Becky Dixon Inducted to TU Communication Hall of Fame

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Becky Dixon, a notable local television personality and a national pioneer for women in sports broadcasting, has been inducted in The University of Tulsa Communication Hall of Fame.

Dixon, who currently serves as President of Taylor Communications, was inducted during a Nov. 14 ceremony held at the Tulsa Press Club.

A 1973 TU graduate, Dixon began her groundbreaking career in 1980 at Tulsa’s KTUL-TV, where she served as a news and sports anchor. Six years later, she made the jump to the national broadcast market with ABC’s Wide World of Sports, where she was the first woman to host a network sports show. Along with Wide World of Sports, which she co-hosted with Frank Gifford, Dixon also served as a broadcaster of the Super Bowl, Winter Olympics, World Gymnastics Championships, Triple Crown of Horse Racing and College Football.

While with ABC, Dixon also co-hosted Monday Sportsnite, an ABC late night sports/entertainment special and served as an anchor for KABC-TV in Los Angeles. Dixon’s sports broadcasting career also included hosting the Dallas Cowboys’ television programming.

Dixon returned to Tulsa in 1991 and formed Dixon Productions, Inc. She later launched her own television special, “Oklahomans,” which featured profiles on notable Oklahomans. Among the guests featured on the highly acclaimed specials are David Boren, Carl Albert, Reba McEntire, Ron Howard, Troy Aikman, Barry Switzer, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Dr. Phil McGraw, Boone Pickens and Mickey Mantle. Dixon also anchored Business Oklahoma, a statewide broadcast on OETA from 1991-1993.

In 1994, Dixon embarked on a new career by joining forces with cable television and satellite communications pioneer Ed Taylor to form Taylor Communications. Today, she serves as president of Taylor Communications, which broke new ground on the Internet with a number of enterprises. The Taylor Web sites division
(www.taylorcommunications.com) authors custom sites and offers hosting services for the corporate marketplace. Taylor is also one of the country’s leaders in Webcast technology and has served clients such as the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, American Psychiatric Association, The GOP, Harvard University and Yale University.

Dixon also serves as Chairman of two other Taylor enterprises: On Hold Advantage (www.onholdadvantage.com), a state-of-the art custom telephone messaging production company servicing a national client base of over 6,000 companies and MultiMedia Advantage (www.multimedia-advantage.com) which offers clients a variety of multimedia services.

Dixon also is the mother of two children and an active community volunteer. In 2004 she received the Mental Health Association Outstanding Service Award. She has served as the President of the Cascia Hall Parent Faculty Association and the TU Alumni Association Board. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Sutton Avian Research Center, the Board Directors for RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and the Advisory Board of the Tulsa Sports Commission.

The TU Communication Hall of Fame, founded in 1994, honors the memory of Edward Hennessy Johnson, who served as head of the TU journalism program from 1948-1971 and continued to teach until 1974. 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 the TU Department of Communication at (918) 631-3805.