Before the official crazy season in Oklahoma politics begins on February 6th (a.k.a. the legislative session), a joint legislative committee holds a series of meetings called the Sunset Review. In the Review, they evaluate and assess specified agencies, boards and commissions.
One of those agencies under the microscope is OETA, Oklahoma’s statewide PBS affiliate. On Monday, the network’s Executive Director John McCarroll appeared in front of the Sunset Review committee to answer questions regarding things like budgets, funding and staffing.
He also answered a few direct questions from State Rep Mark McCullough, who wanted to know why the network would air a “biased” documentary on apartheid and allow BJ Wexler to show “edgy” films on the OETA Movie Club like Annie Hall and Lolita.
Here’s the audio:
You may have already heard about this, but Oklahoma City Councilman Skip Kelly was charged with his second DUI in just three years over the weekend. Here are the “highlights” via NewsOK.com:
The guy pictured above is named Ralph Shortey. No, he’s not the manager at Cracker Barrel. He’s a wacko Republican State Senator from south Oklahoma City.
This past Friday, Shortey filed Senate Bill 1418 which would prohibit the manufacture or sale in Oklahoma of food or products which use aborted human fetuses. Yes, you read that correctly, he filed Senate Bill 1418 which would prohibit the manufacture or sale in Oklahoma of food or products which use aborted human fetuses.
So yeah, if you’re one of those people who sprinkle stem cell bits on your baked potato and/or garden salad, you’re in big trouble. Here’s the bill:
In what can only been seen as an effort to work with someone even less-talented than Yoko Ono, Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips were in Nashville over the weekend recording some music with Ke$ha. We know this because Wayne Coyne sent out several tweets about it.
One item he tweeted was this close-up video he took of Ke$ha singing in the studio. The video kind of looks like a scene from Cloverfield, but instead of just hearing the monster you get to see it. Plus, when the monster begins to shriek, Wayne wisely bypasses the helicopter for the safety of a sound room with autotune technology.
Wayne also tweeted “Yep… recording with Ke$$$$$$$$$ha!!!” With the tweet, he included the following pic of cocaine on a mirror just waiting to be snorted:
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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