Acquired by Griffin Communications in January 2001, News On 6 has a long, rich history of serving Tulsa area viewers. News On 6 signed on the air on October 15, 1949 as Tulsa’s first television station. Located in the former garage of an International Harvester dealership at 3rd and Frankfort, News On 6 was one of only 90 television stations in the country at the time and boasted the industry’s largest studio. Celebrities Patti Page and then-Governor Roy Turner were on hand for the first commercial broadcast from News On 6 in downtown Tulsa.

News On 6 held the distinction at that time of having the only woman chief executive in the television industry. Ms. Maria Helen Alvarez was KOTV’s first general manager and co-owner. Colorful, and a shrewd businesswoman, Alvarez was a pioneer in an industry that would literally change the world. In 1951, News On 6 purchased its first mobile broadcast unit — a converted bread truck! — for $100,000. Station engineers used this new piece of equipment to broadcast Saturday Night Wrestling from Avery’s Coliseum and later used the same truck to cover the fire that destroyed the arena. Perhaps the most impressive feat at the time was News On 6’s live broadcast of the OU/Missouri game.

News On 6’s original antenna sat on the 14th floor of the National Bank of Tulsa building at 3rd and Boston. In the mid-1950s, the station built a 100,000 watt transmitter and tower in Sand Springs. At the time, the tower was the second tallest structure in the U.S.

Veteran anchors Terri Hood and Scott Thompson, along with veteran reporters Lori Fullbright and Craig Day, and Travis Meyers, Tulsa’s leading Chief Meteorologist, are highly regarded journalists in their field and are deeply trusted by Tulsa viewers.

To inquire about advertising on KOTV/News On 6 or KQCW/The Tulsa CW, please contact:
Derek Criss, Director of Local Sales
Call 918-732-7445 or email him at

Shawn Jordan, Director of National Sales
Call 918-732-6005 or email her at

KOTV/News On 6 Wins
Edward R. Murrow Award

KOTV/News On 6 has won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award  (Region 6 /Writing) for “The War That Never Ends.”  The story highlights a trip to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. by a group of Oklahoma World War II veterans. Click here to watch the winning entry.