Weekly Meeting: Royal Aills, General Manager RSU Public TV

Royal Aills is one of the state’s leading broadcast executives. His experience expands across three sectors of broadcast platforms: commercial, public and Christian.

Currently Royal is the General Manager of RSU Public TV on the campus of Rogers State University in Claremore, OK. In 2007 to 2009 Royal was the Vice President and General Manger of Faith Channel, a world-wide faith-based satellite network broadcasting the love of Christ to a hurting world. The focus of FC was to entertain educate and proclaim the saving grace of Christ via television and new media by offering compelling, relevant, faith-centered programming.

Based in Tulsa and broadcasting in the United Kingdom, FC reached over 8.6 million households. The evidence to start broadcasting in the UK was overwhelming, 66% claim no connection to God; church attendance in Europe has decrease by 50% and 2500 parishioners stop attending church each week.

In 2005 Royal was General Manager of KWHB TV 47 in Tulsa. TV 47 is part of the LeSea network based in South Bend IN and founded by Dr. Lester Sumrall. Its mission is to cover the globe with the mission of reaching the untold millions with the Good News. As General Manger, Royal increased the station’s local revenue and profitability budgets by making TV 47 one of the strongest local brands in Tulsa. By the end of 2007 station revenue increased 40%.

Before leading KWHB TV 47 Royal was the Station Manager of OETA-Tulsa Channel 11. OETA is a state-wide PBS affiliated network. During his seven-year career he filled many roles, that of photojournalist, reporter, anchor and Public Affairs Director. He was the main anchor of the award-winning talk show “Tulsa Times”. A program designed to take an in-depth look into the top issues of the day that affected all Oklahomans. As an “out of the box” thinker, Royal successfully positioned the station as the #1 most-watched PBS affiliate in the country in 2005. An accomplishment never attained before or since.

Royal first came to Tulsa in 1986 when he went to work at KJRH Channel 2 as a news photojournalist and producer. From tornados to the Oklahoma City bombing he covered some of the biggest stories in state history. During his 12-year career with Channel 2 Royal became one of the most award-winning photojournalists in the country.

In 1997 Royal met his wife, Karen. In 1998 they married. Together they have three daughters. Royal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from John Brown University.

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