KOTV, Channel 6 (CBS) -
Channel 6 history. News Now 53 (Cox) continuously
replays KOTV's most current news broadcasts. Tulsa's first station (1949).
KTUL, Channel 8 (ABC) -
Channel 8 history. Weather 24/7 (Cox 247)
continuously presents KTUL's most current weather information. Originally
KTVX in Muskogee.
Channel 11 (PBS) -
Channel 11 history. Tulsa's public television
station under the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority.
KOED (PBS) (Cox 111) is the new main digital
OETA OKLA (Cox 112) is reserved for state news, activities and
OETA CREATE (Cox 113) offers instructional programming;
OETA KIDS (Cox 114) provides children's programming; OETA HD (Cox 711) is High Definition programming
24/7. More details at
Saturdays at 5 pm on OETA, and several times a week on the OETA OKLA digital
channel. Co-host David Crow visited GB 38
in 2000 while still a student. Your webmaster was a guest, 2/10/2007
on Google Video).
Longtime OKC news
Tomek (bio at the link) is now co-anchoring the statewide nightly newscast
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with Gerry Bonds at OETA's Oklahoma News
Report desk. This 1961 Tulsa TV schedule shows
that George started his career here in Tulsa (see Channel 6 noon news).
Recently, George acted in an unusual movie made in the UK,
"Tube Poker". Here is
George's own web site.
I remember zoning out after watching Monty Python on Channel 11 late Saturday
evenings in the 70s; the "High Flight" sign-off alerted me to head
for bed. OETA is now 24/7, but I caught their sign-off on tape before it
disappeared. See the original "High Flight" and more on
Tulsa TV sign-offs.
KQCW, Channel 19 (CW)
- Seen on Cox 12. Originally KWBT, Tulsa's Warner Brothers WB19, now
CW12. Features The News on 6 from KOTV at 9 pm,
Up Late with Ben Sumner (local) and
Nosak Raw (webmaster review).
Mike Bruchas mentioned Locke Supply Company's low-power stations. It started
as one station, KSBI-52 in OKC in 1988. At that time, it broadcast a limited
schedule of religious programming and tons of plumbing commercials. It later
grew to air more syndicated (yet family friendly) programming. Mr. Locke
died some years back, and last year his family opted to sell KSBI and all
of its translator stations. It owns low-power stations in Ardmore, Edmond,
Stillwater, Ponca City, Wichita Falls, and Sapulpa (broadcast Channel 33,
which can be seen in Tulsa).
Because of this large coverage area, several major broadcast companies offered
tons of money to buy the network, but the Lockes insisted that the station
remain independent and air the same type of family friendly programming.
Enter Brady Brus, longtime OKC meteorologist and his sister Brenda Bennett,
longtime OKC radio personality. They formed a company and purchased the network.
Since then, they have become a very good source of statewide severe weather
coverage. I would encourage everyone to strap on the old UHF loop sometime
and tune to Channel 33 to see what they have to offer.
Oklahoma - Stay up-to-date about high definition
TV in our state. According to its Tulsa forum, a $10 Radio Shack 15-1864
antenna is sufficient to pick up Tulsa digital TV broadcasts over the air.
TV Guide Online for Tulsa -
See what's on right now in T-town. This feature requires registration.
(Yahoo! TV is an alternative that
lets you select only the channels you want to see.) TV Guide (owned by
Macrovision as of 2008) has an
office in Tulsa at the former Kensington Galleria shopping mall at 71st &
Lewis where Weird Al shot his movie,
Sources of Tulsa news on the internet
TV stations with major network affiliation feature local news and
weather on their web sites (top of this page). As long as we're getting internet
sources of local Tulsa news together in one place, here are a few more:
newspaper (daily) - As of late April 2006, the site
is free to all.
1/19/2006: Hey, look who's #48 on UT's
Hot 100 List" by comic/writer Barry Friedman! Of course, there's
no topping the likes of "Ganesh, Hindu elephant God" (#23), "Homeless guy
at Route 66 Diner" (#37), or even "Hot Dog Guy outside of Lowe's" (#46).
But I did place ahead of the Mathis Brothers (#86). Beats a poke in the I
with a pointed schtick, for sure.
8/1/2006 at 6:30 pm - Here I am at Cosmo
with my lovely wife, Gaye, capturing this
image. Our power was out for a few hours, so we headed over here. Boulevard
wheat beer with lemon is good in 100+° weather.
Tulsa pop culture/history sites
This Land - Both online and in an
unusual large-format broadsheet. This Land explores Oklahoma's past and present
in a collaboration of Oklahoma's best writers, thinkers, and artists, and
encourages a richer sense of community through various projects, including
which featured Josef Peter Hardt (host of Fantastic
The webmaster wrote an
about Tulsa TV Memories for the January 2011 issue,
Tulsa Gal's Blog - Nancy,
a Tulsa Historical Society volunteer and second generation Tulsan, started
this blog in May 2009. She's off to a good start with entries about Brookside,
the Belvedere, and old Tulsa doors. Her dad had a show on KOME-AM in the
later 1940s and worked as a musician in Tulsa. Many photos.
TulsaFilms.com - The latest in Jack
Frank's Tulsa History Series is "Tulsa A to Z". In late 2009, we ran
a contest with this DVD as a prize. Question, answer(s) and contest winners
in GB 305.
"Tulsa Deco", a tour of Tulsa's many art deco buildings. It really makes
you understand how unique Tulsa's architecture is in the eyes of the rest
of the world.
"Fantastic Tulsa Films Vol. 1", a DVD of historic Tulsa films that includes
the TTM webmaster's 1974 home movie of George Harrison
"Fantastic Tulsa Films Vol. 2" includes 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.
Lost Tulsa - (from Guestbook
187) Tom Baddley said:
I've finally started uploading a bunch of photos that I've taken around Tulsa
for the past couple of years. There's a gallery of Mayo Meadow Shopping center
photos taken in 2003, including some night shots of the neon signs.
Retro Tulsa Internet Museum has
some great pictures, including Bishop's Drive In, Will Rogers Motor Court...also
many pictures and postcards of early Tulsa landmarks.
Jerry Pippin, formerly of KBIX-AM 1490 in Muskogee (which went off
the air in early 2003; see Jerry's
Memories of KBIX-AM Radio),
often discusses local media history on his
the 20th Century" show. It is available 24/7 via Internet Radio On-Demand.
Guests have included Mike Miller, Lee Bayley, Scooter Segraves, Steve Suttle
and the webmaster of this site.
Kirk Demarais' Secret Fun Spot
site features a Flash animation involving Bell's Phantasmagoria ride;
two items in the "souvenir shop" seen in this cartoon came from Tulsa TV
Memories! Also, don't miss "Uncle Laff's Legacy" about the 7' "U-Control
Monster", orderable from the back of a comic book. Great site!
Television Obscurities - After
discovering a key piece of 1960s KOTV incidental music on Henry Mancini's
from "Mr. Lucky" ("March of The Cue Balls"), I did a search for more
about this one-season wonder 1959-60 CBS TV show. I found it, and much more
at Television Obscurities. Excerpts of the original Star Trek blooper reel
are here, and many other curios as well.
Burke Family Grape-Nuts® TV Commercial,
1968 - "Oh, no, Mrs. Burke?! I thought you...you were Dale!" Adam Burke
documents this production featuring his look-alike mother and sister. It's
a pop culture touchstone. See the commercial, a "making of..." clip and more.
I helped Adam with the video of this classic commercial, and proud of
Wes Clark's "Avocado Memories"
- Wes shows vintage photos of his family's house and writes entertainingly
about growing up in Burbank, California in the 60s and 70s. Avocado was his
parents' favorite color in their failed attempts at interior decoration.
Wes showed me that the strictly local can be engaging. I also picked up his
technique of responding editorially in the Guestbook. His site was an inspiration
for Tulsa TV Memories.
Nocturne - Stylish site covering late-night TV in northern California.
Space Age Pop - Return to some "roots"
music, if you grew up in the 50s and 60s. You'll meet a lot of old friends
here. Did you know that the composer of the Andy Griffith theme, "The Happy
Fisherman", Earle Hagen, also composed "Harlem Nocturne" and the themes for
"The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "Perry Mason"? Earle did some of the whistling
TVparty! - Check out those network and
syndicated shows you almost forgot and the commercials you could never forget!
TVparty features an article
about "Then Came Bronson", written for it by the TTM webmaster. The
same article is on this site, but with more pictures
and links. Proprietor Billy Ingram runs a lively blog.
The Big Cartoon
DataBase - The internet's largest searchable database of cartoons, episode
guides and crew lists. I was looking for a Popeye cartoon with a live action
kid and bully...I found it here