Collected Wisdom: Rex Holt, OSU baseball and wrestling radio voice

As Rex Holt calls another Bedlam series this weekend, it marks 30 years he's been at the microphone spinning Cowboys baseball — as well as 26 years of wrestling — over the radio for those at home or wearing headphones in the crowd.
by John Helsley Published: May 5, 2012
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As Rex Holt calls another Bedlam series this weekend, it marks 30 years he's been at the microphone spinning Cowboys baseball — as well as 26 years of wrestling — over the radio for those at home or wearing headphones in the crowd.

Following in the footsteps of his dad, Walon, Rex is one of five siblings to graduate from Oklahoma State.

His radio career started alongside the legendary Bill Platt and has blossomed since. A former newspaper man, he's made his mark on the radio delivering the details to a devoted following who like it only the way Rex tells it.

I have seen a lot, as the radio man. I can't believe this is 30 years already. Seems like the other day Bill Platt said, ‘Hey, why don't you come help me out?'

I know it sounds cliché, but Bill Platt was like a father figure. He's one of the legends in broadcasting in Oklahoma. KSPI was a forerunner. They were doing Cowboy football and basketball back in the day. And Bill did all the sports at one time.

To hear his wisdom every day and he had a great sense of humor, lots of hours and road miles together. But just a genuine, honest guy. And he absolutely loved baseball.

I grew up down in Randlett, Oklahoma, on the Red River. So I definitely had a big twang going there. Bill worked with me and helped me get over that. And also to help me get rid of some of the Okieisms. Some of it still leaks in there sometimes, but he was instrumental for me. I feel privileged to be able to carry on his legacy the best that I can.

I probably don't go a week without mentioning him on the broadcast.

I went to school at Oklahoma State out of Guthrie High School. My brother Ron was the sports editor at the Stillwater News-Press. And I worked for the O'Collegian. So I kind of learned the ropes and did a few stories. He taught me the ins and outs of sports writing.

There were three Holt boys at one time at the News-Press. We were the sports staff. And all four Holt boys at one time were sports writers there. I did get my degree in radio/TV, but my original background was in newspaper.

We were all marked at birth to go to Oklahoma State.

My dad, Walon, set the standard there. He was an Oklahoma State graduate. My brother Ron graduated from there. My brother Randy got a degree from there. Me and my sister and my little brother Tony, who's still the Stillwater High School baseball coach, all went to OSU.

Randlett, that's typical, small-town USA. The population was something like 375. It was a Class B school. Cotton County. Not a lot to do.

I grew up playing Little League Baseball in Burkburnett, Texas. That's where we shopped. We were the Randlett Gin, they called us. The gin mill sponsored us.

We'd go to Burkburnett or Wichita Falls on a big weekend, catch a movie or something. There was a lot of fishing and riding bicycles.

My dad was an Ag teacher, so we all grew up raising pigs and showing pigs at the county fair. We were all in FFA. That was a big part of our life. And of course in those little towns, everybody's in FFA and involved in something — showing cattle or pigs or sheep, plowing or bailing hay in the summer. That's just what you did.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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