The Oklahoma Educational Television Authority Board of Directors named the Oklahoma Network’s Oklahoma City studio in honor of longtime station manager and broadcasting veteran Bill Thrash.
The William C. “Bill” Thrash Studio is home to a majority of OETA’s Oklahoma productions, including the OETA Movie Club, Oklahoma News Report, Oklahoma Forum, The People’s Business, Oklahoma Votes, Oklahoma Capitol Connection and others.
Thrash is a 1961 East Central University graduate. The television studio at ECU — the William C. Thrash Studio — is named in honor of him as well. That studio opened in 2009 when the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center was opened.
“We have done our best to maintain high standards and raise the quality bar of studio television production through the years in OETA’s multifaceted studio,” Thrash said.
OETA Foundation President Bob Allen worked closely with Thrash on productions such as the landmark series Oklahoma Passage and the highly popular syndicated Lawrence Welk series for public television stations across the country. Allen said Thrash’s contributions to OETA have established high quality production standards at the Oklahoma Network.
Thrash has served on the ECU Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 2008 and has served as chairman of that board in 2011. He is still serving on the executive committee as past chairman.