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WKY pioneer, Ernie Schultz, dies at 87

OKLAHOMA CITY – KFOR is mourning the loss of one of the pioneers of Oklahoma City television.

Ernie Schultz, a former WKY-TV reporter and news director, has passed away.

Schultz graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1951 and joined WKY-TV in 1955 as a reporter and photographer.

In 1964, he was promoted to news director and the anchor at noon. In 1971, he became the station’s Director of Information and appointed Jack Ogle to replace him.

In 1972, he hired Oklahoma’s first female anchor and reporter, Pam Henry.┬áHe then hired Linda Cavanaugh.

He was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1978, and left Oklahoma City to become the President of the Radio Television News Directors Association.

On Tuesday night, family members say Schultz passed away unexpectedly.

He was 87-years-old.