History of KJRH Channel 2

Posted at 9:21 AM, Dec 17, 2013

KJRH-TV began broadcast operations on December 5, 1954 as KVOO-TV.

Scripps bought the station in 1971 and adopted its present day call letters, KJRH in July 1980, in honor of the late Jack R. Howard, Chairman of Scripps Howard Broadcasting.

At present, we refer to ourselves as 2 Works For You. KJRH has always been an NBC affiliate.

KJRH began broadcast operations in the Akdar Building in downtown Tulsa, but moved to our current broadcast studios on Peoria Avenue on December 1, 1957.

The historic art deco 2 Works For You building has seen many renovations and also survived a tornado in 1974.


2 Works For You was the first to broadcast in color, the first to broadcast in stereo, and the first to broadcast a news story from a remote site.

More recently, 2 Works For You was the first television station in all of Oklahoma to broadcast in high definition; it was more than two years before any other local Tulsa station followed suit.

In 2009, 2 Works For You transitioned to a digital transmission and broadcast in high definition to digital television on Channel 56 (KJRH – DT 56) in Tulsa. This put us ahead of the FCC deadline and the first in Northeast Oklahoma to accomplish the technological breakthrough.


We live and breathe our “Works For You” brand across all platforms to reach our audience with quality journalism that is relevant to our community.

We challenge viewers to present us with their problems, and we work to resolve them. We consider ourselves an advocate for our community and strive to deliver excellence in news and weather information no matter the platform or time of day our consumers need it.

Since 2004, 2 Works For You has given back to the Tulsa area by donating hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to local charities, libraries, and schools.

Our station realizes how vital it is to have a voice in the community that keeps us as their top choice for local news. We strive to know the current needs of the Green country residents in order to make a difference in the lives of the people that constitute it.

Countless volunteer grants, matching gifts, community fund grants, William R. Burleigh Awards and literacy grants make giving back possible. Organizations such as the Tulsa city-County Library, Humane Society of Tulsa, The Adoption Center of Northeastern Oklahoma, Inc. and the Tulsa Crime Commission have all benefited from donations made possible by our station. 


We have approximately 120 employees that work in its many departments:

  • News
  • Digital
  • Creative Services
  • Sales
  • Engineering
  • Community Affairs
  • Administration