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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?
10:08 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Exploring Music: Seven Delightful Weeks

Orchestra of the 18th Century WikiMedia Commons

Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin is one of our most popular programs on Classical 88.7-1, heard weeknights from 8-9 pm. Here's a preview of the week-long programs Bill will be bringing us.

España   (Monday-Friday, March 19-23)
Spanish music.  

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12:59 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Why Did Classical 88.7 Recently Go Off-Air?


A listener asked:

"For the past several days, I have had problems with receiving 88.7 on my home receiver. All other stations are received without a problem. 88.7 seems to cut out for long periods and then will resume. Other times I turn my receiver off and when I turn it on programming continues. Do you have any explanation for this? If other stations gave me the same problem, I would think it is my receiver, but that is not the case."

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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Oklahoma Watch: Employee Drug Testing

The numbers are staggering: drug abuse is estimated to cost employers $276 billion a year and three-fourths, or 76 percent, of people with a drug or alcohol problem are employed.

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12:08 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

StudioTulsa Commentators

On occasion, Public Radio Tulsa's award-winning weekday Arts & Culture program features the wit and wisdom of these fine commentators:

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What's New?
9:15 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Spring Succotash on A Prairie Home Companion

This weekend on A Prairie Home Companion, a colorful mix of two shows we did from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee with Emmylou Harris and Sara Watkins as diner waitresses in an episode of The Lives of the Cowboys, Fred Newman as teenage heartthrob Justin LaFever, dueling fiddlers Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan, and the now (newly) Grammy-award winning Civil Wars sing "Barton Hallow." Plus, The Dave Rawlings Machine, and signs of spring in Lake Wobegon.

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What's New?
4:09 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Fukushima Special - the scientific legacy

On Public Radio 89.5-1 & World Radio 89.5-3Saturday 3/10 at 5:00 am
On World Radio 89.5-3: Monday 3/12 & 3/19 at 5:30 & 10:30 pm; Tuesday 3/13 & 3/20 at 6:50 & 11:50 am

It's nearly a year (11 March 2011) since Japan was struck by a huge earthquake and tsunami.Clouds of radioactive fallout from damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi powerstation spread across heavily-populated areas many kilometres from the plant.

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10:22 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Three-minute Fiction Contest

Listen Saturdays and Sundays from 4-5 pm on Public Radio 89.5-1

Round eight of All Thing Considered weekend’s Three Minute Fiction begins this weekend. Author, poet, and essayist Luis Alberto Urrea will be the judge. Listeners are invited to unleash their inner author and compose an original work of fiction that can be read in three minutes or less (600 word limit). Round Eight’s judge will be Luis Alberto Urrea, celebrated writer and the author of Across the Wire, The Fever of Being, Nobody’s Son, and The Devil’s Highway.

11:12 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Joke-a-Thon on this weekend's A Prairie Home Companion

This week on A Prairie Home Companion, a lawyer, a blonde, a nun and a trombone player walk into a bar for a special joke-a-thon compilation show. Along with the slurry of jokes, VocalEssence sings the "The Ying Tong Song" from the BBC's "Goon Show," we'll pay tribute to the Marx Brothers and Tom Keith's utterly perfect chicken sounds take center stage for "The Sound of Chickens." Plus, Andy Stein's "Knock Knock" song, a visit from Sven and Ole, and a rather unfortunate school lunch was served at Lake Wobegon Elementary School.

8:03 am
Tue February 28, 2012


Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
Nicolas Brodard

Classical 88.7's exclusive weekly feature, the EURO-CLASSIC, presents a recently recorded, live performance from a European orchestra — a recording from the European Broadcasting Union — every week overnight Wednesday into Thursday.


March 1, 2012

  • Shchedrin: Concerto Parlando
  • Ilya Gringolts, violin; David Guerrier, trumpet
  • Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra/Gábor Takács-Nagy
  • Concert Date: 7/17/2010
  • Venue: Combins Hall, Verbier

March 3, 2012 

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1:27 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Marketplace's new Wealth & Poverty Desk

Marketplace officially launches a groundbreaking new national desk dedicated to one of the most critical socio-economic issues of our time. The Wealth & Poverty Desk's five-person editorial team, led by Senior Editor Celeste Wesson, will explore the concentration of wealth in the U.S. and its causes and consequences for the economy and society.

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