OAB Hall of Fame
Carl Smith has always been a leader, and achiever, able to attract and train talented young people who have gone on to successful careers, in and out of Broadcasting. As a former employee said, “Iit was your leadership that allowed us to summon our best efforts to succeed.”
Carl's broadcast experience was gained at 3 stations as a Salesman at KAKC in Tulsa, as a general manager of KRAV, Tulsa, and as owner of KGVE in Grove.
His tenure at KRAV during the 60's, 70's, and 80s help build FM96 into one of Tulsa's most successful stations through community involvement, meaningful promotions, a strong news presence, and it's solid entertainment programming.
Recognized many times for his dedication to the broadcast industry and his community, Carl has served as president of the OAB, chairman of the Tulsa Broadcasters, and on the Associated Press National Broadcasters Board of Directors. He has been honored by the Tulsa Advertising Federation with its highest award, the Silver Addy. And for his years of work as chairman of the Tulsa Park Board, the giant Carl C. Smith Sports Complex was named in his honor.
For the last decade, his work as Executive Director of the OAB has brought him to the forefront of industry leadership. He has pushed for the association's continued commitment to broadcast education which he established as President in 1986. Membership service, membership education, and active governmental affairs program have been his priorities. He played a key role in the establishment of the new state EAS system and the Amber Alert child-abduction program.
To list all of Carl Smith's accomplishments for broadcasting would be impossible here. Suffice it to say, our industry in Oklahoma is better, stronger and more viable than ever because of his commitment and involvement.