Meghann Ray

Development Associate

She’s back! In the second grade, Meghann was put in charge of watching her Papa Reuben at the front doors of Kendall Hall. She was to make sure he stayed put while her nana and mother parked the car. Needless to say, the two of them wandered off and got lost. They were found at the round red bench outside the Public Radio Tulsa office and studio. It is only fitting that more than twenty-one years later, Meghann joins the staff as the Development Associate.

A University of Tulsa alumna, Meghann has spent the past decade in the non-profit social services sector working in communications, fundraising and special events. She is an avid and passionate community advocate and says her life’s mission is to make a difference locally and beyond. Meghann believes Public Radio Tulsa is an integral part of our community.  

In a special episode we air an important conversation hosted by museum engagement company, Cuseum. More than 3,000 museum professionals around the globe tuned in to “How to Keep Your Audience Engaged, Entertained, and Inspired in the Age of Coronavirus.” Featuring Philbrook Director Scott Stulen and Seema Rao, Deputy Director and Chief Experience Officer at Akron Art Museum. Moderated by Cuseum’s Brendan Ciecko.

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The COVID-19 social distancing and symptom guidelines are provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. For information and updates visit CORONAVIRUS.HEALTH.OK.GOV. You can call the call center at 877-215-8396 or 2-1-1. Visit HERE for the symptom checker. 

The Scientific Method

Mar 13, 2020

Art museums actually account for less than 5% of all American museums. More than half of our museums fall into the history category. And while science and technology museums barely make up 1% of the overall industry, they host millions of annual visitors. On this episode of MC, we travel to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas to look at the why and how of these museums.

The Search for Civil Conversation
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library 

Public Radio Tulsa’s Spring 2020 Fund Drive is on hold due to Coronavirus Pandemic, but your support is more important than ever. With so many crucial stories to cover, the time is NOW to take your stand with public radio!  Contribute NOW to keep in-depth reporting and unforgettable music coming your way!

And check out this spring’s thank-you gifts!  In celebration of YOU, we’ve given a few old favorites a brand-new look:

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His voice has been described as being “like warm butter melting over BBQ’d sweet corn.” And you can hear him here in Tulsa next month!

NPR National Desk Correspondent Wade Goodwyn joins us at the Lorton Performance Center on the TU campus Saturday afternoon, April 18th for a very special Give & Take.  Mark your calendar now; tickets for this opportunity to hear NPR’s Dallas-based Goodwyn will be available soon!

Metropolitan Stories

Feb 28, 2020
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This year marks the 150th anniversary of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Christine Coulson worked at The Met for a quarter of a century in a variety of roles. She left a couple of years ago to write full time, and the result is her acclaimed debut novel, “Metropolitan Stories.” On this episode of MC, we chat with Coulson about the real stories behind her fictional world. 

Year of the Woman

Feb 15, 2020

    The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving American women the right to vote. Last fall, the Baltimore Museum of Art announced a bold initiative, which was inspired by the fact that only 4% of the museum's 95,000 artworks have been created by women. Throughout this year, every artwork the museum purchases will have been created by a woman artist. On this episode, we travel to Baltimore for a chat with BMA Director, Christopher Bedford.

NPR

By now, you’ve probably heard the interview NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly conducted with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and her account of the meeting that took place immediately after.  You may have heard the reactions from President Trump and 

Sense and Readability

Feb 6, 2020

Jane Austen to the Rescue!
by Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library

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There’s a bit of a trend happening in the museum world. Museums are unionizing. And while this trend is somewhat isolated to New York and California, it’s a development that can’t be ignored. One of the museums to recently organize is the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan. On this episode we chat with Andres Puerta, Director of Special Projects for IUOE Local 30. 

In a special report, we speak with New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Zachary Small about their bombshell investigation into 31-year-old (now former) Erie Art Museum Director, Joshua Helmer, and his related sexual harassment scandals at that institution and at his previous job: the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Hosted by Jeff Martin with Philbrook Museum of Art and produced by Scott Gregory with Public Radio Tulsa.    

Colleen Dilenschneider

Jan 10, 2020

One name keeps popping up as one of the most important younger voices on the future of museums. That name is Colleen Dilenschneider. Through short videos, presentations, and data driven articles at her website, Colleen consistently boils down industry studies and presents them in a digestible, reliably optimistic way. Think of a museum-focused Malcolm Gladwell...who's a giddy millennial. On this episode of MC, we chat with Colleen about that future she’s always talking about.

As the new year gets underway, I’ve been struck by the "perfect vision" metaphor for 2020.  May we all have perfect vision for this year and the future, working and listening together! On that note, here's a bird's-eye-view of what's happening at Public Radio Tulsa this new year:

Read Better 
by Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library 

 

I know that this time of year is all about looking forward. Believe me that I am as vulnerable as anyone to the sense of optimism a new year brings. THIS will be the year I finally start meditating regularly, eating a plant based diet, and decluttering that back bedroom into which no one is allowed. 

 

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2019 marks the 60th anniversary (October 1959) of New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The Guggenheim was the final and perhaps crowning achievement of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This year is also the 60th anniversary of Wright’s death (April 1959). All these decades later, the legendary architect remains a complicated figure.

Photo courtesy of Christie's Hong Kong.

Museums acquire. They keep. They care for their objects. And it always causes a bit of a stir when a museum decides to sell something from its collection. In May of 2018, at Christie’s in Hong Kong, an 18th-century Chinese vase owned by Philbrook Museum of Art sold for $14.5 million. On this episode, we chat with Philbrook Director Scott Stulen to learn the full story behind this potentially controversial decision. 

Rebecca’s Favorite Books of the 
by Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library 

Just over ten years ago, KWGS hit the jackpot.*

Due to budget cuts during the 1990s, the station had eliminated its local news service. When I became General Manager in 2000, one of my first goals was to restore a local news operation to the station. In 2008, we were finally able to revive a local news service. I knew it would be a long road to make KWGS a respected and trusted local news presence again. 

Holiday Specials 2019

Dec 5, 2019

Join Public Radio Tulsa for the 2019 holiday specials. There are the perennial favorites and a few new specials along the way. Tune in to these scheduled dates to KWGS Public Radio 89.5 or KWTU Classical 88.7 for all these can't-miss specials.

Edward Hopper Was Here

Nov 22, 2019

The name "Edward Hopper" is almost synonymous with loneliness. Hotels and motels play a central role in Hopper’s art. EDWARD HOPPER AND THE AMERICAN HOTEL recently opened at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. It's the first in-depth look at this side of Hopper’s work and features a recreated room based on Hopper’s “Western Motel.” The space serves as a fully functional hotel room. On this episode of MC, we chat with the show’s curator, Dr. Leo Mazow.

Edward Hopper Was Here

Nov 22, 2019

The name "Edward Hopper" is almost synonymous with loneliness. Hotels and motels play a central role in Hopper’s art. EDWARD HOPPER AND THE AMERICAN HOTEL recently opened at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. It's the first in-depth look at this side of Hopper’s work and features a recreated room based on Hopper’s “Western Motel.” The space serves as a fully functional hotel room. On this episode of MC, we chat with the show’s curator, Dr. Leo Mazow.

NPR

The U.S. House of Representatives is holding open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump November 13, 2019. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live.

Mindy Ratner fell hopelessly in love with radio as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she volunteered at an on-campus student station.  Lucky for us, her love affair with radio continues, and we hear her most afternoons on KWTU Classical 88.7!

Rebecca Howard

Ten Books
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library 

A friend with unrelenting insomnia stumbled upon a little literary gem known as One Grand: Desert Island Books. Their “About Us” description reads: a curated bookstore in which celebrated thinkers, writers, artists, and other creative minds share the ten books they would take to their metaphorical desert island…” 

Um. What? 

Building Stories

Nov 4, 2019

Sometimes a place becomes a museum by accident. This takes a combination of history, people, luck, notoriety, and (of course) art. One of the best examples of this rare occurrence is the legendary Chelsea Hotel in New York City. Acclaimed author Fiona Davis writes novels about famous New York buildings. She recently wrote one about the Chelsea Hotel, so we checked in with her to talk about it. 

Springsteen’s Stuff

Oct 20, 2019

Bruce Springsteen just turned 70. But The Boss shows no signs of slowing down. In his hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, there’s a new exhibition at the Monmouth County Historical Association. It’s called, quite simply, SPRINGSTEEN: HIS HOMETOWN. On this episode, we're talking all things Bruce with Eileen Chapman, Director of The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University.

 

Fall (SPOOKY) Specials

Oct 10, 2019

Snap Judgment Presents: SPOOKED  /  October 22nd and 29th, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.  /  October 31st, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.  /  KWGS Public Radio 89.5  /  LISTEN LIVE 

At the Center of the Page 
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library 

I deeply believe in the power of reading. Reading fiction, I think, is especially powerful. I understand that this statement reflects my bias, but I think when you are reading for clarity, sense-making, and empathy, fiction reigns. For me fiction allows for a more deeply personal connection between reader and story. 

In 2013, while looking through a forgotten box of materials, Dr. Seuss’ widow, Audrey Geisel, discovered a folder containing a collection of sketches for a project called “The Horse Museum.” It was only about 80% finished and contained no completed artwork. Editors at Random House set out to complete the book and hired Australian illustrator Andrew Joyner to provide the art. A true love letter to museums and a wonderful primer on art history, “Dr. Seuss’ Horse Museum” was released just a few weeks ago.

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