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Four Decades of Making International Connections: Tulsa Global Alliance @ 40

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Aired on Wednesday, August 17th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we are talking about Tulsa Global Alliance, which is, per its website, is "a non-profit volunteer organization that connects people, companies, families, organizations, and students from Tulsa and Oklahoma with the rest of the world." Our guests are Tom Hemphill, the President and CEO of TGA, and Ken Busby, a former head of the TGA Governing Board. Both tell us about some of TGA's most important ongoing initiatives -- such as its Kids' World Event, Sister Cities Partnerships, and International Visitor Programs -- along with the big TGA 40th Anniversary Gala, entitled "40 Years of Global Vision,” which will happen on Thursday the 18th at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in downtown Tulsa (more details here). Also on today's program, our longtime commentator -- and overwhelmed homeowner -- Connie Cronley has recently emerged from "Utilities Hell."

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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