Broadcaster Kenneth R. Greenwood To Be Inducted Into The University of Tulsa Communication Hall of Fame
Thursday, October 18, 2001
Kenneth R. Greenwood, broadcaster, station owner, author and educator has been named the 2001 inductee into The University of Tulsa Communication Hall of Fame. He will be honored at a reception held on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. in the Faculty Study of McFarlin Library on the TU campus.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Greenwood began his communication career as a sports broadcaster in 1946, eventually becoming a radio station owner. He helped build and later served as president of Swanco Broadcasting, a group of radio stations that included Tulsa stations KRMG-AM and KWEN-FM.
Greenwood served as the head of the communications department of the University of Tulsa for seven years beginning in 1972. During that time he helped establish KWGS-FM, TU’s radio station, as an affiliate of National Public Radio.
Greenwood helped raise $15 million to establish the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve as the development director for the Oklahoma chapter of the Nature Conservancy from 1991 to 1994. He also designed the first Oklahoma outdoor classroom at Country Lane School in Broken Arrow which was later used as a prototype by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for many more such classrooms throughout Oklahoma.
Greenwood was also instrumental in organizing the Great Raft Race on the Arkansas River, an event which helped lead to the formation of Tulsa’s River Parks. He also designed and built Windycrest Sailing Club on Lake Keystone, which has hosted many national events and has been cited by Sports Illustrated as one of the best sailing clubs in the southwest. Greenwood served four years as head of the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Tourism under then Governor Dewey Bartlett,
A past president of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and a major contributor to the OAB Foundation and its scholarship program, Greenwood was inducted into the OAB Hall of Fame in 1989. Greenwood’s list of community awards include the Mass Media Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews and the Conservation Communicator of the Year from the Oklahoma Wildlife Federation.
A popular lecturer on sales and broadcasting, Greenwood has authored several books on sales and leadership including, “High Performance Selling,” “High Performance Leadership” and “Six Days in September,’’ a book on time management.
Past inductees to the TU Communication Hall of Fame include broadcast journalists and TU alumni Jim Hartz and Bob Losure, the late Tulsa World managing editor Phil Dessauer, the late Tulsa broadcast pioneer Saidie Adwon and Tulsa World publisher Robert Lorton. For more information contact Jan Reynolds in the TU Department of Communication at 918-631-3805.