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Oklahoma Horizon Says Farewell

The mission of “Oklahoma Horizon” for the past 12 years has been to share insight into the ever-changing world.
Oklahoma Horizon Says Farewell

Oklahoma Horizon Says Farewell

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Show 1726: Oklahoma Horizon Says Farewell
Air Date: June 25, 2017



Rob McClendon: Well, it’s been said journalists walk on the shores of the vast pools of other people’s knowledge. And nowhere has that been more true than here on “Horizon.” As I look back over the past 12 years, it has been quite the education – hopefully for you, and certainly for me.

Rob McClendon: From our very first show.

Rusty Muns: And now from the CareerTech studios in Stillwater, here’s your host, Rob McClendon.

Rob: Our mission was simple. So what’s in a name? Well, for us the very name “Horizon” signifies what we hope to bring you each week – a look towards the future while very much living here in the present – trying to share insight into our ever-changing world.

Lowell Catlett: So how much of your disposable income does it take to eat in the United States of America? It’s the lowest it has ever been in history, the lowest in the world. It’s 9.6 percent. Are you with me? Average American household has 70 percent of their disposable income after eating, drinking, eating out, owning a home, paid their utilities, hooked to the internet, left to do what? I call it buying crap.

Rob: Telling stories that were never sensational and strove to be substantive.

Rick Garrison: What Eric has gained doesn’t measure up in any magnitude to what he has given to our school.

Rob: Examining economic trends and social issues that affect us all.

Nick Pinchuk: America is a great country. And it’s a great country because of the middle class and the achievement of the American dream. It has succeeded, not only because of the brilliance of the few, but the efforts of the many.

Rob: Our reporters crisscrossed the state going places few ever go, from mucking around in sewers --

Andy Barth: Just waiting to spring a leak.

Rob: -- to climbing atop a wind turbine, we covered the world of work looking at how to get a job and how to keep it.

Porsha Lippincott: And make sure you guys are careful with those heating elements.

Many of the best jobs in the U.S. are what we call middle skills jobs. They require very advanced technical skills. They do not require a four-year college degree.

Rob: So we spent as much time on shop floors as in corporate boardrooms.

Rep. Frank Lucas: Maybe not everyone is going to go to a four-year, comprehensive university. Maybe you’re going to go to a community college or junior college, a two-year program. Or Oklahoma has an outstanding CareerTech System.

This is something that I’m not just going to learn so I can take a test. This is something I’m learning so I can be productive in society and life.

Rob: Focusing on the world of work from every perspective and from every corner of the globe.

Rob: But rather than hurt Israeli agriculture such factors have actually helped it. But the story of Anjolla University is much more than grim tales of war atrocity. In Havana, Cuba, I’m Rob McClendon. Not that we didn’t know how to have a little fun, from the rattlesnake roundups to trying our hand at noodling.

Kaleb Summers: Full experience right here, Mr. Andy.

Andy Barth: Ow! Scared the crap outta me. Oh, yeah!

Rob: We tried to give you an up-close experience with what work is about.

Giving them a trade or a skill, but actually helping them be placed into the job.

Ralph Passow: Here, camel, here, camel! Whoo, whoo!

Rob: Meeting people from all walks of life and learning the lessons from the paths they’ve taken.

Passow: Do not get in a line, cause you’ll never be first when you’re in a line.

Rob: Simple Oklahoma wisdom.

Gary Kirk: Had an old ag teacher tell me one time, he said, “I teach ‘em about life, and if there’s any time left I teach ‘em about agriculture.”

Rob: Lessons from America’s heartland that guide us all to our next horizon.

Wade Hayes: This is a precious day, and it’s, it’s flying by us.

[Wade Hayes singing: Go live your life, go chase your dreams, we’ve got no way of knowing what tomorrow brings].

Rob McClendon: Well, television is kind of like an iceberg, and I am just the tip. Every one of the 650 “Horizon” shows we have produced over the years was a team effort. From the outset, I have been blessed to work with people who can balance creativity with execution. And on our current staff, both Austin Moore and Blane Singletary, well, they are triple threats – meaning they can shoot, write and edit – and their work, I would put up against anybody’s in the business. Karen Hart also wears just as many hats doing graphics, copy-editing and our digital delivery, not to mention just keeping us all organized, while Gayle Scott who is sitting in our director’s chair right now, has had the unenviable task of working with me each week in post-production and has the patience that knows no bounds. Now, over the years, our staff has definitely shrunk, and I miss every one of them, but will always be proud to call them colleague.

Brian Bendele: “Oklahoma Horizon” was all about the opportunity to tell the world about the good things that happen in the state of Oklahoma. So for me, I want to say thank you to all those that helped produce this show and best wishes in the future.

Courtenay DeHoff: Thank you guys so much for everything you’ve done for me. I’m now in Dallas working for “Eye Opener TV.” This is market five, and I owe it all to Rob and everyone at “Oklahoma Horizon.” They taught me how to shoot, produce, edit and be on air. What a show, so many great years it’s been, and I am so honored to have been a part of it. You guys helped launch my career.