Anchor Tom Charles retires after 46 years

LAWTON, Okla. - Tom Charles began his broadcasting career while still in high school in 1957 in his hometown of Okmulgee, Oklahoma. A temporary job at local radio station turned into a 40 year plus career. Tom first arrived in southwest Oklahoma in 1962 while at Ft. Sill. He had returned to radio in Oklahoma City in 1964 when he was offered a job here at KSWO-TV. His first job was that of staff announcer and in those days it meant doing a little bit of everything.

It wasn't long before he settled into broadcasting the weather report regularly. During that time Tom studied meteorology with Oklahoma State University and the Metro Weather Service of New York. He's a long-time member of the National Weather Association and has won the coveted Oklahoma Association of Broadcaster's "Best Weathercast".

Tom is also a technician grade HAM radio operator. In 1993, Tom was honored with the first KSWO-TV "Employee of the Year" award.

After a brief stint away from KSWO-TV, Tom returned, but in a new role - that of Good Morning Texoma news anchor where he has been since 2000.

Thank you for 46 great years and happy retirement Tom!