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.

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Actor Alec Baldwin is best known in public radio circles as host of The New York Philharmonic broadcasts (Sunday afternoons at 1 pm on Classical 88.7-1) and for his tongue-in-cheek rants urging listeners to not contribute during fund drives.

One of our favorite podcasts is his new series of Here's The Thing interviews from WNYC in New York. Alec takes us inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices of people whom he really wants to learn more about.

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As the first day of Autumn approaches on September 22, it's time to take stock of highlights of the Summer of 2012 - in sound. Here's a playlist of some of the best of Summer-themed public radio stories and music from around the country. 

Let us know what was the sound highlight of your Summer.

Listen to the Sounds of Summer

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Music Mountain is the home of the oldest continuing summer chamber music festival in this country. Founded in 1930 as the permanent home for the Gordon String Quartet, one of the leading string quartets of its time, Music Mountain celebrates its 83nd anniversary in 2012.

Listen online to Music Mountain's series of 16 complete chamber music concerts, recorded live in Falls Village, Connecticut.

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Democratic National Convention Day 3 - Thursday, September 6, 2012

Democratic National Convention Day 2 - Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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The world's biggest classical music festival wraps with a bang! Join us live from London for this event that stops the UK in its tracks.

Listen live, Saturday, September 8 from 8-11 pm, on Classical 88.7-1

2004's BBC Young Musician of the Year, violinist Nicola Benedetti, and tenor Joseph Calleja join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Chorus, as the Brits bring out the noisemakers for this serious and silly don't-miss-it concert.

Now you can hear highlights from the latest concerts and music from around the country on the new NPR Music app for the iPad (and iPhone).

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The Center for Public Integrity and NPR are partnering on Hard Labor, an occasional series on health, safety and economic threats to U.S. workers.

As heard on All Things Considered, this NPR special series examines the future of cities across America.

Nightly Specials from the Convention Halls 
August 27-30 and September 4-6, 7-10 PM on Public Radio 89.5-1

Public Radio Tulsa will continue its extensive coverage of Election 2012 with live broadcasts of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, from August 27-30, and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, from September 4-6. Daily reports and nightly specials will air on Public Radio 89.5-1, with reporting from John Durkee, Marshall Stewart, Catherine Roberts, and the NPR News Election 2012 team.

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Exploring Music is heard weekday evenings at 8 on Classical 88.7-1. These are each week's program themes.

August 27, 2012
School Days
A celebration of young composers and performers.

September 3, 2012
Czech out those Bohemians
Composers from the lands around the present-day Czech Republic have made an indelible mark on music – we’ll examine their history and influence, from medieval times to the present.