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Decades of Oklahoma News Donated for OK POP

Filed by Michael Cross in Local News, News.
March 27, 2013

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Griffin Communication is donating thousands of archival videos from KWTV News 9 in Oklahoma City and KOTV Channel 6 in Tulsa to the Oklahoma Historical Society.

The news stories will eventually be housed in the Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa.

Griffin Communications is donating about 35,000 reels of video from their news coverage which represents some 700,000 stories.

Historical Society Executive Director Bob Blackburn says the tapes contain firsthand accounts of Oklahoma history from the 1950s through the 1990s.

“Tying this in with the stories of our musicians like J.J. Cale, of tying into stories like the bombing of the Murrah Building, tying it in with what was happening in this community.”

Doctor Blackburn says the next task of the Historical Society is to digitize and archive the thousands of hours of video.

The Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture or OK-POP as its going to be known is hoping for a $42.5 million bond from lawmakers to be able to open in Tulsa in 2017.


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