OAB Hall of Fame
Jack Ogle started in radio in the 1950s at KNOR & WNAD in Norman. In 1961, he joined WKY to broadcast University of Oklahoma football games. Later, he spent five years providing color for the Oklahoma State University football games.
But his true passion was television. In 1963, he joined WKY-TV now KFOR-TV as a reporter and anchor. For the next 15 years, he was a dominant figure in Oklahoma City television. A man of many talents, Jack loved to get out of the studio to be with the people he served and to report first-hand on the controversies that mark the sixties. His stories carried his personal signature of fairness, clarity, and accuracy. A fellow broadcaster described Jack Ogle as, “The epitome of a newsman.”
Preferring a less hectic lifestyle, Jack Ogle Left Channel 4 in the late seventies and eventually did commentaries for all three major Oklahoma City television stations. His classic commentary, “A Real Oklahoman”, was delivered on the 75th anniversary of statehood and was so popular that thousands of copies were printed to satisfy viewer demand.
In the late 80's, Jack retired to his beloved lake country in Eastern Oklahoma. But even in retirement, he broadcast High School football games, moderated a morning radio talk show, and hosted an outdoor television show.
Jack Ogle passed away on October 4th, 1999. He left a legacy that will influence journalism for decades to come. His unmistakable voice and keen sense of fairness set standards that guided broadcasters in a still young but growing industry. He was proud of his three sons who are now making their marks on Oklahoma Broadcasting. And, as he said at the end of his Real Oklahoman commentary, “Stick around pod’na. You ain't seen nothing yet!”