Date: 08-Oct-00 12:55 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Chuck Fullhart
Geographical location: wandering the fairgrounds looking for the KELi studios
How did you find TTM? found a flyer on the ground at Bell's
Re: the Tulsa State Fair. I had the pleasure or displeasure of being a vendor there this year. The crowds have been at record levels, and yes, Bubba and Cleatus did make it this year. The hot to cold weather is very typical, but it just wasn't the same without at least three days of drenching rain so that you could get the nostalgic smell of the livestock barns when the wind blew out of the north. We were in the Trade Center, just inside the door across from the livestock barns, and still did manage to get a whiff on the hot days.

Jim Reid, you'll be happy to know it is still the Fair, and there is about anything that is legal and fattening to eat on the Midway, but after seeing some of the people that fix it, you may decide otherwise. The Tulsa County Sheriff's department did their part in keeping us safe by locking up about three of those evil carney workers who were doin their best to defraud the public, and who are now cutting the grass in various parks and on the expressway. But it is still the Fair. I keep walking around on the west end of the Midway thinking that this was where the KELi studios were, but those days are gone I guess.

Date: 08-Oct-00 10:21 AM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Jim Ruddle
Geographical location: Rye, NY
A dance card from 1950, courtesy of Frank Morrow The Mayo Hotel became the queen of Tulsa hostelries in the late 'Twenties. Before 1929, the Hotel Tulsa had been home to the oil princes, with wheeling and dealing going on in the lobby and a cashier's window that operated as a bank for the exchange of fabulous amounts of money. Harry Sinclair kept a suite there.

After the advent of the Mayo, the big boys did their business there, although it was a more subdued atmosphere than had been the case at the Hotel Tulsa. The Mayo had its moments: Frank Phillips, whose PR folks fashioned him into a supposedly beneficent "Uncle Frank," and W. G. Skelly, a loud and uneducated lout whose PR people turned him into the kindly "Mr. Tulsa," got into a heated argument in the Mayo lobby, with Phillips throwing a punch and bystanders stepping in to prevent mayhem.

Rumor has it that Phil Kennamer, convicted of murdering Ben Gorrell in a sensational crime in 1935, had earlier walked around the outside ledge of the hotel, on the sixteenth floor, during a dance. The Crystal Ballroom, on that floor, was the most elegant spot for major affairs in Tulsa, and it was there that we used to appear in tuxes for formal dances where, by the device of dance cards, our dates would force us to dance with their plain girl friends who had "wonderful personalities."

I worked with a reporter at WMAQ-TV, in Chicago, named Charles "Chick" McCuen (now deceased) who had been in the European theater during World War Two. His company commander was Lieutenant Burch Mayo, scion of the hotel family. He thought the lieutenant was a pretty dull fellow.

Date: 08-Oct-00 10:03 AM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Jim Ruddle
Geographical location: Rye, NY
Derek, go to Google, put The Hut Sut Song in the search box, click, and you'll get the lyric in the first entry offered.

Date: 08-Oct-00 06:41 AM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Derek Gribble
Geographical location: England, United Kingdom
How did you find TTM? looking for 50's info, through
Hi, as a visitor from the U.K., I would like to say how impressed I am with your site, I particularly like 50's music and now I have found a treasure trove of info, if anyone can help I'm looking for the lyrics to 'hutsut ralston', please can you help. God Bless you all from the U.K. Kind regards, Derek Gribble.

Thank you, Derek. I see Jim Ruddle has the answer you seek.

Date: 08-Oct-00 12:36 AM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Jim Reid
Geographical location: Dallas
Mike, I had forgotten those slide spots. They were a pain. We finally stopped doing them when they got incredibly complicated. We'd have 10 full screen slides on one chain, 3 key slides on the other.

Do you remember how we used to do movie promos? The movie clip was actually cut out of the film and ran live every time the promo aired. By Saturday night, the clip, (usually the best scene in the movie) looked like it had been dragged behind a car for a day or two.

There was also the night (of the KTUL Christmas party), that the projectionist on duty spliced the promo clip back into the film upside down and backwards. It was a submarine movie and we got to see depth charges falling out of the water at the top of the screen before the splice broke and we got to see the projector bulb.

I volunteered to start editing the spots on tape for Carl and that's when this practice ended.

Date: 07-Oct-00 05:09 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Mike Bruchas  
How did you find TTM? Gary at the Mayo said to come here....
TO Gary Brumley - don't forget SKITCH HENDERSON had a suite or somethin' at the Mayo when in town for the Tulsa Philharmonic. Always wondered if that was part of his pay package as conductor!

Could you see Skitch at the Coney-I-Lander????

Date: 07-Oct-00 05:07 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Mike Bruchas  
You radio guys - remember overnight ads or ads no one could sell at baaaad hours? I always heard them refered to as "dollar a holler" spots though I think none ever sold for that low.

At 8 your cheapest spots in the '70's were the good old slide spots with a live or taped v.o.

At KOCO when they went 24 hours about 17 years ago - we again heard about "dollar a holler" TV spots but 5 always dumped slide spots to tape for airing. No, they did not go for a dollar, but I was told some sold for $15-20 an airing on big buy.

The difference I think was 8 had Roy Pickett shooting great stuff (at cost of his time, film and in-house processing) but I have never worked any place else where there was a decent stills photog shooting stills for commercials. Later at 5 we shot stuff on location on 1" video and captured shots in the still store to look as slides THEN dumped them to tape - 8 would have never done that - too much investment in production for a spot with little cash return!

Date: 07-Oct-00 05:03 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Mike Bruchas  
Geographical location: Missin' the Tulsey State Fair again!
How did you find TTM? Saw it from the top of Zingo!
If any of you get to the Fair and see Woodsy at the Expo or Bob Hower or B. Boyd at Cleartone - get a picture of them for this site!


Date: 07-Oct-00 03:00 AM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Gary Alan Brumley
Geographical location: Skilly Stadium
How did you find TTM? football schedule
I am sorry to hear Rocky Stegman died...he had his filming company in the Mayo Hotel for several years he and his sidekick were wheeling in and out of the Mayo with cameras, big boxes and duffle bags of field equipment...I had a ringside seat as bellhop by the revolving door also which was at the front of Mary Ann Duran's Art Gallery which was also a hopping place with people like Bill Cosby, Arlo Guthrie, Phyllis Diller strutting right into Mary Ann Duran's Art Gallery...Willard Stone, the famous wood sculpture artist, a quiet little man with lots of character came to Mary Ann Duran's Art Gallery...Rebecca Knapp worked the front desk at the Mayo who was never short for words or witty responses until one morning Arlo Guthrie came down and asked Rebecca where the nearest pawn shop was...Her smile opened along with her mouth but nothing came out but an was a great moment in history to see Rebecca Knapp not knowing what to say because she was star struck....yup, the Mayo Hotel was a town within our Tulsa Town and it was a rocking hotel during that time...small illuminated pockets of time reminds us that life is worth it just to witness some of these rare and truly bell-ringing moments...yup, you gotta love Tulsa for its hysterical historical peoples.

Date: 06-Oct-00 08:34 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Erick
Geographical location: 21st, just west of Yale
How did you find TTM? Someone spraypainted it on the Golden Driller's shoe!
Re the Tulsa Fair...spent $5 on a Gator Stick this past Wednesday. FYI, alligator tastes like pork, and very gristly! By the way, since when do they put a t-shirt on the Driller at fair time? I know I've seen it before, but it must be a fairly new thing. Didn't get a chance to read what it said, years past it was a KMOD t-shirt.

I made it out to the fair last night...brrrr! I think I heard that it was a record low temperature for the fair, and after a scorching summer. Passed on the rides for that reason.

Had some White River Fish Market fried fish and shrimp, and sampled some extra-hot salsa and pecans in the Educational building. Saw Rick Wells, LeAnne Taylor and "B.B." of the "Survivor" series at the KOTV booth.

A colleague of mine visited Don Woods in the IPE (now the "Expo") building earlier this week. He told Don about this web site, and Don said he had been hearing about it. He also sent on a Gusty drawing for me!

Ate some fried pickles on the way out and saw a ride called "The Slingshot" get into a round cage, and literally get slingshotted way up there, then oscillate and dangle for awhile. I don't think the fried pickles would have cared for it much.

It's no substitute for being there, but here is the web site for the fair:

Date: 06-Oct-00 06:08 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Mike Bruchas  
Geographical location: Still in DC, but OK in mah heart.....
How did you find TTM? I wuz horsin' around on the web....
I realized it was TULSA STATE FAIR TIME! Thoughts of Fall, the midway and shows came to mind. Go! Spend money there!

My satellite time salesperson here is a barrel racer - here in the DC area no less. She tells me rodeo is zzz here but barrel racing runs all year. The Marriott family (yep hotels and Roy Rogers restaurants) sponsor a citified rodeo at one of their "ranches" in the Blue Ridge from time to time.

Do you remember watching KTUL and KOTV doing PRCA, IFR, and NFR rodeo coverage in the '70's? Before all moved out to Las Vegas?

The IFR and NFR were big bucks for Tulsey and/or OKC and both 6 and 8 covered them well as sports stories. They also covered the economic side of the story when the rodeos were forced to "bigger tourist" cities like Las Vegas.

Date: 06-Oct-00 05:25 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Mike Bruchas  
Geographical location: Warshingdumb, DC
How did you find TTM? Dubya and Al both debated telling me about it...
Happened to see this week's Broadcasting magazine.

It had a blurb on controversy on the the debates of 1980.

I forgot that at this time the debates were being debated under the guidance of the League of Woman Voters, not a full-time Federal fat cat commission who runs them now.

Quoting the blurb,"In an effort to keep the series going, the League invited Pres. Carter and Republican Ronald Reagan to a one-on-one debate during the week of Oct.12 and to a three-way debate including Independent John Anderson, the week of Oct.26....Carter, who had boycotted the first debate in Baltimore, rather than share the platform with Anderson, quickly accepted. So did Anderson. But not Reagan. The Republican candidate is insisting on a series of round-robin debates in which not only he but Anderson would face Carter head-to-head. Carter has rejected that format...".


Now the Feds won't let wildman Pat Buchanan and greenman Ralph Nader in to debate - it might make it interesting had they been allowed at one stage to talk! Talk about a closed system....I miss the old Ross Perot appearances.

If anyone can find John Anderson - tell him we are writin' his name in this year.

5-6 years ago I was told he was "teaching" candidates here in DC as a hired consultant on campaigns. Don't know where he is now......

BTW - when you are next in Washington as a turista - the debate commission was/is next door to the Hard Rock Cafe when you don't debate over the fries.....

Date: 05-Oct-00 03:24 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Jim Reid
Geographical location: Dallas
When I was at 8, I found a reel of quarter inch audio tape lying around and when I listened to it, it was a Bob Wills special of some kind from KTUL radio.

It was a CBS program, and the announcer at the end did an ID, "KTUL, Boulder-On-The-Park, Tulsa". I asked one of the more mature staff members about the tape and they told me the announcer was Roy, so I guess he did do some staff announcer duty.

Date: 05-Oct-00 12:48 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Geographical location:  6th hour gym class
How did you find TTM? In the small print on a bottle of Grapette
Dear Mr. Doylefuddleston,

May I call you Roy?

I have to be in Skokie next week so I was putting a Big City kit together last night. I have my rubber gloves, locust shell, Red Hots, a weeks supply of rubber bands, finger nail clippers and a rope, but I'm having trouble locating a child's wig. Please advise.

By the way, you remind me of the man who could have done anything.

p.s. Can I kiss you?


Date: 05-Oct-00 12:45 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Don Norton (KOTV News 1953-1960)  
Geographical location: Tulsa, Auto and Ozone Capital
How did you find TTM? Bill Hyden mention and Mike Ransom's big screen display at the KOTV reunion
I was totally unprepared for Noel Confer's far-too-generous appraisal of me. I remember Noel as a great talent but we lost contact when we both left town and I didn't see him again until he gave Bill Hyden great help on the KOTV reunion last year...and I had a little trouble recognizing his face after all those years. Sorry, Noel! In my report on Dave Davis I only meant that he had been exposed to some summer stock productions (possibly around Detroit where the family formerly lived). He once mentioned having met Celeste Holm but made no claims as to directing or acting with her--simply watching others do it.

I'm glad Noel mentioned Raymond "Bud" Davis. "Bud" always seemed to me to be a "dead ringer" for Bill Cullen, the long-time game show host.

Wish I could help Mike Bruchas with Roy Pickett. The name is extremely familiar but I stuck more with KVOO than KTUL in those days.

Date: 05-Oct-00 11:55 AM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Mike Bruchas  
Geographical location: The Nation's "Capitol"
Can any of you folks long in the teeth remember what kind of radio shows Roy Pickett did on KTUL radio - long before he moved over to 8 as staff photog?

Roy is in his 80's now but served in Europe during WWII doing Armed Forces radio. But what was his talent on KTUL radio? Host? Singer? Announcer? I presume his radio career may have pre-dated WWII also.....

Date: 05-Oct-00 09:34 AM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Mike Bruchas  
Geographical location: Warrrrrshington,DC
How did you find TTM? Past life experience
Have to chuckle or rail on radio ads these days here on the East Coast. in its ads says it can figure your kids math homework online for them. Wonder if it can take a test for them at school too? Somehow a computer and monthly web service to get to their site sounds a lot more expensive than a pencil, a Big Chief tablet and staying awake/attentive in school. I remember 30 years ago when guys (nerdy of course) using slide rules in calculus class were considered cheating. Mathpower is part of another "innovative" group of web designers really targeting the government here with on-line services - remember in DC, suspect all intentions by "beltway bandits"...

Like the "Flo" spots or the "bus" spots showing seniors going to/from Canada for Rx drugs - "Seniors for Medicare Reform" ads seen all over the country - are part of an INSURANCE lobbying group that is anti-AARP, pro-getting senior names on mailing lists to sell, and anti-Medicare change that will hurt their pocketbooks. They put out a cheesey monthly magazine, give you decals for your car (even phone cards with $5-10 free phone time "to call Washington with") but basically exploit seniors who "want to stand up to Washington for their rights"....Maybe this is the soft money kind of thing all are talking about - do a lot of GOP cross-promotion but some Demos support them too (if ya geta check - does it matter where it came from?)....

Eye surgery spots on radio here by 97 different "price conscious" surgery mills have supplanted car dealer spots on most stations - often running back-to-back with competition. Yep $250 an eye HAS to be better than $2000 for the same work - it's almost as cheap as buyin' glasses! Say - is that a denturist/farrier workin' on your cornea????

Waaaay back when you never ran competing car/furniture/shoe spots back-to-back or it was a "conflict" and your clients got a freebie. Stations used to state some kind of separation would be made bewteen dealesr of like products. Not any more I guess....

Date: 04-Oct-00 11:56 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Lowell Burch
Geographical location: High atop beautiful Reservoir Hill
How did you find TTM? Address was written on the bathroom wall of the Solly Hemus Bowling Alley
So, was Johnny Martin refering to a case of Bud? I always imagined that the phrase "case night in the city" had a little more of a romantic bent.

I used to love riding with my family to the top of Reservoir Hill. A tower is at the peak and there is a pumping station or some sort of building up there, also. Anyway, the view was beautiful but you cannot get to the top now.

As a small child, I was not sure which programs were local or which were national. Consequently, I came up with some strange ideas and somehow began to labor under the impression that the "Honeymooners" originated from that building on top the hill and was broadcast via the tower. (Was I delussional or is that true?) By the way, whose tower is that?

Has the 'Naked City' theme Yeah, "case night" reminds me of "There are 8 million stories in the naked city; this has been one of them." We'll probably get some interesting hits having said that.

Speaking of "Naked City", the theme can be heard online here.

Date: 04-Oct-00 08:33 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Noel Confer
Whether I'm reminiscing about Miss Ronan's class at Central High, KOME, KWGS, or early Tulsa TV, Don Norton is always in the picture. It wouldn't be Tulsa broadcasting without him. I'm sorry to say that we've never been very well acquainted. However, I'm always glad to see his postngs here or see him at some function or another, He always had time for those of us coming behind him. Yes, believe it or not, Don was on the air before I was. This is just a moment to pay my respects.

Date: 04-Oct-00 07:10 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Mike Bruchas  
How did you find TTM? Under the left rear tire of "Car 74"
I had forgotten all about Ken Greenwood at KRMG - he seemed like a class act but was he programming? Management? Sales? Had that announcer voice. Didn't he used to do editorials?Thought he taught a class at TU later.

Unique voices - David Stanford and Boaz Rauschwerger both didn't have "radio voices" or had a "different" kind of delivery. I found either folks in Tulsa had no problem with them or hated to hear them on air - there was no in-between.

I think NPR has given us a lot of "non-announcer" announcer types - not folksy but not a Johnny Donut FORMAL announcer sound either....


Date: 04-Oct-00 04:58 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Jim Back
Geographical location: Edmond
Just a note to respond to an earlier question about Johnny Martin and when his show ended on KRMG. . .

When Swanson Broadcasting got hold of KRMG in the early 1960s, its ratings were in decline and revenue was skimpy. The only thing making money was Johnny Martin's late night show. He was playing the big band and jazz music that had gone out of favor with most radio stations who were caught up in the "Top 40" rage, and Johnny was one of the few who could still make it work with audiences.

American Airlines, Budweiser ("It's Friday night, case night in the city," remained a catch-phrase for him long after Budweiser dropped its sponsorship), and a local homebuilder were among his steady sponsors at the time. I can't think of the homebuilder, but does Park Plaza sound right? What are the additions around 51st and Harvard, over to Yale? Park Plaza I, II, III, and IV? Something like that.

Anyway, Johnny's show paid the bills while Gery Swanson and Ken Greenwood were building up the station's ratings in other day parts. By the mid 1970s, they realized that full time news and talk were the best hope for an AM station in an FM world, so Johnny was retired and David Stanford's talk show was extended into the late evening, followed by a satellite-fed talk show.

But in a rare case of broadcast management actually appreciating the impact its talent had on its profit during its salad days, Swanson committed to paying Johnny his salary for several years into the future. They were still paying him when he died a few years later, and I believe they even paid his widow some amount of money.

Me? When my time came, I got three weeks severance and was told I should be grateful because most employees only get two weeks! What does that tell you about the high regard everyone had for Johnny Martin, truly one of the classics of Tulsa radio.

Thanks, Jim. Your comments have been added to the Johnny Martin page, where he can still be heard.

Date: 04-Oct-00 01:31 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Don Norton (KOTV News 1953-l960)  
Geographical location: Tulsa, Auto and Ozone Capital
Favorite Tulsa TV show or personality: All of them in the 1950s
How did you find TTM? Bill Hyden's mention and Mike Ransom's big screen display at the 50th anniversary KOTV reunion
Just a few more notes on my good friend David Cadwell Davis, Jr. (son of a long-time American Airlines planner), Dave died March 14, 1983, reportedly reaching for the 'phone in his small apartment n Norman. His last employment was with the University of Oklahoma developing the school's broadcast offerings. But I knew him best in the 1950s at TU, KWGS, KOME and KOTV. Dr. Ben Henneke paid him a great tribute when he remarked that with Dave's dry, wry humor, "you wondered whether he might be the 'new' Fred Allen."

KOME was never a great news station, but I remember on the day that Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died Dave interviewed Dr. Marvin E, Lowe, then teaching Russian history at TU, and we played the interview as a "special" right before a basketball game that night.

At KOTV, Dave, never in robust health though few realized it and he never mentioned it, was a hard-working, all-purpose director (not exactly without directing experience, though he hadn't actually worked for a TV station before). I remember how he worked with a talented and pretty high school senior whose parents drove her down from Bartlesville every Friday night to do the Sipes (a small grocery chain, now defunct) spots "live" on the 10 p.m. news (no videotape then). Sparks flew, and Dave married the girl, "Lee" Shepherd, in 1955 (her name was actually Rose Blanche Shepherd, but no one called her that). Unfortunately, the marriage foundered less than a year later, and Lee moved on to women's programs at KTVX while KTUL (Griffin Grocery) was still pretending it was building a station for Muskogee. Later, Dave got Lee ready for some successful auditions in Houston (news), St. Louis and Detroit (weather girl). Oddly, Lee died just eight days after Dave.

Publicity for KOTV's local personalities, especially in news, was scanty in the early days, but Dave invited me to go along with him to the National Air Show in Oklahoma City in l956, where he arranged a picture of me with CBS's Douglas Edwards, then the Evening News' featured anchor. When the finished print was laid on Bob Freeland's desk, he decided to publish it in KOTV's promotional newsletter. Why not? It didn"t cost the station anything (more).

Much more significant was the effort by Dave, Bruce Hinson and Glenn Raines to get a half-hour film about Enid's use of the Sabin oral polio vaccine on the air. This actually altered the Tulsa City-County Health department's hostile attitude toward the new Sabin vaccine (Dr. Jonas Salk got all the publicity credit for an earlier vaccine) and led to a vaccination program for Tulsa.

Dave and I kept in touch after we both left KOTV and he went to Illinois, Oklahoma City and Dallas before settling into his less-pressurized work at OU. His death in 1983 was quite a shock.

I hope we can get that picture of you and Douglas Edwards out here sometime.

Date: 04-Oct-00 07:52 AM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Jim Ruddle
Geographical location: Rye, NY
Dave Davis, the director at KOTV, was also a gun lover and used to bring a .38 Special to work to display to co-workers.

He was married for a short time to a woman named Lee Something-or-other who did on-the-air weather. It was not a happy union and left him pretty bitter. She went on to work in St. Louis, as I recall. He and Bardgett were the two main directors, splitting shows and commercials pretty evenly between them.

Date: 03-Oct-00 11:13 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Frank Morrow
Here is a memory that other people may have to help me out with in filling out details and in correcting mistakes.

In late ’56 or early ’57, there was a local TV program that was on during the weekends. Because it was sponsored by the Big Red Warehouse, the name of the show was “The Big Red Barn Dance,” although it could have been “The Big Red Warehouse Barn Dance. (I might be wrong about the name, because I never saw much of the program.) The Big Red Warehouse was on Admiral or Admiral Pl., featuring very cheap furniture and maybe other stuff for the financially and tastefully challenged. I only remember the furniture commercials.

The music was grade B (or C or D) country music that was pretty awful. The announcer/host was the usual over-stuffed pitchman, who had a scrawny sidekick named “Gravel Voice” who was supposed to be funny.

My best memory is that the program and the warehouse didn’t last too long.

(Am I being too harsh?)

Date: 03-Oct-00 06:17 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Barbara
Geographical location: Perth Australia
Favorite Tulsa TV show or personality: Mazeppa
How did you find TTM? Invitation
Thank you for stirring a few more memories.

You're welcome.

Date: 03-Oct-00 01:54 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Noel Confer
There was another Davis from Tulsa. Raymond "Bud" Davis attended TU. He was on KWGS radio and later worked for KOTV, on the floor crew and perhaps as a director. He went to California a bit before I did, and I socialized with him quite a lot. My good friend Buddy (now Hank) Hamilton helped Bud get his first job win advertising. Bud went on to do a lot of voice-over work, was an agent for voice-over announcers and, all in all did quite well...professionally. However, he killed himself when he was still a fairly young man. It's my understanding that no one close to him had any idea why he would do such a thing.

Date: 03-Oct-00 01:39 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Noel Confer
Re: Mr Davis.

Frank Morrow was usual. Davis went to TU and worked at KOTV as a director. I don't know how he qualified for the job in the first place, as there were no other TV stations in Tulsa, including TU. He had the rep of being a good director. I don't remember if he was still there when I left Channel 2 and hired on at KOTV, but I rather think he was still there. I think I was told that he has died. At the TU radio 50th reunion, I chatted wih Ralph Bardgett who was a friend of his. I think that's what he told me. If this is a mistake, please remember that I'm an old geezer.

Date: 03-Oct-00 06:36 AM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Webmaster  
Take a look at a postcard of Cy Tuma with the Sons of the Range in the Briefcase! One side of it, plus Cy's autograph are now on the Cy Tuma page.

Dave Davis, courtesy of Frank Morrow Date: 03-Oct-00 12:40 AM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Frank Morrow
Geographical location: Austin, Texas
There was a Dave Davis who was a freshman at TU in 1953. His picture also appears in the 1954 Kendallabrum with the KWGS group. Your descriptions of him match the man I knew.

I first met him when he and a sidekick talked KAKC into letting them do a comedy program in the evening in either late 1951 or early '52. Davis' buddy played the piano and sang horribly. I thought it was satire, but he was offended when I laughed at his performance.

Their comedy career on KAKC lasted all of two programs.

Date: 02-Oct-00 09:10 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Erick
Geographical location: Tulsa
Re Locke Plumbing's religious exists! I believe the only full power station is in OKC. There are probably close to 10 LPs that are in this net, including one in Sapulpa, and one in Sand Springs.

What happened to the days when station owners and GMs made on-air "editorials" for their stations? Duane Harm at KWTV in OKC was probably the best at these. He seemed very uncomfortable, but I think they were pretty popular. When Ted Baze ran things at 34 in OKC, he was constantly talking about upcoming things for the station. Man, I miss seeing him saying, "It's your station!"

Duane Harm did them on KOTV, too.

Date: 02-Oct-00 05:37 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Mike Bruchas  
Favorite Tulsa TV show or personality: Dr. Menlo Park
How did you find TTM? It was a vision in the bottom of the collection dish yesterday but I was too busy handlin' my snakes to see it - till I got bit!
Reader Rick Christensen sent me a joke ad copy pitch for an informercial for a non-existent anti-flatulence drug. It had an Okie tang to it. Can any of you come up with a pitch for an informercial product that we REALLY need? Do it in 100 words or so!

It reminds that back in the '80's overnight TV ad time was so cheap on KOCO - several 5 Alive! news producers "wanted to start their own religion" and buy time for people to send bucks to them! It was saloon talk and did not happen. They realized they were too poor to pay upfront to buy the ad time! Leaves me to wonder about other televangelists....

Date: 02-Oct-00 05:08 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Mike Miller
Geographical location: Vienna, VA
Re: Mike Bruchas question. I don't know if Logan Waite is still alive. He was an old family friend. He would have to be in his 90's.

Does anyone recall his store, I think it was called "Noah's Ark," and had just about everyting for sale. He did later sell video cameras. Logan was also a magician! My father and I used to spend hours in his store visiting with him. He was also a "Hey Rube" performer during WWII.

Date: 02-Oct-00 02:58 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Mike Bruchas  
How did you find TTM? 900 ft. guy showed me and I BELIEVE!
Can anyone tell me how many TV stations are on air/cable - full power and low power in Tulsa this week? Don't know how many can survive unless a church-based tax write-off!

What happened to Mr. Locke of Locke Plumbing's that planned a statewide religious-oriented network of his own?

Is Logan Waite still alive/in business at 3rd & Peoria? KOTV/the late Rocky Stegman bought their first Sony mini-cams from him. Also sold Husquvarna motors and chain saws!

Re Tulsa TV stations on the air, here is an up-to-date Oklahoma TV directory, which can always be found on the Links page (see Channel Changer 2).

Date: 02-Oct-00 02:57 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Mike Bruchas  
How did you find TTM? Fina has coupons this week for it and free oil change....
Help me, fans. I knew a Dave Davis - now long deceased that worked in some State of OK dept. He was a Delcom client - Delcom is now defunct but Fairfiew AFX staff took up the reigns and is now MCSI under Tom Roberts. He was skinny - had a mustache, great dry sense of humor and EVERYONE knew him. Had been a writer/producer and I think one time TV reporter. Is this the same Dave Davis???

I think Frank Morrow has the answer...

Date: 02-Oct-00 01:00 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Don Norton (KOTV News 1953-1960)  
Geographical location: Tulsa, Auto and Ozone Capital
Favorite Tulsa TV show or personality: All of them in the 1950s
How did you find TTM? Bill Hyden reference and big screen display at the KOTV reunion
For Sonny Hollingshead:

I remember 1300 kHz (kilocycles in those days, not kiloHertz) as the residence of KOME, started in Tulsa about 1938 and long gone. This was a move upward for KOME, which started life as a 250-watter on 1340.

In fact, I worked there in 1953 prior to moving to KOTV. KCNW and KXXO came along after I left town for awhile. Dick Campbell was another alumnus, and I think John Doremus was there for awhile while attending TU. I KNOW Dave Davis was (not David Croninger, who used the name "Davis.") The "real" Dave Davis, as I called him, later became a great director at KOTV.

There is a link to a 1952 radio schedule at the top of the Tulsa Radio in the Fifties page.

Date: 02-Oct-00 08:02 AM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: John Hillis  
Geographical location: Jenks-on-the-Potomac, Va
Favorite Tulsa TV show or personality: "Dodd the Newsman, Doug the Diabetic"
How did you find TTM? On the cardboard tray under a Coney Ilander dog
Johnny Martin left the KRMG air in '78. I moved out of Tulsa in '79, and Johnny was still among us, to the best of my knowledge. Perhaps the 'working to the end' meant doing occasional commercial voice work or specials, but I'm pretty sure he was ambulatory under his own power after that last "case night."

Date: 01-Oct-00 11:54 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Frank Morrow
Geographical location: Austin, Texas
Going through the list of names for search purposes, I came across the individual Carl Meyerdirk. The entry in the guestbook had this listed as favorite show: "The Farm Report with Carl Meyerdirk."

Is this the same Carl Meyerdirk who was editor of the Okla. A&M humor magazine "Aggievator" in the late 1940s? He was known then as "Mad" Meyerdirk.

The "Aggievator" was one of the many outstanding college humor magazines in the country. I haven't seen any or heard of their existence in many years. Even more surprisingly, TU hasn't even put out their annual yearbook, the Kendallabrum in several years.

Frank tried out the new, improved search engine, which is considerably more useful than the old can search for exact phrases or names.

Date: 01-Oct-00 09:09 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Sonny Hollingshead
Geographical location: Knotty Pine Barbeque
Favorite Tulsa TV show or personality: Moments of Meditation
How did you find TTM? Sign at Huckett's Bowling Alley
To Sunny Ray:

Thanks for checking in! We never met, but there are probably more folks than me who remember hearing your golden tones at The Big 97 (circa 1973-74...right?)

Who was on the staff with you back then...Captain Fantastic? Denver Foxx? Gary "Ono" Stevens? Mike McCarthy? Mike Evans? Robert Miller?

Well...KAKC was purchased in the late 70's and the format changed to Gospel, which remains. It's now KCFO.

The call letters now belong to a Spanish language station at 1300AM. You'll remember that frequency as either KCNW or KXXO.

Write back sometime and let everyone know about your career since KAKC. Thanks!

Date: 01-Oct-00 04:38 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Gary Brumley
Geographical location: Horse Shoe Hill
Web siteTroppo
Favorite Tulsa TV show or personality: Mazeppa the hairdresser
How did you find TTM? Boree-gard-acious
Truth is Dee has a new feline named Borey gard' and he is a great-great-grand son of Chortles the Dingo Dog's old side kick, Curly Ray the Bass Cat the way, Chortles is now an animated figure in this ongoing Tulsa Trails hoax and can be seen at the URL below... congratulations to Dee and her new referee job at the Tulsa State Fair. Not to worry, Bijou will be part of the skit soon...


Date: 30-Sep-00 08:14 PM (on Tulsa Time)
Name: Webmaster  
Just archived Guestbook 55...this is #56.

We have a query outstanding from Jim Ruddle about a 30s-40s sportscaster named something like Franz/France Loucks/Laucks. We heard from Sunny Ray, DJ at KAKC in the 70s. She asks if anyone remembers her... We had a query about the circumstances of Johnny Martin's death; anyone know? Lots of OKC TV/radio discussion including some about Ho Ho (the food-mooching clown) and Pokey.

We heard from Yahootie Menu of the Mazeppa show, then we heard from Mazeppa himself!

We learned of the untimely passing of Rocky Stegman.

Karen Miller and Kitty Gibbons were remembered.

Check all this out, then write your comments in this Guestbook.

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