Edward King Gaylord

Inducted: 1971

EDWARD KING GAYLORD (1873-1974) built the dominant journalism enterprise in the state, the Oklahoma Publishing Co., from a minority interest in the Daily Oklahoman purchased in 1903. He later added the Oklahoma City Times, The Farmer-Stockman, Oklahoma’s first radio station (WKY), the first television station (WKY-TV), four out-of-state television stations and various other enterprises. He pioneered many innovations in the newspaper business, including the use of computers in composition: For at least seven decades he influenced almost everything of consequence that has happened in the state.