Glenn Eugene Corbin MILBURN, OK- Lubbock radio legend Glenn E Sky Corbin passed away Friday afternoon at his home near Milburn, Oklahoma. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Milburn under the direction of Clark Funeral Home in Tishomingo. He was born April 10, 1933 in Duncan Oklahoma. He graduated from Levelland High School in 1951 and joined the Air Force in 1953, serving through 1957. Patsy Rose Brown, also of Levelland, joined him in Riverside, California in 1954 where they were married. On returning to Levelland, Sky got his first radio job, beginning a four-decade broadcast career. He and his brother Ray, a.k.a. Slim Corbin, convinced their father, H.E. Corbin, a retired farmer, to make the down payment when KLLL-AM in Lubbock came up for sale. There, the two relatively inexperienced young men developed their ideas of what a modern country radio station should be, soon becoming a force locally and were influential throughout the industry. Sky continued to manage the station for several years, with highlights including the hiring of young Waylon Jennings as their first employee when they took over in 1958. Sky remained at KLLL, both as manager and disc jockey (a rare combination these days) until selling his share to his brother, Larry Corbin, and others in 1970. He moved to Oklahoma to become a rancher, but soon began an even longer stint in radio business in the small town of Madill near Lake Texoma. He also was a singer and songwriter, including co-writing a pair of songs with Jennings that the country legend recorded on a couple of his earliest albums. Sky Corbin is survived by wife, Pat; children, Kelly Ryan and Jason, both of Tishomingo, Oklahoma; sons, Gene and Scott, who both live in Durant, Okla.; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; as well as brother, Larry and family of Lubbock; sister, Carol Nunnely of Benbroook, Texas, and family; and the sons, daughter, and widow of brother, Slim, many of whom are residents of Lubbock.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Jan. 21, 2013