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Chatting with PRT's Steve Clem

Public Radio Tulsa, Pre-Pandemic

Public Radio Tulsa bids farewell today to Steve Clem. Steve is retiring after 11 years as our Operations Director, and a lifetime of work in this crazy, wonderful world of radio. We didn't let him leave without peppering him with questions, of course.

Public Radio Tulsa: Steve, you're retiring from Public Radio Tulsa after more than 10 years as our Operations Director. But you've worked in radio your whole life. Steve Clem: 11 years at Public Radio Tulsa...longer than any other job in my 40-year broadcasting career. I have a colorful license plate collection....living for a time in Sacramento, Seattle, Albuquerque, and Salt Lake City. But this area is home!
PRT: In fact, you used to work with our former News Director, John Durkee, and former reporter, Marshall Stewart, right? SC: John, Marshall & I started out together at OSU studying Radio/TV/Film...maybe “studying” is too strong of a word...but we were all together at the beginning of our careers and also the last decade of them, which is kind of cool.
PRT: You've written the book, Tulsa's KAKC Radio: The Big 97, and have produced an audio special about that late, great station. Got any more books you want to write? SC: I am starting two book projects: The first is Tulsa Movie Theaters. We got short-changed! All of Tulsa’s beautiful downtown and neighborhood movie theaters are gone! It’s a subject I’ve always been interested in. If you’d like to share your Tulsa movie memories with me, I’ll have my TU email for a while longer: steve-clem@utulsa.edu. I'm also working on Tulsa Route 66 Motels.This is a harder subject because there were upwards of 50 motels along 11thStreet and Southwest Blvd during Tulsa’s Route 66 heyday. If you have a personal link to any of that history, email me: steve-clem@utulsa.edu.
PRT: Any parting thoughts as you walk out the door? SC: I have always been proud to tell people that I work at Public Radio Tulsa...where the level of dedication, professionalism, and frankly integrity is so high. I will miss being part of that effort and this team.

We'll miss you too, Steve!  Enjoy your well-earned retirement.  (Follow Steve's next adventures on Facebook!)

According to Judith Nole’s family, they have to leave the state to REALLY get away from her. Judith has recorded Public Radio Tulsa’s underwriting since the early 2000’s, and when you hear a woman say “Support for Public Radio Tulsa is provided by…,” it is her voice you are hearing.