Perry, Russell M. | 2013
- Birth and Death Year | 1939 - Present
- Induction Year | 2013
- Profession | Publisher/Broadcaster
- Oklahoma Connection | Perry was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
- Hometown | Oklahoma City
A product of a broken home and essentially on his own from the age of 12, Perry today is the owner of Perry Publishing and Broadcasting Company, the largest independent broadcaster in Oklahoma as well as parent company of The Black Chronicle, the largest weekly newspaper in Oklahoma.
"I'm the Maverick. If you tell me it can't be done. I'm gonna try it." - Russell M. Perry
Russell Perry is president of Perry Publishing & Broadcasting, publisher and editor of The Black Chronicle, and the previous co-owner and editor of The Black Dispatch. After purchasing its first radio station in 1993, the company continued to make acquisitions and today owns 20 stations in Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Georgia, and purchased a radio and television tower company. Perry served as Oklahoma's Secretary of Commerce during the Keating administration, as well as a member of the Oklahoma Development Finance Authority, Oklahoma Industrial Finance Authority, and Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority. Perry serves on the State Fair of Oklahoma board and the National Board of Radio & Television, is the majority principal of the First Security Bank & Trust Co., and has served on the Small Business Bank Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and on the board of trustees of Oklahoma City University.