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Per Preservation Oklahoma & the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture: The State's Most Endangered Sites

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Aired on Wednesday, April 6th.

Last night, at an event here in Tulsa, Preservation Oklahoma and the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture jointly announced the 2016 list of the state's Most Endangered Places. The list includes the Oklahoma State Capitol Building as well as two locations in Tulsa: the Oklahoma Iron Works Building (just northeast of downtown) and the mid-century Abundant Life Building (near 18th and Boulder). However, the ten sites on this year's list are not the only historic-preservation sites endangered in our state. Given the state's serious budget shortfall of $1.3 billion, the historic preservation tax credit itself -- which has in recent years fostered so much revitalization in downtown Tulsa, in OKC, and elsewhere across the Sooner State -- could be threatened. Our two guests bring us up to speed on such matters; we are joined by Amanda DeCort, the executive director of the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture, and David Pettyjohn, who is with Preservation Oklahoma.

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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