Assistant Professor of Communication, Arts and Media
Mark Labash has been a fixture on the Oral Roberts University campus for more than 40 years. He has worked in all forms of media since 1970. While a student at ORU, he worked as a radio DJ, a television cameraman and assistant to the engineer of the first cable station in Pittsburgh. As a student at ORU, he worked as a DJ on KORU, a 100,000 watt FM station and was an assistant to the engineer of the LRC TV studio. He did sound and special effects for 13 plays, acted in several performances and was the teaching assistant for Dr. Paul McClendon in several of his production classes. He managed the student radio station and was the director of the Christian Service Council his senior year after serving as the director of the senior citizen ministry for four years.
Upon graduation, he toured a month with a drama team where he was tour manager, set up the sound and lighting and acted in three plays. In 1974, he was hired as a producer-director in educational media at ORU and produced audio and video production for the Dial Access System, created displays, models, slide-tapes programs, media support for faculty and multi-image production.
After working in educational media for 13 years, he was moved over to Creative Development as the Media Production manager. He managed production for the City of Faith, OREA, "The Walk through the Bible," and the Prayer Tower. He did special projects for both Oral and Richard Roberts. He has been a voiceover artist for several productions, both inside and outside the university. In 2005, he was transferred to KGEB to work as a segment producer. He produced and directed "The ORU Sports Report" for five years, worked on packages for that show, directed ORU chapels "live-to-air" for a year, and worked as a cameraman for ORU sports and "Miss Oklahoma." He taught as an adjunct professor from 1977 to 1988 and as a full-time professor from 1988 until the present time. He teaches Audio Fundamentals, Television Production, Broadcast News, Announcing, Radio Drama, KORU Workshop, and Writing for the Media. He is also the faculty advisor for KORU's two internet radio stations, one in Spanish and one in English.
Teaching and production are his first loves. Labash notes, "Teaching at ORU is a blessing because my product is a living individual and I have the opportunity to help students find God’s will for their lives and their future in the exciting world of media production."
Labash received his B.S. in Radio & Television Broadcasting from Oral Roberts University and his M.S. in Higher Education/Media from Oklahoma State University. He is also a member of Alpha Psi Omega, a national dramatic fraternity.