Frank Christel

Director of Broadcast Services, Retired

Frank Christel has been a part of Public Radio Tulsa for more than 34 years, first as Chief Engineer, then General Manager, and The University of Tulsa's Director of Broadcast Services. In 2004, he was instrumental in signing Classical 88.7 KWTU on-the-air. Before that, he worked at KBJH, KCFO, KAKC, and KBEZ in Tulsa and also served in the Navy during the Vietnam era. 

He was introduced to the magic of radio by his 9th grade math teacher who in class would play tape recordings of Stan Freberg's radio shows. His love of electronics grew by building hi-fi and shortwave radio electronic kits.

He's quite proud of his two daughters, their husbands, four grandchildren, and is blessed by his lovely bride of more than 45 years.

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More Hot Air, Please

Nov 18, 2016

What were YOU were doing Saturday, November 12th?  You might have been staring at your radio, trying to figure out why you were hearing dead air instead of "Car Talk."  If you were Public Radio Tulsa Chief Engineer Brad Newman, you were watching your nephew play football, until your phone rang:  Public Radio Tulsa was off the air!  Brad high-tailed it to our transmitter site, discovered equipment failure, and several exhausting hours later, had us back on the air.  So, what broke and kept you from hearing "Wait...Wait...Don't Tell Me?"



The beloved historian of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota says farewell this weekend after 42 years on public radio. Garrison Keillor, host of a Prairie Home Companion, shares the final news from his imaginary home town this Saturday, July 2 at 7:00 pm, with an encore at 1:00 pm on Sunday the 3rd.

CBS Sunday Morning recently broadcast an excellent Jane Pauley interview with Garrison about his career.

You Did It!

Apr 22, 2016

Thanks to donations from over 1600 listeners, we have exceeded our Spring Fund Drive goal of $200,000! We're so grateful to all who called, wrote, and went online to give to Public Radio Tulsa, and to the team of volunteers who helped make the fund drive happen. The notes of support and delightful conversations with donors remind us that we are part of a rich and wonderful community. Thank you for helping to ensure that Public Radio Tulsa remains a vibrant voice in northeast Oklahoma. (Haven't made your gift yet?

Are you looking for a new summer frock, one which looks uber-cool AND will do good? Make a donation of $180 or more (or $15 a month for 12 months) and this incredibly exclusive Public Radio Nerd T-Shirt will be yours! Simply click the red "Donate" button at the top right of this page.

We're just $12,000 away from our Spring Fund Drive goal of $200,000. YOUR gift today helps pay for the programs you love every day on Public Radio Tulsa. AND it'll help you look cool kids John Schumann and Scott Gregory.

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Your kind financial gift underwrites 120 hours a week of NPR news and information, continuous classical music, straight-ahead jazz, American songbook standards, and BBC world news. Five unique public radio channels for Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma, unencumbered by commercials. Thank you for supporting National Public Radio over the KWTU 88.7 and KWGS 89.5 airwaves.


Look at these two handsome gents, sporting their Public Radio Nerd t-shirt and hoodie!  Join OU-Tulsa President John Schumann and Public Radio Tulsa Producer Scott Gregory...shout to the world that you're a Public Radio Nerd and you're proud!  Make your pledge of $180 or more for the t-shirt or $300 or more for the hoodie THIS WEEK during our Spring Fund Drive, and support one of Tulsa's finest resources:  Public Radio Tulsa.


NPR news and information; continuous classical music; straight-ahead jazz; American songbook standards; BBC world news. Five unique 24/7 radio channels for Tulsa, unencumbered by commercials, made possible by your kind and generous financial gifts. You and our community benefit from the perspectives and timeless music heard over public radio, originating from The University of Tulsa. Today, become a member of Public Radio Tulsa by giving a gift of any amount. Keep those Driveway Moments coming.


Ever found yourself in a parking lot, unwilling to turn off the radio because you need to hear the end of a story? Here are those radio stories that won't let you go: NPR Favorite Driveway Moments. The NPR shop sells this two-CD set for $22.95. For new donors only, it's free for your contribution of $120 ($10/month) to Public Radio Tulsa. Hurry - this offer expires tonight at midnight, Tuesday April 5!


Here's what you'll hear:


There's now just hours left to chose six mix-and-match Culinary Herbs.

After making a qualifying Public Radio Tulsa financial gift, we’ll mail a voucher to take to Southwood Landscape and Garden Center at 91st S. Lewis Ave. to redeem for your herbs: your choice of six, from more than a dozen varieties.

HURRY! Your gift of financial support must be received by midnight, Monday, April 4th! Gift amount: $120 ($10 per month).


Chose six mix-and-match Culinary Herbs from Southwood Landscape and Garden Center. HURRY! Your gift of financial support must be received by midnight, Monday, April 4th! Gift amount: $120 ($10 per month).

Once you’ve made your qualifying contribution, we’ll mail you a voucher you can take to Southwood Landscape and Garden Center at 91st S. Lewis Ave. and redeem for your herbs: your choice of six, from more than a dozen varieties.

Driveway Moments

Mar 16, 2016
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Public Radio Tulsa makes a difference in your life with stories so compelling, we're transfixed - moments that enrich our lives and bind us together as listeners and a community. Radio that every day delivers ideas worth talking about with others – or takes you away from the stresses of the day with the beauty of music.

Public Radio Tulsa

The University of Tulsa School of Music continued its Concerts with Commentary series with "The Sacred Harp”, featuring performances by TU music students led by Professor Dana Maher and introduced by Dr. John Powell. This program was featured in the Lorton Performance Center’s Gussman Concert Hall on Thursday, February 11, 2016 on The University of Tulsa campus.

The 2016 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Conference opens Thursday morning in downtown Tulsa. Music teachers and students from across the state will gather at the Tulsa Assembly Center for workshops and band, choral, and orchestral performances. You're invited to public performances of these all-state ensembles on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Most concerts are free and open to the public.

Click Here for the latest information from the OkMEA website.

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New Year’s Day from Vienna 2016

Friday, January 1 • 10 am-noon
Classical 88.7-1 [music]

The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. It's presented by NPR Music and hosted by WBUR's Lisa Mullins.

Best of the 2015 Third Coast Audio Festival - 2
Friday, January 1 • 8-9 pm
Public Radio 89.5-1 [spoken]


Listen online with the "Listen Live" grey bar near the top of this page or by using NPR's iPhone, iPad, or Android app.

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Ira Glass of This American Life recently made an appearance on Stephen Colbert's new TV show - which you never saw!

Colbert said some funny things about pledge drives.  He LOVES the pledge drive.

Does this seem strange to you? Watch what he said:


Early Birds Get FREE Flowers!

Our friends at Southwood Landscape and Garden Center have partnered with Public Radio Tulsa to reward early birds with something more beautiful than worms - a free flat of Southwood-grown pansies!

There are four six-packs of flowers per flat, grown locally so the plants are acclimated to our Green Country growing conditions. 

Doctors are obsessed with time. It comes down to simple math. If I have four hours to see a dozen patients, there simply isn't much time to stray from the main agenda: What ails you?

Oklahomans who purchase health insurance policies next year from the leading insurer in the Affordable Care Act marketplace could face unsubsidized rate increases averaging 31 percent, Oklahoma Watch data research shows.

President Obama plans to visit Oklahoma to discuss expanding economic opportunities in Indian Country, and make the first visit to a federal prison by a sitting chief executive. White House spokesman Keith Maley said in an email the president will arrive in Oklahoma Wednesday, July 15 and travel to Durant, where he'll visit the Choctaw Nation.


Bing Crosby, current jazz singers Tony Bennett and Jane Monheit, some select times from Irving Berlin, Benny Goodman, Bunny Berigan and Glenn Miller...All these great acts, on Big Band Saturday Night this weekend! Join us for the great sounds at 8 o'clock on 89.5! You will be entertained!

Celebrating their 30th anniversary season this past June, the OK Mozart International Festival presented a semi-staged concert performance of Mozart’s final masterpiece opera, The Magic Flute, a work in which the composer most successfully translated his ideals into music of extraordinary clarity and beauty. Sung in English the performance featured soloists drawn from across Oklahoma and the US, the Amici NY Orchestra, and the Bartlesville Choral Society conducted by the Festival’s artistic director Constantine Kitsopoulos.


He was the King of Swing from the 20's to the 80's! This weekend some rare and some very familiar recordings from Benny Goodman! We'll also give you tunes from the girl singers that graced the Goodman stage including the saucy Peggy Lee and the enchanting Martha Tilton. 

Join us at 8 o'clock on 89.5 and we will continue to "swing into spring" on Big Band Saturday Night. This is Alan Lambert, happy to be celebrating 20 years with BBSN on Tulsa radio!


What are your favorite programs? Which ones should we take off the air? Tell us what you think!



One of the living legends of jazz, blues and swing...Billie Holiday! We join the world in celebrating what would have been Lady Day's 100th Birthday. Her music and her career highlights on Big Band Saturday Night this weekend at 8 o'clock on 89.5. Join us!

Melissa Kuypers / NPR


These listeners haven't been too shy to tell us what they think about the five HD Radio channels of Public Radio Tulsa. Share your thoughts, good and bad, in these ways:

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Southwood Landscape and Garden Center is partnering with Public Radio Tulsa to reward you early birds with something more beautiful than worms - a free flat of Southwood-grown annuals!

Continuing its mission to offer a high quality music and cultural Festival for Oklahoma audiences, OK Mozart celebrated its 30th anniversary season this past June. Among its offerings, OK Mozart presented a chamber music series featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker, one of America's highest-profile ensembles, the dynamic Miró Quartet and woodwind players from the Amici New York orchestra. 


It was the first year of the "swing era'...1935! Jazz was evolving and the Great American Songbook was becoming more defined.

Join me at 8 o'clock on 89.5 with Big Band Saturday Night.

Alan Lambert, bringing you Big Band Saturday Night on Tulsa radio since 1995!