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Ho, Ho, Ho! It's the Chief Engineer!

Brad Newman, Public Radio Tulsa’s Chief Engineer, has the ample beard to play Santa. In previous years, he’s been seated on a big red chair in the middle of Cushing, OK's main street, but in socially-distanced 2020 he has cleverly managed to let everyone still see Santa. 

Brad writes: "It was Small Business Saturday in Cushing. I was in a store window, sealed off, which had a microphone and a speaker. I could talk to the kids with the microphone and there was a microphone for them to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. It worked great! There were a lot of kids with masks who came to talk to Santa!”

That’s his personal Santa suit, sporting a custom Amish-made belt and buckle. And while children in northeast Oklahoma love Brad for his spot-on interpretation of the right jolly old elf, we love Brad for his dedication to keeping Public Radio Tulsa's complex broadcast plant up and running, 24x7x365.

According to Judith Nole’s family, they have to leave the state to REALLY get away from her. Judith has recorded Public Radio Tulsa’s underwriting since the early 2000’s, and when you hear a woman say “Support for Public Radio Tulsa is provided by…,” it is her voice you are hearing.