Bill Perry is Deputy Director, Network Public Affairs at OETA. In that capacity, he is manager of the OETA Documentary Department, the unit that produces the multiple award-winning programs Stateline, Gallery, and State of Creativity.
Bill's first job in television was in 1969. He began as a studio camera operator at KTEN-TV while he was a student at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. Later, Bill moved into reporting and anchoring for the news department. After earning his degree, he followed a nomadic broadcast journalism path that took him to KOCO in Oklahoma City as a reporter and anchor, to KDFW in Dallas as a reporter and producer, to WAVE-TV in Louisville, KY, as a producer and assignment manager, and then on to WBBH-TV in Ft. Myers, FL and to WATE-TV in Knoxville, TN, stations where he served as News Director. In 1986, he returned to Oklahoma, spending four years in television broadcast sales.
In 1990, Bill joined OETA, where he was teamed with Charles Newcomb for the popular "On the Oklahoma Road" feature for the Oklahoma News Report. Through the years, Bill has been involved in the development and production of several OETA programs, including Oklahoma Magazine, Oklahoma City Weekly, Business Oklahoma, Tulsa Times, Oklahoma City Metro, Centennial Stories, Stateline, Gallery, State of Creativity, and various one-time specials. Bill has been the producer for OETA's election coverage and also produces many of the local studio segments during OETA's fund-raising efforts. He has been greatly involved in the OETA transition to digital broadcasting and High Definition production.
In 2008, Bill served as president of the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters group. For several years, he has been a regional vice-president for the Heartland Chapter Board of Governors of NATAS, the organization that recognizes television excellence with Emmy Awards. In 2007, he helped coordinate the first simulcast of the Denver-based regional Emmy Awards event in Oklahoma City; it is now an annual event. Programs produced by the OETA documentary department have earned several Emmy nominations, and Bill has won two Emmy awards. In 2005, Bill was inducted into the NATAS Heartland Chapter's "Silver Circle", which recognizes broadcasters with 25+ years of service.
Since 1995, Bill has been actively involved as a writer and performer in the Oklahoma City Gridiron Club, a group of media members who produce an annual satirical and often (they hope) hysterical song and dance show that takes jabs at politicians, newsmakers, and contemporary issues. Proceeds from the shows fund college scholarships for Oklahoma journalism students.
Bill lives in Edmond with wife Sue, a geriatrics specialist who is an activities coordinator at the Edmond Senior Center. Bill's son Brian has followed a childhood dream of being a professional musician, earning music degrees from both University of North Texas and Boston University. Brian (double bass) and his wife Kathryn (violin) both currently perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and they are proud parents of Madeleine, born in 2008. Bill's daughter Jenny is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma (theatre stage management degree); she is a contract analyst in Plano, Texas, and works as a freelancer in regional theatre productions.