"The Oklahomans" interview show revived on KOTV

By JASON ASHLEY WRIGHT via tulsaworld.com What do a Broadway star, winning coach and philanthropic oilman have in common? They're all from Oklahoma, and you can see them when "The Oklahomans" returns to TV at 9 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Saturday on KOTV, channel 6. "Oklahomans" last aired in December 2010. "I had planned to end the show then, as it was our 20th year," said Becky Dixon, the Oklahoma native and former network broadcaster, who began hosting the show in 1991. She has interviewed notables such as Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks and David Boren. But Griffin Communications, which owns KOTV and Oklahoma City's KWTV, wanted to take over the broadcasts and have its anchors from both stations participate, too, said Dixon, who will continue hosting the show and do one of its three interviews. This go-around, Dixon interviewed Midwest City native and Oklahoma State University head football coach Mike Gundy. KOTV anchor Terry Hood interviewed Broken Arrow native Kristin Chenoweth when the Tony- and Emmy-winning star came to Muskogee to be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame last month. "I just viewed the piece, and it is excellent," Dixon said. "It's a very personal interview in which Kristin talks about a wide range of topics, such as her adoption and why she hasn't yet tried to locate her birth parents." The interview also discusses Chenoweth's stand on gay rights, the controversy over posing for a men's magazine and her love life. Hood also interviews the star's parents in Broken Arrow. Amanda Taylor of KWTV conducts the show's third interview, talking to billionaire oilman Harold Hamm, who has donated more than $30 million to the University of Oklahoma Diabetes Center. "It's so inspiring," Dixon said of the show. "It inspires all Oklahomans, but especially students sitting in a classroom - that if Garth Brooks can do it, so can they."