The OAB Board of Directors recently elected Sports Broadcaster, Innovator, and Educator Al Eschbach for induction into the OAB Hall of Fame, along with Broadcaster and Industry Advocate Vance Harrison.


Al Eschbach

Al Eschbach’s broadcasting career began in 1976 as the Sports Director at KTOK Radio in Oklahoma City. In 1985 he moved to WWLS Radio in Oklahoma City where he continues to be the dominant Sports Talk Show Host in Oklahoma. Al is recognized nationally as a Pioneer of the very successful Sports Talk format.

Al also had a television career as the host of numerous coaches shows from 1973 to 2006. Since 2003 he has been the Preeminent Educator of Sports Journalism at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord School of Journalism.



Vance Harrison, OAB President

Vance Harrison

Vance Harrison started his career at progressive rock station WXRT in Chicago in 1978. In 1988 Vance moved to Oklahoma City as the General Manager of KOMA AM/FM and KRXO FM. In 1998 KMGL FM management was added to the radio cluster and then the oversight of KBEZ FM and KHTT FM in Tulsa from 2000-2004. Additional duties included managing the University of Oklahoma Radio Network from 1991-1998 and then as a partner of Sooner Sports Properties from 1998-2004.

Since 2007, Mr. Harrison has been the President of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the trade association that advocates for all radio and television stations throughout the State of Oklahoma.



Eschbach and Harrison will be honored during the OAB Annual Convention on Friday, April 5, at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City. For more information you may contact the OAB at (405) 848-0771 or