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:
- We'll carry live, anchored special coverage from NPR News of the major contests in the presidential nominating process, including the Iowa and New Hampshire Caucuses next month, and the Super Tuesday Primaries in March.
- You also will be able to hear live coverage of the Senate Impeachment Trial, which is likely to begin this month.
- We’ll be saying farewell to the longtime PRT program “Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen” in February. But good news for fans of The Moth Radio Hour: we’ll be adding an additional airing of The Moth in its place!
- Also in February, we hope to debut a new monthly local program produced in partnership with Tri-City Collective. “Focus: Black Oklahoma” is an exciting experiment in citizen journalism covering various topics relevant to Oklahoma’s African-American community, featuring segments on politics, education, health, business, arts and culture, and more. Quraysh Ali Lansana and Scott Gregory are producing this exciting program, and we hope you'll tune in.
- We ended 2019 by wishing our outgoing News Director John Durkee farewell with a Give & Take (check out the party photos HERE!) at Lefty's on Greenwood (and if you weren't there, you missed former mayor Dewey Bartlett serenading John on the harmonica!). We are thrilled that our own Matt Trotter will lead our news team as our new News Director, and we’re currently searching for new news personnel to augment our reporting staff.
Of course, none of the listening you enjoyed in 2019, and none of the critical reporting and breathtaking music ahead this year would be possible without YOUR financial support. Your generosity during our 2019 end-of-the-year campaign was overwhelming. We raised over $83,000, and will plant nearly 1600 trees in an American national forest. Thanks to your ongoing support, you can rely on Public Radio Tulsa to provide you with uncompromising, in-depth news and glorious music in 2020. Here's to a year with 20-20 vision, and conversations sparked by YOUR public radio station!
Rich Fisher, General Manager