Frank Christel

Director of Broadcast Services

Frank Christel has been a part of Public Radio Tulsa for more than 34 years, first as Chief Engineer, then General Manager, and 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 in class would 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, four grandchildren, and is blessed by his lovely bride of more than 45 years.

Ways to Connect


The beloved historian of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota says farewell this weekend after 42 years on public radio. Garrison Keillor, host of a Prairie Home Companion, shares the final news from his imaginary home town this Saturday, July 2 at 7:00 pm, with an encore at 1:00 pm on Sunday the 3rd.

CBS Sunday Morning recently broadcast an excellent Jane Pauley interview with Garrison about his career.

You Did It!

Apr 22, 2016

Thanks to donations from over 1600 listeners, we have exceeded our Spring Fund Drive goal of $200,000! We're so grateful to all who called, wrote, and went online to give to Public Radio Tulsa, and to the team of volunteers who helped make the fund drive happen. The notes of support and delightful conversations with donors remind us that we are part of a rich and wonderful community. Thank you for helping to ensure that Public Radio Tulsa remains a vibrant voice in northeast Oklahoma. (Haven't made your gift yet?

Are you looking for a new summer frock, one which looks uber-cool AND will do good? Make a donation of $180 or more (or $15 a month for 12 months) and this incredibly exclusive Public Radio Nerd T-Shirt will be yours! Simply click the red "Donate" button at the top right of this page.

We're just $12,000 away from our Spring Fund Drive goal of $200,000. YOUR gift today helps pay for the programs you love every day on Public Radio Tulsa. AND it'll help you look cool kids John Schumann and Scott Gregory.

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Your kind financial gift underwrites 120 hours a week of NPR news and information, continuous classical music, straight-ahead jazz, American songbook standards, and BBC world news. Five unique public radio channels for Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma, unencumbered by commercials. Thank you for supporting National Public Radio over the KWTU 88.7 and KWGS 89.5 airwaves.


Look at these two handsome gents, sporting their Public Radio Nerd t-shirt and hoodie!  Join OU-Tulsa President John Schumann and Public Radio Tulsa Producer Scott Gregory...shout to the world that you're a Public Radio Nerd and you're proud!  Make your pledge of $180 or more for the t-shirt or $300 or more for the hoodie THIS WEEK during our Spring Fund Drive, and support one of Tulsa's finest resources:  Public Radio Tulsa.


NPR news and information; continuous classical music; straight-ahead jazz; American songbook standards; BBC world news. Five unique 24/7 radio channels for Tulsa, unencumbered by commercials, made possible by your kind and generous financial gifts. You and our community benefit from the perspectives and timeless music heard over public radio, originating from The University of Tulsa. Today, become a member of Public Radio Tulsa by giving a gift of any amount. Keep those Driveway Moments coming.


Ever found yourself in a parking lot, unwilling to turn off the radio because you need to hear the end of a story? Here are those radio stories that won't let you go: NPR Favorite Driveway Moments. The NPR shop sells this two-CD set for $22.95. For new donors only, it's free for your contribution of $120 ($10/month) to Public Radio Tulsa. Hurry - this offer expires tonight at midnight, Tuesday April 5!


Here's what you'll hear:


There's now just hours left to chose six mix-and-match Culinary Herbs.

After making a qualifying Public Radio Tulsa financial gift, we’ll mail a voucher to take to Southwood Landscape and Garden Center at 91st S. Lewis Ave. to redeem for your herbs: your choice of six, from more than a dozen varieties.

HURRY! Your gift of financial support must be received by midnight, Monday, April 4th! Gift amount: $120 ($10 per month).


Chose six mix-and-match Culinary Herbs from Southwood Landscape and Garden Center. HURRY! Your gift of financial support must be received by midnight, Monday, April 4th! Gift amount: $120 ($10 per month).

Once you’ve made your qualifying contribution, we’ll mail you a voucher you can take to Southwood Landscape and Garden Center at 91st S. Lewis Ave. and redeem for your herbs: your choice of six, from more than a dozen varieties.

Driveway Moments

Mar 16, 2016
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Public Radio Tulsa makes a difference in your life with stories so compelling, we're transfixed - moments that enrich our lives and bind us together as listeners and a community. Radio that every day delivers ideas worth talking about with others – or takes you away from the stresses of the day with the beauty of music.