Transmitting Tulsa: On-Screen & Over the Airwaves

Transmitting Tulsa: On-Screen & Over the Airwaves

through October 2019

In 1922, the first stations in Oklahoma begin broadcasting a new technology that used radio waves for communication. Before long, radios were a centerpiece in homes, with families gathered around them for entertainment and information. However, as the mid-century mark passed, a different technology would change everything. Television arrived in Tulsa in 1949, when KOTV began broadcasting. Just as radio had integrated itself into people’s lives, TV became a new necessity that would change American culture forever.

  • KAKC flier featuring Big 7 DJs. Courtesy of Dick Schmitz
  • King Lionel in his large castle. 2016.071.124
  • Mr Zing & Tuffy, from the show of the same name on KTUL, 1960s, 2014.010.359
  • Romper Room's Miss Peggy, c 1965. 2016.088.001
  • Image of Mazeppa from The Uncanny Film Festival & Camp Meeting. Courtesy of Gailard & Mary Jo Sartain
  • Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys at the Cains Academy of Dancing preparing for the noon show on KVOO radio. Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa
  • 1949 television - the year TV came to Tulsa. 2017.097.004
  • 1922 Westinghouse Radiola. Courtesy of Ken Greenwood
  • KRMG's great raft race, late 1970s. 2014.001.098
  • Lionel on his throne in gallery
  • Romper Room items in exhibit. 2016.088
  • KAKC DJs with Dick Clark, 1964. L to R: Harry Wilson, Gene Thomas, Dick Clark, Dick Ralston, Scooter Segraves, Dick Schmitz. Photo Courtesy of Dick Schmitz
  • Skelly Radio program on KVOO, 1927. 1983.011.031