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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10:30 am
Sun March 25, 2012

Cheaper Clothes And Shorter Stories: On Soaps, Strange 'Days' Indeed

Mitchell Haaseth NBC Universal

{Morning Edition} The landscape of daytime TV has significantly changed in recent years -- both in obvious ways, like the end of iconic shows like Guiding Light and One Life to Live, and in ones that are less so. Several cast members of NBC's last soap standing, Days of Our Lives, discuss the behind-the-scenes budget cuts and changes to the ways stories are told. Read More

Not-So-Urgent
3:52 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Minimalist Econ Posters

Inspired by popular minimalist movie posters, Planet Money designed these fun Minimalist Econ Posters. Creative listeners can submit sketches or posters. Here are some early submissions: Take a glimpse.

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What's New?
2:18 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

NYC Town Hall this week on A Prairie Home Companion

This week on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a mix of shows from the Town Hall in New York City back in April 2009. Wynton Marsalis and his Quintet perform "Powdermilk Bisquit," he appears as a subway busker in an episode of Guy Noir, and he joins Heather Masse as she sings Dave Frishberg's "Peel Me a Grape." 

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What's New?
10:40 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Kai Ryssdal Interviews President Obama Tonight on Marketplace

It's not every day we have an opportunity for a one-on-one interview with the sitting President of the United States. Tonight, March 21, Kai Ryssdal is scheduled to interview President Obama on Marketplace, at 7 pm on Public Radio 89.5-1. Kai will chat with President Obama at the Copper Mountain Solar facility in Boulder Hills, Nevada.

Not-So-Urgent
9:06 am
Wed March 21, 2012

BackStory Brings Historical Perspective to Today's Events

BackStory is a brand-new 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.

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Not-So-Urgent
9:06 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Public Radio 89.5 & Classical 88.7 Broadcasting at Low Power

Update 3/17 @ 3:21 pm

The transmission line and antenna checks out and the intermittent transmission power dropouts have stopped after a through examination of the Public Radio 89.5 transmitter. Both station operations are now back to normal.

Let us know if you can't hear either station, either by email or by calling at 918-631-2577 (toll-free 888-594-5947.)

Update 3/17 @ 10:26 am

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What's New?
6:43 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Studio 360: Free "Teacher Redesign" iBook for the iPad

If you are the least interested in teaching, teachers, or the graphic arts design process, you won't want to miss this innovative new iBook from the producers of Studio 360, an arts & culture program heard Thursday evenings at 8 on Public Radio 89.5-1.

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1:50 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

BBC Your World: Torture by Music

British citizen, Ruhal Ahmed, spent two years in Guantanamo Bay. After his release he returned home to Tipton in the West Midlands without ever being charged with a crime by the British or US governments. During his incarceration Ruhal was repeatedly tortured by his captors. The technique he feared most was being tortured with music. We chart Ruhal’s progress as he attempts to silence torture by music.

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8:48 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

BBC Assignment: Syria, One Year On

The uprising against the government of President Assad in Syria is a year old this week and the news bulletins have been dominated by the rising number of casualties and a slide towards civil war. But in this week's Assignment Owen Bennett Jones brings you the human stories behind the headlines, of friends and families divided, couples on opposite sides of the divide whose relationship has almost reached breaking point, and personal accounts of key moments in the conflict. 

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1:53 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Watergate journalist Bob Woodward to speak at The University of Tulsa

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StudioTulsa host Rich Fisher spoke with Bob Woodward, who will be on campus as part of this Spring's Presidential Lecture Series. In this web-exclusive interview, they discuss the span of Woodward's career and events affecting Barack Obama's presidency.

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