OAB Hall of Fame
Ron Kirby has enjoyed an illustrious career in two professions—radio and politics. Radio for the majority of his career and politics as a state representative; two professions that allowed him a platform to serve, inform, and motivate the public.
Ron began his radio career at the age of 12 on KTMC in McAlester. During his first ten years in broadcasting, Ron was associated with KTMC, KBIX/KMUS in Muskogee, and KAKC and KTUL-TV in Tulsa. 1962 brought him to Lawton and KSWO television and radio as the news director. From 1963-66, Ron was the prime-time news anchor on KSWO-TV. In 1976 he was named general manager of the radio division of Drewry Communications and served in that capacity for 14 years.
He was a pioneer of talk radio in Oklahoma and for many years his morning show "Public Forum" was the top-rated radio show in Lawton. The morning show enabled him to interact with the listeners, make them aware of the issues and events of their community, and to get involved.
Ron served on the OAB Board of Directors for 14 years and was president in 1984-85. He was a key player in the formation of several long-standing programs of the association and its growth during that period. His humanitarian efforts as a broadcasters and citizen of the community have been recognized by numerous local, state, and national organizations.
Ron's forum for many years was the Oklahoma State Legislature. Addressing his legislative accomplishments, Governor Brad Henry spoke to "the leadership he has provided in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, where he earned a reputation as an able and articulate spokesman for the causes he champions and a shrewd legislative tactician and strategist."
Ron's love of broadcasting was only exceeded by his enthusiasm both on and off the air, day-in and day-out. A tireless and energetic individual, totally dedicated to his profession--that is Ron Kirby.