A former professional gambler and a top-rate play-by-play announcer will try their luck in Oklahoma City's crowded sports talk market with a weekend show beginning Saturday.
Bruce Scott, aka “Hookie the Bookie,” and John Brooks, former OU and Oklahoma City Blazers voice, will co-host “The Hookie and Brooksie Show” from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday on KGHM-AM 1340, “The Game.” The Saturday shows will air from a Guthrie auto dealership.
Scott, 61, was dubbed “Hookie the Bookie” by Dean Blevins in 1986 on Tulsa Cable's “Sportscene,” which Blevins co-hosted with Bill Land. On that show, a chubby, cigar-smoking man (Larry Egge) was shown in silhouette while Scott called in from Oklahoma City with his weekend football picks. The show later was picked up in Oklahoma City.
Scott, who played golf at OU for four years after attending Northwest Classen High School with Skip Bayless and Craig Humphreys, said he turned gambling into a lucrative profession since leaving the university in 1975 four hours short of his degree. He said he bet on a variety of sports and games, including parlay cards and poker, and would spend months in Las Vegas. But he said he got out of the business in 2008.
“It was a grind, and I was tired,” he said of his career change. “I could see where it was going. I've never been in trouble my whole life.”
Scott now is gambling in a different venue.
“In the last three or four years, I have just been trading stocks ... so I've still been a professional gambler.”
Brooks, 74, is best known for his trademark “Geeminy Christmas” call in broadcasting Sooners football games for 13 seasons and basketball games for 16 seasons until he was dumped by OU athletic director Donnie Duncan in 1991 to make room for the return of Bob Barry Sr.
Brooks, who calls Tulsa Union High School football games for the Tulsa Sports Animal (FM 97.1), knows the pair will face a challenge in attracting a following on a low-rated station in a market that soon will have six sports talk stations when Tyler Media's “The Franchise” launches later this month on FM 107.7.
“We felt we could take this time and simply because of contacts we've had over the years, we thought we had a chance to make it go,” he said. “This is not an ego deal. It's a statement of fact. You got to know people know me and a whole bunch of people know this other guy (Scott).”
The pair plan to use those contacts to recruit a variety of guests, including former OU coach Barry Switzer at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Scott, who said he is a scratch golfer, is excited about a regular golf segment with Steve Ball. Fantasy football, which has become widely popular, also will have a segment. Scott, who is a trivia expert, plans to work in trivia questions and discuss sports handicapping. Listeners will have a chance to win a variety of prizes.