The Dean of Oklahoma Television
OAB Hall of Fame
Since 1967, Larry Patton has been a fixture in Oklahoma Television. Larry started at KSWO-TV 7 in Lawton as a camera operator, and has handled virtually every job at the station. By age 29, Larry was promoted to General Manager, where his impact has been powerful. Larry understands that TV is at its best when it connects with its audience.
Larry has tirelessly involved himself in numerous critical issues affecting Southwestern Oklahoma. His personal leadership and the station’s commitment have strengthened the communities they serve.
As Drewry Communications grew under Larry’s guidance, he applied his innovative entrepreneurship to every facet of the company. From expanded local news coverage to digital initiatives, Larry and his television stations have defined the future of broadcasting. All Drewry stations are expected to be ahead of the technology curve and willing to take risks. Larry’s goal is to always find a way to improve the quality of the content and to be a market leader who makes a difference.
Drewry Communications has grown from one television station in Lawton to its current roster of nine TV stations and two radio stations in five markets. Each station adheres to Larry’s principal of content excellence and community service, and each station leads its market in ratings and revenue. In an era of specialized managers, Larry is a shining example of the Complete Broadcaster. He is a Community Leader, an Innovative Entrepreneur, and a strong Group Head. Oklahoma born and bred, Larry Patton is The Dean of Oklahoma Television.