Monthly Archives: June 2013


Wow, we’ve been busy! I mean, I could talk about Red Earth, or the Jim Thorpe Games, or the veteran bikers group that honored our Cheyenne and Arapaho veterans, or the nearly-week-long Youth Empowerment Conference held at SWOSU last week. And we’re tryin’ to get caught up with all of our editing. The plan is to produce a 30 minute show about the Red Earth weekend featuring Cheyenne and Arapaho artists and dancers. That show is over halfway done. We’re also talking about putting together a 30 minute show about the Youth Empowerment Conference. That REALLY needs to be done, since we shot a WHOLE LOT OF VIDEO there. Speaking of the conference, I gotta say that it was a blast! Truthfully, it was a lot of work putting together and teaching our workshops, but I think (and hope) that the students learned a little something. Keeping up with all of the dudes in my group was a challenge also, but they really were a great bunch.


CATV 47 won a first and second place in the “Best TV Feature” category of the 2013 Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) Media Awards. We’re gonna go pick them up next month at the National Native Media Conference in Tempe, AZ.

This story about Bunky EchoHawk won first place. We ran into him during the NIEA convention here in OKC last fall.

Bunky Echo-Hawk from CATV-47 on Vimeo.

And this story about Chief Lawrence Hart won second place. I spent some time with him last fall as well. Chief Hart is an inspiring person with a great story.

AND…be on the lookout for some new CATV 47 Station IDs that we shot with C& A youth.indoor shootpsa shootgreenshirt

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Posted by on June 28, 2013 in CATV 47 Blog



Here’s a little thing I wrote a few years back while working at KWTV NEWS 9.  It’s an ode to summer in Oklahoma …and the hair-dryer-in-your-face kind of heat that comes with it.  I surely hope the folks at NEWS 9 don’t mind me sharing it with a new audience.


Can you feel it?  I can.  It’s almost here.  The heat…the sizzle…the don’t-step-on-the-driveway-without-shoes kind of heat that’s unique to Oklahoma. 

The kind of heat where you sweat just standing still.

We’re approaching those 100 degree days of summer.  We came close the other day–around 95.  Like I said, we’re almost there. 

That started me thinking about summers past. 

I remember hanging out at Whitewater Bay when it was first built.  YES, I’m that old.  That is the coolest place in the world when you’re 14-15 years old.

Remember when public pools were just swimming pools?  No sprayers, no fancy water gizmos to shoot, just maybe a slide.  How in the heck did we stay entertained?  Easy, by timing our cannonballs just right to splash the girls hanging out on the side.  

In my YOUNGER years I was a nice cinnamon brown color all over during the summer.  These days, it’s a chore to avoid the dreaded FARMER TAN.  Nothing against farmers, it’s just hard to avoid the short-sleeve look without going shirtless.

My first car was a Chevy Camaro–very cool, but it had black VINYL seats.  You know where I’m going with this.  I used to show up at work every day with the old back-soak-look.  Not very cool.  

Of course, at night when we cruised up and down Air Depot it was still just as hot, but the Camaro’s air conditioner didn’t do much.  That’s because we drove with the windows DOWN.  I mean, how could you yell at your friends with ’em up? 

That just wouldn’t be cool.




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Posted by on June 6, 2013 in CATV 47 Blog

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