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.  

Spoiler: Adam Lerner isn’t your average museum director. For the past 10 years, he ran the show at MCA Denver. His impact on that institution, on the Mile High City, and in many ways, on the museum industry itself, is undeniable. Adam recently stepped down to explore new adventures. Before he left, we were asked to come and do an exit interview of sorts. This is our conversation, recorded live in Denver. 

 

LOVE PUBLIC RADIO TULSA

Sep 12, 2019

HERE'S HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT IT! 
When you value something, you want to support it, nurture it, and see it grow.  For tens of thousands of listeners across northeast Oklahoma, Public Radio Tulsa is thesource for exceptional reporting and in-depth analysis, captivating storytelling and glorious music.  And the single largest source of funds for Public Radio Tulsa?  Listeners just like you. 

SUPPORT

Sep 12, 2019

SUPPORT

Sep 12, 2019

It’s Back-to-School! with Jonathan Franzen 
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library 

Tulsa Ballet

Public Radio Tulsa members can get $10 off tickets to see Tulsa Ballet’s Creations in Studio K, now through September 22nd. Get moved with bold contemporary works by some of the world’s in-demand choreographers. 

Renew

Sep 10, 2019
Wikipedia

During our summer break, we headed down to Atlanta to interview the hip-hop artist and activist, Killer Mike. He's known widely for his work with Run The Jewels, but this trip was to talk about museums. Specifically, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. A little over a year ago, Mike became a board member at The High. We wanted to check in and see how it's going. We also welcome High Museum Director Rand Suffolk. (Recorded at the studios of Atlanta public radio station WABE.)

APM Reports’ award-winning documentary team created a three-part education series for back-to-school 2019. The hour-long episodes, hosted by Stephen Smith, cover varying topicsts beginning Thursday, August 8 at noon and rebroadcasted Friday, August 9 at 8:00 p.m. LISTEN LIVE each Thursday and Friday HERE.

My first experience with public radio was a stormy night without electricity in my parents’ bedroom. The whole family gathered around the battery-powered radio on my dad’s nightstand, and listened to a story about a mysterious black cat. When the power came back, the family returned to the regularly scheduled programs of Saturday morning cartoons. It wasn’t until my high school French teacher recounted a news story from NPR that I realized that there was so much more to radio than Top 40. Since then, I have been an avid Public Radio Tulsa listener.

Readers’ Advisory to the Rescue! (Exciting Conclusion!)
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library 

What should I read next? 

Spend your Fourth of July with Public Radio Tulsa! 

 

Capitol Steps 4th of July edition "Politics Takes A Holiday" 
11:00 a.m. on KWGS Public Radio 89.5 | Listen Live

 

Jason Lee

For our 2019 Summer Special, we chat at length with the photographer, actor, and legendary skateboarder, Jason Lee. He spent a good portion of 2018 road-tripping throughout Oklahoma while taking photographs (film only; no digital) for his first-ever solo museum show. That show is on view here in Tulsa at Philbrook Downtown through November 10th. 

Wikipedia

On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon. As we approach the 50th anniversary of that triumph, KWGS 89.5 Public Radio 89.5 will air a series of documentaries related to that giant leap for mankind. 

 

Readers’ Advisory to the Rescue!
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library 

Show Dad the Love

Jun 11, 2019

If you have a Dad, or a Dad-figure, in your life who loves public radio the way you do, tell him thanks this Father’s Day on Public Radio Tulsa!  

Rhythm Atlas

Tune in to The Rhythm Atlas, hosted by Denis McGilvray, on Sunday, June 9th for a special Dylan Around the World show. Inspired by the inaugural World of Bob Dylan Symposium hosted by The University of Tulsa’s Institute for Bob Dylan Studies and the Bob Dylan Archive, this program will feature the songs of Bob Dylan as covered by artists from all over the globe. You’ll hear performers from France, the British Isles, Jamaica, India, South Africa, Turkey, and more.

Rhythm Atlas

Tune in to The Rhythm Atlas, hosted by Denis McGilvray, on Sunday, June 9th for a special Dylan Around the World show. Inspired by the inaugural World of Bob Dylan Symposium hosted by The University of Tulsa’s Institute for Bob Dylan Studies and the Bob Dylan Archive, this program will feature the songs of Bob Dylan as covered by artists from all over the globe.

For our Season 2 finale, Museum Confidential headed down to the Big Easy for a live show to kick off the annual conference of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). We set up shop inside the beautiful and mouth-watering Southern Food and Beverage Museum for a chat with Don Wildman, host of the long-running Travel Channel show, "Mysteries at the Museum."

If you donated to Public Radio Tulsa this last year, you’re part of the community of listeners whose gifts help pay for the programs you love. Now we’re saying “thank you” with a PARTY!

APM

Neuroscientists and gerontologists see evidence that people become more vulnerable to financial exploitation as they age. Con artists, fraudsters, even family, friends, and caregivers take money from seniors and abuse their trust. According to researchers, the shame of these crimes prevents victims from reporting or talking about them, creating a crucial public policy issue.

Summer Reading

May 3, 2019

Summer Reading
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library 

Before we dive into lots of facts and figures, let’s just say this:  YOU DID IT.  Thanks to your donations, large and small, we met our Spring Fund Drive Goal! Here’s how:

What Is A Curator?

Apr 26, 2019
Public Radio Tulsa

In our first show recorded before a "live" audience, we explore what it means to be a curator with Philbrook Museum of Art Chief Curator Catherine Whitney and Gilcrease Museum Senior Curator Laura Fry. The word is used all the time of late, but your grandmother probably went her whole life without claiming to have "curated" anything. And while so many people today claim to curate this or that, the ones who truly own the title are, of course, actual curators.

Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, Alabama)

We recently stumbled upon a fascinating blog post written last year by Graham Boettcher, Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, Alabama. The headline of the post reads, "DIRECTOR RECKONS WITH ART MUSEUM'S UGLY PAST." Boettcher's piece looks at the museum's troubling Jim Crow-era policies, which occurred in the first dozen years of its existence. We recently spoke with Boettcher about this, and much more.

Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, Alabama)

We recently stumbled upon a fascinating blog post written last year by Graham Boettcher, Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, Alabama. The headline of the post reads, "DIRECTOR RECKONS WITH ART MUSEUM'S UGLY PAST." Boettcher's piece looks at the museum's troubling Jim Crow-era policies, which occurred in the first dozen years of its existence. We recently spoke with Boettcher about this, and much more.

Unable to attend our March Give & Take on Medicaid expansion? No worries! You can hear the recording of the event here. Our conversation focused on Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma, what exactly this means, what the barriers are to expansion, and current proposed policy changes.

Your Next Great Read

Apr 4, 2019

Loving Lip(p)man
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library

Museum Storage Wars

Mar 29, 2019
The Field Museum (Chicago)

Museums have a problem. Too much stuff. But whereas you might take a few carloads of personal surplus to Goodwill, or maybe just set up a yard sale, museums don't have that luxury. Sometimes they end up building costly expansions just to contain the overflow. New York Times reporter Robin Pogrebin visited museums of various budgets and sizes to see just how big a problem museum storage has become. She's our guest.

Irish Music Special

Mar 15, 2019

The Rhythm Atlas Irish Music Special
Sunday, March 17, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. on KWGS Public Radio 89.5
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