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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Orchestra of the 18th Century / WikiMedia Commons

Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin is one of our most popular programs on Classical 88.7-1, heard weeknights from 8-9 pm. Here's a preview of the week-long programs Bill will be bringing us.

España   (Monday-Friday, March 19-23)
Spanish music.  


A listener asked:

"For the past several days, I have had problems with receiving 88.7 on my home receiver. All other stations are received without a problem. 88.7 seems to cut out for long periods and then will resume. Other times I turn my receiver off and when I turn it on programming continues. Do you have any explanation for this? If other stations gave me the same problem, I would think it is my receiver, but that is not the case."

Oklahoma Watch: Employee Drug Testing

Mar 14, 2012

The numbers are staggering: drug abuse is estimated to cost employers $276 billion a year and three-fourths, or 76 percent, of people with a drug or alcohol problem are employed.

On occasion, Public Radio Tulsa's award-winning weekday Arts & Culture program features the wit and wisdom of these fine commentators:

This weekend on A Prairie Home Companion, a colorful mix of two shows we did from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee with Emmylou Harris and Sara Watkins as diner waitresses in an episode of The Lives of the Cowboys, Fred Newman as teenage heartthrob Justin LaFever, dueling fiddlers Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan, and the now (newly) Grammy-award winning Civil Wars sing "Barton Hallow." Plus, The Dave Rawlings Machine, and signs of spring in Lake Wobegon.

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It's nearly a year (11 March 2011) since Japan was struck by a huge earthquake and tsunami.Clouds of radioactive fallout from damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi powerstation spread across heavily-populated areas many kilometres from the plant.

Listen Saturdays and Sundays from 4-5 pm on Public Radio 89.5-1

Round eight of All Thing Considered weekend’s Three Minute Fiction begins this weekend. Author, poet, and essayist Luis Alberto Urrea will be the judge. Listeners are invited to unleash their inner author and compose an original work of fiction that can be read in three minutes or less (600 word limit). Round Eight’s judge will be Luis Alberto Urrea, celebrated writer and the author of Across the Wire, The Fever of Being, Nobody’s Son, and The Devil’s Highway.

This week on A Prairie Home Companion, a lawyer, a blonde, a nun and a trombone player walk into a bar for a special joke-a-thon compilation show. Along with the slurry of jokes, VocalEssence sings the "The Ying Tong Song" from the BBC's "Goon Show," we'll pay tribute to the Marx Brothers and Tom Keith's utterly perfect chicken sounds take center stage for "The Sound of Chickens." Plus, Andy Stein's "Knock Knock" song, a visit from Sven and Ole, and a rather unfortunate school lunch was served at Lake Wobegon Elementary School.

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Classical 88.7's exclusive weekly feature, the EURO-CLASSIC, presents a recently recorded, live performance from a European orchestra — a recording from the European Broadcasting Union — every week overnight Wednesday into Thursday.


March 1, 2012

  • Shchedrin: Concerto Parlando
  • Ilya Gringolts, violin; David Guerrier, trumpet
  • Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra/Gábor Takács-Nagy
  • Concert Date: 7/17/2010
  • Venue: Combins Hall, Verbier

March 3, 2012 

Marketplace officially launches a groundbreaking new national desk dedicated to one of the most critical socio-economic issues of our time. The Wealth & Poverty Desk's five-person editorial team, led by Senior Editor Celeste Wesson, will explore the concentration of wealth in the U.S. and its causes and consequences for the economy and society.

On Wednesday the 29th of February, the BBC World Service celebrates its 80th birthday by opening its doors. You'll be treated to an unprecedented behind the scenes access as part of a special day of live programming to mark the BBC's 80th birthday. 

Gingrich's Visit

Feb 21, 2012

Undated – Presidential hopeful to address Okla. lawmakers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich will conclude his two-day visit to Oklahoma with an address to members of the Oklahoma Legislature.

The former U.S. House Speaker is scheduled to speak at 10 a.m. Tuesday while the Oklahoma House is in session.

Gingrich delivered a speech Monday at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, during which he dangled the prospect of gasoline as low as $2 per gallon if he is elected.