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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.


4:06 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Tulsa Suburbs Have a New Neighbor: Poverty

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Things are not so rosy in the bedroom communities of Tulsa, according to Joe Wertz of StateImpact Oklahoma and the Tulsa World. Outreach centers are stepping up to help fill in the gaps.
Broken Arrow, Bixby and Owasso are the Tulsa metro's fastest-growing suburbs. Fast growth has been fueled by jobs, good schools and nice homes in a stable housing market. The population has boomed, but so too has poverty, the Tulsa World reports.
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12:57 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Radiolab: Ghost Stories

Ghosts, ghouls, shades from the past ... in this episode of Radiolab, real-life people try to pin down, and make peace with, mysterious figures that haunt them, prod them, and fade out of existence. One man finds a way to put the beatdown on his personal bogey man, a dead monk spurs a king to build a perfect prayer machine, an unknown face launches a thousand dummies (actually, a whole lot more than that), and a skeptic goes on a one-way to journey to find out whether spirits exist.

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

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2:33 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Perpetual Beta Programs

A paradigm of this century is "perpetual beta" - continually creating and refining new things. In this spirit, NPR has created three new limited-run series: TED Radio Hour, Cabinet of Wonders, and Ask Me Another. Listen, rate, and help choose the next big NPR hit! After hearing each episode (Thursdays at noon on Public Radio 89.5-1), help decide whether the program should continue.

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3:59 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Dispatches from this year's OK Mozart Festival

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Classical 88.7-1's sister station in Oklahoma City, KCSC, was at the OK Mozart International Festival 2012 in Bartlesville. Music Host and Producer Kimberly Powell posted dispatches from her week at the Festival - fascinating behind-the-scenes insights into the artists and performances. Be listening for highlights from this year's Festival later this year, produced by Kimberly.
KCSC Music Host and Producer Kimberly Powell Friday, June 15th Thursday morning's mini concert featured the Violin and Piano Sonata in a minor, Op 105 by Robert Schumann. Though Schumann's tenure in Düsseldorf as the municipal music director proved difficult, bringing him as much tribulation as it did opportunity and ending sadly, he enjoyed there one of his greatest outbursts of creativity.
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8:55 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Roll Credits returns to Classical 88.7-1

Roll Credits returns for a summer cinema experience on Classical 88.7-1 - every Monday from July 2nd through August 27th at 7:00 pm.

Lynne Warfel and Bill Morelock will converse about music from the movies - drawing connections between the classical and cinematic worlds - and share popular film scores, old and new. From Erich Korngold, Aaron Copland and Harold Arlen, on up to John Williams, Howard Shore and James Horner, the mix is appealing, surprising, and full of moments that connect you with familiar music.

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12:55 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Radiolab: When Brains Attack!


In this episode of Radiolab, strange stories of brains that lead their owners astray, knock them off balance, and, sometimes, propel them to do amazing things. We hear from a kid whose voice was disguised from himself, relive a surreal day in the life of a young researcher who was hijacked by her own brain, and try to keep up with an ultra-athlete who, after suffering terrible seizures, gained extraordinary abilities through removing a chunk of her brain.

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

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12:53 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Radiolab: Guts


This hour, we dive into the messy mystery in the middle of us. What's going on down there? We stick our hand in a cow stomach, get a window into our core through the story of a human science experiment, listen in on the surprising back-and-forth between our gut and our brain, and talk to a man who kind of went out of his mind when a medical procedure left him (for a little while) gutless.

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

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12:51 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Radiolab: Escape


The walls are closing in, you've got no way out...and then, suddenly, you escape! This hour, stories about traps, getaways, perpetual cycles, and staggering breakthroughs. We meet a man who's broken out of jail more times than anyone alive, travel to the edge of the solar system ... to a boundary beyond which we know nothing, and we hear the story of a blind kid who freed himself from an unhappy childhood by climbing into the telephone system, and bending it to his will.

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

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12:49 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Radiolab: The Bad Show

Cruelty, violence, badness... This episode of Radiolab, we wrestle with the dark side of human nature, and ask whether it's something we can ever really understand, or fully escape. We encounter a man who scrambles our notions of good and evil, turn to one of the most famous (and misunderstood) psychology experiments ever, talk to  a man who chased one of the most prolific serial killers in US history, then got a chance to ask him the question that had haunted him for years: why?

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

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5:19 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Celebrate OK Mozart's upcoming season with this special program

Composer Callen Clarke and violinist Kyle Dillingham

The 2012 OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, begins June 8. To celebrate the upcoming season, Performance Oklahoma host Kimberly Powell of KCSC, Oklahoma City's classical music station, presents a two-hour retrospective celebrating last June's Festival.

Hear this special program on Sunday, May 27, from 8-10 pm over Classical 88.7-1.

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