Jim Back - 09/12/99 19:20:30
My Email:jback@mmcable.com
Location: Edmond

You never know where the threads are going to go on this website, do you. Nice to see we've drifted back onto radio a bit.

First a little about sports talk. In the mid-1970s, when FM radio came into its own and was really eating AM radio's lunch in the ratings, AM had to reinvent itself (just as it had to do when TV entered its growth years in the 1950s).

Anyway, around 1973 or '74, KRMG launched "Nightline," hosted by then-newsman David Stanford, as a way to stop sagging ratings. In those days we played "middle of the road" music, like Frank Sinatra, Englebert Humperdink, et al. At night we had the legendary Johnny Martin, but his audience was aging and dwindling.

Soon thereafter, "Sportsline" was added. It started at 6:00 PM (after our "5 O’clock Report" news hour), and was followed by Nightline. I don’t think Bill Land (a sportscaster we lured away from a TV station in Wichita) was the first host, but he was the host when it became a success. Bill now works for Fox Sports SW. Bill was replaced by Rick Couri.

Regarding strange signal patterns for AM radio, I'll take a stab at a non-technical explanation of a somewhat technical issue; and ask for forgiveness from the engineer types that lurk on this site.

One of AM radio's qualities is that some of the signal bounces off the Ionosphere (or is it that darn Ozone layer). But at night it bounces even further because the Sun's not around and even more of the signal bounces back to earth, back to the sky, back to the earth, etc., until the signal is too weak to be receivable.

Anyway, back in the 1930s when AM radio was still in its early years, the FCC laid out a plan designed to assure that every part of the country could hear at least a couple of radio stations. In most cases station licenses were limited to relatively small geographical areas. Remember, technically because of that bounce, or skip, a station's signal could travel thousands of miles if the transmitter was powerful enough [see earlier news posts about picking up KOMA in SE Asia; also see comments about XERF]. By limiting signal strength and making the pattern directional (using the same laws of physics that come into play when you place two or three magnets near each other with positive facing positive) you can control the overall signal. Thus, a station in one city could share the same frequency with a station in another city without anyone being subjected to two stations at the same time.

But the FCC wanted to make sure people living in rural areas could hear radio even though economically these rural areas could not support a local radio station. So the FCC set aside a few frequencies and designated a few lucky stations as "Clear Channel" stations. That meant no other station in the U.S. could be on that frequency, so even if you lived in Bokchito, OK, you could at least listen to a station in Chicago, or St. Louis without interference from some other station on the same frequency.

KVOO was set up as one step below "Clear Channel" status. It was 50,000 watts non-directional during the day, but limited to 25,000 watts directional at night. Very few other stations are on the 1170. (50,000 watts was the maximum allowable even for Clear Channel stations). "Daytime only" stations had to sign off at sundown to "get out of the way" of larger major market stations on that same frequency that would come booming in because of that "bounce" thing. KRMG was a step below that. 50,000 watts directional by day, 25,000 watts directional at night. Houston, TX, has a radio station on the 740 AM frequency. And the Canadian government had designated 740 as one of its "Clear Channel" frequencies in that country. So KRMG had to alter its signal drastically at sundown in order to satisfy the original owner's (Robert S. Kerr -- as in Kerr-McGee, KRMG, get it?) desire to serve OKC as well as Tulsa, while still complying with the FCC requirement that it not get into any part of Canada, and stay out of Houston, as well. Something has to give in order to fit that pattern. What was sacrificed was North Tulsa. The earlier writer is correct, the signal won't even reach the northern edge of Tulsa County. Also due south and southeast is sacrificed as well.

Those rules haven't changed much since they were originally written. Because no one fights much over AM licenses these days, there has been very little effort to get the rules changed. FM and TV don't have this "bounce" issue, since their signals pretty much are limited to "line of sight." Their signal hits the Ionosphere and keeps going into space. The only bounce they have is off tall buildings in the area, which causes "ghosting," which is another problem.

This apathy over signal pattern rules may end soon, however, depending on the direction the debate over Digital Radio takes. Will that cause renewed interest in radio? Will we have satellite-delivered radio, or cell-tower radio (like the cell phone system, or will we use the existing frequencies? Or will Digital Radio even be a big deal?

As I re-read this I realize I became technical in spite of myself, but hopefully somewhere in here I answered the question about KRMG not being receivable in Bartlesville.

Lowell Burch - 09/12/99 13:51:27
My Email:J9z1b95@aol.com
Location: Tulsa
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Oklahoma Memories
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Jerry Webber
Stupidest local commercial: In Muskogee!

JudeNJody was OKC. In 77, I worked KWOC in Chickasha for a very short time in the PM and it was basically automated. I had to try and operate both the AM and the FM side simultaneously. It was no fun and the only reason I took the job was to have fun! So I quit.

I remember Lionel getting kidnapped. It was big news. I heard he ended up in Kansas somewhere.

Mike Bruchas - 09/12/99 12:56:06
My Email:bruchasm@atlanticvideo.net
Location: Working on a Sunday in Warshington,Dee Cee
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: G.Aillard S.Artain
Stupidest local commercial: Jude N Jody (or was that in OKC?) also Evans Furniture "Revulsion" or John F LongJohn Foiniture

What is it about AM/FM DXing with radios? I think when we are out driving late at night, we want companionship that only a live DJ can give us sometimes.

Let me geezer-vate a second. Many a time making the run from Winfield, KS to Tulsa I would DX Nebraska stations when caught between direction signals from OKC and Tulsey.

When driving from Tulsey to my folks' home in Chicago - we always listed to rocker KAAY out of Little Rock - who was directional Northward (till we could get WLS!). Or spin the dial to the Charlie Douglas Road Show coming from Nashville, "NawrLeans", or KCMO. Would take breaks at the truck stops Charlie plugged on air.

When working at KVII in Amarillo KVOO and KNBR from San Francisco(!) were the 2 50,000 watters I would listen to driving home at 1am on Sunday nights - everyone else was "dark" for weekly maintenance.

Fellow TU student & Chicagoan Ken Terry had a 70's VW "squareback" that suffered from early electronic ignition nightmares but had the first AM/FM/SW radio I had seen in a car. Certain VW's and Karman Ghia's had these - oh to be listening to the BBC or Deutsche Welle from Bermuda at night!

Growing up in Chicago we had TOO many radio stations - I began to "savor" the 50,000 directional stations when I lived out West. Also in the early 70's FM radios in cars were considered luxuries. I think Greers, Radio Inc., Target and someone else sold these FM convertors made by Standard Radio (now big in satellite receiver manufacturing) for about $19.95. You'd get a little bracket to hook this onto your dash with (usually under the ashtray) and run your car's antenna cable lead thru the unit to your AM radio. You'd tune the AM radio to about 1600 then turn on the outrigger FM tuner which played thru the AM. Sounds complicated but for years that was the best FM I ever had - and you could DX FM stations from all over. In fact some of the first 8 tracks fed your AM radio the same way (sorry I missed this cultural phase of the 70's). I still have a never installed TV version of this my brother gave me for the car - tuned in TV audio channels 2-13 only though. About 8 years ago - one of my engineers here had a high dollar am/fm radio in his 10 year Saab that had a Sony high end sound system with all VHF/UHF frequencies on it too - he too was a radio DXing fan.

When I lived at the then new Twin Towers dorm on the TU campus in '70, we would try to get KOFM nightly from OKC on my then antique tube-filled Fisher receiver. We felt it gave KMOD a good run for the money on jazz. On some nights when KNOR in Norman was off the air - they were a "day-timer" forever it seemed - we could get WLS in Tulsey - which is on the same frequency.

I too listened to KGGF way back when - seemed like an enlightened small town AM.

And because a lot of TU undergrad friends worked at KWON in Bartleville - we'd tune in to hear them. I remember visiting KWON and Dave DeForest at the neat (then new) raised studios No. of B'Ville at the transmitter. It seemed very modern till he showed us the boat - I guess the studios were raised due to being too close to a flood plain or creek....

Now so many small market stations are totally automated - due to financial reasons - it ain't the same!

Erick - 09/12/99 05:22:36
My Email:ericktul@webtv.net
Location: Tulsa

What was the name of the old sports talk show on KRMG nightly? I can't remember. I did listen to it occasionally in OKC. I remember Jerry Webber was on it, I believe.

Heard an interesting KRMG story recently, and maybe Jim Back can confirm or deny it's validity. I was told that the "StormCenter beeps" (short, quiet tones that sound every 2 minutes when severe weather is near Tulsa) originated by a engineer who thought it was a great idea to do, but never ok'd the idea with management. The story sounds a little fishy to me.

Rita aka Sleepwalk - 09/11/99 22:37:22
My URL:http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Nook/5534
My Email:larrita@compuserve.com
Location: Bartlesville, Oklahoma USA
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Back then? The Uncanny Film Festival
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Lewis Meyer
Stupidest local commercial: Any of those screaming car commercials
How did you find TTM?: You signed RJH's guestbook

Greetings! Thanks for signing the Rockin' John guestbook. I do his website and really do like the one you've done on Tulsa. Remember when someone stole LIONEL out of the Channel 6 studio? I went to school with the guys who did it in about 1964. lol Those were the days!  Rita aka Sleepwalk :)

Thank you, Rita. No, I hadn't heard that story about Lionel.

By the way, "Sleepwalk" is one of my favorite songs, too. The Larry Carlton version is good, but the original Santo and Johnny is my favorite.

Mike Miller - 09/11/99 19:59:58
My Email:typo1@erols.com
Location: near Baltimore
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Gailard Sartain

I do hope Mazeppa makes it to the KOTV reunion. It would be great to see him again. Gailard helped make life tolerable in local TV Land. Bring your old sidekick with you.

Mike Bruchas - 09/11/99 15:45:08

Oh yeah - Charm City - Baltimore -- also birth home of Babe Ruth AND director/producer Barry Levinson who often shoots in Charm City.

The Babe's very aged little sister lived for the opening of Camden Yard and the Bambino's boyhood home is a few blocks away (in a crack-house filled neighborhood now) but the hope of many that it would be named Ruth Field - was never realized.

Mr. Poe is buried not far from the Bambino's boyhood home - you could walk there in about 15 minutes. His grave had so many vistors tramping thru for so long - they moved it to the front of the churchyard after digging him up again many years ago....

Michael Bates - 09/11/99 05:14:48
My Email:mbates@ionet.net
Location: Tulsa
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Sportsnight on KXXO
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Hal O'Halloran

Some memories and questions on radio stations and transmitters:

Transmitter item #1:

I saw the earlier item (from Jim Back, I think) on KRMG's unusual signal pattern, which enables its signal to reach OKC. Over the past couple of weeks I have had occasion to be driving back from Bartlesville or Nowata at night, and I've noticed that I can't pick up KRMG at all until I get close to Skiatook or Collinsville, and I don't get a decent signal until about 86th St North. Is KRMG's signal pattern really supposed to be truncated like that, or is KRMG no longer transmitting at its full authorized power (25 kW at night, I believe)?

Transmitter item #2:

I know KOMA (OKC) has a directional signal, but I still don't understand why I can't hear a 50,000 watt station clearly at a distance of 90 miles. Once upon a time, I am told, you could listen to KOMA all the way down Route 66 from OKC to the coast. Some nights I have better luck picking up their FM simulcast. (KOMA is the best oldies station in the state, one of the best in the nation; I think they aren't as strictly programmed. They seem to play a wider range of music.)

On another radio topic: Someone mentioned Hal O'Halloran's post-KTUL-TV career. I was among the regular listeners and callers to Hal O'Halloran's radio sports talk shows on various stations in the late '70s and early '80s. He was on KXXO 1300 every weeknight from 6:20-7:00 (they ran CBS Radio's "The World Tonight" with Douglas Edwards from 6:00 - 6:15). KXXO was then a news/talk station, a sister station to KMOD, sharing space in the City Bank building near 31st & Hudson. (Hal did sports updates for KMOD as well.) I started listening in '78 -- his weekly trivia programs usually offered the hope of winning Roughnecks or Ice Oilers tickets. Ken Broo was a regular guest. The show never had the audience of its rival on KRMG, but the talk was always more interesting, more opinionated, and more focused on the national pro sports scene instead of being fixated on the Dallas Cowboys and the Sooners.

Sometime around 1980 or '81, KXXO changed formats (to KBBJ -- big band and jazz), and Hal turned up on KTOW 1340 in Sand Springs, which was mainly a country music station, but wanted to try its hand at sports. (Great sung news intro: "Worldwide news from the Big Gun (ricochet FX), K-T-O-W.") It had been hard enough to pick up KXXO at night, but KTOW was almost impossible to get in east Tulsa, especially at night when it dropped to 250 W. (I've owned more powerful light bulbs.)

Eventually -- maybe later in 1981 -- Hal went over to KELi (1430) when they switched to news/talk and made a serious attempt at challenging KRMG's dominance under the leadership of Fred Weinberg. KELi built new studios on Skelly Drive west of Mingo (now the home of the Highway Patrol). At some point, the news/talk experiment failed, and Hal went on to become the old Ice Oilers' last GM for the '84-'85 season.

One thing that stood out about Hal was his patience, especially his patience with certain regular callers, a group of high school kids and immature young adults who called themselves the Sackheads, who saw his show as much as an opportunity for comedy as for serious sports discussion. He lectured us, sometimes invoked temporary bans, but ultimately always let us back in his good graces, despite complaints from other listeners and station management. In return, we made him an honorary Sackhead (he hung the framed certificate in his den). Some of us had the opportunity to join him in the studio as guest experts on his trivia shows. Those of us who went off to college kept in touch, occasionally calling in from the East Coast, and he liked to brag on his Ivy League listenership. He was a positive influence. It was sad to lose him as early as we did.

Thank you, Michael. I was a faithful listener of KELi during its news/talk format days. Today, I enjoy listening to KGGF (690) in Coffeyville in the daytime.

Bill Hyden - 09/11/99 01:12:18
My Email:ptrc54a@prodigy.com

Here are some idents of the Channel 2 pics. First number is the row, top to bottom; second is the location, left to right.

1-3 That is Bill Blair on left in weather set.
3-1 Interviewing Buster Keaton is Bruce Washburn.
3-2 Hal O'Halloran,(2 girls), Forrest Brokaw, Jeanette Edmondson, (boy), J. Howard Edmondson.
3-3 George Martin, Chet Huntley, Forrest Brokaw, and Bob Shaw (seated).
3-5 Bill Sadler on left. (? on right)
3-7 John Dupree, Ralph Rhoades, John Whitney
4-4 Stan Walker, Bruce Washburn

Ch.2 is attempting to put idents with a substantial picture file. A few of us 'old timers' made progress yesterday and will do it again next week. Those pics bring back a lot of memories.

(Captain) Alan Lambert and I had a conversation about that yesterday. He made a couple of the same ID's, plus noting that:

John Barth was the pipe-smoking chief engineer seen in the construction pic.
George Maras (kin to Roger Maris) was the tape operator.
Joan Skelly Stuart is the lady seemingly admonishing the guy ready to throw a switch.

I'll get the updates out to those pages tomorrow...thanks.

Channel 2 does have a whole lot of pics that I didn't use...are they going to do their own feature with them?

Mike Miller - 09/10/99 22:32:18
My Email:typo1@erols.com
Location: Vienna, Virginia
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Mazeppa
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Ditto

I wonder if Baltimore’s Gailard Sartain realizes he almost got me fired when I was anchoring the weekend news at KTUL-TV in the '70s. Specifically, the 10 p.m. newscast prior to his Saturday night Mazeppa show.

One night, the son-of-a b...(er,Fire Chief,) asked if he could sit on the set next to me when I closed the news. Why not, I thought. Most of my viewers are probably drunk anyway. Well, with the camera on a two shot, Mazeppa just glared at me when I signed off, and then he walked me into the studio next door to begin his show. All on camera, of course.

When I got back to the newsroom, Jeff Rosser (news director) telephoned and went ballistic. I had no good explanation except that I was a die-hard fan of the Mazeppa show and we needed all the viewers we could get.

Blurb: If I were to describe in detail what goes on in 'Inga', I'd get arrested!
Lowell Burch - 09/10/99 03:47:53
My Email:J9Z1B95@AOL.com
Location: Tulsa
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Lee and Lionel
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Leavus Beavus
Stupidest local commercial: How long has it been since you've had a nice hot punch in the mouth?

I'll admit, my brother and couple of our friends went to see INGA at the old Capri. We thought we were going to see something really hot and were a little worried that they would stop us at the ticket booth for being under-aged, but they let us in without checking ideas. Little wonder, this grainy foreign film showed no flesh, sex, or any other of those sleazy attractions that we thought we would see. It was the one and only time I tried that place.

Well, me and my pals tried more than once, but you're right, it delivered less than one would have hoped. The director often chose to ignore the fact that you had paid to be in the audience for purely prurient reasons, and used the opportunity to enhance his self-image as an "artist". Art, schmart, that's not what we were there for!

The previews were usually better than the feature. Ennui usually set in as the show wore on. But at least it was somewhat illicit, and that was a good feeling!

Don Lundy - 09/10/99 03:11:59
Favorite Tulsa TV show: The John Chick Show
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: John Chick
Stupidest local commercial: Chick (Norton) Don't Care

re: Mike Bruchas' question on the NAB Code. It went away in the mid 80s when overzealous Justice Department lawyers accused the NAB of diminishing competition through collusion. A key element of the Code was a pledge to only run so many minutes or so many "non-program material" elements (commercials) an hour. Their reasoning: by agreeing on "limiting inventory (supply)" we were colluding to drive up prices. So they got their way and we now have 14-15 minutes of commercials, comprised of 40-50 spots every hour in some dayparts. Sigh...I miss the old days.

Mike Bruchas - 09/09/99 22:43:43
My Email:bruchasm@atlanticvideo.net
Location: DC Hoss Chompright Fan Club

I wanna say, Hey! to the patron saint of this whole magillah, Mr. S.Artain and wish to humbly inquire what movie ya workin' on - in Baldimore, hon?

They speak THAT way in Baltimore while we ex-Oklahomas use the Ed Dumit school of speech inflection, you betcha!

Also how long is your stay in Charm City?

G.Ailard S.Artain - 09/09/99 21:15:34
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Tulsa Teen Town Topics
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Rojo Jorge in HiFi
Stupidest local commercial: Callio's

I'm in Baltimore doing a film and I just finished watching Ken Broo on WUSA out of Washington, D.C. - pleasant surprise.

Concerning KELI experiences, I have one too: believe it or not, my first professional job, circa 1965, was as a mobile disc jockey for KELI. My dj name was Terry Knight and my duties were driving around to local drive-ins so that teenagers could request songs from Dan Keli. I think I lasted about two weeks: in an effort to get home to study for finals I left a local high school football game early and reported what I thought was the score. In the meantime, a field goal was kicked. I got on the air and apologized for the incorrect score by saying "I really screwed up." Dan Keli took great delight in having me fired for using such foul language. Some of the language that I use in this film I'm doing would have made Dan Keli spontaneously combust! But he'd have to go through Warner Brothers to get me fired this time!!


G.Ailard S.Artain

We will have some recent pics of Ken Broo out here soon, as well as the "8's The Place" promotion, in stills and RealVideo, courtesy of Mr. Bruchas.

John Wooley told me that he was the lead singer of "The Beef Squad", a jug band seen numerous times on the Uncanny Film Festival & Camp Meeting. We may be hearing from The Beef Squad soon on this site.

Baltimore, home of Edgar Allan Poe and John Waters.

Erick - 09/09/99 18:05:08
My Email:ericktul@webtv.net
Location: Tulsa

More KELi!

Did a search for KELI on Infoseek, and came across Beau Weaver's homepage. Here's what he had to say about his days there:

"KAKC/Tulsa was the non-RKO Drake-consulted station. This is where I cut my teeth, ingratiating myself with Lee Bayley, Scooter Seagraves and Robert Walker by bringing them fresh airchecks of Morgan and Steele on KHJ which I obtained from a family friend in Anaheim. It worked. I eventually got to work those hallowed halls myself in 1970-71, paving the way for later stints at KFRC and KHJ. KAKC was an amazing radio station. I think opening the mic there for the first time was a bigger thrill than going on the air in Los Angeles."

Bigger than LA? And he worked at the legendary 93/KHJ!

I have an old KAKC Top 30 list with a picture of a very young Bo Weaver...that will be out here when I regain my scanning capability.

Mike (KELI) Bruchas - 09/09/99 00:32:53

The cowbells story reminded me that Lee Woodward said at one time he worked at WBAP radio in Ft.Worth. He said the GM or Program Director were always after him to "ring those bells" I guess on i.d.'s.

Do you old radio hands remember when the NAB strongly discouraged stations from using siren sound effects (among many others) on commercials? Evidently a lot folks driving around thought they were hearing real sirens and might pull over - looking for that darned emergency vehicle. After the NAB dropped their seal of good practice (you used to always see this slide at TV sign-on/sign-off) and were made to kill off the NAB TV and Radio Codes - I remember being in Kansas City and driving. I heard a whoop whoop and a siren on the low volumed radio and thought an emergency vehicle was around. The station there was pushing the envelope - when the Codes went away, anything was fair game I was told.

I can't remember why though - NAB was forced by the FCC or some group to kill off the Codes. Can anyone help on this????

Mike Miller - 09/08/99 23:38:36
My Email:typo1@erols.com
Location: outside D.C.
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Gary (Pete Kelly) Chew

Re: Brad Smith's KELi recollections. Shortly before KTUL radio was sold, it switched its music format from "Big Band," to "Sing Along with Mitch." Following the bouncing ball on radio reminded me of the time someone featured a juggler on KWGS-FM. Anyway, we all hated it and bitterly complained, (along with most listeners,) and the format became known as "Sing Along and Bitch." When KTUL radio became KELi, Raymond Ruff kept only a handful of the old staff. As I recall, Gary Chew became "Pete Kelly" and Jay Jones was J. F. Kelly. Forrest Brokaw was named news director and he, Don Foster and I were allowed to keep our real names. The jocks were green with envy. (That news policy may have changed after I left.)

I wonder if Gary chose "Pete Kelly" as a tribute to the old Jack Webb movie, "Pete Kelly's Blues"? I know he is a fan of jazz, which was the subject of the movie.

Brad Smith - 09/08/99 19:25:27
My Email:brad@tulsa2k.com
Location: Tulsa


Some KELI memories...

The KELI Klunker - a car they were giving away, don't remember what it was, but it was something they fixed up. A visit to Amarillo found their sister station, KIXZ, giving away the KIXZ Klunker!

All the DJ's were named Kelly (KELI?). Bill Kelly, Dan Kelly, Don Kelly (news), etc. Found out later, Don Kelly is Don Foster, a ham radio friend of mine. Bill Kelly had an alter ego, I think it was Jasper P. Jones, someone correct me if I got that wrong. One of their phone numbers was General 7-1430. I think the other number was Fillmore 5-KELI.

When someone lost a pet, they called KELI and they issued a Pet Alert.

In the summer, they rang a cow bell every 15 minutes and played a jingle - "Time to turn, so you won't burn."

I lived "across the pasture" from the KELI studios and transmitter. I could lie in my bed and see the tower lights at night. I visited them once and got a tour of the place. They moved the studio out of there shortly after that, I believe to the fairgrounds rig observation building.

Brad, thanks for that good stuff!

My big KELi story is winning a KELi Dollar on the spin of an unseen KELi Wheel as the 2nd caller in about 1963.

Bill Hyden - 09/08/99 19:09:03
My Email:ptrc54a@prodigy.com

I was sorry to find in Today's Tulsa World death notices that "Doctor Soul" (Samuel Griffin) died September 2...in Saginaw, Michigan. He was listed as '71...minister and radio personality.

After his program was dropped from a Tulsa station, we had 'Doc' on KTBA, Broken Arrow, for awhile. He was a nice guy and had quite a following as Doctor Soul

I had recently added his name to the list of people we would like to hear from. Alas, it is not to be.

Mike Bruchas - 09/07/99 17:01:22

Comments:An Oral Christmas
Jerry Lewis note - he had a viral infection and I too did NOT watch the Telethon this year though over the years I worked many a Labor Day on these.

Jerry Lewis and a Sound Unlimited story - in the 70's Jerry traveled with one of the first big boomboxes - I think he also carried a ton of audiocassettes with him.

He was in Tulsa at ORU lecturing to TV students, visiting, doing some golfing,too, and came by Sound Unlimited in a limo to buy an ac adaptor for the boombox - he left his somewhere else. A friend was clerking there and was floored that Jerry Lewis was dealing with him! He looked up the adaptor number and told Mr. Lewis they were out of stock and nothing else in the store would be right for the unit.

Jerry said gimme that one and pointed at one in the case. My friend said it wasn't the right voltage for his boombox. Jerry snapped - "I know TV and audio gear - sell it to me". My friend did.

Jerry came back the next day - the wrong voltage a.c. adaptor had melted his boombox and he bought the most expensive Sony or Marantz unit in stock to replace it.

No - he never said anything to my friend, just bought it and huffed out....

Nice that he came back to Sound Unlimited, though.

Karl Soliday - 09/07/99 16:53:28
My URL: http://www.mindspring.com/~mauikarl
My Email:mauikarl@busprod.com
Location: Owasso, Oklahoma
Favorite Tulsa TV show: Sun Up
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Teddy Jackady
Stupidest local commercial: Linda Soundtrack

I lived in San Diego for awhile and remember Bob Mills and Regis Philbin being on local TV but I missed Raquel Welch's weathercast. Gailard Sartain was a frequent guest and sometimes host of John Henry's Saturday Bandstand Show on KGTO. One of his favorite songs was A Little Bit Of Soap by The Jarmels(sp)? John has a brand new web page http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Nook/5534/rockinjohn.html

Check out Karl's web site...he has a Rock'n Record Juke Box, this month featuring Buddy Holly, whose birthday was 9/7/36. Karl also has the distinction of being the first person to sign the Guestbook of this site.

Mike Bruchas - 09/07/99 00:34:52

Labor Day.

TV show pioneer Allen Funt died at 84 today. I worked in '77 with some of his former crew - which became Eye View Films - on hidden camera research at a McCartney's in Tulsa for a detergent spot.

Neat stuff but the folks in Tulsey were a bit taken back by "clerks" wanting to buy back from them, the last box of a famous detergent brand on a shelf. My job to block aisles while dressed as a McCartney's clerk - to contain other shoppers from walking in on conversations. We shot the test spots with B&W video cameras which were viewed in the back of the store and hidden wireless mics. Nope - Tulsa did NOT pass muster for a place to shoot the spots but then I made a glorious $75 a day for a week or 2 as driver, production assistant and restaurant advisor for a 14 person crew!

How about Jerry Lewis - will he make it thru this Labor Day's Telethon, as ill as he is? I remember him coming to Tulsa and lecturing at ORU. Also playing golf a lot there in the 70's.

Someone said - one of these years - Jerry will go to that great telethon in the sky while doing one of these marathons and America will open it's wallets up and finally finance that cure for Muscular Dystrophy!

I missed the telethon this year...what illness does Jerry have?

Rest in peace, Allen Funt.

Mike Miller - 09/06/99 23:09:55
My Email:typo1@erols.com
Location: very damp Vienna, VA
Favorite Tulsa TV show: The Best of Jack Morris closers

Reading your radio memories page reminded me of the fun days of early KTUL-Radio Turley. Back in 1959 and ‘60, I was late night jock and news reporter at the “Radio Tulsa”, located in Turley, beneath the transmitting towers. DDT (Daddy Deepthroat), a.k.a Bob Gregory was ' news and program director. Others on board included Gary Chew, Les Parsons, and Jay Jones.

The late night jocks at several Tulsa radio stations formed a “drinking club,” called “Knights of the Knight,” Others included Scooter Segraves of KAKC, Larry Strain of KRMG, Jim Hill (I think) of KOME and a few others, mostly former TU students who had worked at KWGS. On Fridays, after sign off, we’d gather in the studios of KRMG, drink large quantities of beer and record our babble. Then we’d play it back to hear how stupid we sounded. In our drunken state, it sounded funny.

The “Knights” crowning achievement was our on air prank of playing the same, obscure record, simultaneously, on three or four stations. We’d set a specific time, and I would listen to Scooter to take my cue to start the record.

One night I heard Segraves cut in during the tune to say: “Punch around the dial, you’ll hear this record on all the stations.” I nearly fell off my chair.

Good story, onto the Tulsa Radio page it goes.

Scott "Scooter B" Segraves had asked where you were in Guestbook 15...sent him an email to let him know you have arrived.

Webmaster - 09/06/99 01:50:51The Capri Drive-In as remembered via digital enhancement by the webmaster
Location: Near the Capri Drive-In

I know this is not about TV, but did anyone besides me experience the Capri Drive-In in the early 70s?

Here is a troika of films that once played the Capri; I give you...the "Ginger" series! My home-made wine imbibing friends gave them an unambivalent thumbs-up! (Hilarious, yet insightful reviews courtesy of "The Bad Movie Report") Warning: Rated "R", for restricted to an adult audience.

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The Abductors

Girls Are For Loving

Mike Bruchas - 09/04/99 19:18:31
Location: In the non-hurricane path on the East Coast
Favorite Tulsa TV personality: Hal O'Halloran +Don Woods


When Don Lundy was working in Toledo - he sent me a clip reel of great promos and Addy winning spots. One was for WRIF radio in Detroit and had a flight of movie trailer like spots and other TV promos with DICK the BRUISER - who was the gravelly voiced morning DJ on WRIF. They were hilarious! This was back in the late 70's when wrestling wasn't big but Dick was a hilarious class act - that he could branch to doing a morning radio show was wild! He just couldn't speak SOFTLY!

Mike Bruchas - 09/04/99 19:00:03
My Email:bruchasm@atlanticvideo.net

Wrestling at KOTV was out of production when I went there in '76 but Buddy Allison said the wrestlers used to use the front bathrooms to change in and because there are no showers at KOTV, did splash baths from the sinks! Jimmy Belden - audioman and sometime announcer used to work as commentator talent on these, too. I remember seeing him in a formal light blue double knit suit - he said it was what he wore when co-anchoring wrasslin' coverage. Formal double knit!

Jimmy's claim to fame or infamy was to blow up his house one Winter while at 6. We ran all these stories on 6 about NOT crawling under your house to check for frozen pipes with a lighter or oven source of flame. Jimmy did - hit a gas pocket and blew up his house! Somehow he survived. Jimmy also played in some REAL honky tonk bands. He pestered me to shoot some band pictures while in performance - so 1 Saturday night I went to a VERY redneck club on 11th by Sheridan and started popping off pix with my flash as the band played. I was asked/no threatened to leave by folks in the audience afraid of them being captured on film WITHOUT their spouses AND by Jimmy's band. Gulp.

I digressed from wrasslin' - at KGMC/34 (now KOCB in OKC) we carried wrasslin' but I forget from who's circuit. Several times well-known wrestlers - often "known" hated ring adversaries would be driving cross country together and would drop off the most up to date "commercials" for the OKC market. Often they would hang out in Master Control, get a cup of java and chat the on-air guys up. They were pretty funny big guys

We had a Master Control op Jerry Harris (no NOT the Gerry Harris-whatever on OETA) who was a near-dwarf in stature and several times they tried to convince him to forsake TV and get into midget wrasslin'...

I do remember seeing Danny Hodge, Susan Green and others once at the Civic Center in Tulsey in about '71 when Wayne McCombs got several of us comp tickets from KVOO where he was working at the time. It was high circus stuff - the crowd was more amusing than the wrasslers. Danny Hodge got beat and bloody by "some trickery" - so the next time back, he was supposed to have a boxing match with the much younger guy that "won". Hodge was I think a Golden Gloves then pro boxer for a while way way back when.

I remember years later the Tribune doing a story on Danny for some kind of craftwork he did - sculpture from horseshoes or some type of folk art. A rennaissance man!

Wish I could remember if it was Cowboy Bill Watts or someone else who WERE very legitmate and successful ranchers when not in the squared circle - they too were written up in Tulsey papers for their business acumen.

Bill Hyden - 09/04/99 16:02:51
My Email:ptrc54a@prodigy.com

Tony Sellars: If I remember correctly, Bob Murphy may not have broadcast a complete schedule of OCU basketball. Since there was coverage of OU-OAMC-OCU, no complete schedule of any were covered. I think it was predominantly OAMC (now OSU)and that some ere carried on the old Liberty Network of Gordon McLendon's KLIF in Texas. Lessee now, that was some 50 years ago. I have to preface everything with "If memory serves..."

M. Ransom - 09/04/99 06:15:05
Location: Tulsa
Stupidest local commercial: Let's hear it for Hickey!

Whew, that was a quick one! I've got to keep these guestbooks down to about 40-50K bytes so they will load quickly.

Be sure to go back and read Guestbook 19, just finished. We had an interesting discussion going about pro wrestling on TV. We also learned that "Chauncey" was a creation of KAKC Top 40 jock Don Kelly back in the early 60s, that teleprompters can be made to surprise unwary newsmen, about a near-sighted Romper Room mistress, about news coverage of a nudist camp, DXing to east Asia via AM station KOMA, and much more! Stay tuned...

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