Meghann Ray

Development Associate

She’s back! In the second grade, Meghann was put in charge of watching her Papa Reuben at the front doors of Kendall Hall. She was to make sure he stayed put while her nana and mother parked the car. Needless to say, the two of them wandered off and got lost. They were found at the round red bench outside the Public Radio Tulsa office and studio. It is only fitting that more than twenty-one years later, Meghann joins the staff as the Development Associate.

A University of Tulsa alumna, Meghann has spent the past decade in the non-profit social services sector working in communications, fundraising and special events. She is an avid and passionate community advocate and says her life’s mission is to make a difference locally and beyond. Meghann believes Public Radio Tulsa is an integral part of our community.  

This Old House (Museum)

Sep 14, 2018

This episode offers a chat with Alexis Light, the Senior Manager of Media Relations and Marketing at The Frick Collection. She is that NYC museum's thought leader when it comes to public relations, marketing, and social media content. Also in this pod, we begin an occasional feature called "At a Museum in America." Our far-flung, gallery-going correspondent for this new feature is one Preston Poe, an independent curator, artist, and songwriter who also hosts "The Preston Poe Show" (which you can access at prestonpoe.com).

Pretty quiet year so far, am I right?

Just kidding.  It’s been nuts.

Hearings…fires…elections…tweets.  Complex issues have come fast and furious in 2018, with possibly the biggest stories yet to come.  And no one – NO ONE – plays a greater role in Public Radio Tulsa’s ability to provide in-depth, rigorous news coverage than YOU, through your contributions. 

APM Reports’ award-winning documentary team created a four-part education series. The hour-long episodes, hosted by Stephen Smith, cover topics ranging from elementary to college students. Catch the next episode "Hard Words: Why American Kids Aren’t Being Taught to Read" on KWGS Public Radio 89.5 next Thursday, Sept. 14 at noon or Friday, Sept. 15 at 8:00 p.m.

Missed an episode? Listen here! 

Saying Thanks with a Pint and a Party!

Lush pansies from Southwood.  Twenty years of Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!  And a pint glass that comes with its own party!

This fall, check out these great gifts and let us say “thanks!” for supporting public radio in northeast Oklahoma!  Make your gift here! 

 

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Opening statements are underway in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Watch the hearing live.

The Bob Dylan Un-Museum

Aug 31, 2018

In our Season Two opener, we chat with the Bob Dylan Archive curator, Michael Chaiken, about how they’re trying NOT to make a museum with the forthcoming Bob Dylan Center.  We also talk about Chaiken's path to landing the curator position, about music and movies and more, and also, of course, about Mr. Zimmerman himself.

Hosted by Jeff Martin with Philbrook Museum of Art and produced by Scott Gregory with Public Radio Tulsa.  

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As the summer draws to a close, things are heating up on Classical Tulsa: We open August with a pair of vacation-themed shows, featuring classical music about travel (Aug. 3) and exotic destinations (Aug. 10). Then we launch into the 2018-19 concert season with three weeks of highlights from your favorite local music organizations, focusing on the Tulsa Opera and Tulsa Ballet(Aug. 17), Chamber Music Tulsa and Tulsa Camerata (Aug. 24) and the Tulsa Symphony and Signature Symphony (Aug.

Recently at our Member Thank You Party at Southwood Landscape and Garden Center, we renewed our acquaintance with some of the earliest employees of KWGS. Sisters Doreen Wood(right) and Joyce Jackson(left) both worked at the station in its very first years when KWGS was a student laboratory, training a new generation of workers for the country’s primary electronic mass communication medium, radio. 

Lonnie Sullivan listened to Public Radio Tulsa for years.  But he never contributed…until now.

“I listen every night before I go to bed,” says Lonnie.  “I really appreciate the BBC; they look at our political situation from a totally different perspective.”

APM Reports.

Order 9066Japanese American Incarceration in WWII

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, just months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Some 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forced from their homes on the West Coast and sent to one of ten "relocation" camps, where they were imprisoned behind barbed wire for the length of the war. Two-thirds of them were American citizens.

Wind & Rhythm

With great sadness, Public Radio Tulsa remembers our program host Doug Brown, of "Wind & Rhythm", heard Sunday evenings at 7pm on KWTU. Doug passed away, much too soon, on June 7, at the age of 70. 

You Made It Happen!

Jul 5, 2018

The books have JUST slammed shut on our fiscal year, and we’re grateful to report that – in spite of increased engineering expenses in June – we are in sound financial shape. 

Why?

Because of all of you who contributed to Public Radio Tulsa last month.  Your gifts, large and small, first-time and “a little something extra,” added up to over $15,500 donated in June: a 35% increase over June 2017.

It was GREAT to see over 250 of you at our Second Annual Public Radio Tulsa Member Thank You Party at Southwood Landscape and Garden Center!  What a perfect evening to mix, mingle, and meet so many listeners whose memberships make Public Radio Tulsa possible!

We enjoyed remarkably cool breezes in Southwood’s lush setting, our Thank You Party hosts for the second year.  Southwood feted our members with frosty beverages, snappy music by David Horne and Unfinished Business, and a super BOGO hanging basket sale, just for us. 

David Sedaris Photo Credit: Adam DeTour

June 30 matters.  Why?  Because here at Public Radio Tulsa, it’s the end of our budget year. We’re committed to a balanced budget as well as balanced reporting.  You can help us achieve this goal with YOUR donation HERE. Your donation will help us finish the fiscal year strong. 

And as a thank you, your donation in the month of June automatically will enter you into a drawing for two tickets to see David Sedaris live at the Tulsa PAC November 13th, PLUS a signed copy of his book, “Theft by Finding." 

Doug Brown, 1948-2018

Jun 9, 2018
Wind & Rhythm

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Doug Brown, Wind and Rhythm's founder and host. Doug was one of the greats and he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.  
 

We are officially "sold out" of tickets. We do wish each and everyone of you could come! Stay tuned in case some registration spots become available. 

A couple of other party notes: if you are registered to attend, please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel your reservation so others can come in your place. And parking is limited so please consider carpooling. We look forward to seeing you there! 

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Join Public Radio Tulsa for a Give and Take with our StateImpact Oklahoma reporters, Tuesday evening, May 15th at 6:00 p.m. at Heirloom Rustic Ales, 2113 East Admiral Boulevard. Come early, get a cold brew, and visit the food truck for a toasty panini…then settle in for a relaxed conversation with our StateImpact reporters.

This month, Chamber Music Tulsa brings the exciting Catalyst Quartet to Tulsa to introduce chamber music to all of the fourth graders in the Tulsa Public Schools system. But you don't have to be in grade school to hear a special live performance by the quartet in our studios on the May 11 episode of KWTU’s Classical Tulsa!

The Museum Confidential exhibition at Philbrook Museum of Art, which closes May 6th, has done some remarkable things. It has allowed visitors to view an unprecedented number of never-before-seen works. It has given guests an opportunity to play curator, choosing art pieces they’d like to see displayed in the gallery.

Museum Mail Bag

Apr 27, 2018

In this Season One finale, we try our hand at a podcast classic: the tried-and-true "mail bag" episode. We invited social media followers to "ask us anything" about Philbrook and/or museums in general. We then gathered a panel of experts to provide answers, or at least attempt such. Results vary. Comedy ensues. Interesting stuff as well.... See you this fall for Season Two!

 

 

The Rothko Chapel, established in 1971 in Houston, is both a sacred space and a modern art mainstay. Dedicated to non-denominational prayer and private contemplation -- and also to international peace and fellowship -- the building routinely hosts lectures, concerts, interfaith gatherings, and similar events. And at its heart, of course, are fourteen very dark, luminous, large-scale paintings by the late Mark Rothko. We speak with David Leslie, the executive director of the Rothko Chapel.

Stonehorse Cafe Tea!

Apr 12, 2018

For the last day of the Spring Fund Drive, we have a special surprise from Stonehorse Cafe

Stonehorse Cafe in Tulsa's Utica Square will mail a voucher for Afternoon Tea for two people at Stonehorse Cafe to everyone who makes a one-time donation of $300 or more, or a monthly donation of $25 per month or more, on FRIDAY, April 13th ONLY.  

Today ONLY during our Spring Fund Drive on Public Radio Tulsa, make a donation of any amount online, by mail, or by phone at (918) 631-3689 to be entered into our special drawing! DONATE NOW

Contest Rules

Apr 6, 2018

Public Radio Tulsa will offer online, live on-air and other various contests throughout the year. The duration and timing of the contest giveaway will be identified by the on-air host at the time of the contest or will be otherwise disclosed. The dates, times, entry methods, winner selection and prizes may vary with each contest.

Prizes are awarded, unless otherwise announced, by a random drawing of all eligible entries.

Participants consent to the use of their names on the air and/or online if they win.

One in seven adults has a mental illness, and one in 20 has a serious mental illness. Nearly 90,000 Tulsa County adults need treatment for severe mental illness but there isn't enough funding. Untreated mental illness is extremely costly to the state of Oklahoma. The compounding factors are complex and the solutions often seem bleak, so where do we go from here?

Fearless reporting.  Powerful storytelling.  All made possible by you.

Whether the story is about Oklahoma teachers demanding increased school funding, or an order to deploy troops to the US-Mexico border…Public Radio Tulsa and NPR are there.  We bring you news that matters, every day.  And now, it’s your turn. 

Public Radio Tulsa is being honored again this year by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters. Later this month, the OAB will present KWGS with two of its “Outstanding Achievement in Broadcasting Awards”.

Let’s be honest, conceptual art is polarizing. Sometimes intentionally so. We explore this and more in a wide-ranging and fascinating chat with self-proclaimed Experimental Philosopher, Jonathon Keats. From his early childhood days selling rocks for a penny to large-scale thought experiments commissioned by prestigious institutions, his career is nothing if not unique. As described in the pages of WIRED magazine by science fiction author Bruce Sterling, “the guy is tireless.” 

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