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Jeff Stava of the George Kaiser Family Foundation: A Groundbreaking for A Gathering Place

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Aired on Friday, September 19th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Jeff Stava of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Stava is the project manager for A Gathering Place, the multimillion-dollar initiative of the Foundation that will -- after many months of planning and anticipation -- officially break ground in Tulsa near 31st Street and Riverside Drive tomorrow, Saturday the 20th, at noon, with the day's events actually beginning, come rain or shine, at 10am. Stava talks about what those attending tomorrow's many and absolutely kid-friendly activities can expect to find, and he also addresses, in some detail, the planning, coordinating, fact-finding, and public-input-seeking that've gone into this mammoth project all along. Construction of A Gathering Place will, of course, cause parts of Riverside Drive and its corresponding bike paths and walking trails to be diverted or closed at various times -- but these minor inconveniences, as Stava tells us, will surely be worth all the trouble, and then some, in the long run. The project is expected to be completed in 2017. You can learn more about tomorrow's groundbreaking at this recently filed KWGS News story.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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