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RIP: Jerry Adams

Jerry Adams, a longtime Oklahoma City news anchor and commercial pitchman, has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 74 years old.

In case you’re new to town or too young to remember him, Adams was a staple in the Oklahoma City media for two decades. Adams worked for all three local news channels, and after leaving the news business in the 1990s, embarked on a career as a commercial pitchman. He fell out of the public eye in 1996 after pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute

My favorite memory about Jerry Adams was when he did the car dealership commercials in the 1990s. In the spots, cars would line up single file and slowly roll by Adams as he spoke about their prices and features. In one commercial, a car “allegedly” ran over Adams’ foot. He even vocally cried out “They just ran over my foot!” In the commercials that followed, Adams wore a large cast on his leg and would yell at the drivers to “watch out for my foot” as they drove past him. I’m not sure if the whole thing was an act or not, but if it was, I guess it worked pretty well.

Anyway, our thoughts and condolences go out to Jerry’s family and friends. He had his ups and downs, but from all accounts was good guy. After the jump are some old news intros from the 1980s when Jerry worked for Channel 4 and Channel 5:

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  1. All the great female talent who have died on the media vine waiting for Linda Cavanaugh to retire…(that’s all I feel when I get to the third video)…no wonder she gets back to work within a week of hip replacement surgery…the old gal ain’t going to be Wally Pipped by anyone…even in her senior years…a sad, sad commentary on Oklahoma City media.

    • Walker: In my opinion, an obit posting should have only positive comments about the deceased — not a daft comment about who should be Channel 4’s lead female anchor.

      I always enjoyed watching Jerry Adams on all 3 network stations.
      He certainly was a mainstay in Oklahoma City television news for many years and one of OKC’s best anchors.

  2. I was an intern at KOCO in 1989 (I think, it may have been 88). Jerry was the lead male anchor and I remember they had a new news director and new EP. The EP was Bob Cashen. He asked Jerry to write some scripts, which was unusal at that time. Jerry took the wire copy back to his office and emerged a while later and handed Bob the papers. He had written the script out in longhand on legal paper! I don’t know if Jerry didn’t know how to use a typewriter, but I think he was just trying to make a point to Cashen that he wasn’t enjoying having to write his own copy. I don’t think he was at the station long after that episode.

    He was always a lot of fun and quite a character.

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