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Former KOCO-5 sports director Jerry Park remembered as family man, calm under pressure

Park dies at age 76
by Mel Bracht Published: August 13, 2013

Park retired from the station in 1999, lasting a quarter of a century at one station in a high-stress industry. Interviewed at the time, Park said he left with wonderful memories.

“I've been to a lot of bowl games and done a lot of things, but as I look back, the thing I enjoyed most was the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles,” he said. “I spent 23 days out there.”

Park broke into broadcasting in 1956 as a disc jockey in Fort Worth, Texas, while attending Texas Christian University. He had television stops in Lubbock, Texas, and Dallas before arriving in Oklahoma City.

Park said a 1993 heart attack helped alter his priorities.

“After the heart attack, those things that were seemingly important to me, were no longer important at all — like being in front of a TV camera,” Park said. “The values of my family and the ones I care about were more important.”

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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