James R. "Bob" Brewer
OAB Hall of Fame
During his 47-years in radio broadcasting, Bob Brewer owned six radio stations, was the original licensee of a UHF-TV, developed three small-market cable systems, built a statewide news network, invented and marketed a remote broadcast unit, and founded a pro rodeo broadcasting network.
In the history of Oklahoma broadcasting, no broadcaster can match the diversity and inventiveness of Bob Brewer.
Bob began his radio career in 1956 at KASA in Elk City white attending Southwestern State College. He graduated in 1959 and purchased his first radio station, KWPR in Claremore. Over the next 13 years he owned stations in Frederick, Elk City, Chickasha, and Okmulgee. In 1975 he built his sixth station, 94.1 FM in Okmulgee, which was bought and moved to Tulsa by Shamrock Communications. Bob and his brother Jack also developed and operated cable systems in Chickasha, Lindsay, and Bixby.
In 1967 Bob co-founded Oklahoma's first statewide news network, the Indian Nations News Network. Under his leadership, the network was the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Award.
In 1997, Bob Brewer founded Pro Rodeo Broadcasting, Inc., creating the first live international coverage of major rodeo events including the National Finals in Las Vegas. In this endeavor, KOKL-AM, Okmulgee, became the first Oklahoma station to stream live audio and video on the internet.
In 1972, Bob served as President of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.
Bob touched the lives and enhanced the careers of many in broadcasting today, including John Rooney, the voice of the Chicago White Sox. He was an inspiration to his sons who all have been or are currently involved in broadcasting. His heritage extends to two grandsons and three nephews, who are radio broadcasters.
Oklahoma Broadcasters lost a legend on November 5, 2019. His career and role in broadcasting will never be forgotten.