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.  

There are as many ways to support Public Radio Tulsa as there are All Things Considered hosts – maybe more!

For example: Did you know that we accept donations of publicly-tradedstock?  We have all the information you need to provide your accountant or broker.  Contact Public Radio Tulsa Development Director Judith Nole at (918) 631-3118 or judith-nole@utulsa.edu to find out more.

Public radio is a beautiful thing.  It connects with the sights and sounds and people from around the world, it fills our cars and homes and sprits with music, it connects us with our community, and it can even be a reminder of home. 

One day last week, John Wooley, producer and host of Swing on Thisforwarded the Public Radio Tulsa staff an email from a listener who was travelling down the Amazon! The Amazon, how cool, is this?! 

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My Year in (the best) Books
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library

Holiday Specials 2018

Dec 5, 2018

Join Public Radio Tulsa as the holidays approach for the music and stories of the season. We have yearly staples, along with a few new broadcasts and festive local programs! Bookmark our 2018 Holiday Guide, as below, so you won't miss a special! 

Hanukkah Ligths 2018
Wednesday, December 5 | 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.        
KWGS Public Radio 89.5 | LISTEN LIVE

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Former President George H.W. Bush is being honored with funeral services, today, December 5, 2018, at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. The 41st president will be eulogized by his son, former President George W. Bush, as well as a former U.S. senator and a former Canadian prime minister. Dozens of U.S. and world leaders are expected to attend the service.

You can stream the live video below or listen live HERE

The Rhythm Atlas Hanukkah Special
Sunday, December 2, 6 - 7:00 p.m. on KWGS Public Radio 89.5
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How many times do you have the opportunity to grow BOTH a public radio station AND a forest?

We know that you are deeply concerned about the health and sustainability of our planet.  You’re also passionate about the intelligent and thoughtful news and music you hear on Public Radio Tulsa.  

 

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On this installment of Museum Confidential, we visit California's High Desert with our roving correspondent, Preston Poe (of The Preston Poe Show podcast). As we often say, there are many kinds of museums. One of them is a tiny, refurbished photo-processing booth in Joshua Tree, which is now dedicated entirely to crochet. The museum's founder, as you'll hear, knows how to spin a yarn or two. And rightly so.

Tune in for this year's Thanksgiving specials. We'll air the annual favorite Turkey Confidential, a local special produced by Public Radio Tulsa's own Steve Clem, and two classical music spectaculars. 

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Turkey Confidential
Thursday, November 22 | 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Legendary filmmaker and so-called "Pope of Trash" John Waters has a brand new project in his beloved hometown. On view through January 6, 2019, at the Baltimore Museum of Art, "Indecent Exposure" is the first retrospective of Waters' visual arts career, featuring more than 160 provocative photographs, sculptures, and video/sound works. We sat down to chat with him about the show, the 30th anniversary of "Hairspray," and a few other things.

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Oklahoma is no stranger to severe weather. And now, thanks to a special grant, Public Radio Tulsa is able to broadcast emergency-messaging capabilites on mobile devices, HD radios, connected car devices, and other digital platforms. 

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Recently, Public Radio Tulsa’s Steve Clem took a handful of classmates back to his grade school, Garfield Elementary in Sand Springs to talk about the seminal event of his childhood, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.   It happened 55 years ago this month.  From the same classroom where Steve and his fellow fourth-graders sat glued to the school’s black-and-white TV, they share their memories of that day and how it changed them.

How many times do you have the opportunity to grow BOTH a public radio station AND a forest?

We know that you are deeply concerned about the health and sustainability of our planet.  You’re also passionate about the intelligent and thoughtful news and music you hear on Public Radio Tulsa.  

So this Giving Tuesday, November 27th, we’re making it easy to support BOTH.

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The Splendid Table continues its annual Thanksgiving tradition with “Turkey Confidential” – two hours of live call-in support, turkey triage and culinary inspiration.

Loving the Book Sharers
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library

Stay tuned for live election coverage provided by NPR and the Associated Press. The special coverage includes key U.S. House races, all U.S. Senate races, all gubernatorial races, and key ballot initiatives.

Listen live online HERE.

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Join Public Radio Tulsa and NPR (through a special partnership with the Associated Press) for special LIVE coverage of the 2018 Midterm Elections! The coverage begins tonight, Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Tune in to KWGS Public Radio 89.5 for in-depth coverage of local and national elections and field reports from Public Radio Tulsa reporters. The NPR coverage will include discussions of key race-calls and nationwide analyses. 

You can also follow publicradiotulsa.org for live updates and the nationwide boards monitoring key House races, all Senate races. LISTEN LIVE ONLINE

Tonight's Give & Take is CANCELLED due to the weather. We hope to see you soon! 

We want to hear from you! This midterm election season has been intense and historic. Where do we go from here and how do we process the results? 

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In our special Halloween episode, we step into the macabre with acclaimed writer Mark Dery, author of the new biography, Born to be Posthumous: The Eccentric Genius and Mysterious Life of Edward Gorey. Often called the “Grandfather of Goth,” Gorey (who died in 2000) influenced Tim Burton, Neil Gaiman, Lemony Snicket, and countless others. 

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We all scream. The Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) is attempting to blaze a trail in the museum world. But sometimes that's a rocky road. First up, we chat with Madison Utendahl, MOIC's Head of Content and Social. And then, and for an entirely different take on the emergence of "Instagrammable" or "Pop-Up" museums, we call up Amanda Hess, Critic-at-Large at The New York Times. 

Mark your calendar for Wednesday evening, September 12th at 7:00 p.m., when Public Radio Tulsa welcomes Edith Chapin, the Executive Editor of NPR News, to Tulsa!

A Creative and Subversive Act
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library

What is it about Shakespeare’s works that continue to inspire and captivate us? I recently attended a National Theater Live broadcast of the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of King Lear staring Ian McKellen. In an interview airing before the broadcast, McKellen explained how every performance is different because “the audience writes the play.”

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Museums aren't always meant to be enjoyable experiences. That doesn't mean they are not important and essential. On this episode, we sit down with Dr. David Pilgrim, founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Michigan. The museum was born out of his personal collection, one that began decades ago, when Dr. Pilgrim was growing up in Alabama. Our podcast also profiles a recent art project utilizing the Confederate flag.

We have a very special challenge from an anonymous Public Radio Tulsa listener!  This listener will donate $5,000 to Public Radio Tulsa IF we receive 300 NEW MEMBER pledges of ANY amount by the end of the 2018 Fall Fund Drive (this Saturday)!

If you’ve NEVER made a donation to Public Radio Tulsa before, this is the time to Stand with the Facts, and stand up and be counted…because YOUR gift will help us receive that $5,000 New Member Challenge grant!

This Old House (Museum)

Sep 14, 2018

This episode offers a chat with Alexis Light, the Senior Manager of Media Relations and Marketing at The Frick Collection. She is that NYC museum's thought leader when it comes to public relations, marketing, and social media content. Also in this pod, we begin an occasional feature called "At a Museum in America." Our far-flung, gallery-going correspondent for this new feature is one Preston Poe, an independent curator, artist, and songwriter who also hosts "The Preston Poe Show" (which you can access at prestonpoe.com).

Pretty quiet year so far, am I right?

Just kidding.  It’s been nuts.

Hearings…fires…elections…tweets.  Complex issues have come fast and furious in 2018, with possibly the biggest stories yet to come.  And no one – NO ONE – plays a greater role in Public Radio Tulsa’s ability to provide in-depth, rigorous news coverage than YOU, through your contributions. 

APM Reports’ award-winning documentary team created a four-part education series. The hour-long episodes, hosted by Stephen Smith, cover topics ranging from elementary to college students. Catch the next episode "Hard Words: Why American Kids Aren’t Being Taught to Read" on KWGS Public Radio 89.5 next Thursday, Sept. 14 at noon or Friday, Sept. 15 at 8:00 p.m.

Missed an episode? Listen here! 

Saying Thanks with a Pint and a Party!

Lush pansies from Southwood.  Twenty years of Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!  And a pint glass that comes with its own party!

This fall, check out these great gifts and let us say “thanks!” for supporting public radio in northeast Oklahoma!  Make your gift here! 

 

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Opening statements are underway in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Watch the hearing live.

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