The OETA board of directors has named the network’s Oklahoma City studio in honor of longtime station manager and broadcasting veteran Bill Thrash.
The William C. “Bill” Thrash Studio features the production of most of OETA’s Oklahoma programs, such as the OETA Movie Club, Oklahoma News Report, Oklahoma Forum, The People’s Business, Oklahoma Votes, Oklahoma Capitol Connection and others.
“We have done our best to maintain high standards and raise the quality bar of studio television production through the years in OETA’s multifaceted studio,” Thrash said in a news release.
OETA Executive Director Dan Schiedel shared how the naming of the studio is the perfect way to honor Thrash.
“Bill’s Oklahoma television legacy stretches across the state through his invaluable guidance in building OETA’s strong lineup of local productions,” Schiedel said in the news release.
OETA Foundation President Bob Allen, who worked closely with Thrash on programs including the landmark series “Oklahoma Passage” and the popular syndicated Lawrence Welk series, added his thoughts as well.
“We are thrilled to pay tribute to Bill’s amazing work by naming the studio that houses some of Oklahoma’s best productions in his honor,” Allen said. “The William C. ’Bill’ Thrash Studio is a testament to the hard work, dedication and outstanding leadership that Bill has provided to so many OETA productions and Oklahoma producers over the past 25 years.”
Thrash was a 2010 inductee into the Heartland Regional Emmy Chapter’s Gold Circle for his 50-plus years of service to Oklahoma television audiences, and was also honored in 2009 with the opening of the William C. Thrash Television Studio on the East Central University campus in Ada.
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