John Owens Legacy Will Forever Live At KKTV

By: Jesse Kurtz
By: Jesse Kurtz

He lives and works everyday with a smile. Lessons we should all take to heart


You know him as "The Oracle." The man who knows all, and tells all in the world of sports. For nearly 30 years, you have invited John Owens into your living room each and every night. He filled your head with insight and filled your heart with charm. Now, his incredible run as the most recognizalbe figure in Southern Colorado TV is over as he’ll ride off into the High-Definition Sunset that has patiently awaited his arrival.

I have had the pleasure of working alongside John for over seven years. He has taught me a lot about television in our time together. But where I will be forever in debt to John Owens is in a field far more important that TV Sports. He has been a great teacher and mentor of mine in the game of life.

I walked through the grand doors of KKTV back in September of 2002. Here I was, a young, wide-eyed sports reporter making the big move to Colorado Springs. I was "shaking like a leaf on a tree" nervously wondering how I was going to be received on my first day. I made my way back to the sports office to introduce myself and before I could voice a single word, John Owens loudly greets me with, "Hey Buddy-Roll!" Buddy-Roll??? What is a buddy-roll? Turns out, John speaks in a language all his own he appropriately calls "Oweneese." I quickly learned it wasn’t what he was saying, it was how he was saying it…. While I never have been able translate all his crazy phrases, they all are said with the same cheerful tone that has made him such a beloved figure at KKTV, in Southern Colorado, and my personal life. John taught me to treat everybody as an "equal." It didn’t matter if it was a big-wig corporate boss who was in town for a visit, or summer intern… Everybody deserved his smile and cheer for life that helped roll out the welcome mat for all he encountered. He is truly one of the happiest individuals I have ever met. His cheer and zest for life have made my seven years at KKTV some of the best in my life… Even more importantly he has made me a better employee, friend, husband and father because of it.

We will all say goodbye to our good friend on December 11th when he signs off the air for the final time. While he won’t be on our TV’s anymore, I assure you, John’s legacy will live on at KKTV. A part of him is in all of us at KKTV. You couldn’t help but catch his spirit!

Good luck my friend! I’m gonna miss you!


p.s. Does anybody know what "The DooDaddy Jazz on the Jenny Jones," means. I guess we’ll never know!


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  • by ajajcdcdrjrjrgrg Location: colorados springs on Jan 8, 2011 at 04:52 AM
    i would like to go on the cruise that you always show on this channel and so can you please sign me up for it because it sounds like it would be good and nice so i want to go on it
  • by PJ Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 23, 2009 at 06:41 PM
    Jesse, you have some tall shoes to fill, and I know you will do an outstanding job as the new Sports Director. John Owens was a great SportsCaster and a friend to all of his co-workers at KKTV, and he did a great job with his sports segment with all the interviews he did with numerous players, and all the sports stories he reported on, he will be truly missed, he always ended his sports segment with "We'll be, right back" John we will miss you, and best wishes from all your fans for a great retirement, you have truly deserved it, God speed my friend, we will miss you.
  • by Linda Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 11, 2009 at 08:45 PM
    Thank you, Jesse, for summing it all so well. John will be missed. However, I look forward to your broadcasts as you carry the torch.
  • by Donna Jo on Nov 25, 2009 at 08:29 AM
    Thank you, Jesse for capturing in your blog the John Owens I have known and loved for almost 20 years. I concur with all of your observations and am impressed with how well you expressed them. I will miss Big Daddy more than I can say for a big part of my KKTV history will leave when he does. Life goes on and time goes by, but I will have my memories of how special and appreciated he has made me feel all these years. Thanks!
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