Okie Funk has been in existence since 2004 and is considered one of the oldest and most reliable political blogs in Oklahoma. Created by Kurt Hochenauer, the blog has received millions of hits throughout the years on its more than 1,500 posts. It has been linked to, mentioned by or republished on numerous national and local publications and sites since it was founded. It has won awards dating back to 2006 and has been ranked twice in The Washington Post's The Fix column as one of the best state political blogs in the country. Hochenauer has also written political commentary that has appeared in local and national publications. He has appeared on radio and television as a political commentator. Prior to earning his Ph.D. in 1991 and becoming an English professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, Hochenauer worked as a journalist at The Kansas City Times and Star, The Oklahoman and The Tulsa Tribune.