Courtesy The University of Tulsa
COMMUNICATION LEGENDS: Bob Brown, who cut his journalistic teeth in Tulsa in both radio and television, has been inducted into the University of Tulsa Communications Hall of Fame. Brown, shown fourth from the left, was a 1968 graduate of the University of Tulsa. Beginning his career in 1960, Brown had gone from radio to and then on to anchor positions on stations in Houston and Dallas. In 1977, the American Broadcasting Company lured him east where he eventually became a regular on the news show 20/20, from which he retired in 2009.
Welcoming him to the Hall of Fame at a private reception April 15 were a host of previous winners, all of whom have made a significant contribution to communication in Tulsa. They include, from left, Steve Turnbo, chairman emeritus of Schnake Turnbo Frank, a consulting firm specializing in public relations, management and business strategy; Jenk Jones Jr., managing editor of The Tulsa Tribune and member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. Jones spent considerable time at the state capital and as a Washington, D.C. correspondent for the paper; Ken Greenwood, called “the Dean of radio sales trainers.” Greenwood was for years Chairman of the TU Communications Department. A lifelong conservationist, he has written several books on nature and Oklahoma history; Becky Dixon is one of the first women to make a name for herself in sports journalism. She not only became the first woman to host a network sports show (on ) but has returned to Tulsa to found Dixon Productions which, among numerous other things, has profiled many famous Oklahomans; Ken Neal, a longtime editor of the editorial page with the Tulsa World. Also a member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, his half-century career with the World included a wide variety of duties; Edward Dumit, longtime Communications Department legend at TU. Dumit is now retired but still widely active in a number of activities; Bob Losure, a longtime anchor who was forced to quit when he discovered he had cancer, then rose triumphantly when he beat the cancer and became one of the first fixtures on Ted Turner’s fledgling Cable News Network. He has been seen worldwide as a television anchor, emcee and special programming host.