OAB Hall of Fame
Jack Cresse began his career in broadcasting at the age of 39 after he saw a newspaper ad salesman make a $1,700 sale just like that. An opening at radio station KOME, now KAKC-AM, for a salesman gave Cresse a new career. After working also at KFMJ, now KGTO-AM and KTOW-AM, Cresse was hired as sales manager of KVOO in 1968. A month later, he was named general manager.
Under Jack’s leadership at KVOO, the station gained national prominence, winning several awards from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music as the station’s best radio station and best disc jockey.
Cresse was one of the founders of the Tulsa Broadcasters Association. A former National Director of the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. Cresse also is a past president of the Oklahoma Broadcasters Association and State Chairman of NAB’s Legislative Liason Group. He has served as State NAB membership chairman. He was named Broadcaster of the Year by OAB in 1984 and twice received the Radio Manager of the Year award from the American Women in Radio and Television.
On retirement, Harold Stuart, KVOO President, commented that Cresse “has been a most valued, respected and admired general manager, not only for his broadcasting talents, but for his civic activities, his genuine respect for personnel and for those who served with him.” Jack retired from KVOO in 1987, but he hasn’t retired from his love of radio and people in the broadcast industry.