Public Radio Tulsa

Mark your calendar for Wednesday evening, September 12th at 7:00 p.m., when Public Radio Tulsa welcomes Edith Chapin, the Executive Editor of NPR News, to Tulsa!

Will you help us bring NPR News to Tulsa?

PRESENTING SPONSOR $2,500

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.”

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." 

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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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

Nothing comes close to public radio.

Public Radio Tulsa and NPR are like nothing else.  When you listen, you hear balanced, fact-based journalism.  You hear programs that nourish your mind.  You experience “driveway moments,” those bits of bliss when you just can’t miss one second of that great story.

Independent journalism and intelligent entertainment this good are worthy of our support.

Supporting Public Radio Has Never Been This Great! 

Wine Spectator magazine in your mailbox each month for donations beginning at $60!

Our newest mug: it’s beautiful, it’s bold, and it celebrates NPR’s award-winning All Things Considered!

All this, plus TWO Early-Bird Specials (EXPIRED!).        

YES! I would like to make my Spring 2018 Pledge to Public Radio Tulsa

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The Boston Globe

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we are pleased to present another installment of Museum Confidential: The Podcast. This podcast -- the 11th in the series, and which is just being posted today -- is called "The Right to Fail: Getting to Know The Museum of Bad Art." It features an interesting conversation with Louise Sacco, the so-called Permanent Acting Interim Executive Director of MOBA (a/k/a The Museum of Bad Art).

Andrew Knoll and his wife, Katie, had always wanted to support Public Radio Tulsa in a bigger way.  So when they were deciding what to do with their 2006 Range Rover, the answer was simple: donate it to public radio! 

“I had that car for ten years, and it was a great car,” says Andrew.  "When we were buying our new car, we were talking about what to do with the old one…and Katie suggested donating it to Public Radio Tulsa.  I said, “That’s a great idea – let’s do it!”

Alexey Ruban, Unsplash

Public Radio Tulsa has two pieces of equipment – Studio-to-Transmitter Links (STLs) and Processors – that are each 14-years old (that’s about 100 in radio-equipment years).  In fact, we’re operating right now on the back-ups for our back-up STLs.  That’s why last December’s year-end fund drive to replace this equipment was so crucial.  And thanks to listeners like you contributing in record numbers, it was successful!

Vehicle Donation

Feb 1, 2018

Is it time to break up with your car?  Saying “goodbye” is hard to do, but you can make it easier by turning your beloved car into your favorite programs here on Public Radio Tulsa!  It’s an easy way to support public radio, and we can even tow your car for free.  

Car Talk Vehicle Donation Services will be with you every step of the way! Give them a call at 1-855-277-2346 and tell them you want to donate your vehicle to Public Radio Tulsa today.

Pandemic
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. | Friday, January 19, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
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1968: How We Got Here

Jan 17, 2018

This year-long project looks back at 1968, a remarkable year that saw such upheaval and progress on civil rights, politics, and technology.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated, and President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. 1968 also saw the first manned Apollo space mission and the debut of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Stories will air across NPR's newsmagazines through 2018 on topics that help explain how we got where we are today, 50 years later.

My friends will tell you: I’m not a cockeyed optimist.  I’m the gal in the back of the room rolling her eyes and looking for the hors d’oeuvres table. 

But get me talking about Public Radio Tulsa, and I’m all unicorns and glitter.  And thanks to you, I believe 2018 will be our best year yet.

Just look at all LAST year brought us:

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Did you know that one of the most popular Christmas songs was co-written by a Tulsa Central graduate? Which holiday classic’s meaning is completely misinterpreted? And what yuletide standard’s lyrics were written twenty years before the melody?

These stories and more on this locally-produced special, hosted by Public Radio Tulsa’s Steve Clem.  This holiday special originally aired Friday, December 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

Listen to a thank you message from Lulu Garcia-Navarro, host of  Weekend Edition Sunday.

DONATE NOW HERE 

The tradition continues with holiday specials on Public Radio Tulsa! Kick your new year off listening to these specials. 

YOUR HOLIDAY GUIDES
2017 Specials on KWGS Public Radio 89.5
2017 Specials on KWTU Classical 88.7
2018 New Year Specials

The tradition continues with holiday specials on Public Radio Tulsa! Spend your holidays listening to breathtaking music! 
 

YOUR HOLIDAY GUIDES
2017 Specials on KWGS Public Radio 89.5
2017 Specials on KWTU Classical 88.7
2018 New Year Specials

The tradition continues with holiday specials on Public Radio Tulsa! Spend your holidays listening to some of your annual favorites and a few new ones! 

YOUR HOLIDAY GUIDES
2017 Specials on KWGS Public Radio 89.5
2017 Specials on KWTU Classical 88.7
2018 New Year Specials 

Public Radio Tulsa

Sexual violence against women is not new. But the conversation about it is starting to change.  And the #MeToo movement has reflected thousands, or millions, more stories of personal pain and humiliation.

We took the conversation local. Listen to the full recording HERE.

Sexual violence against women is not new. But the conversation about it is starting to change.  And the #MeToo movement has reflected thousands, or millions, more stories of personal pain and humiliation. We’re taking the conversation local.

Spend your Thanksgiving with Public Radio Tulsa! Tune in Thursday, November 23, 2017 to hear turkey tips, the science behind gratitude, a look at laugher, and beautiful music. 

The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | KWGS Public Radio 89.5
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Today, public broadcasting in America turns 50, and Public Radio Tulsa joins America in saluting this national treasure. In signing the Public Broadcasting Act in 1967, President Johnson expressed the hope that one day, public television and radio stations would satisfy “America’s appetite for excellence” and “enrich man’s spirit.” 

The Public Broadcasting Act created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which serves as the linchpin of a unique public-private partnership that today sustains nearly 1,500 local public television and radio stations across the country. 

Today marks 70 years of Public Radio Tulsa! 

On October 19, 1947 KWGS hit the airwaves as one of the first FM stations in Oklahoma. We since have evolved into the stations you love today: KWGS Public Radio 89.5 and KWTU Classical 88.7. You can tune in 24/7 - 365 days a year to hear great journalism and unforgettable music.
 
We recently celebrated with two special events on September 30, 2017. Scott Horsley, NPR’s White House Correspondent, was our honorary guest. 

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