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Hear and learn from the oral histories of Oklahoma's most influential media figures and how their work shaped the success of their industries and the state.

Learn From These Influential Oklahomans

Alex Adwan

Alex Adwan

Tulsa World Editor

It was at the Oklahoma Military Academy in Claremore that Alex Adwan got his start in journalism. He was the editor of OMA’s Guidon newspaper and the Vedette yearbook in …

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Betty Boyd

Betty Boyd

Queen of Tulsa TV

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Betty Boyd became known as the “Queen of Tulsa TV” after a career in broadcasting that lasted over twenty-five years. This self-described “wall flower” blossomed as …

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Bob Barry, Sr.

Bob Barry, Sr.

Sportscaster

He painted pictures with his voice. For more than 50 years Bob Barry was a radio play-by-play announcer and television sports anchor. He was the voice of more major college …

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Clayton Vaughn

Clayton Vaughn

Media News

Clayton Vaughn was born in Kansas and raised in Cushing, Oklahoma where he began his broadcast career. He moved to Tulsa and KAKC radio in 1958 and joined KOTV in …

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Danny Williams

Danny Williams

Oklahoma Radio & TV Legend

Danny Williams sent his version of “Cinderella” to WKY in Oklahoma City in April of 1950. The station hired him to work on WKY TV, the flagship station of Gaylord …

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Dick Schmitz

Dick Schmitz

Broadcaster, Commercial Radio Producer

Dick Schmitz was one of the original “Big 7 DJs” when rock and roll took Tulsa by storm in 1957. He was named program director in 1958 and under his …

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Ed Dumit

Ed Dumit

Broadcasting

He actually started his radio career at the age of five when he had no idea he possessed a beautiful radio voice. Edward S. Dumit was 84 when he died …

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Ed Taylor

Ed Taylor

Communications Pioneer

Ed Taylor grew up in Camden, N.J., the son of an RCA executive making the Taylor Family the first on the block to have television. After Taylor graduated from high …

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Frosty Troy

Frosty Troy

Journalist and Editor

Forrest J. “Frosty” Troy was the founding editor of the Oklahoma Observer. A member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, Frosty has covered state and national politics, government and …

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Jane Jayroe Gamble

Jane Jayroe Gamble

Miss America

As millions of television viewers watched the crowning of Jane Jayroe as Miss America in 1967 and Bert Parks serenade her, no one would have thought she was actually a …

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Jenkin Jones Jr.

Jenkin Jones Jr.

The Tulsa Tribune

The grandfather of Jenkin “Jenk” Lloyd Jones Jr., Richard Lloyd Jones, bought the Tulsa Democrat from Charles Page (the founder of Sand Springs, OK) and turned it into the Tulsa …

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Ken Greenwood

Ken Greenwood

Broadcasting

Ken Greenwood who grew up in Nebraska and was a World War II veteran, graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1946. He began his radio career that same year …

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Ken Neal

Ken Neal

Journalist and Editor

Ken Neal joined the Tulsa World as a copy boy in 1953, and his numerous positions on the paper won him recognition as one of Oklahoma’s outstanding journalists. He has …

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Russell Myers

Russell Myers

Cartoonist, Broom-Hilda

Russell Myers is best known for his newspaper comic strip “Broom-Hilda”. He was born in Pittsburgh, Kansas but the family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma when he was 7. He was …

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