OAB Hall of Fame
At first it was the voice: warm and intimate, speaking directly to you. Jan Dean started in Tulsa radio as a true communicator and came into her own on KAYI in 1983 with “Bed Check.” For the next 24 years Jan honed her skills as a Personality, Program Director and Radio Station Executive who completely understood the power of radio.
Jan worked multiple formats and at each stop her talents at writing, production and promotion propelled her stations to new heights. They included KTHK and KMYZ, and finally Clear Channel Tulsa, where her managerial leadership became the benchmark for success. Jan always integrated programming into sales and had a flair for station promotions that could generate listener excitement and station revenue.
While Jan’s career progressed, everyone she met was a better person due to her spirit and unwavering belief in the good of others. Jan’s legacy in Tulsa radio was her passion and charisma. Listeners, colleagues and competitors all recognized her special place as an influential person in their lives, “as a person who could be trusted.” In July of 2007 Jan lost a courageous battle with brain cancer, but her ideas and positive attitude influenced many people. The radio community is better because of Jan Dean.