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Tue, May 21, 2013

Moore, OK part of my past

I told you so yesterday afternoon on the PhilCast. I told you very early on in this ugly process that this tornado in Moore, Oklahoma was going to be a very big deal, their Hurricane Katrina as I put it.

It's funny what can come into your mind at any given moment, and Monday afternoon as I looked at the video of the destruction while live on the air, I was taken back to the mid-80's, when my commute took me right up I-35 past Moore on my way to do the morning show on what was then WKY Radio.

Right before I left there to come 'home' to a Wisconsin job the station had added an additional news person to the show to join me with the host. Suddenly yesterday, a woman I had not thought of in decades came to my mind while watching the twister coverage because I remembered she was actually from Moore, OK.

And oddly enough, her name even came back to me almost immediately; Laura Knoll.

 
So in this day and age where do you turn to find someone from your past? Facebook of course. That's where I found this photo of her.

As of this writing I have put in my 'friend' request and sent her a message. My hope is that she will see it and get back to me and perhaps even join me on the PhilCast this afternoon if she can.

I can only hope that if she is still based in Moore that she has made it through that horrific storm. Check out the show this afternoon and I will have an update with any information.

Facebook can be a wonderful tool at times like this when you need to check on someone from your past. Heck, I even found a page dedicated to what they call the golden age of Oklahoma media in the 70's and 80's. I guess I would be a part of that, having worked in radio there from 1983 to 1986 roughly right out of college.

I actually remember broadcasting live from this 'big rig' mobile studio back in the day.

It took a deadly tornado to remind me of my time in OKC, where I learned a ton of stuff about this business and met some very nice people, Laura at the top of that list.

Only thing I don't understand is how come she looks pretty much the same now as she did back then and I look so....well....never mind!


Here's a picture that sits on a shelf in my studio, where all my radio memories are. The whacky morning team on WKY in 1986.

I guess cookie dusters must have been 'in' at the time.

Me on the left.

Lonnie Perkins on the the right.

Somewhere in an old photo album somewhere in my attic I bet I have a picture or two with Laura as well.


I FOUND IT!



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