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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Capitol Steps New Years Special: Politics Take A Holiday
Saturday, Dec 27 • 11 am-noon
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Join us this Friday evening for a StoryCorps listening party.

You’ll hear excerpts from recordings made these past weeks during StoryCorps’ stay at Guthrie Green. This is their last week in Tulsa. Meet the staff and help us thank them for preserving the oral histories of Oklahomans.

Public Radio Tulsa and Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett welcomed StoryCorps to Guthrie Green on Thursday morning, October 16, 2014. Attending were members of the press and the public, who had an opportunity to tour the Airstream MobileBooth recording studio which travels around the country. 

Green Thumb Special only during this first weekend of our Fund Drive!

As an incentive for early supporters, Southwood Landscape and Garden Center is donating a free flat of pansies to anyone who contributes $120 or more during the first three days of our Fall 2014 fund drive: Saturday, Sunday or Monday, October 4-6. 

StoryCorps, a national project that gives everyone the chance to record the stories of family and friends, is in Tulsa, beginning October 16.  Make history: bring a friend or loved one to the mobile recording booth at the Guthrie Green in Tulsa to record your stories. Receive a CD and give permission for your recording to be archived at the Library of Congress. Learn More about StoryCorps.

Click Here to make a recording reservation

Make history.  StoryCorps – a renowned oral history project - is collecting stories from around the country. People come in pairs to interview family members and friends. Then, the recordings made will be archived at the Library of Congress and some will be broadcast on Public Radio 89.5. Learn More about the work and mission of StoryCorps.

Public Radio Tulsa is proud to host StoryCorps, the revolutionary initiative that’s changing the way we communicate.  This national oral history project is now at Tulsa's Guthrie Green.  Make history. Bring a friend, family member, or loved one. Receive a CD of your conversation and give permission for the recording to be archived in The Library of Congress. Learn More about the work and mission of StoryCorps.

StoryCorps’ mobile recording studio will arrive at the Guthrie Green in Tulsa on October 16. Make a reservation to record family and friends. Your stories can be captured for posterity and archived at the Library of Congress. Make history. Become a part of this nation's oral history project. Learn More about StoryCorps.

Click Here to make a recording reservation

StoryCorps: "Q&A"

Sep 25, 2014

StoryCorps, the renowned oral history project, will soon be collecting stories in Tulsa at the Guthrie Green.  Their Airstream mobile recording studio will be parked across from the Zarrow building. Interview someone at StoryCorps; get a CD; and send one to the Library of Congress. Public Radio Tulsa is proud to host StoryCorps beginning October 16. Learn More about the work and mission of StoryCorps.

Click Here to make a recording reservation

Make history. Make your reservation to interview a loved one or friend at the StoryCorps mobile recording booth, parked at Guthrie Green in Tulsa from October 16 through November 15. People come in pairs to interview family members and friends.  Then, the recordings are archived at the Library of Congress and some may be broadcast over Public Radio 89.5. Learn More about StoryCorps.

Click Here to make a recording reservation

Public Radio Tulsa is bringing back StoryCorps, a revolutionary oral history project that lets everyone record their stories.  Listen to Public Radio 89.5 for recordings from the StoryCorps’ mobile booth, parked at Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa.  These will be stored at the Library of Congress for generations to come. Bring a loved one or friend to record the stories of the people most special to you. Learn More about the work and mission of StoryCorps.

StoryCorps: Me & You

Sep 25, 2014

This story has been stored at the Library of Congress for generations to come, thanks to StoryCorps, a renowned interview project that lets you record the stories of the people most special to you and have them archived as part of an oral history of America. Make history. Make your reservation to interview a loved one or friend at the StoryCorps mobile booth in Tulsa. Learn More about StoryCorps.

Click Here to make a recording reservation

StoryCorps is the oral history project that gives all of us the chance to record our stories and archive them at the Library of Congress. Listen to Public Radio 89.5 for recordings from StoryCorps, which will be collecting stories in Tulsa from October 16-November 15. Interview a friend or someone that you love about their memories and life experiences. Learn More about the work and mission of StoryCorps.

Click Here to make a recording reservation

“What was the happiest moment in your life, and why? /  How do you want to be remembered? / Has your life been different then what you might have imagined? / What are your dreams for me?”  Ask questions and share advice at this StoryCorps national tour stop in Tulsa. Learn More about the work and mission of StoryCorps.

 StoryCorps is collecting interviews with people like YOU all over the country.  Don’t miss your chance to interview someone in your life and have it preserved at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps’ mobile recording booth will park at the Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa for four weeks starting October 16. Learn More about the work and mission of StoryCorps.

Click Here to make a recording reservation

Come share stories of your most memorable work experiences at StoryCorps' mobile recording booth in Tulsa. Then listen to Public Radio 89.5 – we’ll be sharing many of the recordings StoryCorps makes downtown at the Guthrie Green. Don’t miss your chance to interview someone in your life and have it preserved at the Library of Congress. Learn More about the work and mission of StoryCorps.

What questions have you always wanted to ask?  Come record a conversation with someone you love when StoryCorps' Mobile recording booth comes to you. And to Public Radio 89.5 for local recordings of stories in Tulsa recorded at the Guthrie Green from October 16- November 15. Learn More about the work and mission of StoryCorps.

Public Radio Tulsa is bringing back StoryCorps, a revolutionary oral history project that lets everyone record their stories.  Listen to Public Radio 89.5 for recordings from the StoryCorps’ mobile booth, parked at Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa.  These will be stored at the Library of Congress for generations to come. Make a reservation by clicking below. Bring a loved one or friend to record the stories of the people most special to you. Learn More about the work and mission of StoryCorps.

Make history. Make your reservation to interview a loved one or friend at the StoryCorps mobile recording booth, parked at Guthrie Green in Tulsa from October 16 through November 15. People come in pairs to interview family members and friends. Then, the recordings are archived at the Library of Congress and some may be broadcast over Public Radio 89.5. Learn More about StoryCorps.

Click Here to make a recording reservation

What was the happiest moment in your life, and why? How do you want to be remembered? Tell your story to StoryCorps, the renowned oral history project, which is collecting stories in Tulsa at the Guthrie Green, parked across from the Zarrow building.  Interview someone at StoryCorps; get a CD; and send one to the Library of Congress. Learn More about the work and mission of StoryCorps.

Interview a friend or loved one at StoryCorps; get a CD; and send one to the Library of Congress. StoryCorps, the revolutionary oral history initiative, is collecting stories of everyday people from around the country and will soon be in Tulsa for four weeks only at the Guthrie Green. Learn More about the work and mission of StoryCorps.

StoryCorps travels around the country collecting stories of everyday people and YOU can participate.  Make your reservation here and invite a friend or loved one to interview you or be interviewed. With your permission, your recording can then be heard over Public Radio 89.5 and be archived in the national oral history collection at the Library of Congress. Learn More about  StoryCorps

Click Here to make a recording reservation

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This year’s Summer Policy Institute was held August 3-6, 2014 at The University of Tulsa. The event brings together more than 50 highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students for a four-day learning experience. The Institute is hosted by the staff of OK Policy, a Tulsa-based think-tank guided by core commitments to the fair and adequate funding of public services and the expansion of economic prosperity for all Oklahomans.

Panel Discussion: Oklahoma’s Fiscal Challenges

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The Right to Vote
Thursday, July 3 at noon • Public Radio 89.5
Our documentary of the week looks at historical battles over who can and cannot vote, and on the new battles over voter ID.

Marketplace Interviews President Barack Obama
Thursday, July 3 at 7:30 pm • Public Radio 89.5
The full Oval Office interview of Kai Ryssdal's interview with the President about how the economic recovery looks from the perspectives of Main Street, Wall Street and small business owners.

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Sometimes we simply hear a certain tune and know who recorded it. This weekend on Big Band Saturday Night, join us for the THEME SONGS of many of the top big bands of the swing era. Join us at 8 o'clock on 89.5! 

Big Band Saturday Night with Alan Lambert...now celebrating more than 19 years on Tulsa radio!

Wilson was telling everyone in the neighborhood about the noises. Some had heard them. Some hadn't. And she met people on her quest to figure out what they were...

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This lady has worked diligently to carve out her own stardom in music. Our feature performer this weekend is Natalie Cole. Her story, her personal recordings and some classic duets with her father, Nat King Cole. All of this and more on Big Band Saturday Night on 89.5. Please join us!

This is Radio

Apr 15, 2014

People ask us about what is the appeal of working in Pubic Radio. The long hours? The low pay? The lack of recognition? These short video snapshots contain the answers as to why we got into this business in the first place.

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