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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.


12:33 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Alec Baldwin pleads: "Don't Do It!"

Alec Baldwin is out to destroy public radio. His message to Public Radio listeners: "End the shenanigans." Baldwin, who when in a lucid state of mind, hosts the NY Philharmonic broadcasts heard over Classical 88.7-1. In an inexplicable turn, his message is "Don't give."

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2:22 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

French Election Special This Sunday on Newshour

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The French electorate goes to the polls to decide who will be their next president with the economy and national security high on the agenda. The election comes just a few weeks after the shooting in Toulouse shook France. Will the electorate see the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen as a viable alternative to Nicolas Sarkozy? Or will it be the Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande who benefits?

Hear this special program on World Radio 89.5-3 this Sunday, April 22, at 1:00 pm. Learn more about HD Radio.

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3:46 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

The NPR Name Song

Here's a fun YouTube video about NPR - how many on-air personalities do you recognize?    Contribute Now | NPR Host Names

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10:19 pm
Sat April 7, 2012

Marketplace: Rob Schmitz Gains Exclusive Access to Foxconn Factory

On the heels of his report about Mike Daisey's largely fabricated This American Life story, our China correspondent, Rob Schmitz is back with a new exclusive. Rob recently gained access to the Foxconn factory floor in Shenzhen, China, making him the first public media reporter (and only the second journalist) Apple has ever allowed into its Chinese supplier.

Hear Marketplace on Public Radio 89.5-1 weekday evenings at 7

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10:27 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Easter Sunday Celebration on Classical 88.7-1

At 8 p.m. on Easter Sunday, join Classical 88.7-1 hosts Bob Christiansen and Valerie Kahler for an hour as they share some of their favorite Easter memories and music featuring Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture; Haydn's "Alleluia" Symphony, No. 30; and from Handel's Easter Oratorio, 'Messiah,' "I know That My Redeemer Liveth" and "Hallelujah Chorus."

Spring 2012 Fund Drive
8:46 am
Fri March 30, 2012

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NPR Ballcap

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1:15 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

A Prairie Home Companion - One Little Light On

Coming to you this week from the Milwaukee Theatre, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, historians of myriad musical forms Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Wisconsin-based Appalachian pop band Count This Penny, and the close harmonies of The Krause Family Band. Plus, two-fisted accordionist Dan Newton sits in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.  Read More

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4:56 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Good Taste Gets Noticed

How To Eat Weekends nominated for James Beard Award

Host Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Producer Sally Swift of The Splendid Table — "the radio program for people who love to eat" — have been honored with a 2012 James Beard Award nomination for their book, How to Eat Weekends: New Recipes, Stories & Opinions from Public Radio's Award-Winning Food Show.

The James Beard Awards are among the nation's most prestigious cooking honors, and are commonly described as the "Oscars of the Food World."

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10:40 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Wind & Rhythm Now Airs in Dallas

Tulsa's own Doug Brown adds his program to the WRR lineup beginning April 1, 2012

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7:21 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Ai Weiwei on Q

CBC Radio

{CBC Radio} "A rare interview with the Chinese dissident artist. He is currently under a form of house arrest in Beijing after he was detained for 81 days just under a year ago.