Frank Christel

Director of Broadcast Services

Frank Christel has been a part of Public Radio Tulsa for over thirty years, first as Chief Engineer, then General Manager, and now as The University of Tulsa's Director of Broadcast Services. In 2004, he was instrumental in signing Classical 88.7 KWTU on-the-air. Before that, he worked at KBJH, KCFO, KAKC, and KBEZ in Tulsa and also served in the Navy during the Vietnam era. 

He was introduced to the magic of radio by his 9th grade math teacher who would, in class, play tape recordings of Stan Freberg's radio shows. His love of electronics grew by building hi-fi and shortwave radio electronic kits.

He's quite proud of his two daughters, their husbands, three four grandchildren, and is blessed by his lovely bride of more than 40 years.

Ways to Connect

The 2016 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Conference opens Thursday morning in downtown Tulsa. Music teachers and students from across the state will gather at the Tulsa Assembly Center for workshops and band, choral, and orchestral performances. You're invited to public performances of these all-state ensembles on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Most concerts are free and open to the public.

Click Here for the latest information from the OkMEA website.

New Year’s Day from Vienna 2016

Friday, January 1 • 10 am-noon
Classical 88.7-1 [music]

The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. It's presented by NPR Music and hosted by WBUR's Lisa Mullins.

Best of the 2015 Third Coast Audio Festival - 2
Friday, January 1 • 8-9 pm
Public Radio 89.5-1 [spoken]


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Ira Glass of This American Life recently made an appearance on Stephen Colbert's new TV show - which you never saw!

Colbert said some funny things about pledge drives.  He LOVES the pledge drive.

Does this seem strange to you? Watch what he said:


Early Birds Get FREE Flowers!

Our friends at Southwood Landscape and Garden Center have partnered with Public Radio Tulsa to reward early birds with something more beautiful than worms - a free flat of Southwood-grown pansies!

There are four six-packs of flowers per flat, grown locally so the plants are acclimated to our Green Country growing conditions. 

Doctors are obsessed with time. It comes down to simple math. If I have four hours to see a dozen patients, there simply isn't much time to stray from the main agenda: What ails you?

Oklahomans who purchase health insurance policies next year from the leading insurer in the Affordable Care Act marketplace could face unsubsidized rate increases averaging 31 percent, Oklahoma Watch data research shows.

President Obama plans to visit Oklahoma to discuss expanding economic opportunities in Indian Country, and make the first visit to a federal prison by a sitting chief executive. White House spokesman Keith Maley said in an email the president will arrive in Oklahoma Wednesday, July 15 and travel to Durant, where he'll visit the Choctaw Nation.


Bing Crosby, current jazz singers Tony Bennett and Jane Monheit, some select times from Irving Berlin, Benny Goodman, Bunny Berigan and Glenn Miller...All these great acts, on Big Band Saturday Night this weekend! Join us for the great sounds at 8 o'clock on 89.5! You will be entertained!

Celebrating their 30th anniversary season this past June, the OK Mozart International Festival presented a semi-staged concert performance of Mozart’s final masterpiece opera, The Magic Flute, a work in which the composer most successfully translated his ideals into music of extraordinary clarity and beauty. Sung in English the performance featured soloists drawn from across Oklahoma and the US, the Amici NY Orchestra, and the Bartlesville Choral Society conducted by the Festival’s artistic director Constantine Kitsopoulos.