Dick Schmitz

Broadcaster, Commercial Radio Producer

Dick Schmitz was one of the original “Big 7 DJs” when rock and roll took Tulsa by storm in 1957. He was named program director in 1958 and under his leadership—and as the station’s morning man—KAKC dominated the ratings as Tulsa’s number one station for almost a decade.

During his tenure at KAKC, Dick’s special attention to the production of commercial copy soon led to his recognition as one of Tulsa’s top voice talents. In 1966, he left KAKC and joined another Tulsa radio station where his commercial production company, Irving Productions, was born.

To Dick Schmitz, commercial copy was more than just a bunch of words and a microphone. It was good writing, interpretation of copy, complimenting sound or music, editing, appropriate voice talent, and a sense of pride in one’s effort. This philosophy brought a new and higher standard for acceptance of quality audio production in Oklahoma.

Throughout his career, the University of Illinois graduate has unselfishly shared his extraordinary talents with local organizations and causes. His work has been recognized by the Tulsa Ad Club with their highest honor, the Silver Addy, in 1972; the EDDY award to Irving Productions in 1998; and the Ad Club’s Lifetime award in 2002. Other recognition includes the Tulsa Area United Way’s Honorary Life Member in 1997, the Tulsa Press Club Radio Icon Award in 2004, and the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2005.

Dick Schmitz

Program Credits:
Dick Schmitz — Interviewees
John Erling — Interviewer
Mel Myers — Announcer

Honest Media
Mel Myers — Audio Editor

Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Douglas Miller — Art Director
Mark DeMoss — Webmaster
Laura Hyde — Upload Coordinator

Date Created: April 1, 2010

Date Published: October 16, 2017

Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.

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