OAB Hall of Fame
Frank McGee began his broadcast career with Shawnee radio station KGFF, working as advertising salesman, commercial copy writer, music librarian, disc jockey and news editor. He joined WKY-TV in Oklahoma City in 1950 and is remembered by a generation of Oklahomans as Mack Rogers, the name he used as the local newsman.
In 1955, McGee moved to Montgomery, Ala., to head the WSFA-TV news operations. Montgomery was the center of the growing storm over civil rights and integration. This led to a post on NBC’s Washington, D.C. news staff in 1957. NBC transferred McGee to New York where he was anchor man on major assignments and such NBC programs as “World Wide 60,” “Today,” and the Nightly News show.
Though born in Monroe, LA., McGee grew up in Oklahoma oil-field country, attended high schools at Seminole and Norman and married an Oklahoma woman, the former Sue Beaird of Norman.
McGee was once acclaimed for his”exemplary leadership in his profession in dealing candidly and constructively with the cutting edge of change and controversy.” McGee responded by saying that freedom of the press is the cornerstone of the American experiment in self-government.
Frank McGee died of cancer in 1974 at the age of 52.