- Ada, Oklahoma


July 18, 2013

Bill Thrash

Oklahoma City —

Services for William Carroll "Bill" Thrash, 73, of Oklahoma City, formerly of Ada, are at 1 p.m. Friday at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel in Ada. Heard Broadrick and John Hargrave are officiating. Burial follows at Rosedale Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Hahn-Cook/Street and Draper Funeral Home, Oklahoma City.

OETA Television executive Bill Thrash died Monday, July 15, 2013, in Oklahoma City. He was born Sept. 25, 1939, in Ada to Guy Harold Thrash and Lucille Loyce Williams Thrash.

He is survived by his wife, Billie, of the home, and a sister, Ann Louise Thrash Jones of Pauls Valley.

For more than 25 years, Mr. Thrash served OETA as head of programming and production and then station manager. He began his television career in 1955 while still in high school with KTEN, an ABC affiliate in his hometown of Ada. He started as a cameraman and then progressed through many other positions including director, traffic managerpromotion director and program manager until his graduation from East Central University.

After a stint in the Army, he then moved to Oklahoma City, where in 1962, he joined the production staff at KOCO-TV and ultimately became program manager. It was during those years in addition to directing and/or producing local Channel 5 shows such as Lunch with Ho Ho, The Ida B Show, the Gomer Jones OU Coaches Show, Nightmare with Count Gregore and many Oklahoma City University music specials, among so many others, that Mr. Thrash also was hired to direct several of the syndicated Bar S Jamboree country music specials. Then he was tapped by Lee Allan Smith to direct for eight years The Stars and Stripes Show, a live from Oklahoma City, star-studded patriotic series of Fourth of July variety specials which aired on NBC, headlined by Bob Hope. During this time, he was also directing the annual Western Heritage Awards at what has now become the Western Heritage Museum.

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