My top 10: Gentry Johnson
“McGraw TV Homescapes” host and Hahn Appliance Warehouse spokesperson
Gentry Johnson is one of Tulsa television’s most familiar faces, but before she became the on-air talent for Hahn Appliance Warehouse and host of “McGraw TV Homescapes,” she says that she never dreamed she would be a good candidate for work in front of the camera.
“It’s funny because I never really thought about doing television work until I received the call about auditioning for the host position for the McGraw TV show,” she says. “I had taken one broadcast journalism class in college, and I hated it.”
Johnson was teaching an acting class at Theatre Arts in Broken Arrow in 2008 when Jason Burks, owner of Retrospec Films, called Theatre Arts looking for someone to host the McGraw TV show.
“I had never been in front of the camera before my audition, much less read off of a teleprompter,” Johnson says.
Despite her lack of experience, Johnson credits prior musical theater performances and competing in the Miss Oklahoma Organization pageants with providing the skills necessary to shine on camera.
“I believe I am in the position I am today because of two things: my experience competing on stage and developing presentation skills and the fact that Jason Burks was willing to take a chance on a girl he saw potential in,” Johnson says.
Thanks to Burks’ faith in Johnson, she has been working as a TV personality for the past four years and is currently helping expand both the McGraw TV show and Hahn Appliance Warehouse into the Oklahoma City market.
Fun nail polish colors: I love wearing coral on my nails and matching the shade on my lips. I feel just like Joan from “Mad Men.”
Decorative knobs: My house is filled with furniture I have refurbished. The knobs are my favorite final touch.
James Avery “Sisterhood Ring”: It’s a perfect gift for all of the remarkable women in your life and basically the adult equivalent of those broken-heart, best-friend necklaces you used to sport in junior high.
My new kitchen: Come on — you can’t be the Hahn Appliance girl without having fantastic appliances. Thanks, Lee and Mike!
My animals: Paisley (a cat), Hula (a Yorkshire terrier) and Stella (a poodle) were all gifts from very important people in my life. I cherish the gifts and love the givers.
Female artists from across the pond: Rumer, Adele, La Roux, Florence + The Machine, Ellie Goulding … I love them all.
Fresh vegetables: My dad has an incredible summer garden. He loves growing produce and giving it away … and, yes, you guessed right — I always get the first pick.
Oklahoma City Thunder basketball: You’re my boy, KD!
“The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet” by Alicia Silverstone: It’s my “go-to” for great summer salads.
Biolage Conditioning Balm: If you want long, healthy hair, you have to treat it well! This stuff keeps my locks shiny and strong.