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OBU Alumnus John Holcomb Wins OK Sportscaster of the Year

January 14, 2020

John Holcomb, OBU alumnus and sports director of KOTV the News On 6 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been named 2019 Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year. The award is presented by the National Sports Media Association.

Holcomb has now won the award four times, in 2001, 2002, 2011 and 2019. The award is given to Oklahoma-based sportscasters who demonstrate outstanding reporting and analysis.

In comments shared on the News On 6’s website, Holcomb showed his appreciation both for this recognition and for the opportunity to do what he loves so much.

“I’m humbled to have been given this award,” Holcomb said. “It has been a privilege serving the Tulsa community while doing what I love. I want to thank Griffin Communications for allowing and enabling me and my fellow anchors and reporters to cover the news and sports that’s most important to our communities.”

Holcomb graduated from OBU in 1988 with a degree in journalism. Upon graduation, he worked at KGFF radio in Shawnee and also at the Oklahoma News Network before moving to Sherman, Texas, for his first television job as a news reporter. In 1991, he was hired as a weekend sports anchor in Lawton, Oklahoma. At the beginning of 1993, he was hired by KDFA in Amarillo, Texas, as their sports director.

Holcomb then moved to Tulsa in 1995 to work as a sports anchor for KOTV. Four years later, he was named the sports director, a position he still holds today. He has served as the radio color analyst for OSU football and OSU men’s basketball for more than a decade. He also co-hosts “Oklahoma Sports Blitz,” a program covering Oklahoma sports in conjunction with sister station KWTV in Oklahoma City, and anchors “Friday Football Blitz,” covering Tulsa area high school football teams.

He has twice hosted OBU’s Green and Gold Gala, an annual event which features nationally known speakers and raises funds for student scholarships at OBU. Holcomb hosted the 2013 event, which featured Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy, and also hosted the 2016 Gala when legendary football coach and ESPN analyst Lou Holtz was the featured speaker.

When Holcomb isn’t covering sports, he can be found enjoying basketball, tennis or golf with his wife, Jeanna, and daughters, Melody and Maggie.

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