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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.


What's New?
5:01 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Perpetual Beta: Ask Me Another

Do you like Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me? Then we think you'll enjoy Ask Me Another, a brand-new program from NPR, part of our Perpetual Beta series.

Perpetual Beta programs are heard at noon Thursdays on Public Radio 89.5-1.

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Never On-The-Air
11:02 am
Tue July 31, 2012

BBC Proms Live Online

OK; so highlights from one of the "The World's Greatest Classical Music Festival" are sometimes heard over Classical 88.7-1, but never the entire annual event. Here's a fantastic front-row seat to the BBC Proms, live from Royal Albert Hall in London, as close as your computer, smartphone, or tablet. 

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Never On-The-Air
9:58 am
Tue July 31, 2012


Here's a public radio program that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today. On each show, renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths.

Over the course of the hour, they are joined by fellow historians, people in the news, and callers interested in exploring the roots of what’s going on today. Together, they drill down to colonial times and earlier, revealing the connections (and disconnections) between past and present.

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Never On-The-Air
9:54 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Public Radio International

We air a number of PRI programs over Public Radio 89.5-1, but not all - hey, there's only 24 hours in the day. Programs of particular interest that you don't hear over our airwaves are The WorldThe Takeaway, and Whad'Ya Know? When you're not in the mood for something that we're airing over our six HD Radio channels, be adventurous and try some of these.  

Never On-The-Air
9:46 am
Tue July 31, 2012

How To Do Everything

Ian Chillag and Mike Danforth (the Senior Producer and Executive Producer of a little show you might have heard of called Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me) want to answer the world’s questions…about everything.

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Never On-The-Air
9:33 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Planet Money

Heading the list of our podcast addictions is NPR's Planet Money. You hear snippets of these stories during Morning Edition, but not the whole juicy enchilada. This is what to savor to know a bit more about the crazy world of international economics, but the whole idea makes your head swim. Just the interaction between the hosts is a treat. 

What's New?
10:39 am
Fri July 27, 2012

John Lithgow and Storyhill on this week's A Prairie Home Companion

Garrison Keillor

This week on A Prairie Home Companion, a mix of shows from our fall 2011 run at The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.

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7:01 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

In a Recent New York Times Q&A, Terry Gross Was Answering the Questions (Not Asking Them)

Lead in text: 
Did you know that she's been the host of your favorite public-radio interview program for more than 35 years? Or that she reads, on the average, a book a day in order to do her job? Or that she's married to Francis Davis, a noted author and jazz critic? This short interview appeared in the 7/22/12 edition of The New York Times Magazine.
You've been hosting "Fresh Air" for 37 years. Is there an endpoint? Or do you hope to drop dead at the microphone? No, when you put it that way. That sounds so horrible in every way. Too graphic? I was picturing decades hence. I still really like my work.
What's New?
12:05 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Radiolab: Colors

Our world is saturated in color, from the softest hues to the most lurid, violent stains. But it’s hard to put your finger on how something so intangible can have such a visceral punch. This hour, we ask how the pigments around us color our thoughts, and wonder how much of what we see is on the outside...and how much is created in our heads. From Sir Isaac Newton sticking a needle in his eye, to a sea creature that sees a rainbow far beyond what humans can experience.

RadioLab airs Fridays at 8 pm and Sundays at 6 pm on Public Radio 89.5-1

1:49 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Beethoven Launches the Olympics

Live from London: Daniel Barenboim Conducts Beethoven's Ninth to Launch the 2012 Olympics!

Listen in HD on Friday, July 27 at noon over Classical 88.7-1.

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