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.  

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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
LISTEN LIVE

The Emerald Isle, Home to Your Next Read
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library 

I’m intrigued by those DNA tests that can pinpoint your ancestry. As much as I’d like to try one, though, I’ve read way too many Margaret Atwood novels to hand over my genetic material to a for-profit entity. Paranoia aside, I feel like one of these tests could only validate what I know in my heart: I am Irish.

Your Sustainable Feast

Mar 6, 2019

The piping-hot news, organic conversation, and toothsome music on Public Radio Tulsa is a feast for your ears.  Now, supporting all that delicious radio just got easier, thanks to technology made possible in part by a grant from the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation!  Introducing Monthly SUSTAINER Giving: Make your affordable monthly gift once, and your pledge will continue as long as you want.

Public Radio Tulsa has a brand-new mug this spring, and we’re so proud of it, we’re throwing it (and you) a party!  The spring drive is April 3 though 13, 2019 but you can get a jump-start on your giving now

The Rhythm Atlas Mardi Gras & Carnival Special
Sunday, March 3, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. on KWGS Public Radio 89.5 | LISTEN LIVE

Ask the Experts 2.0

Mar 1, 2019

Time once again for our annual round-table with three experts from different facets of the art world. The roster includes Hrag Vartanian, editor of the popular arts and culture website, Hyperallergic; Philbrook Director Scott Stulen; and artist Sharon Louden, who is currently putting the finishing touches on her brand-new installation in the Philbrook Rotunda. Louden's installation will be on view for the rest of 2019.

Cohen Testimony

Feb 27, 2019
Liam James Doyle / NPR

Michael Cohen, President Trump's former lawyer, is testifying on Capitol Hill today. Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison, to begin in May. He pleaded guilty last year to charges of campaign finance violations and other charges related to his work for Trump.

LIsten to live coverage on KWGS Public Radio 89.5 HD3. LISTEN HERE
 

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Less than 20 miles from Washington, DC, there's a place called Glenstone. It was founded by Mitch and Emily Rales and opened in 2006. Last fall, Glenstone took a big leap forward. But what, exactly, is Glenstone? It's an art museum, with 200+ acres of grounds. It's private. It's free. Kids and chewing gum aren't allowed, nor are taking pictures or using cell phones. What is Glenstone, as a museum, trying to do? Emily Rales, who also serves as director and chief curator of Glenstone, tells us all about it.

Radio in Tulsa is rich in history. The legendary Bob Wills broadcast his show and live dances with the Texas Playboys from Cain’s Ballroom every Thursday and Saturday evening over KVOO. The program reached homes across America and soldiers, and fans would write in their song requests and tune in faithfully to listen.

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When a Book is a Mirror
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library

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President Trump is delivering the State of the Union address tonight, February 5, after a delay due to the government shutdown. Watch his speech live, followed by a Democratic response delivered by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

You can listen live on KWGS Public Radio 89.5 or watch live coverage here: 

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For the #1 slot on his list of Top 10 Best Art Shows of 2018, New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz selected an exhibition at the Guggenheim by Swedish artist Hilma af Klint titled "Paintings for the Future."  He wrote, "The most magnificent sight in New York this year was the drop-dead first gallery showing of kaleidoscopically colored, structurally complex, completely abstract paintings made in the first two decades of the 20th century by [this] unacknowledged Swedish visionary.

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