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6934 South Western Avenue
PO Box 891320
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
Phone: 405-634-1439
Fax: 405-634-3753
John Shannon

John Fred Shannon

Thursday, July 29th, 1926 - Thursday, May 7th, 2020
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John Fred Shannon was born July 29, 1926 in Oklahoma City the son of A. Fred and Nola Hayes (Graham) Shannon. He completed this life at his home on Silver Lake on Thursday May 7, 2020 at the age of 93.

John was raised in Oklahoma City where he graduated from Classen High School in 1944 and was an active member of their alumni association. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree and served in the military. He married Jacqueline “Jackie” Perrin on September 26, 1953. They were longtime members of New Covenant Christian Church.

John was one of the true pioneers of television in Oklahoma. A still photographer when WKY-TV went on the air in 1949, he was called upon to assist this new broadcast phenomenon. John joined the station fulltime and was associated with Channel 4 for 37 years until his retirement in 1986.

During the early days of television, John Shannon recorded a number of firsts in Oklahoma television photography. He shot the first television news story to air in Oklahoma – a still photograph on the escape of “Leapy the Leopard” from the Oklahoma City Zoo. In 1950, he shot and edited the first television documentary Christmas in the City, featuring Governor and Mrs. Johnson Murray. It was the first use of film in Oklahoma City television.

John was the first to shoot an entire University of Oklahoma football game for later playback on the station. For 25 years he shot every OU football game, a unique record in itself for football and television. He installed and operated the first television news film-processing unit in Oklahoma. When WKY-TV became the first independent color station in the country, it was John Shannon who designed, installed, and operated the unit.

Throughout his career, John has been honored by the Ad Club, the Oklahoma Film and Television Producers Club, the Boy Scout Council, and the United Way. In the mid 1950’s, he was recognized for his work by being named the Kodak National Cameraman of the Year.

At a time when producing television programming was not an easy task, John Shannon possessed an uncanny ability to work effectively under the tremendous deadline pressures. He was a caring person, readily willing to share his knowledge and experiences with young photographers and filmmakers. He was an innovative and indispensable behind-the-scenes talent who worked to bring quality entertainment and information to the viewing audience.

John Shannon was not only a pioneer, but also a contributor to the growth and success of Oklahoma television. John was honored by being inducted into the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his granddaughter, Shannon Dawn Fish and his wife, Jackie of 65 years.

He is survived by his daughter, Joy Shannon Gould; his sister, Mrs. Peggy Franklin.

A memorial service is pending at this time.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 710 W. Wilshire Blvd #101, Oklahoma City, OK 73116 www.lung.org
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Dennis M. Graham

Posted at 01:32pm
I remember spending exciting days and weekends fishing at John's and Peggy's home on Silver Lake. Johnny sure made my Aunt Nola and Uncle Fred proud.

Dennis M. Graham
Temple, Texas
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