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How and Why to Make Route 66 Part of the U.S. National Park Serivce's National Historic Trail System

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Aired on Friday, July 13th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we talk about the ongoing effort to make Route 66 a part of the U.S. National Park Serivce's National Historic Trail System. If this were to happen, Route 66 would become the 20th such trail in America, joining The Lewis and Clark Trail, The Oregon Trail, and others. This designation could mean a serious economic boost to our state, as Oklahoma has more Route 66 mileage than any other state through which the highway runs. We have two guests today. Our first is Diana Tisue, a project manager with the National Trust for Historic Preservation; she's part of a team of Trust staffers and volunteers now traveling along all of Route 66 in order to call attention to the effort to make this highway part of the National Historic Trail System. Our other guest, who gives us a decidedly local perspective on this effort -- and what it could mean for our community -- is Ken Busby, the executive director and CEO of the Route 66 Alliance.

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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