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October 30 2007 at 08:29:45
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Pandora: custom radio stations on the fly

Gary Chew discovered this fun music site: Pandora: radio from the Music Genome Project. Type in any artist and get a custom internet radio station. For example, I typed in "Johnny Winter", and Pandora then played Johnny's "Rock and Roll, Hootchie-Koo", Leslie West "Stormy Monday", Cream "Outside Woman Blues", Jeff Beck Group "I Ain't Superstitious", and Johnny's "Leland Mississippi Blues". I like it.

October 29 2007 at 19:22:30
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Not Tulsa, but TV: Twin Peaks

Just learned from Boing Boing that the complete "Twin Peaks" TV series has FINALLY been released on a 10-DVD set loaded with extras.

October 29 2007 at 18:29:05
Name: John Hillis
Topic: The Wagonmaster
: I saw Porter Wagoner and his package show live on location, (and several times at the Opry) in about 1973 in Georgia, as he was coming off the top of his game and about to lose Dolly, and his steel guitar guy Don Warden, who became her manager.

TV was his element, and he was far better before the camera than he was in person, though his ability to connect with his audience, grinning and showing off the "HI" stitched on the lining of his Nudie jacket, was pretty good.

He learned the medium on Massey-Ferguson's Ozark Jamboree on ABC in the 50s, and put the lessons to work on the Chattanooga Medicine syndicated show. His ability to put together a show, with all-star musicians like Speedy Haworth, Mac McGaha, Buck Trent, and Warden, girl singers Pretty Miss Norma Jean and Dolly, and guest stars, made a production that was loose and let the viewer in on what looked like a lot of fun.

Even though it is probably more a tribute to Marty Stuart than Wagoner, his last CD, "Wagonmaster" is a great album. For a guy who lasted over 50+ years playing over 150 dates a year on the road and doing a TV show for 27 of them, and never attaining first-rank stardom, is pretty remarkable.

Roll on, wagonmaster.

October 29 2007 at 10:00:15
Name: Bob O'Shea
Topic: Porter Wagoner
Email: bob reavis at yahoo dot com
Comments: I met Porter Wagoner at the last AM 1170 KVOO Listener Appreciation Show in 2001. What a nice gentleman and a genuinely, down to earth funny guy. He had more stories than rhinestones and was a wellspring of youthful exuberance.

When we had our pictures taken together, a moment frozen in time now hanging in my voice-over studio, I knew then that I was standing next to a living legend. Rare is the occasion when one actually gets to shake hands and have conversation with country music history as well as an icon of the great American Pop Culture.

They won't have to worry about what kind of clothes to give Porter in Heaven. He's got his own. May God rest his sweet soul.

Another Memory,
Bob O'Shea
Big Country, AM 1170 KVOO

October 29 2007 at 09:58:30
Name: DolfanBob
Topic: Super Fox 103 in 1977
Email: MiamiPhin@yahoo.com
Comments: B.Cobb I had a similar incident happen when I was a sophomore in high school and a intern/filler DJ at the Super Fox 103. I did voice impressions in the morning with Cousin Lee Walker and filled in whenever the guy's wanted off or was sick.

One late night in '77, Don Landy was supposed to work the 10 to 2 shift and he had a temperature of 103 and was trying to find someone to come in and take over for him. He called me and I could not do it because I had school the next day. I was told the next day when I went in that he had went on the air and was having listeners call in and tell their version of what they thought Tom Petty's "Breakdown" song meant.

After several un-edited calls, Don was let go and I was told by the program director(who did not like me) that my services were no longer needed. I guess I should have skipped school that next day.

October 28 2007 at 23:33:23
Name: Dana LeMoine
Topic: Country Star Porter Wagoner, 80, Dies
: Porter Wagoner, the rhinestone-clad Grand Ole Opry star who helped launch the career of Dolly Parton by hiring her as his duet partner, died Sunday. He was 80.

Wagoner, who had survived an abdominal aneurysm in 2006, was hospitalized again in October 2007 and his publicist disclosed he had lung cancer. He died at 8:25 p.m. CDT in a Nashville hospice, a spokeswoman for the Grand Ole Opry said.

"The Grand Ole Opry family is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of our dear friend, Porter Wagoner," said Pete Fisher, vice president and general manager of the Opry. "His passion for the Opry and all of country music was truly immeasurable. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time."

His illness came after a comeback that saw him recording again and gaining new fans even as he reached his 80s.

In May 2007 he celebrated his 50th year in the Opry. After years without a recording contract, he also signed with ANTI- records, an eclectic Los Angeles label best known for alt-rock acts like Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Neko Case.

The CD "Wagonmaster," produced with Marty Stuart, was released in June 2007 and earned Wagoner some of the best reviews of his career. Over the summer, he also was the opening act for the influential rock duo White Stripes at a sold-out show at New York's Madison Square Garden.

More of this story at Yahoo News. John Hillis talked about Porter and his show in GB 34. Discussion of the patent medicines Porter sold on his show (Cardui, Black Drought) is found in GB 33.

Here is Porter performing a song from "Wagonmaster" with Marty Stuart on the Letterman show. We'll miss him.

October 28 2007 at 22:52:58
Name: B. Cobb
Topic: Super Summer '77 on KELi
Email: tipcobb@sbcglobal.net
Comments: I was twelve years old in 1977 and just starting to really listen to radio. I remember staying up late on the weekends and sneaking the transistor radio into my bedroom and listening to "Super Summer '77" on KELi. Good memories.

I vividly remember one of the DJs that summer crying on the radio because he had broken up with his girlfriend. He spent 3-5 minutes talking about it on the air. I never heard anything about it later and can't ever remember hearing that DJ again.

Does this ring a bell with anyone?

I looked to see if I had a scan of a Summer '77 KELi survey, but found only one from February.

October 28 2007 at 12:25:02
Name: Frank Morrow
Topic: Blacks in baseball
Email: frankmor@io.dotcom
Comments: In some of the past blogs, people were talking about black players for the Tulsa Oilers at Texas League Park. Here is my experience.


After the war, when Brooklyn Dodger owner Branch Rickey was attempting to integrate major league baseball, there was an exhibition game of his team in Tulsa, pitting the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Cleveland Indians. We were all hoping to see Jackie Robinson, but he wasn't there. Larry Doby was playing for Cleveland. He was the first black player in the American league, but his placement on a major league team wasn't publicized like Robinson's was. His signing occurred only three weeks after the historic Robinson event.

The crowd at Texas League Park was overflowing so much that people were stuffed into foul territory, just outside of the right and left field lines. Blacks were lined up in foul territory beyond the third base line. They were closely stacked all the way to the "colored" stands nearby.

When the teams took to the field, Doby was not in the starting lineup for Cleveland, although he later was inserted in the game. But we soon became aware that an unpublicized Negro (the most acceptable word back then) was behind the plate for the Dodgers. His name was Roy Campanella. Both he and Doby looked good. They both were quick and fast, particularly Doby.

During Campanella's second at-bat, he hit a ground ball that was foul down the third base line. The black people standing in the area scrambled for the ball.

Campanella hit the next three balls in the same place. When he did it the third consecutive time, it was apparent that Roy was doing it on purpose, particularly because the balls were not hit hard. I think it was his way of saying, "I'm finally here. And I'm with you." It created a sensation.

I bet that some house in Tulsa still has one of those balls on its mantle.

October 28 2007 at 10:25:17
Name: Terri
Topic: Ma-Hu
Email: areyouforsutooatmsn.com
Comments: Rick - Terri here.

I recall the "out building", or what was referred to as the servants quarters, which was situated behind the "big house" - to the northwest. This building torched on 2 or 3 occasions, during the early-mid seventies. I believe the remnants of this building remained standing long after the main house was leveled.

During one of our excursions (er, uh, trespasses), we observed a beehive of mammoth proportions hanging from the charred rafters of the quarters. Pretty much kept folks from sneaking into THAT building, I am sure.

October 27 2007 at 22:26:02
Name: Rick Brashear
Topic: Ma-Hu
: I was reading some of the comments about the Ma-Hu Mansion and remembered a few things. I remember the longhorn cattle grazing near Memorial Drive and the ranch-style fence along the property.

I was at Nathan Hale from 1969-1972. One day, several of us were standing outside the cafeteria and saw black smoke rising from the direction of Ma-Hu. We left school as soon as we could and drove over there. The fire, where ever it was, was out by the time we arrived, so we didn't know exactly where the fire had been. Somebody said the barn had burned, though the video on here says it burned in 1960.

I know those cattle were there years after 1960. Would that fire have been one that happened at Ma-Hu between 1969 and 1972?

October 27 2007 at 14:53:13
Name: Greg Leslie (via email)
Topic: Fantastic Tulsa Films Vol. 2
Comments: Hey, Mike -- I got an advance screening of Jack Frank's latest collection of vintage films about Tulsa last week. Attached is the open of the show. It has a great segment with some old film of Mr. Zing & Tuffy, the dedication of KVOO's Broadcast Central, some of Lee Woodward's home movies and other KTUL and KVOO stuff I think the gang will like.

The show on KOTV (Dec 3 at 7pm) is an abbreviated version of the DVD. You will be able to order the DVD at TulsaFilms.com.

The DVD's bonus materials will include a complete promotional 16mm film KTUL produced in the 1960s about the station, its equipment and and its people.

And here is the intro that Greg included with his email.

October 25 2007 at 13:55:36
Name: John Keyes
Topic: KOTV Moving
: It appears after so long at 3rd and Frankfort... KOTV and the rest of the Griffin gang will be moving in 2009. Here is a link to the story. At least they will remain downtown.


October 24 2007 at 22:35:35
Name: Webmaster
Topic: SomaFM internet radio

Here is a great internet radio station I've been listening to lately: SomaFM. Actually, it is 11 stations on one site, piped out of a basement in San Francisco.

Some of my favorite Soma stations: Illinois Street Lounge features classic bachelor pad and exotica (see the Tulsa Tiki and Fantastic Theater pages). Groove Salad serves ambient chilled beats and grooves. Secret Agent is...nevermind.

Lounge/underground/alternative music of the past, present, and future.

SomaFM independent internet radioSomaFM independent internet radio

October 24 2007 at 01:14:34
Name: Jeff
Topic: The Mullendore murder case
Email: roddy98@peoplepc.com
Comments: What is the Mullendore murder, I saw mentioned, I can't seem to find anything about it anywhere on the internet. I know there was a book about it, but what was it about?

From OklahombreS Online! forum:

"E.C. Mullendore III, the heir apparent to the Cross Bell Ranch fortunes, was murdered by a person or persons as yet unknown on September 26, 1970 at his home on the Cross Bell. Many prominent Oklahoma ranching families led lives that intersected with the Mullendores' lives beginning with Grandfather Erd Mullendore, the founder and progenitor of the clan and the original Cross Bell."

In retrospect, the case reminds me of a real-life "Who shot J.R.?" plotline on the 1980s TV show, "Dallas" (one of the cast members was Morgan Woodward, Lee's brother). The forum comments have further information and gossip about it.

October 23 2007 at 19:13:14
Name: David Batterson
Topic: Hat G. Chew would wear?
Email: davidbatatyahoodotcom
Comments: Mike B. asked: "What kinda hat would G. Chew wear?"
I'm guessing maybe a railroad cap, while he engineered the Chatanooga Chew Chew.
[Ducking and running.]

October 23 2007 at 18:12:09
Name: mitchwerx@cableone.net
Topic: Headgear
: I do believe I've seen Mr. Giles with a fedora and feather on his head a few times. Oktoberfest maybe?

October 22 2007 at 23:04:11
Name: Lyndon
Topic: Club on South Owasso behind old post office
Email: bostock98_99@yahoo.com
Comments: Hey Tulsa,

Does anyone remember the name of the club that was behind the old post office building on South Owasso at 45th Place? It was bombed in the late 60s or very early 70s, it was caddy-cornered across from the strip club that was in the old grocery store shopping center? Darn old age, I forget the name of the strip club also, lol. Thanks a bunch and thanks for all the memories! Keep on keepin on!


October 22 2007 at 21:24:54
Name: Webmaster
Topic: John and Sheb Wooley related?

Re my passing question below in connection with the "Wilhelm Scream":
Is Sheb Wooley any relation to Tulsa's John Wooley?

John via email: "I wish. But it must be a different group of Wooleys."

(As a consolation, John is a fifth cousin of Lord Byron.)

His latest novel, GHOST BAND, sounds intriguing. Excerpts from a comment at Amazon:

"In bringing the story to life, Wooley employs an intimate knowledge of the music business; there's plenty of authentic detail about this overlooked corner.

"It's interesting the way Wooley mingles past and present, painting the world as a place where the past is still alive, not only in a supernatural sense but in the way we absorb memories and culture.

"In addition to being a good thriller, it's a fascinating meditation on nostalgia and memory--what the past means to the present."

October 22 2007 at 20:26:43
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Hats
: Murrow and gang wore them in pix from when NOT on the air on TV. Howard K Smith said a real paper or radio hand could NOT write good copy UNLESS he was wearin' a hat! Okay, so Bob Schieffer wore snap brim hats in the 1960's in Ft Worth when on the radio, partially because the Ft Worth cops wore them. Funny how the Dallas dicks wore Stetsons then!

I don't remember anyone on air in Tulsa wearing a hat? Other than Gene Wheatley! Okay, Mazeppa in a dunce hat. What kinda hat would G. Chew wear?

October 22 2007 at 19:21:59
Name: John Hillis
Topic: Obsolete Music of All Sorts
: First, Screamin' Sheb Wooley, who died in 2003, also recorded country song parodies under the name Ben Colder. One of his later ones that I recall was a spoof on Conway Twitty's "15 Years Ago" called "15 Beers Ago," I think the biggest of his hits was "Hello Walls #2," a take-off on the Willie Nelson-penned Faron Young hit ("Hello Walls, I didn't see you standin' there"). The Ben Colder character was lovable drunk humor a la Foster Brooks that wouldn't play today. I wouldn't call "Purple People Eater" brilliant satire, but it did work in references to several popular records of the day, and sort of works as a 1959 time capsule Plymouth.

I was just upbraided by my spouse last Saturday as I clicked through "Big Joe's Polka Show." Not the kind of polka music you find in the East, Big Joe's is a collection of midwestern and Texas German, Czech, and Polish bands ranging from simply astonishing to almost good. Give 'em credit--you gotta know none of them are in it for the money. Production values have risen over the few years I've watched it to almost local-cable-access-of-the-70s, which just adds to the homespun charm. Big Joe is what Garrison Keillor would be it he was in Omaha and didn't have the snarky streak of talent.

Liking the little guy underdog types, I like RFD-TV, though I wouldn't know one end of a John Deere from the other. Dish Network moved them out of channel Siberia (in the 9000's) to channel 231, which, I guess is sort of channel Guymon, better, but still cold and snowy.

As for Chew, he's much better looking than the guy on You Tube. I'm just sayin'...

October 22 2007 at 16:48:27
Name: David Bagsby
Topic: Wilhelmic Variations
Email: davidunderscorebagsbyathotmaildotcom
Comments: Holy Crap! I hope Wilhelm gets a royalty for all those shrieks.

October 22 2007 at 15:44:07
Name: DolfanBob
Topic: Casey Norton
Email: MiamiPhin@yahoo.com
Comments: I was just wondering if Casey Norton had made it up to Seattle and KOMO. So I went to their web site and was looking for his photo and his bio and was surprised to not find it. I typed his name in the search spot on the site and it returned nothing. I googled his name and found his online resume and it still says that he is employed by KOTV and his contract runs out 8/31/2007. Anyone know what has happened to him? Here is his online resume, see what you think.

October 22 2007 at 15:21:45
Name: Webmaster
Topic: The Wilhelm Scream

By way of Boing Boing, I recently learned of the existence of the "Wilhelm Scream" (no connection to regular TTM contributor Wilhelm Murg).

The Scream was recorded for the 1951 film "Distant Drums", probably by Erick, Oklahoma native Sheb Wooley (any relation to KWGS' John Wooley?). It has been mixed into the soundtrack of many movies and TV shows over the years. "Wilhelm" was the name of a character who issued the Scream in another movie, "Charge at Feather River" (1953).

Sheb Wooley married the cousin of another famous Erick native, Roger Miller. From Roger Miller's site:

"Fifteen years older than Roger, Wooley's career would lead him to Hollywood and the movies. One of Wooley's biggest hits was "The Purple People Eater." In those days, Wooley and little Roger would ride out "fixin fence, chasing steers and talking about stardom," Wooley recalls. The two would listen to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday nights and the Light Crust Doughboys on Fort Worth radio by day. Miller came to idolize Bob Wills and Hank Williams, but it was Wooley who taught Roger his first chords on guitar, bought him his first fiddle, and who represented the very real world of show business that Roger wanted so much for himself."

Without any further ado, here's a compendium of Wilhelm Screams:

October 22 2007 at 13:50:22
Name: Bob O'Shea
Topic: Big Country AM 1170 KVOO
Email: bob reavis at yahoo dot com
Comments: Dear Web Master,

The last three songs played on the final live country broadcast under those famous calls, 'KVOO,' were picked by me. I was even cautioned by the new General Manager that KVOO had "never been referred to as 'Big Country AM 1170 KVOO' and he didn't think I should take such liberty"! Forget that my history with KVOO AM radio goes all the way back to the 70's. Billy Parker hired me when he still had black hair.

Now anybody, and I mean anybody who has ever worked around me knows that only Jesus could come into my studio during a live broadcast and run his mouth. I quickly and just as curtly corrected his ignorance of broadcast history and then gave him two choices of exit from my studio. He selected the first choice which allowed him to leave on his own two feet!

This was the problem. The new ownership did absolutely no homework. They truly believed that the new moniker "Big Country 99.5" was quite original thinking. I know that country was on its way out for KVOO-AM. But wouldn't it make one hell of an 80's station. People don't care anymore about AM vs. FM. All that stuff lost its novelty with digital radio.

I truly believe we have seen the high-water mark of talk radio's broadcast sewage.

I hope you're right, Bob. Unfortunately, there is a glut of leather-lunged windbags and wannabes cluttering up the air waves. I liked talk radio in the early 80s when the general approach was more Apollonian than Dionysian, to put it more charitably. Of course, there are still some good shows out there (e.g., Rich Fisher's "Studio Tulsa" locally, or Clark Howard nationally), but they are in the minority.

Bob's earlier comment on this page.

October 22 2007 at 01:10:51
Name: edwin
Topic: David B.
Email: yep
Comments: Yeah David, we all assumed (at 8) that you went to New York TV or sumpin'.

October 21 2007 at 18:25:58
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Dr. Battison
Comments: So WHAT are you doing now?
I know Brother Mark Giles, your sometime collaborator, is teaching at a college in/near Santa Barbara, because we email back and forth 3-4 times a year.

October 21 2007 at 16:00:12
Name: Julie
Topic: Lee Woodward, if you're listening in...
Email: cactusblue60 at centex dot net
Comments: Please drop me a line at this email address regarding a Web site project I have been asked to work on. Anyone else that might be able to tip him off about this shout, I'd appreciate it. Time is somewhat of the essence here.

Thank you -- Julie :-)

October 20 2007 at 23:36:33
Name: David Batterson
Topic: "Dr. Batterson"? Moi? No way!
Email: davidbatatyahoodotcom
Comments: Well, I never got my Master's, let alone a PhD (Piled higher & Deeper). ;-) I earned my B.S. in Speech (Radio-TV-Film) at TU. And unlike Mr. Communicator Chew, I didn't distinguish myself in Tulsa radio or TV. After a stint as studio cameraman at KTUL, Ch. 8, I never worked in TV again.

October 20 2007 at 22:47:30
Name: Gary Chew
Topic: Dolly Visits Porter
Comments: Since so many Saturday evening KOTV viewers in the 60s used to tune into the Porter Wagoner Show on Channel Six, here's the latest from CNN on Mr. Wagoner in hospital in Nashville.


Delmeaux de Gillette du Coffeyville

October 20 2007 at 10:27:27
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: ChewTube + BJPS
: Great work, as many puns as I OR J.Hillis or Gary Gunter could have latched together during a KOTV newscast! Dr. Batterson, see your TU degree was worth somethin'.

A friend who teaches at VA TECH and has The Sauerkraut Band is in the running for a spot on RFD-TV's BIG JOE POLKA SHOW. He is addicted to it; wonder if Bro Hillis watches this show? He is a big RFD-TV fan!

October 19 2007 at 19:45:27
Name: Divad Nosrettab
Topic: Chatanooga Chew-Chew
: That shore duz look like a fake beard on Chew-bacca in that crazee video. It ain't the Gary Chew I ramember. I think King Lionel mighta did the voiceover, since he hasn't been workin of late. Don't know who the direktor hired for the commercial, but he looks & sounds like a snakeoil salesman. I guess YewToob will show about anything these dayes! At leest I din't hafta pay tuh to see it.

October 19 2007 at 18:00:05
Name: Gary Chew
Topic: Shock And HaHawed

I just watched a video by David Batterson using 'my' visage to make fun of me. I was shocked and hawed by his rendering of 'my' views on YouTube. First of all, that isn't me as I as look today. You see, I haven't really aged much since I was on the Midday Report with Mike Flynn and Georgia Jones back in the early 70's. My hair has only slightly greyed and I don't even wear glasses. Moreover, I don't wear a beard. They're so subversive.

And that silly voice! Anyone who ever heard me doing those droning recorded station ID's on KOTV every eveing will know that my vocal chords didn't do that. I think David Batterson, himself, did it with his Steve Hawkings impersonation. He is so deceitful!

I'm lodging a protest with web master Mike Ransom as soon as he gets home from the pool hall.

Delmeaux de Gillette du Coffeyville

October 19 2007 at 12:51:43
Name: David Batterson
Topic: Chew's Views
Email: davidbat(at)yehawww(dot)com
Comments: Nobody has heard any opinions from Gary Chew lately (haha), so here's some I captured for a YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y2HIxJ7Ml0

October 19 2007 at 10:56:39
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Porter, too?
: Gary Chew thought Porter Wagoner had passed also. Anyone know?

Sad to report, he is in the hospital in serious condition.

We discussed Porter, his TV show and his patent medicine advertisers in GB 34. Here's hoping he is back onstage in a Nudie suit again soon.

October 19 2007 at 08:52:22
Name: Dave
Topic: Adm. Crowe
: For reasons I can't recall, Admiral Crowe appeared as himself on an episode of "Cheers" sometime after he retired. But it perhaps wasn't too unusual to see a sailor in a bar.

October 18 2007 at 19:42:45
Name: David Batterson
Topic: star ages
Email: davidbat(at)yahoo(dot)com
Comments: Yep, Teresa Brewer was indeed 76 (May 7, 1931). Deborah Kerr was 86 (born in '21). Regis Philbin is 76. And I'm..........I forget!

October 18 2007 at 19:19:53
Name: John Hillis
Topic: Another loss
: Johnny Martin fave, Theresa Brewer, passed on at 76--wonder if there wasn't some age manipulation there.

Best known for the rinky-tinky "Music, Music, Music," afficionados of pinstripes (and would-be Jeopardy contestants) will know she's listed ad co-composer of "I Love Mickey," a duet of sorts with Mr. Mantle himself (his line: "Mickey who?"), which makes it Oklahoma on both front and back end.

October 18 2007 at 15:25:16
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Who's next?
: Today we lost Joey Bishop at age 89; part of the Rat Pack, early Vegas icon, and ABC late night host. Still have to ask, if Regis was his announcer, how old is Regis really?

The movie world lost Deborah Kerr, say that KARR, son. In too many movies to name. Age unknown.

Well, a native Okie, Admiral William Crowe, is our 3rd VIP death today, former head of the JCS under Reagan and Clinton's Ambassador to the UK. I was at OETA and directed the OK Hall of Fame induction for him, the late Jeane Kirkpatrick, I think also Lee Allen Smith, among other notables about 26-27 years ago.

Say his name Krau not crow unless ya wanna eat it, we were told. Very great sailor and commander from the land of the Okies!

October 18 2007 at 12:00:02
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Talk radio
Comments: It's a national problem; one can see why XM and Sirius satellite radio have fans. For me, I just look for NPR stations. Though I have found that big band stations are dying off, ditto classic C&W stations. Going thru Columbus, OH I listen to a Radio One Gospel station (big on music, little on screamin' preachers) it can recharge your batteries. Them OH gospel folks have no truck with rappers or talkers. As noted earlier, Pittsburgh, PA has too danged many infomercial stations, which are as bad as the hate-talkers. The great soul stations are 5kw there and hard to tune but worth the music.

Yeah we can listen to CDs, but we all need radio for weather and news as we peddle around this country, though I take exception with CBN and Fox Radio news. Funny how a lot of religious stations tie in with Fox Radio news.

October 18 2007 at 01:06:26
Name: roy lee
Topic: "Talk" radio
Email: beerdrunk@coxdotnet
Comments: I have a friend who listens to that stuff all day and it affects his ability to have normal conversations with friends. "If you believe that, you must be crazy!" is his version of the more subtle "I disagree". I tell him that even if I agreed with those guys, I'd still not like their programs due to their tone of voice. Outraged blabbermouths don't solve many of society's problems and are not nearly as much fun as old Ernest Tubb records.

October 17 2007 at 22:52:22
Name: T.G.
Topic: Tulsa Hate, er um, Talk Radio
omments: Brother Bob....Couldn't agree with you more. The hate-spewing radio (AM) of today sux.

October 17 2007 at 20:15:37
Name: Rick Clark
Topic: Bob O'Shea
Email: clarkrick@yahoo.com
Comments: Kudos to my former fellow Ranch-hand. I couldn't have said it better myself. Even though I've attempted many times but always used many expletives! I sure miss the 'good old days' working at and listening to 'Big Country'. Sigh~~~

October 17 2007 at 16:15:43
Name: edwin (itself)
Topic: Stuff
Email: look up me number
Comments: Hey Mike, family and I were camping 2 miles away from the girls camp during the awfulness. We found a few food items missing...scary. Also, Bob, I call them neo-Nazis.

October 17 2007 at 16:12:43
Name: roy lee
Topic: More coneys
Email: beerdrunkatcoxdotnet
Comments: OK, I know I was more than a little critical of my last visit to Coney I-lander the other day, but I know how to give credit to awesomeness when I see it. I just got back from Jim's "Never on Sunday" and they are the real thing. Very good coneys and a good variety of Greek dishes as well. I said I'd leave it to the professionals. There they are, at 21st and Harvard!

October 17 2007 at 10:24:49
Name: Dave
Topic: Movement at Abundant Life?
: I've used the blog occasionally to ask if anything might be done about the decaying Abundant Life Building on Boulder Avenue -- a place that was once an architectural treasure and could be again if it was cleaned up. It was good to see a Tulsa World article today about a city effort to make something happen there. Let's hope.

October 17 2007 at 09:56:19
Name: Bob O'Shea
Topic: Big Country AM 1170 KVOO
Email: bob reavis at yahoo dot com
Comments: I had the honor of doing the last live country broadcast on the world-famous Big Country AM 1170 KVOO. Probably the hardest thing I ever had to get through without losing my composure on the air.

The morons who purchased Great Empire properties from the legendary Mike Oatman didn't have a clue. Typical of today's "radio", they caved to the fashion of the day. These geniuses, with total disregard for the rich history of this national treasure, threw away a 75-plus year tradition of excellence in broadcasting. Rather, they traded it for a "spoken word" radio format that so far has been little more than broadcast flatulence. What used to be the "kind voice of Oklahoma", according to Tulsa's own Betty Boyd, is now a floundering bastion of hate-filled intolerance inspired by a holier-than-thou political agenda. It is a spew of negativity to begin your day provided by a wannabee morning team who wouldn't know the truth if it bit them on the nose.

I'm sorry for the listeners who used to give us their time and I'm ashamed of the audience who've replaced them. I'm truly happy to be out of radio as it is today.

October 16 2007 at 19:58:49
Name: Lowell Burch
Topic: Rotosphere
Email: lburch(three)atcox
Comments: Mike, you are right. Bill White had the rotosphere.

October 16 2007 at 16:15:27
Name: Mike Bruchas
Topic: Karen Silkwood
: While packing today, found my copy of Richard Rashke's "The Killing of Karen Silkwood". You youngsters might wanna check it out from the Library or buy a copy thru TTM via Amazon. The "Silkwood" movie is also a good view.

This, the Mullendore murder, Locust Grove Girl Scout slayings were all part of the news when I worked in OK.

October 15 2007 at 12:26:24
Name: Webmaster
Topic: Previous GroupBlog summary

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