KENT F. FRATES, an Oklahoma City attorney and writer, is the author of a novel, Don’t Never Shoot Short; a screenplay, Cockfight; and a book of poetry, The Captain and his Crew. His most recent book is Oklahoma Courthouse Legends, with photographs by David G. Fitzgerald. His historical articles for Oklahoma Today magazine have won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the International Regional Magazine Association. Frates was the editor and publisher of Sports Source magazine, a statewide publication covering individual sports. An avid hiker and mountaineer, he has hiked and climbed throughout the American West.
LARRY C. FLOYD, an Oklahoma City resident who grew up in Lawton, developed a love of hiking in the Wichita Mountains as a Boy Scout. A member of the national Highpointers Club, Floyd has stood on the summits of 44 American states and plans to scale all of the lower 48 states. He has worked in Oklahoma City as a business and sports journalist/editor for more than 20 years. Floyd is a writer and editor, and teaches U.S. history for Oklahoma State University at the Oklahoma City campus. He is co-author of A Series of Their Own and ghostwriter of Grand Slam. He has published photographs and feature articles in various state and local publications.
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Since publication of Oklahoma Hiking Trails in fall 2010, the authors have been interviewed for several television broadcasts in Oklahoma.
KFOR-TV “Is This a Great State, or What?”
Galen Culver accompanied the authors on a brief hike for his KFOR-TV program Is This a Great State, or What?, with the broadcast airing in October 2010.
KSBI-52 “Oklahoma Live!”
In August 2011, the Frates and Floyd were interviewed by KSBI-52 television host Lyn Hester for her mid-day "Oklahoma Live!" talk show.
Cox Communications Channel 3 “The Verdict”
In September 2011, the authors were featured guests on Cox Communications Channel 3’s weekly program The Verdict, with hosts Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Oklahoma City attorney Kent Myers. (Oklahoma Hiking Trails authors pictured above with “The Verdict” hosts.)