July 29 2012 at 21:39:33 Name: Scott Blaker Topic: Stuff in the Studio Email: email@example.com Comments: In answer to Steve Bagsby's question, one of the
first commercial FM stations in Tulsa was KOCW, owned by Claude Hill, who
was also the chief engineer for KWGS.
KOCW operated from a garage at the back of 1227 South Harvard, with (as I
recall) a screaming 3500 watts from high atop an 87-foot tower. We broadcast
in stereo using an old mono board, resulting in the fact that there were
four pots involved in any segue. You'd rest your left under two pots and
your right hand on top of the other two, and slide horizontally.
Oh - and when it rained, water tended to puddle on the floor right in front
of the transmitter, making the nightly shut-down a rather dicey affair. But
- hey - for those of us coming from KWGS, it was a real commercial gig!
Former mayor Terry Young also mentioned in GB
24 working for KOCW, the predecessor of KMOD.
July 28 2012 at 12:31:57 Name:
Jim Ruddle Topic: Korean war vets On TV
Comments: There must have been many.
I'm pretty sure Johnny Chick was in the Air Force, but at the time we got
back to civilian life, most just kissed off the previous few years. Of course,
I knew a large number of ex-military, however, they were not in radio or
television--to my knowledge.
Again, I'm pretty sure my limited time for socializing (full time student
at TU, full time flunkie at KOTV) kept me from hearing other people's
July 27 2012 at 22:35:31 Name:
Lee Woodward Topic: Korea-Korea Email: Semper-Fi.com Comments: Jim,
Add me to your list of Korean vets. I was in an Air Reserve unit in Grand
Prairie, Texas while in High School. I had joined because a friend had pointed
out that you just attended once a week and got a great two weeks in sunny
California. I actually got two years as I was called to active duty in 1950.
My aviation background landed me at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in Santa
Ana, California until the "police action" was brought to a close in 1952
by President Truman.
A lot of the fellows I was in boot camp with never made it back. My squadron
was preparing to go over there when they blew the police whistle.
I never told my parents that after I got out of boot camp, in the best shape
of my life, I got the flu and almost died at the Naval Hospital in San Diego.
Might as well have been a bullet.
July 27 2012 at 13:56:41 Name:
Jim Ruddle Topic: Korean
Vets Comments: Going back to a very early TV Memories submission,
I noticed that someone had posted the names of employees who served in the
armed forces in WW Two and Vietnam, but no mention of anyone who served during
the Korean War years.
Since I was one, I'm sure there must have been a few others. Or maybe not.
Interestingly, but not surprisingly, the Korean War was skipped over as though
it didn't occur. I had three Central High School friends killed in that mess
so it has always been of some importance from my perspective.
July 20 2012 at 20:22:28 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Some Schwartz' Favorites Aren't
Comments: I have a short list of folks whom I don't want to hear
on Jonathan's WNYC gig. He plays them way too freqently for my ears. And,
I won't name them. That's not nice. But I will name someone he plays hardly
at all: Julie London.
Ms. London or Mrs. Troupe, if you like, has a voice that was in a category
of "as good as they get." Then looking at her was no chore at all, either.
Her LP with Oklahoma's great jazz guitar man from Skohgee, Barney Kessel,
is also a love song recording from the 'good as it gets file, in my music
liberry. And I got a few of 'em to compare it with.
July 19 2012 at 09:20:44 Name:
Jim Ruddle Topic: Schwartz
Comments: Apologies first: I listen to Schwartz on WNYC, New York,
Saturday afternoons. I usually bail after a couple of Sinatra sides. Enough
already. Then, he comes on with a laundry list of material some of which
is of rarely heard, differently voiced or orchestrated standards, and is
arresting, interesting, entertaining.
Example: Fred Astaire singing Berlin's "Isn't it a Lovely Day.
(By the way, and my own discovery, did you know that the top record of 1932
was Astaire's version of "Night and Day"?)
Back to Schwartz: He plays an offbeat vocal by some unknown (to me and most
of the world, I'm sure) who either has a breathing problem or someone's hands
around her throat. After that, more good stuff.
July 19 2012 at 00:19:48 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: J. Schwartz
Comments: To G. Tomek... listen to JS everyday. He plays Sinatra
at about :45 after the hour in his last hour, every day. A bit of trivia
on Schwartz: His wife is an actress who plays the woman that Warren Beatty
winds up with at the end of "Splendor in the Grass." Her name is Zohra Lampert.
btw, Beatty and I were born on the same day, the same year. I guess he got
all the money... since I got all the looks. Ha!! More important trivia: William
Inge wrote "Splendor in the Grass." And was from Independence, Kansas. Not
too far from Tulsa.
July 18 2012 at 17:15:53 Name:
George Tomek Topic: Jonathan Schwartz Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Tuned back in after a while. Word of Louise Bland's
passing brought me back to the TTM website. Can't believe I ever stayed out
of touch as this is the best of its type anywhere.
Gary Chew brought up Jonathan Schwartz. He's a favorite of the wife and me.
Had a great show on XM radio on a channel called "Frank's Place" playing
you-know-who and you-know-what kind of music. Then the channel morphred into
"High Standards" and then Schwartz was gone.
People respond to emails. Schwartz emailed us back right away to let us know
he's a daily regular, 7 days a week, on the 40s Channel - playing Sinatra,
etc. music. Tremendous amount of music history. His father was a composer
All is well. And, I'm still working. Have a commercial currently being tested
in two Top 20 TV markets and just did an industrial video for an interational
accounting and risk management company. I co-anchored a look at news in the
year 2020 with a young, talented Jordanian woman as my co-anchor. Doing some
voiceover and other work, too.
Again, this website remains a testament to Tulsa as TV and radio market -
and, of course, as a wonderful city.
George, great to hear from you. Thanks for the update.
July 18 2012 at 15:37:23 Name:
Morrow Topic: Jo Comments: I used a recording of Jo Stafford's "No Other
Love" at my wedding. I still have the record; fortunately not the wife.
July 17 2012 at 00:37:37 Name:
Gary Chew Topic: Jo Stafford and Paul Weston
Comments: Yes, Jim. I used to put that LP on with a stack of other
stuff that was all done in ONE key. Darlene and Jonathan blew people out
of the den, when they came on my speakers, then I acted like I couldn't hear
that anything was wrong with how the music was being performed. Fun.
Some one 'borrowed' that record from me, and I haven't seen it since.
btw, I listen to Jonathan Schwartz on WNYC via XM Sat radio, a lot. He plays
Jo, doing her on-key stuff, almost everyday. What a singer she was,
July 16 2012 at 13:15:34 Name:
Jim Ruddle Topic: Tin-eared singers and funny music
Comments: In ref to remarks about Florence Foster Jenkins and
other tin-eared singers, one must not overlook the remarkable Jo Stafford
who, with perfect pitch and perfect interval, was able to sing those off-key
marvels with her husband's accompaniment.
And for classical singers and humorous music, I point with glee to the inimitable
Lawrence Tibbet, who recorded a nautical ditty about a sailor who hooks up
with a South Sea island lady who practices tatooing. The killer line:
"She had designs on me."
July 16 2012 at 07:53:13 Name: Pat Murphy Topic: The Spanky Show Email: email@example.com Comments: Oops. I realized awhile after writing my previous
post that our Cub Scout troop was on Spanky's show, and not Lee's. It appears
from the Wikipedia entry that Spanky's show was on for a few years in Tulsa
in the late 50s and had a studio audience which we were a part of that
July 15 2012 at 17:42:15 Name: Pat Murphy Topic: Lee Woodward & King Lionel Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: My Cub Scout troop was on Lee's
show on the day that Spanky McFarland was there
too. I remember doing part of a skip with him - pulling him by a Cub Scout
kerchief thru an opening of some sort to start the show. Must have been about
One other memory I have of watching the show, was the bit where Lionel came
clomping up from the dungeon while Lee waited and made faces. Great stuff!
Great website evoking many great memories of that time long past.
July 14 2012 at 17:55:33 Name: Richard Eby Topic: Music (Cosme McMoon) Email: email@example.com Comments: To add a little information to Lee Woodward's remarks
about Cosme McMoon: The following link is to a post on Answers.com by Cosme
McMunn's grandnephew in San Antonio Tx. It seems Mr. McMunn (McMoon) was
an accomplished musician. Here is the link:
July 13 2012 at 12:22:48 Name:
Lee Woodward Topic: Music Email: It's a Blue Day Dot com Comments: Frank,
You're correct about the funny songs. Louis Armstrong did some of those.
All time favorite who made a living with these didactic melodies was Danny
Kaye. Then there were the bootleg "party records" which I remember my older
brothers playing. Since I was at the early stupid age,I didn't see what was
funny. ( Yes! I know I am now in the later "stupid stage.")
I also have just recently listened to my vinyl disk of Florence Foster Jenkins
and she still makes me howl. Her bad singing came to her naturally but Jo
Stafford's was a put-on which required great control for a singer of her
By the way, Florence's pianist used a faux name in their concerts; Cosme
McMoon or something like that. The concerts always sold out way ahead of
The really odd thing today is, the number of these people who show up to
audition for American Idol, etc. Some worse than Ms. Jenkins, and when told
the truth, lash out in some pretty funny ways in addition to their other
I have also been to classical vocal concerts where a funny art song or two
are offered up. One of the best is by the late great baritone, Robert Merrill.
This tough song is "The Green Eyed Dragon with 16 Tails." ....Book 'em Dano!
On You Tube.
July 12 2012 at 15:12:44 Name:
Morrow Topic: Funny music Email: frankdotmorrow@coxdot net Comments: Catching up on my Tulsa TV memories, I noticed someone
said that a big difference in contemporary rock music and the music of our
time in the '40s and '50s is that there is a lack of humorous music now.
I remember the following such singers and groups (I'm sure that Jim Ruddle
recalls many more.):
Groups/bands: Spike Jones, Red Engle and his Natural Seven (Jo Stafford sung
as "Cinderella G. Stump"), Phil Harris, Hoosier Hot Shots, Kay Kyser,
Singers: Homer 'n Jethro, Dinah Washington, Ross Bagdasarian, Jimmy Durante,
Doris Day (occasionally), Arthur Godfrey, Jerry Colonna, Judy Canova, Doris
Day, songs from musicals: "Too Darned Hot" from "Kiss me Kate," Danny Kaye,
Single records: "Strip Polka," "Doin' What Comes Naturally," "Big, Fat Rusty
Dusty," "Give me Money, Money, Money, Money, Money," "Laugh, I Thought I'd
Die," (both by "Big Jim Buchanan) "Grandma's Lye Soap," "Feudin,' a-Fightin',
Red Skelton sang so bad that every record was embarrassing, although not
so hilarious as Mrs. Frances Foster Jenkins, who would hire music venues
(one of them Carnegie Hall) and would sing opera. She couldn't carry a tune
but was oblivious to the audience that would be rolling with riotous laughter.
Thanks for catching us up. Frank.
July 11 2012 at 11:04:21 Name:
Mike Miller Topic: Ernest Borgnine
Comments: Back in the mid 80s when I was working as press secretary
to U.S. Sen. Chic Hecht of Nevada, I had the pleasure of meeting Ernest Borgnine
at a Las Vegas fundraiser. (George Burns was the MC.) Chic butchered Borgnine's
name, introducing him as Ernest Borg-a-nee-nee. "We all know who you are,"
the senator meekly added.
I cornered Borgnine to apologize for the intro gaffe and wound up spending
about 20 minutes chatting with the actor. At one point, the topic turned
to Connie Chung. I mentioned I worked with her in DC right after she graduated
college. Borgnine remarked, "Of all the reporters who've interviewed me over
my career, Connie was the nicest!" I passed that on to Ms. Chung, who still
sends me (holiday) cards after all these years. She IS nice.
July 10 2012 at 02:03:48 Name: Tim Topic: Ernest Borgnine
Comments: Mr. Bruchas,
Your note about EB's made-for-TV movie prompted some thought. I was familiar
with Richard Farnsworth's "The Straight Story", but didn't realize that EB
had a similar role.
A cursory search revealed the movie is "Abilene" and was released in January
2009. I wonder if it's available for rental?
July 09 2012 at 22:45:45 Name: Me=Joe Topic: Bob Hall-Storm Spotter Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Dont know if you knew Bob Hall. He was a local storm
spotter and longtime key volunteer for Oktoberfest, and all around good guy.
We lost Bob this past weekend at the young age of 45.
Bob was indeed one of the good guys that anyone could count on in a pinch.
Folks in the storm spotting community will definitely miss his presence.
July 09 2012 at 20:56:07 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Ernest Borgnine - R.I.P.
Comments: Ernest Borgnine - dead at 95.
What a career - gems amid a lot of so-so pix.
Also a pioneer in live TV drama with "Marty".
He worked till a short while ago and even did voice-over work on SpongeBob
Last movie role at 93 - in R.E.D.
He`actually served 10 years in the Navy before becoming an actor.
TV here is running a cycle of "McHale's Navy" in Europe. The movie made for
the series - bombed. Then there was a horrible re-make of McHale's as a movie
with Tom Arnold - a few years back.
He was a good guy, and evil guy and a comic.
He was the guy who killed Frank Sinatra in "From Here to Eternity", the psycho
train brakeman vs. hobo Lee Marvin in the ultra violent "Emperor of the North
Pole"; and Bill Holden's trusted side-kick in Sam Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch".
He was in the "Dirty Dozen" movie as a general with sense - surrounded by
officers with NO sense of war.
He did a made for TV movie about a guy who could no longer drive - taking
his riding lawn-mower to visit a dying brother. (Actually one of 2 movies
which came out - based on a true story.)
In his early 80's - he did a one-off PBS show of touring small town American
in his RV with a camera crew.
He was married to Ethel Merman for 6 weeks - married 5 times over all.
May 14 2012 at 09:40:05 Name: Erick Topic: Pennington's
Comments: Just watched one of KOTV's "vault" stories from 1983
about Pennington's Drive-In
apparently the company that currently owns the rights to the Pennington's
recipes will open a new Pennington's at sometime in the future.
May 11 2012 at 11:13:36 Name: Jim Reid Topic: Warm & Fuzzy Equipment
Comments: My favorite piece of equipment at channel 8 back in
the 70s was the Grass Valley 1600 switcher. I had used nothing but crappy
industrial type switchers before coming to 8, and suddenly I had this dream
switcher that in my mind could do just about anything.
We used to try to come up with new ways to use all the effects. I remember
when WTBS first showed up on cable, we loved how they did things and would
copy them all the time. Soft edges and cascading effects banks were a wonderful
thing. The big fancy thing they have at my station now does more on one effects
bank than the entire 1600 could do, but I still have a soft spot for that
May 11 2012 at 08:33:31 Name: Erick Topic: Don Woods
Comments: KTUL aired an interview with Don Woods tonight. Sounds
like a "goodbye" to me...
May 11 2012 at 01:30:28 Name: Barry Parks Topic: Kon Tiki Koni Tulsa Email: man gani 6 @ hot mail.
com Comments: It was my favorite place to take dates. It had to
be as beatnick Maynerd G Krebs from Dobie Gillis TV show was my alter ego
at the time. The conys were good but my favorites were the exotic drinks
that no one else had (no booze) but good all the same. The lady who took
our orders was cool and a friend so we always enjoyed talking to her too.
I usually parked the 1960 Falcon in the canebrake in the back.
May 11 2012 at 01:19:32 Name: Barry Parks Topic: 11 Street Drive-In Email: man gani @ hot mail .com Comments: The 11 st. Drive-In was closed in 1961 and it was
kind of a club house to some of us boys in the area. We carried some of the
metal chairs up on top of the screen and would sit up there surveying our
domain. We saw a man come in with a truck and went down to see what was up.
His name was Mr Drake and he was in the process of reopening the old 66 Drive-Iin
as the 11 Street Drive-In. We asked for a job and got hired on the first
crew for the reopening in march of 1964.
The old original screen had a lot of neon lights but many were broken and
not replaced but some still worked it must have been quite a sight with all
lights on when it was new. The marquee out front was changed to 11 Sreet
Drive-In and the neon restored but most on the screen lights were left off.
It was a fun job for high school kids but paid .80 cents an hour and we got
off work a bit after 2 am. Taking tickets was easy but working the concession
stand was a mad house. Everyone worked out of the same cash register and
we had to keep the total for all the items in our head until we could get
to the register and put in the cash and make change. We got good at making
change as any shortage of cash in the register or inventory of cups and such
came out of our pay.
When you rented a film to show you could keep it as long as you wanted before
trading it back for another. Usually it was kept until it payed for itself
and made a profit then new ones were ordered. They orded CLEOPATRA, staring
Elizabeth Taylor and it cost so much we had to show it for a very long time
to break even. By the time it was over we all knew every line in the movie
and often put on our own performance at the concession stand.
May 10 2012 at
11:10:42 Name: Mike Miller Topic: Was Turley "Dreamsville?"
Comments: Ah, Gary Chew has a good memory. Part of the staff was
An engineer at KTUL-Radio when it was based in Turley, was required at night
when the signal became directional. (It sometimes became delusion.) I had
no direction except to play music I could hum. Station manager, Jim Schoonover
soon learned I could hum a lot of jazz from Dave Brubeck, Barney Kessel among
others. This was a talent that greatly annoyed Schoonover when he would call
to complain. Dave Oliphant was the engineer I remember. Dave would go into
full hibernation mode and Id have to wake him at the end of my shift
(around midnight.) The wake-up call was basically to let him take over the
board and simply play records, back to back, for an hour until sign off.
The radio programs published in the World and Tribune actually listed the
12-1 a.m. slot as Daves Show. When fully alert, Dave was
very proud of his show even though he never opened a mic.
There was also a very old night watchman I had to wake up early Sunday mornings
to let me in.
May 09 2012 at 23:45:52 Name: Gary Chew Topic: Turn Off the Echo Chamber
Yes to Mike Miller about the echoed date lines of yesteryear on KTUL AM.
It was an old reel-to-reel tape recorder (on record) with a loop across the
heads that gave us the beloved "Tulsa...sa...sa....sa...sa." But the news
guy, before delivering the cast, had to remember to hit the start button
on the recorder which was next door, in the xmitter room where the engineer
slept at night. Mike can tell you more about somnolent nature of that crew.
May 09 2012 at 18:33:52 Name: Mitch Gray Topic: Studio Stuff Email: North Of You Comments: We had a music director who put a lot of vinyl music
onto carts. Trouble was, he would cut off the end of a tune before it faded
out! Unless we were familiar with the tune,we never knew when it was going
to end (Lousy when you're in the john).
Other distractions: Pennies on the cartridge end of the unbalanced tone arm
which inevitably fell off, stinky SM7 mike windscreens, Uncued carts, crappy
Marti antennas, and digital clocks.
I loved analog clock faces which IMO, gave you a better sense of when something
was coming up or about to end.
More later after Scott Linder delivers his manifesto.
May 09 2012 at
16:38:07 Name: Mike Miller Topic: Gadget I
HATED! Comments: Around 1959-60, somebody at KTUL Radio decided that
dead air was a mortal sin and that we had too much of it. So a gadget was
installed that automatically raised the volume....of DEAD AIR! With this
device, dead air of three or four seconds sounded a bit like the roar of
a tornado. Any sound would break the loud silence. Loud silence? "Shut up!"
would do the trick.
It was that, or an echo dateline we had to use for a time. It was operated
by the newscaster flipping a switch. "Oklahoma City, city, ity, ity." "Saigon,
on, on and on." As I recall, the echo dateline gizmo didn't last long either.
But at that point, neither did KTUL-Radio.
May 09 2012 at 15:53:59 Name: Scott Linder Topic: Studio Stuff
Comments: Mr. Bagsby,
You ask a very interesting question which would require a VERY long list
from those of us who began in radio in the 60s, and still work in television.
I'll try to make a list.... but it won't be easy!!!
May 08 2012 at 17:21:04 Name: Steve Bagsby Topic: Studio
Stuff Comments: I'm posing a question to all the folks who worked
in TV and Radio. Was there any particular gadget, tool, prop or device that
stands out in your memory? It could be something you loved or hated. An
indispensable icon or a total piece of junk. What thing in your professional
lives would bring you warm fuzzy memories, or cause you to reach for the
May 07 2012 at 09:08:28 Name: Erick Topic: Nelson's Buffeteria
Comments: Noticed on the way to work this morning that Nelson's
Buffeteria has opened on Memorial near 44th. I'll have to check it out...
very close to my place of employment.
May 07 2012 at 00:26:36 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic:
"Goober" Comments: George "Goober" Lindsay died at 83 - he took over
Jim Nabors' slot on ANDY OF MAYBERRY.
When I was part of the team who put then KGMC-TV on the air in OKC in the
late 70s - he was the featured entertainer at our owners' reception. Pretty
darned good mini-Vegas act.
May 02 2012 at 09:17:37 Name: Erick Topic: Don
Woods Comments: Last night, current KTUL chief meteorologist Frank
Mitchell visited with Don Woods, who has been ill. Frank posted a pic of
he and Don together on Facebook. I grabbed it, and put it on Flickr. Here's
Still not sure of his condition, but at least he was up to having visitors
and to have his photo taken. The last I heard, he was in good spirits.
April 27 2012 at 18:23:44 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Don Woods?
Comments: Any news today on his condition?
April 27 2012 at 00:33:17 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Former Miss Oklahomas
Comments: When I went to TU in the 70s, Jeanie Gambrell (spelling?)
was attending TU. Somehow her courtesy Olds Cutlass always found a parking
spot on the U.
I worked with Trelynda Kerr ('85?) when she was Traffic Director at Nostalgia
TV - later Goodlife TV in DC for several years. She also worked for BET for
a while and a cable net up in NYC. Last heard - she was back in DC.
April 26 2012 at 09:53:25 Name: Erick Topic: Don
Woods Comments: Reports are that former KTUL meteorologist Don Woods
is gravely ill.
April 24 2012 at 17:44:04 Name: Stephanie Stidham Topic: Miss Oklahoma Museum Email: email@example.com Comments: Hello! My name is Stephanie Stidham, and I am working
on putting together a "Miss Oklahoma: Through the Years" exhibit this June
1-9. I saw several posts concerning LoRene Washburn Marvin, Shirley Barbour,
Louise O'Brien, etc. I have tried contacting the addresses present, but they
don't seem to be working. We would love to feature these ladies in our exhibit
with photos, and clothing from every decade of Miss Oklahoma. If anyone has
a working contact for these ladies or their families (Especially Darren Marvin!),
your help would be much appreciated!
April 24 2012 at 13:45:40 Name: David Batterson Topic: Ryan Seacrest Email:
dwbatterson(at)geeeeemailDOTcom Comments: Ryan learned a lot from Dick Clark, and he's fast
becoming a major media mogul. He just signed a deal with Mark Cuban's HDnet
to provide entertainment programming, and the channel will be renamed AXS
(access). It will be a very different demographic than HDnet now programs
On a different mention of Clark, back in '69 I had one of my short films
used on "American Bandstand" (Chromakeyed behind the dancers). And I got
paid $75. I think that paid about 2 weeks rent at the time! ;-)
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April 24 2012
at 08:43:46 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic: Party Line Comments: I don't recall exactly when it began, but before
"Dance Party" on KOTV there was
"Party Line" hosted by Chris Lane (Alexander).
As the late Don Norton posted some time ago, the "Alexander" handle was already
owned by Jack Alexander, so Chris just used his middle name.
Dick Clark supposedly took over a dance party show, in Philadelphia, in 1957,
and I'm sure that Lane's "Party Line" had been on Channel 6, Saturdays only,
for a least a year or two at that time.
April 23 2012 at 17:12:36 Name: Wesley Horton Topic: Test pattern Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Hey Mike,
Hope all is well in your corner of the world. I ran across something you
and your followers might be interested in.
You may remember the old "Indian head" test pattern from days of old. Now
there is a fellow who has obtained the original artwork, cleaned it up and
is selling copies. Here is his link:
You realize of course, that I cannot listen to Mancini's "Dreamsville" without
instantly being transported back to the late 60's. . . "We now end our broadcast
day here at. . " With Dreamsville playing in the background. Acid etched
into my mind for all of eternity. ..
April 21 2012 at 18:20:26 Name: Andy Holthouse Topic: Pepsi Cola Teens of Tulsa Email:
email@example.com Comments: I vaguely recall a special production booklet that
was produced in the late 1960's by Pepsi Cola that was titled "The Teens
of Tulsa" or something similar. Does anyone else remember that?
I never bought one since I was too busy living that lifestyle down on Riverside
Drive, in Boots Drive-In and Mohawk Park.
April 19 2012 at 16:34:49 Name: Lee Woodward Topic: Dick Clark Email: FlintFootWedgeDotcom Comments: Well, I can't think of too many TV types that had
a better run than Dick Clark. I suspect he controlled his show(s) pretty
closely and so, knew who was and wasn't favored by his Teen crowd.
As the first host of Top 10 Dance Party on KOTV, we obviously were a copycat
in many ways. We even got some of the same singer's on occasion.
A question arose about Okie talent on Dick's shows. Dwight Twilley was mentioned.
I would guess a few more made it. I would be surprised if David Gates wasn't
Dick seemed to be a class act all round. Even taking Ryan Seacrest under
his wing and giving him advice that helped Ryan to his $125.000.000.00 current
worth! A little bit more than I amassed at Channel Sex (which it used to
be called early on) in 27 years.
As for the new KOTV? One wonders if they will introduce HD when they open
the new digs? Someone finally woke them up to lighting and makeup. Happy
to see that. Lots of great moments in that old Truck Dealer building.
April 19 2012 at 13:39:09 Name: DolfanBob Topic: New Years Email: DolfanBob@lycos.com Comments: Mike as much as I would like to think that the network
would pull the plug on the show. I'm just certain they feel we havent seen
enough of Ryan Seacrest
April 19 2012 at 08:15:25 Name: Mitch Gray Topic: Bandstand Email: North Of You Comments:
Tulsa rocker Dwight Twilley appeared on American Bandstand at least two times
that I recall. In 1975 with the hit "I'm On Fire" and in 1984 with "Girls".
I wonder if any other Tulsa musicians, other than Dwight's band members,
were on that show?
April 18 2012 at 20:11:31 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: DICK CLARK
dies... Comments: Today at age 82 - supposedly a heart attack. I thought
that he was older...
Who remembers watching AMERICAN BANDSTAND on KTUL?
BTW - since he's gone - I guess there WON'T be a NEW YEAR'S ROCKING EVE this
year....so maybe the world WILL end on 12/21/12....phoo....
April 18 2012 at 20:04:31 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: FOR Jim
Ruddle Comments: Griffin Comm home webpage...
I heard that the new building in Tulsa might be done sooner than
April 18 2012 at 20:01:36 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Per Jim
Ruddle... Comments: I like that NBC = NO BONUS CHRISTMAS....
When Bob Gregory ran KTUL TV news, he at least had turkey and all the trimmings
brought in for Thanksgiving for all of the newsroom staff - but I think NOT
April 17 2012
at 11:04:50 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic: KOTV
move Comments: Are there any firm dates for the KOTV relocation?
Grand public opening, etc?
April 09 2012
at 07:35:39 Name: Jim Ruddle Topic:
NBC Comments: That "not a holiday" routine reminds me that one
of the first things I heard from the stagehands and tech staff when I went
to work for NBC was that it stood for
"NO BONUS CHRISTMAS."
April 07 2012 at 16:30:24 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic: Happy
Easter Comments: As heard in my first job at KTUL....
"Remember that Easter is not an officially observed Company holiday.
So those of you working Easter Sunday had better NOT put in for
April 04 2012 at 17:25:53 Name: Mike Bruchas Topic:
BOUNCE Comments: Bounce - the African-American oriented digital channel
showed PLACES IN THE HEART last week.
A lotta Bob Wills fiddle tunes in it as the soundtrack...
April 03 2012 at 23:24:35 Name: David Batterson Topic: Doris Day again Email: nonetopostatthistime Comments: To follow up an earlier discussion, Doris Day has
a new Double-CD collection and 4-movie DVD just out!
Go to: www.dorisday.com
P.S. I'll never forget how she stood by her longtime friend Rock Hudson during
his final weeks. What a talent, and a class act all around.
April 03 2012 at 19:29:30 Name: Wesley Horton Topic: Admiral Drive in GOOD NEWS! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Looks like the screens are UP!