Ray L. Rivera - 04/06/99 02:16:23
Location: Louisville, KY
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Mazeppa
Stupidest local commercial: "AT SOUNTRAK!"
How did you find TTM?: more surfin'
Ray L. Rivera - 04/06/99 02:08:11
Jim Back - 04/06/99 00:13:07
After World War II, E.K. Gaylord announced he wanted Oklahoma City to have its own television station.
When Gaylord dedicated the new WKY radio studios and office in 1936, he announced, "When television and facsimile transmission are ready for the public, WKY expects to serve you."
He lived up to his promise. On April 14, 1948, The Oklahoma Publishing Co. filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., to build Oklahoma's first television station in Oklahoma City and operate on Channel 4.
About 25 years later, E.K. Gaylord recalled that the government was begging people to apply for permits. "We were the only one to apply for one in Oklahoma City."
Gaylord added: "We knew we'd lose money.... I expected it would take at least 90 days of red tape up there in Washington, but we got approval almost by return mail."
By mid-October 1948, a public television demonstration was conducted during the "Made In Oklahoma" exposition. Other demonstrations followed to explain what television was.
In early April 1949, a television antenna was installed on the WKY radio tower. By the end of April, the new television station was transmitting its test pattern. The station's switchboard was flooded with calls from all parts of Oklahoma and from viewers in bordering states reporting reception.
WKY-TV went on the air officially with live and film programming on June 6, 1949. The station was on the air from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Sunday through Friday. On June 17, WKY-TV carried its first NBC television network program, "Who Said That?" It was on film since the station was not yet directly linked to NBC.
In August 1949, WKY-TV signed a contract to provide coverage of the University of Oklahoma home football games for the coming season. The first game was televised Oct. 1, 1949.
Late in 1949, WKY-TV placed its first order for color equipment. When it
finally arrived, the station became the first independently owned TV station
in the United States to broadcast in color.
Jim Back - 04/05/99 22:20:43
Location: Edmond, OK
How did you find TTM?: From a friend
A note asked what happened to Barbara Allen. She married the news director of KTUL at the time, Jeff Rosser. They showed up in OKC a couple of years ago when he became GM of KOCO-TV. After they left Tulsa one went to Washington, and the other went to Dallas (I think). Yet I ran into Jeff shortly after he came here and he said their marriage survived the geographic split. I heard the other day that he is no longer at KOCO. Don't know where he went.
Someone mentioned Jude & Jody furniture. They're still in operation over here (in OKC) and still use the slogan "We love folks."
Who remembers Linda Soundtrak? I am Marketing Director for Multimedia Cablevision and I tracked her down last fall and got her to come to OKC to make a series of campy commercials for us (along the lines of "I sold a lot of TVs in my day, but if we'd have had cable back then I could have sold even MORE TVs!"). Got lots of feedback on putting her on TV, most of it positive. Anyway, she is currently working for a "Thrifty Nickle"-type paper in Birmingham, Alabama.
One more thing, then I'll go: How about a thread dealing with old radio personalities? Anyone remember Johnny Martin? How about his catch-phrase "It's Friday night, case night in the city." Here's a trivia question: Why did he say that?
I've only scratched the surface of your home page but am looking forward
to exploring the rest ASAP.
Did Johnny Martin mean a case of beer, maybe? He has been been discussed in the previous guestbooks (I am thinking about ways to organize the info in the guestbooks...any ideas? I hate to interrupt their conversational flow. Maybe I should occasionally create a new page topic and copy the relevant guestbook items to the page...)
I'm sure many here will breathe easier knowing that Jude and Jody are still kickin' and luvvin' folks.
There have been many mentions of Linda Soundtrak here...appreciate the
Mike Bruchas - 04/05/99 20:34:22
Anyone have access to a Broadcasting & Cable Factbook thru a library? WKY-TV became KTVY-TV that begat KFOR-TV while KOTV has always been KOTV. Anyway, this should be our source on clearing up the anniversary/sign-on dates.
The Factbook might also have ALL the Tulsa surviving TV and Radio station start-up dates - which would add to our trivia!
WKY-TV was the first station in OK (and in the nation for a certain model
early camera)to have a color camera for use on news and programming and it
used to be displayed in the studio hallway. But who in Tulsey had color local
programming first? I was told KVOO-TV/KTEW/KJRH-TV. Any one know? KOTV was
the first station to have 2 color cameras I know.....
Erick - 04/05/99 05:34:15
If KOTV premiered in 1949, that would make this year it's 50th year. That's
why we see those cheesy Millineum Moment spots all the time. I would love
to see an hour (or longer!) show on KOTV's 50 years. Let's hope that
Mike Bruchas - 04/05/99 01:08:17
Location: Ex-Tulsan trapped in DC
Former KOTV/KTUL photog Carlos Hernandez is the new Chief Photog at WTTG/Fox in Washington. He said he was in Tulsa for the KOTV 50th anniversary party a few years back and had a great time. Seeing Lee Woodward was special he said.
I also learned that Wayne TUFFY Johnson of KTUL fame may be back at KTUL
again directing. Can anyone there confirm this?? If so this may make him
the longest working producer/director in Tulseytown these days!
Deb Walker - 04/03/99 00:58:21
In 1964, I was once the 2nd caller, which earned me a chance on the KELi wheel. It spun, and made me a KELi Dollar richer!
Big hits I liked that year: "Old Rivers" by Walter "Gol' durn it, Little
Luke!" Brennan, and the bathetic "Mr. Lonely" by Bobby Vinton.
Tim Stafford - 04/02/99 20:08:20
Talking about Uncle Zeb, my sister was one the show back in ... '74 or '75 maybe. She won a can of Beanie Weeniers!
Man, I love this stuff! I've always been interested in Tulsa history. I didn't realize how much I like Tulsa television & radio nostalgia until I came across an old TV Guide in a shop in Jenks. I think it's from May of 1978 or '79. It has ads for the local news and sports, it's "neat-o"
Tim Stafford - 04/02/99 19:05:58
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Mazeppa or Uncle Zeb, some morning news shows
Stupidest local commercial: the old Soundtrak commercials maybe
How did you find TTM?: ok.tulsa.general
You really have yourself a treasure.. no, I take that back TULSA has itself
a real treasure in your website. I'm looking forward to checking out all
of it and to future updates. I'm sorry I don't have much material to add
but you have a faithful fan! I'll keep coming back Tim S.
I'm glad you found the site, and like it. Your original comment on the
newsgroup suggested the idea of the web site to me.
Erick - 04/02/99 05:58:35
I remember being a young buck of about 17 when STV debuted in OKC. I believe they called it QTV. I can recall waiting for my parents to go to bed so I could try to pull in the "Adult Theatre" films. But, I'm off topic.
Being a weather freak for many years, I remember listening to KRMG growing
up. I believe their transmitter is in Mannford, making it very listenable
in OKC. They have always had great weather coverage.
Mike Bruchas - 04/01/99 23:56:21
As for Karen Keith? I think she was a weekend intern from OSU called Karen Gard or Garde when I knew at KTUL in the 70's before KTFO or KJRH. She has come a long way! Local gal makes good.
As for Dave Jones the weatherman - wasn't he also Chief Engineer there? He
had a long career in engineering management with Sony, Disney and TV stations
in Atlanta as Chief Engineer. Not bad for a guy who did TV weather on KVOO-TV
and was a DJ at KRAV. I think he is in NC now.
Ray L. Rivera - 04/01/99 22:31:41
Location: Louisville, KY
Favorite Tulsa TV show: The Uncanny Film Festival
Stupidest local commercial: LINDA SOUNDTRACK
How did you find TTM?: Just surfin' through
Debbie Sommers - 03/31/99 10:48:25
Location: Tulsa OK
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Daytime Soap operas, and the nightly news on Channel 2!
Stupidest local commercial: Four Day furniture man who waves his arm and screams at you "If you don't come down here, I cant save you any money!!!" makes me wanna jump in my car and race right there! Not!
How did you find TTM?: Link at TCS
I used to hang out at Willie's #3, and Utotem, and play PacMan all day. I met Jim Giles' daughters when we were all little...I had a crush on him,, lol. My sisters went to school with LeAnne Taylor, and I went to Lamaze class with Yvonne Harris and her husband Judge Harris (he couldnt even change a diaper on a doll.. haha)
Would you happen to remember Mikki & Rikki's TV and Pet Shop? Please
think hard...let me know if you do. The owners were my parents, John and
Judy. The shop was located on E.King St. I am proud to be a Tulsan, and intend
to stay here for the rest of my life. Where else can you complain about the
weather one minute, and love it the next? Sincerely, Debbie
Thanks for your comments.
Mike Bates - 03/31/99 01:47:42
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Oil in Oklahoma, with Bob Gregory
Stupidest local commercial: Christina's International Introductions infomercials
How did you find TTM?: ok.general
As a high school senior I had to spend a month as an unpaid intern at a local business. About that time (spring of 1981), KTFO 41 went on the air, and they were happy to have a few volunteers to help out at the station, which got me an internship with a minimum of effort. KTFO's studios were on the Main Mall, just northeast of Bartlett Square. It was mainly locally produced news from 7 am - 7 pm, then scrambled movies from 7 pm into the wee hours.
The on-air talent was an amazing collection of refugees from other Tulsa stations: Beth Rengel ended up there after her firing; Gloria Strickland, who, I seem to recall, was fired from KOTV after allowing a news story to air in which a homeless man said "sh*t" and she repeated the word; John Hudson and Karen Keith, who had been at KTEW (don't recall why they left 2). John Erling had a show which he did out on the Main Mall. (Never could figure out who the target audience was for that program -- housewives who wanted to see what their husbands were up to?) David L. Jones (of the Tribune) did movie reviews, while David R. Jones (no relation) was the weatherman. Beth Rengel and John Hudson had the evening newscast.
The weathermaps were set up like window sashes -- with ropes, pulleys, and sandbags for counterbalances, manually operated. Once just before air, a rope snapped and the wooden map board and sandbags came crashing down, just missing David R. Jones, who let fly with a stream of expletives about this cheap station.
Unfortunately for the interns, the station was still getting its act together, and we were given extremely trivial tasks to complete, while classmates interning at other stations were editing film and writing copy. Not that we had any complaints: The place must have seemed like TV purgatory to the staff and talent. (Not TV hell -- at least they were getting paid.)
I did get to go on a couple of stories with Karen Keith, who was and is a lovely person.
Don't recall how long the news format lasted, but it had to have been a handicap
to be going off the air at 7 pm just as primetime began. The pay TV broadcasts
continued at least into the mid-80s.
I also remember the beginning of Channel 41, with John Erling's show on the mall. He once covered one of those Chippendale's shows. Women were attending to make the point that what was good for the goose was good for the gander.
Someone else was asking recently, where is Bob Gregory?
Yes, Karen Keith is a first-class act. That reminds me, I have a picture
of her and me "co-anchoring" a broadcast...I'll get it out here pretty soon.
Erick - 03/30/99 07:49:50
Robert A. Cook - 03/30/99 04:48:30
Location: Midtown Tulsa
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Fantastic Theater
Stupidest local commercial: I can't believe nobody has said "Linda Soundtrak" yet....
How did you find TTM?: I got lucky.
She went by the name of "Miss Lynn." I'm pretty sure that was her first name, but I don't remember what her last name was.
My brother was on the show for a whole week. When I was growing up, our next-door
neighbor was Saidie Adwon, who later became GM of KTUL. At the time, "Romper
Room" was kind of slow taking off, and Saidie was quite anxious to find kids
who would appear on the show. So my little bro' got the duty. :-)
There have been other nominations of Linda Soundtrak in the commercial category...
I now have the full Fantastic Theater (not Theatre) theme available
for your listening pleasure.
Frank Lilly - 03/28/99 08:13:02
Location: Carmel, California
How did you find TTM?: Random Search-Tulsa
What have you been doing since you left Tulsa? Carmel sounds like a great place to live.
Mike Gleason - 03/28/99 03:56:33
Favorite Tulsa TV show: The Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting
Stupidest local commercial: Soundtrak, Wood Craft, Doc Rock
You must get a lot of electromagnetic waves there in Oneta.
Erick - 03/28/99 02:11:12
M. Ransom - 03/28/99 00:24:38
And we haven't yet mentioned "Creature Feature" on Channel 23, with Pickle
and Jeanne Tripplehorn (yet another star launched from Tulsa TV).
Erick - 03/27/99 19:24:35
Mike Bruchas - 03/27/99 15:22:38
The Nam generation, KOTV then ABC great Bob Brown worked for AFRTS in Nam. Muskogee-born former KOTV/KTUL national award-winning photographer Carlos Hernandez was an Air Force combat photographer.
Who else can you think of?
Mike Bruchas - 03/27/99 12:54:39
Deb Walker - 03/27/99 01:42:40
Location: Berthoud Falls, CO
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Mr Zing
Stupidest local commercial: most of them.
How did you find TTM?: Geocities banner
I thought I was the only one who remembered any of this. I've been telling people for years that Gary Busey was a local tv personality when I was a kid. No one believed me. HA! (Gawd, have I bookmarked this page yet?)
Gailard Sartain spoke at my 10th grade English class at my invitation. We all worshipped them both. I vividly recall the shade of red Gailard turned when a classmate asked him, "Just exactly what does 'Somebody smells like tuna fish' mean?" Gailard, choking with laughter, asked the boy if he had ever heard of "red-light seafood?" Those who hadn't gotten it before, got it then. *grin*
Like a lot of Tulsa kids, I got to be on the Mr Zing & Tuffy show for my 6th birthday. It was so cool (cause Mr Zing was pretty cute!), and I got to bring along, like, 5 kids from my class. I wore a yellow sweatshirt that said "I'm the Boss," and when John asked me, the boss of what, I got so tongue tied, I don't remember now if I actually said anything or not!
And finally, I cannot believe, after all these years, I got a chance to hear the Fantastic Theater theme again. I remember at about age 5, that song scared the crap outta me! I made my bro and sis let me watch it with them (the power of the tantrum) but they had to help me hold my ears shut and hum during the theme. They wouldn't turn it down, and I was too terrified to listen!
Man, thank you thank you thank you for this page. It brought back so many memories. Like the King Biscuit Flour Hour concerts on "Commode"....er, KMOD, every sunday night. Skateland on Sheridan Blvd... The Admiral Twin drive-in.... The State Fair......
BTW, anyone go to Nathan Hale, 1974 to 1977? Just thought I'd ask.
Yeah, thanks. You've made my year!
How did you like Tuffy up close?
The Admiral Twin. I try to go every year, because it may not be around for too many more. King Biscuit Flower Hours are now being released on CD.
The State Fair hasn't changed much over the years. Remember Gary Busey
in "Carny"? He played the insulting "Bozo" very well---the Teddy Jack Eddy
in him came out for that role.
Dave - 03/27/99 00:55:18
Favorite Tulsa TV show: 2 News in the Morning
Stupidest local commercial: Any of the furniture ads
How did you find TTM?: TeamTulsa Forums
Frank Christel via email - 03/26/99 15:59:10
Edward Dumit and Ben Henneke are not yet CyberCitizens, but we're working on that.
Frank Christel General Manager / Public Radio 89.5 KWGS, Tulsa
Mike Bruchas - 03/26/99 15:36:18
Don Lundy - 03/26/99 02:13:33
Do you know the derivation of these Tulsa radio call letters?:
Disclaimer: Michael Bruchas or members of his immediate family are not eligible
Ryan Nutsch - 03/26/99 02:13:25
Location: Enid, OK
Favorite Tulsa TV show: KTUL
Stupidest local commercial: Mathis Brothers Furniture
How did you find TTM?: OKC BBS
Erick - 03/25/99 22:50:42
Mike Bruchas - 03/25/99 21:45:56
Before I met Lewis and worked at 8, the late Cy Tuma (who had worked at 6 with him) once whispered to me that Lewis had the largest collection of pornography in Tulsa over headset to me - very conspiratorial like. I found out later it was banned books for literature (I presume like Henry Miller) not pictures! It would have seemed out of character to have been other-wise.
To your note on radio stations - KWGS-FM could have been KVOO-FM but the Skelly family helped TU pioneer this new radio band. As I recall from my KWGS history it was an outgrowth of the classroom of the air type programming on KVOO I think. Find Ben Henneke or Ed Dumit for the real story on KWGS-FM's early years.
The FM station in Bartlesville (can't remember the call letters!) and KWGS
were 2 of the first in the state and both stayed MONO long after the FM stereo
Anonymous - 03/25/99 21:31:44
Erick - 03/25/99 06:31:50
How did you find TTM?: Brought here at gunpoint.
And do you remember his slogan, "The more books you read, the taller you grow"? When I met him at the store another time, I told him I was the embodiment of that slogan. I am 6'6".
I believe Lewis got his start selling books at Vandever's. Does anyone
know when his Sunday morning show on KOTV began?
M. Ransom - 03/25/99 03:08:00
Email: Yes, please.
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Lewis Meyer Bookshelf
Stupidest local commercial: The Loan "Arranger"
I once visited the library to make a copy of the local newspaper on the day of my birth. I am looking at the TV schedule for that Saturday in July, 1953. The only station was KOTV Channel 6. The first program listed is "It's News To Me" from CBS at 5:30 p.m. At 6:00 is "The Larry Storch Show". Larry Storch is best known as Corporal Agarn in "F Troop" from the mid-60s. He's been around awhile! In 1953, he was a young nightclub comic. His show was a live summer replacement for "The Jackie Gleason Show", featuring comedy sketches with his guest stars.
Next up is the perennial "This Is Your Life" with Ralph Edwards from NBC. Interestingly, KOTV carried programs from CBS, NBC, ABC and the long-defunct Dumont network. I guess it was too early in the TV game to have an affiliation with only one network.
At 8:30 p.m. was "Private Secretary" with Ann Sothern as Susie McNamara. She was private secretary to a successful New York talent agent. One of the regulars was Jesse White as Cagey Calhoun, her boss' main competitor. Jesse White is best remembered as the original Maytag repairman. Here's a picture of him (and some other commercial icons): http://www.timvp.com/commercials.html
For night owls, there was "Wrestling From Hollywood" followed by "Late Date Theater", then "Sign Off".
Sunday morning featured the test pattern from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. If you had a brand-new TV, you might not mind watching this.
The early afternoon was filled with religious programs until 2:00 p.m., "Name That Tune" from NBC. It was followed by "Beulah" - ABC. According to "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network Shows", Beulah was a black maid who came to the aid of her ever-bumbling employers. Singer/actress Ethel Waters played the role for a time, followed by Louise Beavers in 1953. Other notables in the cast were Butterfly McQueen from "Gone With The Wind" ("I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' no babies, Miss Scarlett!") and Dooley Wilson, "Sam" from "Casablanca".
Nothing is listed after 6:00 p.m.
The radio stations of the day were KTUL(CBS) 1430, KVOO(NBC) 1170, KAKC(MBS - Mutual Broadcast Stations?) 970, KRMG(ABC) 740, KOME 1300, KFMJ 1050, and one FM station, KWGS 90.5 Megacycles. On KOME, Mack Creager was doing play-by-play for the Tulsa Oilers AA baseball team. Johnnie Lee Wills was on KVOO. Leon McAuliffe (former Bob Wills steel guitar player) had a show on KRMG. "Gunsmoke" with William Conrad (TV's "Cannon") as Matt Dillon was playing over on KTUL.
Sunday on KAKC: Milwaukee Braves vs. Brooklyn Dodgers with Dizzy Dean.