PTC Foundation Roast Nov. 4

September 17, 2021 | Headlines

PONCA CITY —  The Pioneer Tech Foundation Roast is set for 7:15 p.m. Nov. 4 at PTC Conference Center.

Mary Austin, PTC Foundation President, said Sen. Bill Coleman will be roasted.  

A second-generation broadcaster, Coleman boasts over 40 years in the industry. His resume includes announcer, program director, chief operator, account executive, sales and general manager and current owner.

Sen. Bill Coleman

Coleman came to Ponca City at the age of 18 to help his late father, Lewis Coleman, launch KPNC which went on the air June 5, 1979.   

Coleman worked as the morning disc jockey and in sales. The station sold in 1983 and Coleman remained on staff until 1988. 

That year he took a sales manager position in Texas, at  KIKM in the Sherman/Denison market and was promoted to general manager.

In 1991, Ken Greenwood, owner of KPNC, called Coleman asking him to return to the station as the new general manager. Coleman accepted.

Over the next 10 years, four more radio stations were purchased including KLOR in Ponca City and KOKB in Blackwell.  

In 2004 Coleman purchased all the interests in Team Radio and became the sole owner.

Coleman is the past chairman for the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and for the Ponca City Area Chamber of Commerce.

He has served as a board member of the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington D.C. representing member stations in Oklahoma and North Texas.

Elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in August 2018, he is currently serving on the committees of Business Commerce & Tourism as Vice-Chair, Public Safety, Rules, and Transportation. 

Coleman is a member of Woodlands Christian Church and is married to his wife of 20 years Helen. They have three children.

The mission of the event is to raise money for Pioneer Technology Center student scholarships. There will be a social/cash bar at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the roast begins at 7:15 p.m. 

Single tickets are $50 and reserved tables of eight are $500. After Oct. 15th prices will increase to $60 per person and $600 per table. For more information or to purchase tickets call 

580-762-8336 or visit pioneertech.edu/foundation.