OAB Hall of Fame
John T. Griffin, a native of McAlester who lived almost all his life at Muskogee, was founder of Oklahoma City’s KWTV and continued active in its operation until his death in 1985.
He held a business degree from the University of Oklahoma and after service with the Armored Artillery in World War II’s European Theater he returned to assume his father’s vast business empire in 1945.
In 1953, he founded KWTV and for 30 years maintained an active participation in the business.
Active in state and community efforts, he helped found the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, served as chairman of the Board of Directors of Muskogee General Hospital for several years and was past president of the Oklahoma Heritage Association. In 1982, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.