Ken Greenwood who grew up in Nebraska and was a World War II veteran, graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1946. He began his radio career that same year as a staff musician and later was a sportscaster and program director.
Involved with stations in the mid-west, he came to Tulsa in 1962 as the general manager for KRMG. He was soon promoted to president of the station’s owner, Swanco Broadcasting. In 1968 he was appointed by Governor Dewey Bartlett to lead the state’s tourism council.
One of Ken’s earliest projects in Tulsa was the creation of the Great Raft Race, an Arkansas River event held annually for 19 years and which sparked the development of the River Parks in Tulsa.
Greenwood later led The University of Tulsa’s communication department and through his efforts KWGS Radio was put back on the air as a university station affiliated with NPR, National Public Radio.
Ken served as the Director of Development for the Oklahoma Chapter of the Nature Conservancy as it was being organized. He helped raise fifteen million dollars to establish the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. In 2008, he produced “Cowboys in Tall Grass” a seven part series of documentaries which later aired on OETA.
His many awards and honors include induction into the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Wildlife Federations’ Conservation Communicator of the year and the Ducks Unlimited Conservation Service Award. A monument of a pair of river otters was placed at 71st and Riverside in Tulsa in his honor which was the NatureWorks Stewardship Award.
Ken Greenwood died June 18, 2013 at the age of 89.
Interview with Ken Greenwood
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: March 5, 2009
Date Published: August 28, 2013
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.