Thursday February 11, 2021, 7:36 p.m.
By: Ryan Welton
THE CITY OF OKLAHOMA –
An Oklahoma broadcasting legend has passed away. OETA Cinema Club Host BJ Wexler has died aged 83, a friend of Wexler’s confirmed to News 9.
The news was first reported by The Lost Ogle early Thursday evening.
On the OETA website:
Born and raised in Buffalo, Wexler planned to follow in his father Sam’s footsteps in real estate. However, at the University of Buffalo, BJ’s plans to join the family business were put on hold when he started working for his college radio station, which would lead to a 50-year career in broadcasting. .
In the fall of 1976, BJ arrived in Oklahoma as a program director for KTOK Radio. In addition to his daily radio show, BJ also produced the University of Oklahoma pre-game and post-game football shows. BJ joined OETA in 1983, first as a co-organizer of the Festival and Augustfest, and then, of course, as a host of the OETA Movie Club. Wexler and his wife Anne have two children, Dave Wexler and Cindy Costa, both of Oklahoma City.
The OETA Movie Club features classic movies, celebrity photos submitted by Oklahomans from across the state, trivia about little-known movies, and fan-favorite fresh popcorn. The show has been a Saturday night staple on OETA for over 25 years and is one of OETA’s most popular programs.
Wexler hosted the OETA Cinema Club from 1988 to 2018.