- Ashley Parks
Our first issue, printed Oct. 15, 1979, by publisher Bill Bleakley, had a circulation of 2,000 copies. Today, Oklahoma Gazette is still owned and run by Bleakley. It is the largest independent, Oklahoma-owned newspaper in the state with a weekly readership of more than 134,000 and a cume readership of 206,000. Its available (and still free) across the metro.
MORE 35TH ANNIVERSARY COVERAGE: OKC, OKG grew together as paper chronicled citys revival. Timeline: A brief history of Oklahoma Gazette. Reader response: What you love most about OKG. Leaders share Gazette memories. OKG Eat: Practice makes perfect! Chef Kurt Fleischfressers curiosity helped establish citys love of localized menus. OKG arts groups have persisted, prospered for decades. As OKG grew, so did OKC's performing arts scene. Oklahoma music scene is still a work in progress.