard today that long-time KELi General Manager Joe Henderson died. Steve
Clem, a former KELi jock and friend of all things related to Tulsa radio,
forwarded me a 2-line funeral announcement from the Tulsa World that simply
said "Henderson, Joe, Broadcaster, age 72, died Monday" and went on to give
the date of the service.
I think Joe deserved more than that. The World should have done an article
on his contribution to radio and especially to Tulsa. Even if you didn't
know Joe, you knew his voice from the hardware store ads. Long after I left
Tulsa, I continued to hear his furniture store and Safeway ads. Joe's voice
was distinctive - there was no mistaking him for anyone else.
He had many accomplishments, and I am only aware of a few, but I'll spill
them here, and maybe someone who knew him better can fill in the blanks.
Start with the birth of KELi, Tulsa's 1430. I believe it was in 1960, fully
11 years before I arrived, but the story still echoed through the curved
hallways of the spaceship studios. At the time, Joe was the Program Director
who came up with the idea of a contest to name your newborn child after the
radio station, and win a huge pile of baby stuff. That is the reason that
even today, there are so many 49 year old people in Oklahoma named KELLY
or KELLI, or even KELi.
Not sure, but I believe the lower case "i" was his idea, too.
When I started at KELi, I was the all-night DJ, and Joe was the General Manager.
He often arrived at 5:30 AM so that he could record the ads he'd sold the
previous day, and get back to the work of running the station before 8. (After
40 years in the radio business, I've never seen another GM arrive that early!)
His commercial production was outstanding, especially given the dilapidated
old junk the station had for equipment. His work in that wedge-shaped little
production room inspired me to build my own career with an emphasis on
production, and today, even though we've gone from tape to digital, I still
use many of the techniques I learned from Joe back in 1971 and 1972.
My respect for Joe is not based on friendship. I never had dinner at his
home or even met his family. I was just a guy who worked for him for a couple
of years. And I certainly was not the best employee in the place! I was an
immature kid who bent every rule, and pushed the envelope as far as it would
go. But Joe understood. He knew what I needed, which was a place to grow
up, and he gave it to me. I'm sure I tested his patience to the limits, but
he never raised his voice to me and he didn't give up on me. Eventually,
I shaped up into a pretty good radio man, even if some might disagree, and
I have Joe Henderson to thank for being such a positive role model early
in my career.
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And now, some photos and information about the answers in this 13-image TTM
Flickr photoset from the TTM photo/video briefcase.
Thanks to Mike Bruchas for his photos, and Cara Orban, History Librarian
at the Research Center of the Tulsa City-County Library via their
AskUs service, which is great,
by the way.
Ms. Orban: "Yes, you are correct about the motel on the corner of 4th and
Cheyenne that currently houses Coney Island. It was known as Downtowner Motor
Inn for about 20 years, from 1960 until 1981. Downtowner was apparently a
motel franchise in the Southern and Eastern United States.
"I found some newspaper articles and a color brochure in our Tulsa motels
vertical file, and have scanned and attached these items as JPG images.
"The brochure indicates that the Tulsa location was scheduled to open in
fall of 1961. The articles attached are dated as follows:"
'Downtown hotel will rise,' Tulsa Tribune, 7/21/1960
'Downtowner Motor Inn sold, buyer plans major renovation,' Tulsa World, 8/19/1981
December 16 2009 at 20:13:58 Name: Dave Bartlett Topic: Oral Roberts Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: I remember playing (trumpet) for the dedication
of the Oral Roberts University and lighting up a cigarette during a break
in the proceedings. I was promptly asked to put the thing out or leave the
campus without a paycheck. I went for the paycheck (I was a poor TU student
at that time). How times have changed (me too, haven't smoked for twenty-fine
December 16 2009 at 16:17:10 Name:
Mike Miller Topic: Joe Henderson
Comments: This obit was in today's Tulsa World:
Henderson, Joe Weldon, 72, broadcaster, died Monday. Memorial service 2 p.m.
Friday, Asbury United Methodist Church. Floral Haven, Broken Arrow.
Gary and I worked at KELi under Joe way back in the early 60s. Mr. Chew probably
had more dealings with Joe Henderson than I did since my immediate boss was
Forrest Brokaw while the DJs worked under Henderson, the program director.
Joe did station promos and a lot of commercial voice over work. I've heard
his distinctively low nasal voice all over the country. He once remarked
to me, ?You need two things to impress people. A nice car and a nice home.?
On my KELi salary, I always failed to impress.
December 16 2009 at 14:19:49 Name: Webmaster Topic: TTM Contest update Comments:
We've had a couple of answers of "Executive Inn" to the contest question.
My sources confirm that it was indeed the last business at that location
before Coney Island came along.
Before I knew the answer to the question, I had added a caveat that it be
the first business in that building. However, my caveat came after I received
an answer of "Executive Inn".
I therefore award a DVD to the first "Executive Inn" answerer, Erick Church.
But I know for sure now there is a different answer to my caveated question.
So there is another DVD for the first person to answer it.
December 16 2009 at 13:26:35 Name: Frank Morrow Topic: Oral Roberts Email:
frankdotmorrow@coxdotnet Comments: My first memories of Roberts was seeing his huge
tent that would pop up in the summers in large, vacant areas. It was a target
of derision and jokes. "Holy Rollers," they were called. (This was during
a comparatively secular time among the young in the US, even here in the
The first time I saw Roberts was on TV in Hawaii in 1960. It was a healing
program with the whole range of throwing away of crutches, etc. One man came
in with a huge goiter that was so large it prevented him from bowing his
head. His chin was resting on it.
Oral laid his hand on the goiter, raised his head toward the heavens and
yelled out "HEEEAAL!!" He simultaneously gave such a huge shove on the goiter
that I thought it would either explode or come out the back side of the poor
man's neck. People had to keep the "patient" from falling backward and off
Roberts roared, "Are you healed? Did God heal you?"
The visibly shaken man could not answer. He could only choke and wheeze.
He could hardly breathe.
The man was hurriedly hustled off the stage.
December 16 2009 at 12:49:01 Name: Erick Topic: The question must be asked... Comments: If the webmaster is unaware of the correct
answer to the question posed below...how will the webmaster know when the
correct answer has been given?
The webmaster will independently obtain an answer from an authoritative
source before awarding the prize.
The topic came up in conversation today. I realized I had been wrong about
the Darby Lane Motel, and further internet searches proved fruitless for
me. That's when I decided this would be a good question to pose.
1:24 pm: Well, I believe I found the answer myself on the internet by
pure serendipity. I even have a photo, which I will add after we have an
December 16 2009 at 10:12:30 Name: Webmaster Topic: TTM CONTEST RIGHT NOW! Email:
I was in error. The Darby Lane looked similar to the site at 123 W 4th St,
but was actually located at 416 W 6th St.
What business was formerly in the building that is the current site of Coney
The first correct answer sent to my email (mike@tulsaTVmemories.com) gets
A new Jack Frank "Tulsa A to Z" DVD, which, by the way, is also available
at TulsaFilms.com, SpiritBank branches,
Tulsa area QuikTrip stores, Walgreens and at Steve's Sundries at 2612 S.
(Later note: the property was built in 1960, according to the Tulsa World.
Yet later note: it is this first incarnation I am looking for.
Yet even later note: I must admit that I do not know the answer to the question
at this time. But I am confident that it has one and only one answer as posed.)
December 15 2009 at 21:27:16 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Oral & KTUL in the 70s Comments: Before the ORU TV complex was built, KTUL was
contracted to do remote tapings out there with the truck in the 70s.
Oral had taped at NBC Burbank and for a while brought L.A. union camera and
production folks to work events at the Mabee Center.
December 15 2009 at 20:21:31 Name:
Mike Miller Topic: Oral Roberts
Comments: My brief recollection of the late Oral Roberts is lifted
from page 12 of "How High Can a Guy Stoop?"
"I covered the groundbreaking of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. During
an interview, I asked Roberts if he had ever heard Lenny Bruce?s classic
routine, Religions Incorporated, in which Bruce brutally pokes fun at Roberts,
Billy Graham, and other religious leaders. Oral said he had not, but, of
course, was not under oath."
I also recall covering a theft of a number of bags of mail at his ministry
near Boulder Park. According to a police report, one bag had about $13,000
Roberts helped pave the way for other televangelists like Pat Robertson and
Roberts not only changed television, his futuristic university certainly
changed the landscape of South Tulsa.
The book by the way, available through this site and Amazon is a great Christmas
gift idea? (And a shameful self-promotion.)
Scroll down a little from this spot on the KOKI
page to see several original Linda Soundtrak commercials.
December 13 2009 at 14:48:58 Name: Lanette Brown Giese Topic: Taylor Pies Email: im4cruzin at the middle of
the desert Comments: Thanks to Beverly for the brain toot about Taylor
Pies. My dad frequented that place, and somehow he knew the family. I believe
one of them was David, probably through the boat business somewhere.
Hope this finds everyone having a good Christmas Season, and man am I thankful
I'm not puttin' up with bad weather, the worst we've seen was 6 days below
40' and 2 inches of snow. Happy Holidays and Happy 2010 to all.
December 13 2009 at 13:39:15 Name: Wilhelm Murg Topic: Christopher Lewis Email: wilhelmurg at yahoo dot
com Comments: Thanks to Christopher Lewis for all the great spatter
movies, not only the ones that he made, like THE RIPPER, but also the ones
he distributed on VHS. I feel my life would be different if I hadn't seen
SCREAM BLOODY MURDER! ("The first film to be called GORE-NOGRAPHY!"), THE
TOOL BOX MURDERS, THE DEVIL'S RAIN, and all the others in the 1980s on VHS.
Some of these films are available at
Entertainment. Stocking stuffers? (heh, heh)
December 13 2009 at 10:52:17 Name: Christopher Lewis (via email to
webmaster) Topic: Tulsa TV
Comments: Mike - I really get a kick out of the website - what
a great tribute to a great TV town.... but I hate to see that so many have
As Bob Hope would have said, "Thanks for the Memories".
Thanks, and seasons greetings to you and yours.
Chris' YouTube Channel features
these high quality videos from his Tulsa days. Quite a cavalcade of TV
celebrities in the second one:
December 12 2009 at 13:00:20 Name: Webmaster Topic: Remco Drive-In Theater commercial Comments:
I would have loved this item to go along with my Remco filling station. That's
a young Patty Duke doing the commercial.
December 12 2009 at 07:21:28 Name: David Bagsby Topic: Creature comforts
Comments: Something for the whole family:
December 11 2009 at 04:46:07 Name: Webmaster Topic: Previous GroupBlog link
Comments: Archived GroupBlog 304.