“I was 8 years old when she went on the air, and she was a single mom raising us two kids ... so we’d hang out at the TV station,” he said. “Bill just made us feel like part of the family.”
Howard hosted many tours of the station before he retired from KOCO in 1990, Hensley said.
In 1990, he joined OETA as stage manager. He retired from the TV business in 1997.
Two Pokey sock puppets are part of the history center’s permanent collection and will be included in an exhibit planned for next year about the state’s television history.
For the past six months, Blackburn said, he had been working with Howard on his autobiography, which Tate Publishing will release in a few months.
Graveside services are set for 1 p.m. Friday at Gerty Cemetery in Gerty, under the direction of Phillips Funeral Service. A memorial service is planned at 10 a.m. Jan. 19 at Mayfair Church of Christ, 2340 NW 50.