Betty Boyd, who became known as the “Queen of Tulsa TV” during her 25-year broadcasting career, died on Thursday from complications stemming from a recent stroke.
A Tulsa native, Boyd began her TV career in 1955 with KOTV, where she went on to host and produce original series centering on social issues, including “Women’s Page” and “Boyd’s Eye View.” She left KOTV in 1965 to join KTUL and launched “The Betty Boyd Show,” which at the time helped make the ABC-affiliate the most watched local station among female viewers.
Boyd leveraged her local TV popularity during a successful run for the state Legislature in 1990, where she served for ten years.
In 1996, Boyd was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame and two years later she received an American Women in Radio and Television Lifetime Achievement Award.
Here’s a clip from the April 6, 1965 episode of “The Betty Boyd Show”…