Greater Tulsa Reporter
SUCCESSFUL PUBLICATION: This photo ran in the November 2005 issue of Greater Tulsa Reporter. Jim Langdon is pictured at his Langdon Publishing office holding the first issue of the publication, which featured Mayor Dick Crawford, Philbrook Executive Director Marsha Manhart, Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Rick Weddle and Nordam CEO Ray Siegfried II.
JERRY CORNELIUS for GTR Newspapers
TulsaPeople magazine began 30 years ago, with its mission being to enlighten and entertain. The award-winning magazine endeavors to capture the spirit of Tulsa, spotlight local individuals, and showcase places and events that make Tulsa special.
Publisher Jim Langdon was raised in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, by his parents Francis and Gloria Langdon, who owned the Tonkawa News for 43 years.
Langdon attended the University of Oklahoma, where he majored in journalism, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1974.
After graduation, Langdon held various jobs, including in the education and advertising fields, and with the Norman Transcript, the Oklahoma Press Association, and American Newspaper Representatives, Inc.
Langdon decided to launch TulsaPeople in order to fill the need for a Tulsa-focused society publication. The first issue of TulsaPeople was published in November 1986.
TulsaPeople has gone through several cosmetic changes since its founding. It started as a newsprint publication in tabloid size, and then in 1996 a magazine-stock cover was added. In 1998 it was changed to a magazine-style format that has become so popular with his readers.
Since starting TulsaPeople, Langdon Publishing has expanded its publications, including Intermission magazine for the Tulsa Performing Arts Center and The Tulsa Voice, which started publication in December 2013.