Press Club Honors 2007 Media Icons
The Tulsa Press Club recently held its 2007 Media Icons event to honor the careers and contributions of icons in print, television and radio. The 2007 icons included Ken Neal, senior editor of the Tulsa World’s editorial pages; the late Jim Giles, chief meteorologist for KOTV, channel 6; and Phil Stone and Brent Douglas, morning radio personalities at 97.5 KMOD.
Neal joined the Tulsa World in 1953 as a copy boy. As a reporter, he covered city and county government, real estate and planning, social services, politics and other areas. He also held the positions of state editor, assistant city editor and business editor before joining the World’s editorial staff in 1976. Neal served as editorial pages editor from 1994 through 2007, when he became senior editor and columnist.
Giles, who forecast the weather for Tulsa-area television viewers for 25 years, died Dec. 20, 2006 after battling cancer and other health problems. Giles worked as a meteorologist at stations in Austin and Fort Worth before coming to Tulsa’s KOTV in 1981. Giles was a pioneer in using radar technology, which he used to precisely forecast deadly tornados near Tulsa in 1991 and Catoosa in 1993. Giles was also known for his philanthropic efforts, including his annual “Giles Coats for Kids” clothing drive.
Stone and Douglas have entertained Tulsans each morning on KMOD for more than two decades. Last year, KMOD celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Phil and Brent’s Morning Zoo.” The on-air pranks of show character Roy D. Mercer have brought national fame to the duo and their station. Last year, Roy D’s 17th CD was released, featuring a collection of his greatest bits. The Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters recently named Stone and Douglas 2006 Personalities of the Year. They also take part in numerous charity events, including the Full Moon 5K run, the Race for the Cure and Bikes and Badges.