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June 11 2007 at 15:47:11
Name: Ray J. Johnson
Topic: Jim Wheaton was indeed a colorful part of Tulsa radio history
Email: rjohnson3604@yahoo.com
Comments: I'm responding to the late Jim Back's comment about the time when he had do crack down on Jim Wheaton. Jim mentions speaking to the sales rep at that time about Jim and his disregard for time. Well, I'm writing to say that the story is absolutely true. I was the sales rep at the time. Thanks for allowing me to contribute to Tulsa Radio Memories....Ray J. Johnson KRMG Sales 1977-1982

June 11 2007 at 13:38:58
Name: Kenny Bolen
Topic: A&W on Admiral
Email: kwerks@comcast.net
Comments: When I look at the picture of the Admiral Twin, I see the A&W stand across the street.

My very first job was at that establishment as a 'mug washer'. Three sinks of water. One to wash, one to rinse, the other to sanitize, then, into the freezer where it rode down a belt to get to the frosty stage and then filled up with the rootbeer and back out the door to the customer.

I wouldn't mind having one right now!

June 11 2007 at 12:14:01
Name: Sam
Topic: Tulsa Oilers of the 1930s
Email: Gravydogg55 at aol dot com
Comments: Our family moved from Tulsa to Chouteau after the crash of Wall Street in 1929.

However, kept track of sports. Harry Lamprich was my grade school classmate. We received the Tulsa Tribune by U.S. Mail.

Following is one of my memories of Tulsa Oilers Baseball:

Back during the early 1930s, Chouteau, Oklahoma had an outstanding baseball team. It consisted of several brothers and others, these small-town boys had played baseball since young, the ball field out at the edge of town in a cow pasture.

The Great Depression had began, money scarce, good low cost entertainment was had by watching the ball games. Chose up sides. However, one of the Chouteau residents knew one of the ball players with the Tulsa Oilers.

An arrangement was made for an informal practice game, Chouteau playing the Tulsa Oilers, coming to Chouteau on a Sunday afternoon. Quite a contrast. The Oilers in their uniforms, none of their baseballs wrapped with black tape and each player had a personal bat.

Some of the Chouteau players wore overalls and hobnail shoes. Cowboy hats or straw hats. There was a net behind the catcher made of chicken wire stretched over sassafras poles. The mesh of the wire was the large size, occasionally trapped the ball, easy to knock out though with a small sassafras pole.

The game got underway, each side scoring about the same, Oilers ahead by 3 or 4 scores in the 7th inning. What they didn't realize was Chouteau was not using the best pitcher. He entered for the last two innings and Tulsa never got another hit. Chouteau crept ahead and won by three runs.

Another game was scheduled and when the Oilers showed up for it they had left their uniforms in Tulsa and were wearing everyday clothes.

Good sports they were. Brought enough hand-me-down uniforms for two teams and several old gloves and baseballs and bats.Nice goodwill gestures though it didn't seem they would ever win against Chouteau, even sometimes coming in midweek. Sundays, the Tulsa team were scheduled with other cities.

The Oilers finally won against Chouteau when the three Nickodemus boys were busy hauling hay.

Wish I could remember all their names. Some were the Crockett brothers, Jacksons, Anders, Gann, Rapers. Some of these Chouteau players were offered jobs playing with the Oilers. The pay was not attractive enough.

June 10 2007 at 07:41:20
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Admiral Twin Drive-In

We went out to the Admiral Twin last night for "Shrek 3". As we got our hot dogs and nachos from the concession stand before the show, a thunderstorm blew in with a tiny bit of hail (which sent the classic Thunderbirds packing). Had to close up the van and use the blue ice packs (see Drive-In Checklist) for a little while. Then the storm was over and it was fine the rest of the evening.

As I wrote this at home Sunday morning, a heavy downpour started and ended (I'm not a fast typist).

June 10 2007 at 00:05:03
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: '74 tornado - KVOO radio staff
Comments: As I recall Dave "Tex" Irwin and Demi Rosenthal hid in the KVOO basement.
Alan Lambert should have good stories on that awful day. Either Demi or Dave had a car totalled by storm debris in the KVOO back parking lot - I recall.

KVOO and KRMG radio news staffs both served Tulsa at their best on that day. (And KAKC, as told in this story by Stacy Richardson...webmaster)

Last heard from: Demi, married and practicing land use law in Los Angeles area and Dave is Director of Information at a large university medical school on the East Coast.
Both a long way from KVOO - Big Country 1170.

June 09 2007 at 10:23:30
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Zeb's book signing today

Carl "Uncle Zeb" Bartholomew has a book signing (Plane Phenomenon: The Pawnshop Mysteries) today (Saturday June 9th) at 2 pm, at Borders Books and Music, 2740 E 21st St. He'll be lookin' fer ya!

(Later) Here is Carl with a former Zeb guest at Borders today.

Carl Bartholomew with former 'Uncle Zeb' guest at Borders, 6-9-2007

June 08 2007 at 10:25:20
Name: Scott
Topic: K-MOD
Email: sfields64 at coxdotnet
Comments: Speaking of KMOD memories...Does anyone else remember when KMOD would switch to the "Renegade Rock" thing at 7:00 every evening? This would have been early '90s probably. The DJ was a sultry-sounding lady who called herself Kat (or The Kat). I always thought at the time that it might have been Scary Mary, but I was never quite sure.

I do know that it was pretty cool to me to hear some music that KMOD did not normally play, and I usually would shut off the TV and listen to the stereo most of the evening. I don't remember how long they did that, but it was pretty cool while it lasted.

June 08 2007 at 10:18:03
Name: Scott
Topic: June 8, 1974
Comments: I was just a 10-year old dork living in West Tulsa. I remember hanging out with my uncles and aunt down in Sapulpa earlier that day, when one of them remarked that the sky looked "bad", and that we needed to get back to Tulsa. Turns out they were right. Just about the most frightening night of my life. Dad took us over as close to Brookside as he could get the next day, what a horrible nightmare.

The sound of tornado sirens still jars me to this day.

June 8, 1974 KTUL slide, courtesy of Peter D. Abrams

June 07 2007 at 21:26:06
Name: e. e. cummings
Topic: That's moi in the trunk, Mr. D
Comments: Mr. D:

How did you know I've been hiding out in the Belvedere trunk, all these years, just waiting for my chance at TV fame?

And you just blew it!

Guess I'll claw my way out, and head down to Bishop's for the Brown Derby Special.

Bishop's is still there, right?


June 07 2007 at 18:39:23
Name: Dana LeMoine
Topic: Time Capsule Coverage
Email: d4wdwatvalornet.com
Comments: FYI. I emailed Regina Moon at KOTV and asked if they would be covering the event live. Here is her response....

Yes- we plan to be live when the car comes out of the ground at noon and then that evening from 7-8 PM we will air a live broadcast from the Convention Center as items are removed from the car. Hope you'll tune in! There'll be streaming of the 7-8 PM broadcast...thanks for inquiring!


The prankster in me would love to see them slip someone made-up to look like a corpse into the trunk, and have them pop up [after a few tense seconds] on live TV. Or maybe a live rat...

June 07 2007 at 17:15:18
Name: Gary
Topic: storms tonight
Comments: Folks, please be aware of a potential severe weather outbreak tonight. Have a good one!

June 07 2007 at 14:41:04
Name: Kenny Bolen
Topic: Steely Dan
Email: kwerks@comcast.net
Comments: Just saw Steely Dan at the Mohegan Casino a couple of weeks ago! I couldn't believe the drummer (not Steve Gadd) pulled off the Aja solo...they sounded great.

Speaking of grocery stores, I grew up on Florence Street between Pine and Apache off Harvard street in the 60s. There was a little place called Model Grocery owned by a family with the last name Marshall.

I attended Celia Clinton and after school, we would run over with our deposit bottle money and buy penny candy. Mr. Marshall was one of the nicest folks a kid could meet. He always had plenty of candy and pop (Chocolate Soldier please!) for us.

Man...can I go back????

June 07 2007 at 03:58:35
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Doc Rock in Owasso/Time capsule

I visited Papa Dogs in Owasso on 86th St N and I-169 for lunch today. The proprietor was indeed the erstwhile Doc Rock! As soon as I heard his voice, I knew it was him. I gave him a card, and he may pay us a visit here soon, I hope. I can recommend the Hot Link Dog. The Bratwurst and coneys also looked good. (Added 4/2/2008: The sign says that Papa Dogs is under new management.)

Re the 1957 time capsule: a co-worker of mine was there as a 7 year old. She says there is a box in the trunk filled with items contributed by her and many other people. That box might prove to be the most interesting thing to come out of the capsule.

Doc Rock doing his thing. More TTM video in the Photo/video briefcase.

June 06 2007 at 22:39:16
Name: Gary Chew
Topic: Beautiful Green Place
Email: Just NW of Brownie's Hamburgers
Comments: Hey, Tulsa lookin' great here on Evanston.

Checkin' out Steely Dan; and The Kingsmen doing that great oldie, "Louie, Louie" on 94.1. I think they actually have a live jock on. What a concept!

Standing in line to check my bags in Sacramento this morning, the gal ahead me was asked her birthday. She said, "December 7, 1941." Some else said, "Wow, what a date that was!" And the guy behind me said,"Yes, and TODAY'S D-Day.

So, to Maestro Bruchas in a more eastern clime: some of us DO remember that very big day in 'muhr'cuhn history.

Kickin' Hitler's butt is another way to say it, I think.

Delmeaux de Gillette du Coffeyville

June 06 2007 at 19:10:17
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: D-Day the 6th of June
Comments: Betcha it hardly gets mentioned in the news today - a different generation.

June 06 2007 at 14:12:09
Name: E. M. Remarque
Topic: Radio Radio
Comments: To continue the Tulsa radio jag, let's recall: the sweetest of the sweet ever to appear on T-Town air: "Jeannie Summers" of K-MOD, who is really Jeanne Tripplehorn.

June 06 2007 at 14:00:46
Name: Erick
Topic: KMOD
Email: ericktul@yahoo.com
Comments: I'm a growing KMOD listener (most of my radio time is devoted to KRSC 91.3 in Claremore). They still have Two For Tuesdays, but no more Seventh Day (at least not that I've heard). Jim Jones and Scary Mary are gone too.

KC happens to be my favorite jock there (mainly because that's when I'm in the car heading home). His "One Request Drive Home Happy Hour" is great, especially since that request is chosen via the "Wheel of Magical Goodness". He also occasionally refers to KMOD as "The Rainbow Station", and even sometimes uses 97 1/2 instead of 97.5 when referring to the frequency, and appears to be the only jock there to still do so.

June 06 2007 at 13:31:43
Name: Bill Jaynes
Topic: KMOD
Email: wjaynes@hotmail.com
Comments: Well, then, on the subject of KMOD, who remembers "Two for Tuesday" and "The Seventh Day" and "The Side Show" and do they still have these? Are their on-air talents such as Jim Jones or Scary Mary Summers still around? Is Sherri Quinn still in the Tulsa radio market? I knew her in passing and very briefly, and I think she'd said was with KMOD. Anybody remember them?

Okay, back in 1982 (I think it was in March of that year), I remember there was a weekend they had in 1982 where it was non-stop music (except for station identifications), and in the same year, I think in late April. they had something called the Southern Rock 500, nothing but Southern Rock played all weekend. Anyone remember those?

June 06 2007 at 10:43:58
Name: Erick
Topic: Mel Myers
Email: ericktul@yahoo.com
Comments: Speaking of Mel, I found an aircheck of him on KMOD from 1977. The 'check begins with a couple of commercials for the Rubicon head shop (when was the last time you heard an ad for bongs?)

June 05 2007 at 21:13:57
Name: Dave Bartlett
Topic: Joe Alvarez
Email: dbartlett@ameritech.net
Comments: When I attended Eisenhower Elementary School in the early 50s (5th and 6th grades), I was best friends with Joe Alvarez. Joe was Helen's son. We would go to his big house on 31st Street with the white columns and lots of white carpeting.

At Joe's request (and my delight) the maid would fix an after-school snack of crab meat chowder. We'd go out to the garage and get cans of Hawaiian Punch (from a sponsor?) from a huge supply stacked up there. If I remember, it was fairly new on the market and a big favorite of theirs.

Sometimes Joe's mother would pile the two of us into her car (I remember a big white Caddy convertible) and we would head for KOTV. It was heady stuff for a young kid riding around in that convertible with a beautiful lady like Helen Alvarez!

It seems when we got to the station, our job was to terrorize the folks who worked there. Joe always wanted to get into the control booth or try to run the cameras. I'm sure there was a sigh of relief when we left.

I lost touch with Joe when his mother moved to California and have wondered what became of him in the ensuing years. Anybody have a clue?

Take a look at the photo of Helen Alvarez opening the Disneyland Hotel on this KOTV history page. Is your friend in the picture?

June 05 2007 at 15:08:57
Name: Beverly
Topic: Dixon's Grocery Store
Email: BeverlyW58@hotmail.com
Comments: Does anyone remember Dixon's Grocery Store at 15th and Gary Avenue....Merritt's is there now.

I have wonderful memories about that little, neighborhood store.

Couldn't quite get Dixon's but here are photos from the Beryl Ford Collection (courtesy of the Rotary Club) taken near 15th & Gary Pl. in 1966, looking west from 15th & Harvard, and 15th & Florence.

If you are interested in searching the Beryl Ford Collection, go to TulsaLibrary.org and click Catalog/Search the Catalog/Keywords. Type in a search of

"Beryl Ford Collection" 15th Harvard

for example. The photos date as far back as the 1800s.

June 04 2007 at 22:10:39
Name: Bill Jaynes
Topic: 1980s Nostalgia
Email: wjaynes@hotmail.com
Comments: Yes, 92K was definitely a big part of my musical menu back then, as was K-107 and KMYZ.

June 04 2007 at 17:01:48
Name: Erick
Topic: Mel Myers
Email: ericktul@yahoo.com
Comments: Mel spent several successful years with Banana Bradley co-hosting the morning show on Z-104.5 (when they were still a Rock/Top 40 station). Since the late 90's (I believe), he has been hosting the morning show on Star 103.3 (Classic Rock).

June 04 2007 at 15:36:58
Name: Bill Jaynes
Topic: Radio
Email: wjaynes@hotmail.com
Comments: Mel had (and perhaps still has(?)) the kind of voice and delivery that would probably suit him for even larger markets (New York, LA, Chicago) and probably versatile enough for other formats (perhaps Talk Radio?).

June 04 2007 at 14:02:25
Name: Kenny Bolen
Topic: Mel Myers
Email: kwerks@comcast.net
Comments: Couldn't agree more with my friend DolfanBob about Mel and the great radio of yesteryear. I thought Mel was one of the best radio voices in the business.

KMOD was the staple, with Chris and the Rainbow Rock Brigade in the morning, Mel Myers from 10-2 and catching the Bruin in the afternoon.

What ever became of Mel Myers? Last I ever heard him personally, was on Fox 104(?)doing the morning drive.

Speaking of Sweeney, it was great to be in that time when you saw 'It Ain't Right' live at the Brookside Depot, or the Boston Avenue Market. Don't forget Bill Davis, Earl Clark and Spectrum, and the Dominant Factor Band!

June 04 2007 at 11:13:24
Name: DolfanBob
Topic: Tulsa Radio
Email: MiamiPhin@yahoo.com
Comments: Man, does that audio clip bring back great memories. I forgot that the top 40 voice of Tulsa radio, Mr. Mel Myers, was working there. His radio station work list in this market must be amazing. I thought he was at KMOD forever. Just shows that when you're good, you're good.

I used to have the old 45 of that very Jim Sweeney song "It Ain't Right" and have always wanted to get another copy of it. That song should have went national in my opinion. I sure do miss when MTV actually played videos and I miss 19,19,1985.

June 04 2007 at 08:32:45
Name: Billy G Spradlin
Topic: KELi 14K-92K Last Hour 8-15-85
Email: jangleradio@yahoo.com
Comments: Hi, I haven't checked out the site in a long time, but I've been going through some old cassettes and decided to preserve this digitally. This is the last hour of 14K-92K (KELi 1430 and 92.1), August 15, 1985.

What a great DJ staff this station had at the time! It's just a shame they didn't have the wattage to challenge or beat Kay-107 at the time. The tape is "checked" except for one song: Jim Sweeney's "It Ain't Right", which became a local hit at the time. I'd still like to get an original 45 or MP3 copy of it.

Billy G. Spradlin

June 01 2007 at 17:05:18
Name: Rick Clark
Topic: Erling?
Email: clarkrick@yahoo.com
Comments: Saw an ad in Friday's Tulsa World for KRVT-AM 1270 saying John Erling is to return to the air Saturday morning June 2nd. Please let it be true!

It's true; read more on KRVT's web site.

(Saturday morning) I tuned in a little early and discovered a show definitely to my taste: the Sunrise Jazz Café, hosted by Chuck Ayers out of Tulsa. On his site (where you can download programs in mp3), he describes the show:

"Serving up great classic jazz from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Classic jazz and a hot cup of coffee will certainly get your morning off to a good start. All the small combo jazz we play is organic, acoustic and piano-driven."

Also heard about the Heartland Antique Radio Association's Summer Sizzler show in Broken Arrow, Saturday June 16.

June 01 2007 at 13:13:20
Name: David Bagsby
Topic: Loch Ness
Email: dcbatsunflowerdotcom
Comments: New video of the Loch Ness Monster. They say it's a big eel. Long green man as opposed to the little green type.

June 01 2007 at 12:18:53
Name: Kenny Bolen
Topic: Little Green Man - Spaceship
Email: kwerks@comcast.net
Comments: I believe this may have happened in conjunction with the Mr. Zing and Tuffy show, but, it could have been Uncle Zeb as well.

I remember going to a shopping mall (maybe on Admiral) and waiting for a outerspace man (can't remember the name) who was going to land in his spacecraft (it was some kind of hovercraft) and meet the kids. Being fascinated with space at the time (like most all of us at the time) I couldn't wait to see and meet this space guy. We got there early and I remember walking through the store and seeing someone slip into a changing closet with some kind of suitcase.

Even at that age, I found it funny and went over by the door only to be asked to move away from some adults (I am sure these were the promotion team) in which I complied. I snuck over and hid between some clothes rack and a short time later, the door slowly opened and this man with green make-up came out and looked around. I just hunkered down and got real quiet. Being this young, I guess I still held out hope that maybe the closet was some kind of secret transportation vessel he used to get from his planet to the store, but, the dream shattered when he spoke (in his earth human voice!) to the personnel and said "Let's get this over with!" and headed to the back of the store.

They passed me and I emerged from between the clothes rack and went to look for my mom (she was 'browsing') and headed out for the parking lot.

Now the big buildup from the MC and here comes the craft around the corner (sounding like huge weed-eater) and heading for the crowd with the little green man I had seen earlier coming out of the casual men's and belts closet in this store.

Needless to say, I lost my interest in the whole event and was ready to head to the A&W for my Teen-burger and frosty root beer. After informing my mom of what I saw and heard, she just laughed and we proceeded to the car. I am sure she was thankful that I didn't cause a scene and sure enough, we stopped at A&W.

Oddly enough, I think this whole plot line became an X-Files! *lol*

June 01 2007 at 09:23:31
Name: Dave
Topic: It was 40 years ago today...
Comments: We are informed that it was 40 years ago today that the Sgt. Pepper album was released. A music psychologist (or is he a psychological muscian?) has a wonderful opinion piece about it in today's Washington Post.

Best line from the article: "The act we've known for all these years is still in style, guaranteed to raise a smile, one hopes for generations to come. I have to admit, it's getting better all the time."

Here's a YouTube clip of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" from the Concert for Bangladesh, 1971, featuring George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Ringo, just added to the George Harrison in Tulsa page.

May 31 2007 at 02:50:02
Name: Webmaster
Topic: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
: Robert Vaughn works for the same marketing company as William Shatner (and Erik Estrada):

May 30 2007 at 16:24:10
Name: Bill Jaynes
Topic: Soundtrak
Email: wjaynes@hotmail.com
Comments: So what happened to Linda Soundtrak?

Ms. Soundtrak dropped in last month, in GB 239.

May 30 2007 at 08:51:21
Name: Brian
Topic: Tastee-Freez
Email: brian74055@hotmail.com
Comments: "I'm wondering how close Doctor Rock's new eatery is from the hamburger and ice cream joint used as a location in 'The Outsiders.' Somewhere I lunched at lot when grinding classical discs at KCMA, Owasso in the early 80's."

"The Outsiders" filmed at the Tastee-Freez which was on the corner of 86th St North and Main. Doc Rock's place is about 1 mile west. (86th and Owasso Expressway).

Sadly they tore the Tastee-Freez down years ago and right now it is an empty lot. However, I did drive by this weekend and noticed a sign for a future Kum-and-Go convenience store.

May 29 2007 at 22:49:09
Name: Bill Jaynes
Topic: Pitchmen
Email: wjaynes@hotmail.com
Comments: Does anybody remember Bobby Lester, spokesman for BJ Furniture, or Dan Howell, spokesman for Beauty Biz?

May 29 2007 at 22:41:40
Name: Gary Chew
Topic: Papa Dogs
Email: Just SW of the Donner Party Family Grill
I'm wondering how close Doctor Rock's new eatery is from the hamburger and ice cream joint used as a location in "The Outsiders." Somewhere I lunched at lot when grinding classical discs at KCMA, Owasso in the early 80's.

Maybe Zeppy, at a reduced rate, will do some new TV spots for Papa Dogs. A natural.

Delmeaux de Gillette du Coffeyville

May 29 2007 at 20:14:12
Name: Charlie
Topic: Doc Rock lives!
: I read one post here that said Doc Rock left us way back. Doc Rock and Linda Soundtrack were known for some of the most unique commercials that I can remember in Tulsa. Well he may have left us, but not for the pearly gates. Doc has recently moved back to the Tulsa area. He said he's been living in Arizona and working as a missionary in a Native American Church. He is living in Claremore and is the proprietor of Papa Dogs in Owasso on 86th St. N. next to Goldie's Hamburgers.

I remember his commercials and I think I bought my first car stereo from him for my 1975 Cutlass Supreme, also my first car. I think he and Linda also did some late night movie shows that were pretty off the wall as well.

The dogs were good, I'd recommend stopping by to see him!

That is great news! Next time anyone is in there, ask Doc if he would like to write in. I'll do it myself when I next get out that way.

May 29 2007 at 00:20:01
Name: Bill Jaynes
Topic: Shopping and Leisure, Tulsa Style!
Email: wjaynes@hotmail.com
Comments: Other things I remember from Tulsa of the 1980s was the Southroads Mall, with stores such as Woolworth's and Woolf Brothers, Renberg's, and Boot Hill (there was a lady who worked there, who also seemed to be at the Woodland Hills store, every time I'd go into one or the other!). Down below was a video arcade (I think the name was Nautilus), where-among other local arcades at the time- I mastered the games of Centipede and Galaga; that's all I'd play. I'd also run over to the Annex Mall, to Funway Freeway to play; last time I was in the Annex, it became an Aladdin's Castle, and from there, both it and Southroads got demolished. And yes, I remember Southland (and its theme song).

May 28 2007 at 23:53:58
Name: Bill Jaynes
Topic: My TV Memories
Email: wjaynes@hotmail.com
Comments: Currently living in the Biloxi area when a friend from my Tulsa days (I moved to the area in the 1970s with my family when I was a child, and left in 1990) told me about this site. Looked at it, enjoyed it, and fellow bloggers on another site to which I post that covers Tulsa, reinforced my friend's endorsement. So here I am to post in earnest on the fond memories I have of Tulsa TV!

I remember Cartoon Circus every weekday mornings (they often played those old Harveytoons) and Uncle Zeb's Cartoon Camp, succeeded by Doctor Ding's Cartoon Lab (if memory serves me, Doctor Ding was allegedly the channel's weatherman Dan Murphy doing some double-duty as a kids' TV show host), and afternoon reruns of Little Rascals, weekday afternoons all on Channel 8. Remember all those old Merrie Melodies that would play on the Uncle Zeb show, and those old Popeye's (including, I think, some of the early color Popeyes from the 1940s)? I got a real kick out of all the old animation classics from the 1930's-1950's, and it is an interest that I have to this day.

I remember the KTEW Channel 2 ("Turn on Two, 'cause Two is turnin' Oklahoma on!") Afternnon Movies, hosted by George Hummingbird, who I think was the weatherman there also. I also remember the Afternoon Movie on Tulsa23-long before it switched to being a Fox affiliate. Tulsa23 also showed movies late at night, such as "The Warriors," and "Saturday Night Fever." They also had the Creature Feature horror movies late Saturday nights, with little comedy bits thrown in around the commercials by the team Sherman Oaks and Steve Pickle. By the way, I actually saw the pair of them at a Quik-Trip in Tulsa, 61st and Sheridan I think it was-Sherman was without his mask, but I just knew it was him.

Oh, and does anybody remember "Tulsa23 Music Break"? They would play these music videos to fill time before the next program would come on, and they'd have these cool current videos of whatever was hot, such as "Rapture" by Blondie.

Here's another one. Does anybody remember how, on weeknights in the mid-to-late 1980s, how channel 41 would cease its own programming offerings for the day, and all night, they'd show something called "Odyssey," which was a music video program-and I do mean all night. And what was cool about it was that it didn't just play the latest hot videos from well-known acts, but also vids that you may not see on MTV.

Other things I remember:

KMOD, my favorite station, and it's still my station of choice on those occasions I fly into Tulsa for a visit (in light of this post, I am presently streaming it to my computer, first time I'd done that!). I remember "Two for Tuesday" and their programming such as "The Seventh Day" and "The Side Show." I remmeber personalities such as Jim Jones, Scary Mary Summers, Mel Myers (Didn't know them, but I remember them) and in particular one Sherri Quinn (who I knew in passing, and I think she'd said was with KMOD); in any case, whether I knew them or not, does anybody know what happened to them? On the topic of KMOD, anybody remember a non-commercial weekend they had in 1982, and in the same year, the Southern Rock 500? How about those KMOD buttons people wore, in the event they were noticed and won some money?

Those are just a few memories I have of Tulsa's media, but more to come!

May 27 2007 at 15:22:35
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Previous GroupBlog summary

Archived GroupBlog 242:

Louise Bland, hostess of her own Tulsa TV talk show in the early 60s, will be here for the unearthing of the 1957 time capsule the weekend of June 15. There are several web sites covering the event.

The Rose Bowl will reopen as an event center next month. Other topics discussed: Lakeview Amusement Park near Mohawk's Lake Yahola, go-kart racing, and alternate lyrics to the pop song, "Downtown".

Several new videos, featuring Ken Broo, Clayton Vaughn, Dewey Bartlett, King Lionel, Mrs. Olson and "Sofa King".

GroupBlog 242 is something of a time capsule itself.

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