Frank Christel

Director of Broadcast Services

Frank Christel has been a part of Public Radio Tulsa for more than 34 years, first as Chief Engineer, then General Manager, and 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 in class would 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, four grandchildren, and is blessed by his lovely bride of more than 45 years.

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He was the King of Swing from the 20's to the 80's! This weekend some rare and some very familiar recordings from Benny Goodman! We'll also give you tunes from the girl singers that graced the Goodman stage including the saucy Peggy Lee and the enchanting Martha Tilton. 

Join us at 8 o'clock on 89.5 and we will continue to "swing into spring" on Big Band Saturday Night. This is Alan Lambert, happy to be celebrating 20 years with BBSN on Tulsa radio!

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One of the living legends of jazz, blues and swing...Billie Holiday! We join the world in celebrating what would have been Lady Day's 100th Birthday. Her music and her career highlights on Big Band Saturday Night this weekend at 8 o'clock on 89.5. Join us!

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Southwood Landscape and Garden Center is partnering with Public Radio Tulsa to reward you early birds with something more beautiful than worms - a free flat of Southwood-grown annuals!

Continuing its mission to offer a high quality music and cultural Festival for Oklahoma audiences, OK Mozart celebrated its 30th anniversary season this past June. Among its offerings, OK Mozart presented a chamber music series featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker, one of America's highest-profile ensembles, the dynamic Miró Quartet and woodwind players from the Amici New York orchestra. 

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It was the first year of the "swing era'...1935! Jazz was evolving and the Great American Songbook was becoming more defined.

Join me at 8 o'clock on 89.5 with Big Band Saturday Night.

Alan Lambert, bringing you Big Band Saturday Night on Tulsa radio since 1995!

Celebrate the season with these special programs, brightly beamed into your radio from all across the world

Capitol Steps New Years Special: Politics Take A Holiday
Saturday, Dec 27 • 11 am-noon
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Join us this Friday evening for a StoryCorps listening party.

You’ll hear excerpts from recordings made these past weeks during StoryCorps’ stay at Guthrie Green. This is their last week in Tulsa. Meet the staff and help us thank them for preserving the oral histories of Oklahomans.

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