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The Widely Anticipated OKPOP Museum Will Be Housed Near the Cain's Ballroom

Aired on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Last month, it was announced that the long-awaited Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture -- or OKPOP, as it's also called -- will be built and housed at 422 N. Main Street in downtown Tulsa, just across the street from the historic Cain's Ballroom. As Dr. Bob Blackburn, the executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, said at the time: "We had other locations, but this was the right location that would not only bring that excitement to us, but add that special quality of history and help make this [new museum] sustainable." As an Oklahoma Historical Society facility, the OKPOP will display the creations, artifacts, and mementos of such notable Oklahomans as Woody Guthrie, Bob Wills, Garth Brooks, Leon Russell, Roger Miller, and so forth. Our guest on ST today is Jeff Moore, director of the OKPOP, who says that plans will be drawn up and worked on throughout this year, with construction of the facility to then hopefully begin in 2018.

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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