The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on April 20, 1952 · 93
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The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma · 93

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Sunday, April 20, 1952
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Weatherman Calls His Shots on TV For a man who celebrated his twenty-sixth birthday only Friday Harry Volkman knows a lot about his chosen profession weather analysis and forecast-in;. Viewers have become familiar with Harry during the past couple of weeks as the WKY-TV staffer who tells them whether the next day will be good or bad for fishing or pick-nicking plus other pertinent wea-ther information. Actually, it's not so surprising that he knows as much as he does about what' causes it to rain, shine or snow. He's been interested in the subject ever since he was 13. That was when he first started broadcasting weather reports, too; and over a radio station owned and operated by his brother and himself. To be. sure, the station didn't have much coverage just from the attic of the family home in Summerville, Mass., where their homemade transmitter was located, to radios in the four-story house. "Usually there was just one listener and one broadcaster. My brother listened while I was broadcasting and I did the same for him," Harry said. v Even so, they tried to maintain a regular broadcasting schedule of news, music and weather. For the most part, his brother was writer and producer and he was announcer and engineer. For a while he thought he wanted to be a radio announcer but the more he read about weather the more he became in terested in it. ' "I read every book in our local library on weather. Some of them I read five or six times almost memorising them," he said. His amateur broadcasting activities were interrupted by the draft in 1944. He was 18 at the time. The army put him in a radio unit .of the field artillery and stationed him at Fort Sill. And what did Volkman notice first about Oklahoma? The weather, of course. "I couldn't get used to the' mild winters, which I liked, and the wind, which I didn't like." His was the only tent which had a thermometer on the front of it. "It wasn't regulation but the army never said anything about it." He was discharged from the army two years from the day he was drafted, and enrolled in Tufts college, Medford, Mass., studying physics and meteorology. A year of that and he was dissatisfied. "Most of the theory of meteorology they taught in college, I had already learned on my own. What I wanted was practical instruction in drawing up weather charts and analyzing them. I found what I wanted at Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa." He completed an intensive one-year course. Then he enrolled in radio and speech at Tulsa university. In less than a month he was on the university station announcing staff and a short time later he started doing a nightly five-m i n u t e weather show. This was his first opportunity to tie all of his training and experience together. He even found that he'd learned something valuable in the army the international Morse code which made it possible for him to pick up weather reports from all over the nation via short wave radio. When Tulsa's KOTV went on Week's Television Programs Complete television programs for the toeek ahead have been announced as lolloios by station WKY-TV: " 2:00 Filers of Faith 6: Wither Man 138 RaS 5how (NBC) ?38 ScrfeE Sunday. April 20 . 10:110 Church Services 10: JO Frontiers of Faith NUC) -11:00 Lamp Unto My Feet (C13S) 11:30 Candy Carnlvat (CBS) 12:00 Armed Forces Screen 1:30 The Open Window 2:00 Our Better Shelves 2::w Germany 3:00 This Is Show Business 3:30Fr?varins (CBS) 4:00 Cowboy Classics 5:00 Old American Barn Dance 5:30 Your Bltate 6:30 TV Showcase (NBC) 7:00 Comedy Hour (NBC) 8:00 TV Playhouse (NBC) 9:00 Red Skellon (NBC) 9:30 Boston Blncklc 10:00 Weather Station 10: IS NBC News Review 10:30 What's My Line (CBS) Still Ch.iMr Wavnn S:30 W11U Bill JHckok 6:00 The Name's the H:2Si Shore (NBC) B:45 Weather Man 6:50 News Room 7:00 That 1 May See ll -nov;' B:00 Fireside Theater (NBC) olory 8:30 Circle Theater (NBC) lnBcl 10:30 Mystery Theater (ABC) iJ:Sn SKSLm 11:00 Meet the Champ (ABC) 11-30 ?cbs) Tomorrow W,dnay, April 2.1 12-00 nIwsJ. ' :Vo IteXVf-8?.. J2U5 QkKhomaTparm " 10:00 CooK's-Book " JU XcWy Moore 10:30 Showcase t.m VfiSi. MnnrtaT. Anrll 1 0:00 Cook's Book 12:00 News Room 10:f Ml:(l 3n Showp.Hf. 11:30 Search for Tomorrow 11 1:45 Ken WrlRht 12:00 News Room 12:15 Oklahoma Farmer 12:30 Moore Show 1:30 Kltc-hen Ctnsit-TTnx 2:00 Strike It Rich (C li: 30 On StaKC 7:30 Madison Square 7:45Rdersno: the Purple J2:15 Oklahoma Farmer 12:30 Gjrrjj Moore Show 1:30 Kitchen Close-Ups 282 ?,tr'!"U"!.I"!n CBS) -oa ftSi.e5mi'.h.,Sno"' NBC 8:00 The First Hundr.rt . Xfar? CBS) ) Danny Willla 5:15Churk Wncnn 5:30 Space Cadet (ABC) 5:45 Borrowed 'n' Blue 6:00 What's My Name :30 Report onlhe 45th ?;iBEA,.Cro"roaa" 8i88 rv'hTUhreS,'ert?I?B'cC,BS, TtStSStiW i?;88 MrF.MThl0 " J2:i3 iyrath!r Mn 10:20 News Room 10:30 Martin Kane (NBC) 11:00 Beat the Clock (ABC) 8:00 Industrie n5fJ:15 Behind Your Telephone 9:15 The Pastor's Study i On Parade Robert Montgomery 9:30 Video Playhouse Book Future 9:00 Sml j;yCm'kinThea,er 10:M(tDduSmonn.1ComMny 10:30 The World of Thlnn. 11:00 Creative Crafts Pulse of the Ctty 10:20 News Room 10:30 Man Against Crime (CBS) 11:00 City Hospital (ABC) TosnUt, April tt :i3Tne 1'asior s btuay Showcase h for Tomorrow rtrtt Room ma Farmr Problem 1:00 Honalons Cassldy 10:30 Khnwii 11:00 Guest Room 11:30 Search for Tomorrt 11:45 Ken WrlRht 12:00 News Room J S:i2 Oklahoma Farmer 12:30 Garry Moore Show 1:15 Four-Star Final 1:30 Kitchen Close-Ups VooKnte SiBih staiilivnr 7:00 Ken Murray (CBS) 4:00 Danny Williams 5:" no' Shows (NBC) 8:00 The First Hundred i:3S i5"e,Hai' Tr.' .. S-.00 Meet the Masters 5:30 Bum, and AU,.n (CBs 6:00 The Trouble With 6:30 One Man's Family 5:00 Th 5:15 Jfff 9:00 Show of Shows (NBC) 9:30 Your Hit Parade (NBC) PAGE 34 Sunday, April 20, 1952. : nn Mv I-ri.H Ts.. -,TWn. 9:30 Your Hit Pi .in riiS.K ihii. VMBr"''' 10:00 Studio One (CBSI 1 ... 11:00 Motion Picture Classics the air late in 1949, Volkman rushed down and applied for a job as a weather man. He audi-. tioned on the air, was hired and remained with the Tulsa television station until he recently joined the staff of WKY-TV. Harry Volkman is on-camera six days a week Monday through Friday with "Weather racis" at u:45 p.m. and "Weather Man" at 10; W p.m,, and Sunday at 10 p.m. with "Wea- iner siaiion, a la-minute program which includes information of particular interest to pilots. He also gives a brief weather analysis on WKY radio at the conclusion of "Oklahoma's Front Page" at 6:15 p.m. and "News While It's News" at 10:15. Oklahoma has had only one tornado scare since Volkman joined the staff the recent one in the western part of the state. That night the station stayed on the air until 1 a.m. -while he kept viewers and listeners informed on weather developments. Volkman uses all the information he can' get in preparing his broadcasts and telecasts the forecasts issued by the weather bureau, the weather reports he picks up by short wave radio all over the nation and the analysis he makes from the weather charts which he draws up himself. 'He compares Oklahoma weather to the moods of a woman. "Both are very changeable and you never can be absolutely sure what to expect." Sunday Shows: Tony Martin headlines the "Comedy Hour" at 7 p.m. and his guests will be Harpo and Chico Marx and vocalist Kay Starr (whose "Wheel of Fortune" is a current song hit). The four will take part in a western comedy - melodrama. - For its fourth anniversary the "Fred Waring Show" at 3 p.m. will present "Song of Easter," a program feature based on 14 spirituals. Arranged by Roy Ringwald and Oklaho- ' ma s Lara Hoggard, "Song of Easter" includes snnh nnmW, Harry Volkman as "Let Us Break Bread.'- "The Night Was Cold," and "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?" . . . Broadway musical star John Raitt, comedian Jack Carter and dancer Kath-ryn Lee are guests of Clifton Fadiman on "This Is Show Business" at 3:30. Regular panelists are Sam Levenson and George 3. Kaufman. . . . "When Should We Cut Off Foreign Aid?" is the subject of American Forum at 1 p.m. . . . Boston Blackie takes on the case of the "Cop Killer" at 9:30 p.m. . . . Highlight of "TV Showcase" at 6:30 p.m. will be a production based on Gordon Jenkins' composition, "Manhattan Tower". Guests include Eddie Foy jr., and Rosemary Clooney. . . . Rev. Walter Bennett, minister of St. Andrews Presbyterian church, will join the regular panelists on "Your Bible" at 5:30 p.m. . . . And Rev. Walter Gil liam of Hooten Memorial Methodist church will be in charge of tho televised church services at 10 a.m. . . . John Beal and Haila Stoddard star in "Tigers Don't Sing," a light - hearted comedy, o:i "TV Playhouse" at 8 p.m. . . . "Style in Dramatic Production" is the subject of "The Open Window" at 1:30 p.m. . . . Edmond Rostand's famous drama, "Cyrrano do Borgorac," will be discussed by Rabbi Israel Chodos on "Our Better Shelves" at 2 p.m. . . . The "Singing Pastor's" hymns at 6 p.m. include "Nearer the Cross" and "God Will take Care of You. This Sunday's program also marks the start of a new feature "pictured Bible verse". Skelten Cited: Variety magazine, in its annual review of show business, cited comic Red Skel-ton for "ripping the lid off a whole new barrel of yocks to inject a much-needed new note of comedy into a medium almost .satiated with comedians. Skelton has parlayed his own socko ability to make like a clown (in the" literal sense of the word) and his slapsticking facility into a half-hour of unadulterated hilarity." Skeleton is seen over WKY-TV every Sunday at 9 p.m. Berle Scheduled: Milton Berle's "Star Theater," which has been leading the popularity 4 polls ever since television started booming, moves into the 7 p.m. Tuesday time slot on WKY-TV April 29. This fills a big gap and means that the station now has every top-rated show on all four television networks. Junior Philharmonic Officers Are Listed ARDMORE, April 19 New officers have been elected by the Junior Philharmonic .club. 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