THE late Jack Ogle had numerous attributes in his Oklahoma broadcast career that spanned five decades. Among those were a friendly personality, conversational delivery, passion for the state and a love of sports.
Ogle's three sons have adopted many of those qualities as they continue his broadcasting legacy at Oklahoma City TV stations.
Ogle, a longtime newsman with Channel 4 (then WKY-TV) who later served as a commentator for all three Oklahoma City TV news departments, died in 1999 at age 68. He will be inducted Friday night into the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame during a banquet at the Tulsa Southern Hills Marriott.
Bob Barry Sr., his longtime partner on University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State football and basketball broadcasts, will give Ogle's introductory speech.
Other inductees will be former Tulsa news anchors Clayton Vaughn and Bob Hower, and Carl Smith, a former Tulsa radio general manager who is the OAB's chief executive.
"Dad was a very, very fair person," said Kelly Ogle, a 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor at KWTV-9. "He didn't choose sides in a story. He had a real passion for Oklahoma. He never had an ambition to be anywhere else."
Kent Ogle, morning and noon co-anchor at KFOR-4, said, "I think the main thing that Dad brought was his delivery. In his time, there was a real stiffness in delivery. He brought a good-ol'-boy approach."
Kevin Ogle, the 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor at KFOR, said, "He was a real natural, a likable person on the air. He was real Oklahoma. He was just Jack to everybody, never Mr. Ogle."
Ogle's three sons followed him into the business, but not after a few detours. The 6-foot-8 Kevin, the oldest of the three at 42, received a basketball scholarship at Kansas State after a fine career at Edmond High School. A year later, he transferred to OSU and took up broadcasting.
Like his father, Kent, 40, also had musical inclinations and played in a rock band. He started in radio as a disc jockey, became a newscaster and then switched to television.
Kelly, 39, showed the most interest in journalism from the start and took a class at Edmond High School. He said his father made the business seem fun.
"He'd talk about being places where history was being made. I thought, 'That's a pretty cool way to make a living.'"
The sons share their father's love for Oklahoma, which Kelly said came from taking numerous summer vacations in the state. Kelly and Kent have served as reporters for OETA's "On the Oklahoma Road" series, and Kelly named his four children after Oklahoma towns - son, Chandler, 8, and daughters Sayre, 6; Merritt, 4; and Avery, 2.
Job opportunities have come in other states, but they all have preferred to say put. Kelly, who has worked for KWTV for 10 years, said it'd be hard to leave home.
"Several years ago, I went down to Dallas and looked at a job," he said. "I drove around the city, and I said, 'This is not for me. It's too big. It's too fast.' Oklahoma City is just right for me.'"
"I really like it here," Kevin said. "It's home."
Kevin, who interned as a sports photographer at KOCO-5, worked for a Chickasha radio station and TV stations in Lawton and Fort Smith, Ark., before being hired at KFOR in 1993. Kent also joined the station that year.
The three brothers look alike and often are mistaken for each other.
"It's unbelievable," Kevin said. "I don't even get 'Hi, Kevin.' 'It's 'Who are you? Or, 'Are you guys twins?' because Kelly and I look alike. It's hysterical."
Friday night, all three sons will be in Tulsa to remember a father who helped inspire them to carry on the Ogle name in TV news.
Staff writer Mel Bracht can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com or by calling 475-4106.Archive ID: 838944