OKPOP Museum announces Griffin Communications donation

Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture acquire the film and video archives of Griffin Communications.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: March 28, 2013 at 3:52 pm •  Published: March 29, 2013

“With the launch of KWTV in 1953, he continued to be an Oklahoma broadcast pioneer,” Griffin said. “We grew up with a sense of history instilled in us at a very young age and feel very strongly about the donation of our archives to the historical society and OKPOP.”

KOTV was the 19th television station to be built in the U.S. and the second in Oklahoma, having signed on the air on Oct. 15, 1949. With the recent construction and relocation of KOTV to the Brady Arts District, the station is now a short distance from where the OKPOP museum will be built.

The OKPOP Museum is planned as a 75,000-square-foot, four-story building dedicated to the creative spirit of Oklahoma's people and the influence of Oklahoma artists on popular culture around the world. The underlying theme of the interactive museum will be “Crossroads of Creativity” in the fields of music, film, television, theater, pop art, comic books, literature and humor.

With approval of a $42.5 million bond issue by the Oklahoma Legislature, the OKPOP Museum could open as early as 2017.

To see a selection of video clips from the Griffin Communications donation, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7-2YDLx0QE.