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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. 

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! 

 

Will you help us bring NPR News to Tulsa?

PRESENTING SPONSOR $2,500

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

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. 

Live and Local on KWTU: A Note About the Music

Apr 5, 2018

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who supported our Spring Fund Drive on KWTU last month. For me, it was more than just a wonderful opportunity to make the case for supporting Public Radio Tulsa; it was also a chance to play some of my favorite recordings for you on Classical 88.7.

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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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.

Ask Tulsa style and business icon Marilyn Ihloff what she thinks of Public Radio Tulsa, and she’ll tell you, “I love NPR and I feel KWGS is my own local public radio family.”  She’ll also tell you that being an underwriter is good business.  “Our salon and spa guests are KWGS listeners and always mention hearing our spots.

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:

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

DONATE NOW HERE 

Here's a simple, powerful way to make an even bigger impact with your monthly gift to Public Radio Tulsa:

 

Make that monthly pledge through electronic funds transfer from your bank account (EFT), rather than your credit or debit card.

When you make the switch to EFT, more of your gift will go to the programs you love because:

  • Bank account numbers don't expire.
  • Bank account numbers change far less frequently.

Here's how easy it is to do:

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. 

Thank you for taking YOUR stand with the facts. 

You make a difference. You make Public Radio Tulsa possible.

Thank you for supporting Public Radio Tulsa all year long and most recently during the Fall Fund Drive. You'll hear your contribution in the fact-based reporting, in-depth and compelling storytelling, and unforgettable music.  

Public Radio Tulsa brings you great journalism and unforgettable music, every day. 

Your support is more important than ever. And we want to hear from you! We are using listener comments on our social media and website during the Fall 2017 Fund Drive to encourage others to join you in supporting Public Radio Tulsa. 

The event series you loved last season is back! And we are kicking off the 2017/2018 season of The Give and Take with Scott Horsley, NPR White House Correspondent, in honor of our 70th Anniversary

We are officially SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone attending. We look forward to seeing you on September 30! If you would still like the opportunity to see Scott Horsley live, please join us at The Give and Take!

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Public Radio Tulsa and The University of Tulsa cordially invite you to AN EVENING WITH SCOTT HORSLEY, NPR White House Correspondent

Allen Mandlebaum loves sleek, Italian sports cars.  He ALSO loves NPR.  So when he decided he had one too many vintage Alfa Romeos in his garage, he gave us a call and donated this yummy little cherry red number to benefit Public Radio Tulsa. 

“We listen to NPR all the time.  And we want to SUPPORT NPR,” says Mandlebaum, who adds that he has been restoring Alfas for years.  But at almost 75, he says that climbing in and out of a tiny two-seater isn’t as easy as it used to be.  That led to his decision to part with what he jokingly calls his “Italian mistress.”  

Spring Fund Drive:  OUTSTANDING!

    Those of us who make our living behind a mic are rarely at a loss for words. But the response to Public Radio Tulsa’s Spring Fund drive left us speechless.

Thank you to all of you who made contributions, large and small, to support YOUR public radio station.  We surpassed our fund drive goal of $200,000 BEFORE the final day of the drive, and our total now stands at an astounding $233,801!  

WE ❤️ YOU!

Apr 10, 2017

We've said it before and we'll say it again. 
 

Because of you, we're able to continue to provide the highest quality news, information, conversation, and music. 

 We are at $225,367 and counting for the Spring 2017 Fund Drive!   

Thank you for listening, thank you for supporting, and thank you for standing with Public Radio Tulsa!

  

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