Veteran broadcaster to emcee Claremore Wall of Fame induction ceremony
Tom Fink Staff Reporter
Veteran television broadcaster and business executive Becky Dixon will emcee the Claremore Wall of Fame induction ceremony Thursday at the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum.
“Becky Dixon is renown for her various broadcasting positions from ‘ABC’s Wide World of Sports’ to the ‘Oklahomans’ specials, and more,” said Tanya Andrews, Wall of Fame committee member and director of Visit Claremore (formerly the Claremore Convention and Visitors Bureau). “Becky is a popular speaker and community leader. Her personality will add elegance to an already special evening for Claremore.”
The Claremore Wall of Fame will add former Claremore Mayor Elizabeth Gordon and former State Senate Pro Tem Stratton Taylor on Thursday. A reception will begin at 5 p.m. with the induction ceremony to follow at 6.
Dixon, president and owner of Ayerplay Productions, Inc., began her groundbreaking career in broadcasting.
Going from local television to the network level in just six years, Dixon may best be known to the more than 30 million viewers who watched her as co-host of ABC’s Wide World of Sports. She began her broadcasting career at KTUL-TV in Tulsa, and was later hired by ABC Sports, becoming the first woman to host a network sports show.
Along with Wide World of Sports, which she co-hosted with Frank Gifford, Dixon also covered the Super Bowl, Winter Olympics, World Gymnastics Championships and Triple Crown of Horse Racing. she has also worked for the Dallas Cowboys, hosting owner Jerry Jones’ weekly television show. After her network broadcasting career, Dixon returned to Tulsa and formed Dixon Productions.
In keeping with her penchant for building a career on firsts, Dixon launched her own television special, “Oklahomans,” which recently concluded its 22nd year of broadcasts. “Oklahomans” was the first statewide broadcast of its kind and for the past two decades has been instrumental in promoting achievements of Oklahomans in entertainment, politics, business and sports.
Among those profiled were David Boren, Carl Albert, Boone Pickens, Mickey Mantle, Troy Aikman, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood.
In 1994, Dixon embarked on another chapter in her distinguished career by joining forces with cable television and satellite communications pioneer Ed Taylor to form AyerPlay Productions.
Today, Dixon serves as the president of AyerPlay, which broke new ground on the Internet with a number of enterprises. In conjunction with Harvard University, the company produced the Internet’s First Live Webcast in 1995 featuring a Medical Symposium. She served as producer and host of the online event.
Today, AyerPlay offers clients a full spectrum of print and web-based marketing solutions, plus an on hold message company servicing a national client base of over 7,000 businesses. In 2010, Dixon was named one of 20 honorees for the inaugural Business Journal’s Women of Distinction Awards, and in 2006 she was named to the University of Tulsa Communications Hall of Fame. She has received numerous industry awards for her work in broadcasting as well, including an Emmy nomination in 2012.
Dixon also has served the community in a number of volunteer capacities. She was Chairman of the 2012 Oklahoma Hall of Fame event and is currently a member of the Oklahoma Heritage Association Board of Directors, Tulsa Ballet’s Board of Directors as well as the Sutton Avian Research Center and the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. She is a graduate of the University of Tulsa.
Hall of Fame inductee Gordon was the mayor of Claremore from 1979-1985 and was a community leader for many decades. Taylor was elected to the state house of representatives in 1980 then in 1982 he was elected to the state senate. In 1995, he became the Pro Tem of the senate for eight years, the longest tenure in Oklahoma history.
The Claremore Wall of Fame induction ceremonies are free and open to the public. Reservations are requested by e-mailing KThompson@thegunmuseum.com. The J.M. Davis Museum is located in Claremore at 5th and J.M. Davis Boulevard. For more information, call (918) 341-5707.