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.  


John Wooley: Host of Swing on This AND Western Swing Monthly's Man of the Year. Western Swing Monthly is the premiere publication for swing music and its fans. Be sure to listen to John on Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. 


February: The month of love and the Oscars. Join Public Radio Tulsa's Scott Gregory for these All This Jazz specials. 


Have you ever been listening to classical music on KWTU and wondered, "Who are the hosts?" "I wonder what he or she looks like?" "Who is Valerie Kahler?"

Well, meet Valerie, the Classical 24 host. Here is what WE know. She is fabulous, edgy, and she knows her classical music. 

But thanks to our friends at Classical 24, we also know:

Historically Black

Jan 31, 2017

Objects hold history. They evoke stories stamped in time. The Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. has opened up a world of stories that visitors are flocking to discover. 


Jan 24, 2017

Indivisible is public radio’s national show about America in a time of change.



Child abductions are rare crimes. And they're typically solved. For 27 years, the investigation into the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota yielded no answers. In the most comprehensive reporting on this case, APM Reports and reporter Madeleine Baran reveal how law enforcement mishandled one of the most notorious child abductions in the country and how those failures fueled national anxiety about stranger danger, led to the nation's sex-offender registries and raise questions about crime-solving effectiveness and accountability.

Welcome to a new year and a new way to communicate with you about everything happening here at Public Radio Tulsa!  Every month, this e-newsletter will bring you information about special events, special programs, news, ways to support Public Radio Tulsa, and much more.

We HEART our members!

Jan 11, 2017
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We HEART our members!    


When Public Radio Tulsa put out the call for end-of-year support, you responded!  In the final five weeks of 2016, we heard from HUNDREDS of you...long-time members and first-time donors, folks who donated cars, stocks, and checks and credit card gifts, large and small.  All in all, you and your fellow listeners raised over $58,000 in the final weeks of 2016 to support Public Radio Tulsa!  


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President-Elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, January 20. Public Radio Tulsa will bring you NPR's Special Coverage from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join us on Public Radio 89.5 or listen online.  

We'll also have NPR's live blog, video coverage and fact checking.  Scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Special Coverage Hosts

Criag Kief

Why yes, it is! Host of "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" Peter Segal is going on vacation (gasp!) so Tom Hanks is filling in. You can hear it on Public Radio 89.5 (or online) this Saturday, January 14 at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. 

"Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" is a NPR news quiz show taped in from of  live audience in Chicago and is currently in its 18th year. 


Ring in the New Year with these specials. May your 2017 be happy and healthy! 

Listen Live HERE

Capitol Steps New Year’s Special
Friday, December 30 | 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
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Washington’s premier parody song troupe offers up a year-end round up of the strange but true political year that was 2016. All your election favorites will be there:  President Elect Trump, Hillary, Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin…wait, what?!?


Ring in the New Year with these specials. May your 2017 be happy and healthy! 

Listen Live HERE

New Year’s Day from Vienna 2017  (LIVE)      
Sunday, January 1 | 10: 00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Classical 88.7 (music)           

DID YOU KNOW?  You can support Public Radio Tulsa through your IRA distribution!

If you are 70 ½ years of age and own an IRA, you must take an annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD).  But you also may ROLL OVER up to $100,000 from your traditional or Roth IRA to a qualified charity, such as Public Radio Tulsa/The University of Tulsa. 

The benefit? 


The holiday season is here and the temperatures are frigid! Stay in by the fire and enjoy these specials. Let them bring you comfort and joy while you are in last minute gift shopping traffic or enjoy them with family and friends while you celebrate.

Listen Live HERE

And here’s What is happening this week on Public Radio 89.5 and Classical 88.7:  


Swing On This Christmas Special

Here's what is happening this weekend on Public Radio 89.5 and Classical 88.7:

The Splendid Table’s Homemade Holidays with America’s Test Kitchen 
Friday, December 16 | 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
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Celebrate the the season with Public Radio Tulsa and enjoy these special programs as you cozy up to the fire, wait in holiday shopping traffic or as you spend time with loved ones. 

Listen Live HERE

The Splendid Table's Homemade Holidays with America’s Test Kitchen
Thursday, December 15 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
AND Friday, December 16 | 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
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Today is the day!

Nov 28, 2016

If you stood in line early on Black Friday, shopped local on Small Business Saturday and hunted on-line bargains on Cyber Monday then you’re ready for today!  Today is #GivingTuesday, a day to give back.  

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to show your support for Public Radio Tulsa because you are a first-time or long-time donor, today is the perfect day.

Today is #GivingTuesday, a day to give back. A day we celebrate and support our communities. 


Nov 28, 2016

THANK YOU! Thank you for making Public Radio Tulsa part of your #GivingTuesday. Because of listeners like you, we can continue to provide the news and music you love.

You can donate any day of the year by donating online HERE or by calling Judith at 918.631.3118! 

Tomorrow is a special day, #GivingTuesday!  After all the food and the shopping, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has come to be known as #GivingTuesday, a day to give back to our communities and celebrate generosity.

If you feel Public Radio Tulsa is an invaluable asset in our community, please consider making a donation today, tomorrow, or ANY day of the year. 



Nov 22, 2016

Due to essential transmission tower work, Public Radio Tulsa, KWGS and KWTU, are off the air on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The workmen will be working at our antenna location, forcing the stations to be off the air while the workmen are nearby.  

You can still listen HERE on on your streaming service or mobile device. We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope to be back to full power on Friday. Happy Thanksgiving! 

Turkey Confidential is a live, two-hour, call-in program on Thanksgiving Day, November 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Public Radio Tulsa 89.5.

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Folk Salad will devote the entire show to the music of Leon Russell and Leonard Cohen, two music icons who died in the past few days.  Mark your calendar for this Sunday, November 20, 2016 for 7:00 p.m. to listen to Public Radio 89.5. 

Listen LIVE here

John Lew, The University of Tulsa

Last Thursday, October 20th, we had the pleasure of hosting Jarl Mohn, President and CEO of NPR for a coffee and dessert reception in the Faculty Study of TU's McFarlin Library. Mr. Mohn is on a cross-country journey to visit 30-plus NPR member stations. Thank you, Mr. Mohn, for sharing the vision of NPR, the importance of member station partnerships, and stories from the road!


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Oct 11, 2016
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Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you for calling in, mailing in your donation or donating online; thank you for volunteering; thank you for supporting Public Radio Tulsa and thank you for listening!

We are at 99% and counting towards our fall fund drive goal. You can still make a donation and help put us over the top! You can donate online or call us at (918) 631-3118. 


Oct 11, 2016
Public Radio Tulsa Staff

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you for calling in, mailing in your donation or donating online. Thank you for volunteering, thank you for supporting Public Radio Tulsa and thank you for listening!

Thank you for putting us over the top! We've reached our fall fund drive of $200,000! Thank you! If you would still like to contribute, you can make a donation online or call us at (918) 631-3118.

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night, October 4.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

Public Radio Tulsa Staff

The phone has been ringing off the hook and the volunteers have been busy!

This year’s fall fund drive goal is $200,000. We are at 98% of our goal! Many thanks to our early-birds, loyal supporters and 88.7 Classical KWTU and 89.5 KWGS listeners!

You can make your pledge online, by phone at (918) 631-3689 or mail a check to Public Radio Tulsa at 800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104. 

And one of these thank you gifts can be YOURS!

Public Radio Tulsa Staff

Dear Friends of Public Radio Tulsa,               

We get a LOT of questions from listeners here at the station.  Everything from “How do I donate my car? (Easy!)” to “Did you know you’re off the air??? (Yep.)” to “I heard this one story this one time about this one guy…what was it?  (Ummm…)” 

Last spring, we decided we needed to do some asking.  We surveyed our newest donors, asking them about their favorite programs, when they listened, how long they had been listening, and more.  And we requested their comments.  Here’s what they said: