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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.

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4:50 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Freak Out on New Years Day With a Freakonomics Freakathon

The new year begins with a Freakonomics Freakathon on Wednesday, January 1, from 10 am - 3 pm, on Public Radio 89.5-1.

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5:59 pm
Sat December 14, 2013

Most Sensitive HD Radio We've Found Is Now On Sale at Best Buy

Insignia HD Radio (model NS-HDRAD)

Since 2004, when Classical 88.7 signed on-the-air as the first HD radio station in Oklahoma, we've tested a number of HD Radios. So far, the most sensitive model that we've found is at Best Buy (Insignia NS-HDRAD) and is currently on sale for $39.99 with free shipping. It would certainly make a great holiday gift.

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10:41 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Soda vs. Pop vs. Coke: Mapping How Americans Talk

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What's your general term for a sweetened carbonated beverage? What word or words do you use to address a group of two or more people? What do you call it when the rain falls while the sun is shining? The Atlantic created this fascinating video detailing how Americans talk from all around the country.
A video about the words we say and how we say them.
What's New?
3:48 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Public Radio Tulsa Board Meeting

You're invited to a public meeting of the governing board of Public Radio Tulsa (KWGS/KWTU) on Tuesday, December 17 at 2:00 pm.

It will be held at the Jill Zink Tarbell Heritage room (#1175) in Collins Hall (2905 E. 8th Street) on the University of Tulsa campus.

The public is welcome to attend and offer public comments.

What's New?
1:01 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

NPR's Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt

Inspired by the book The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy, by economist Pietra Rivoli, the NPR Planet Money T-shirt reports take you on a journey that documents every step of T-shirt manufacturing. Meet the people who grow the cotton, spin the yarn and cut and sew the fabric. Ride on the cargo ships that bring the T-shirt from factories in Bangladesh and Colombia to ports in the U.S. Learn about the tangle of international regulations that govern the T-shirt trade the whole way.

What's New?
7:48 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Listen to the World: No Shortwave Radio Required

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There was a time when many of us in radio would spend evenings turning knobs on shortwave receivers filled with glowing tubes, staining over the static to hear exotic music and news broadcast in foreign languages.

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Never On-The-Air
6:06 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Music For Singing

Concert d'ouverture du Mondial choral Loto-Québec, à Laval, Québec
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For the lover of choral music, Minnesota Public Radio offers a 24/7 online stream of choral music, a public-broadcasting first.

Professional, college, and church choirs can be heard singing selections "from Palestrina to Pärt, spirituals to Schubert." The featured ensembles include VocalEssence, Cantus, St. Olaf Choir, Choral Arts Ensemble and the National Lutheran Choir, drawn from Minnesota's choral talent.

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Never On-The-Air
5:31 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

PipeDreams: Organs At Their Best

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Pipedreams, hosted by Michael Barone, spotlights extraordinary instruments and performers in stirring works that display the variety and wonder of the pipe organ. The program has been a classical music staple on public radio for more than 30 years. Each two-hour program features a theme such as a particular performer, organ maker, composer, or period in time.

Now you can listen to PipeDreams anywhere and at anytime: current programs and archives are available online and are as near as any smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer.

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What's New?
7:42 pm
Sat December 7, 2013

Kudos & Brickbats From Our Listeners and Supporters (Fall 2013)

Jane Lynch
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  • Thanks! You are part of our celebration of Lent. You guys do a great job. - Claremore
  • Love RadioLab, Science Friday, Diane R, bunch of other stuff to numerous to mention!!! - Tulsa
  • Now that I am retired, I have even more time to enjoy your programming... and enjoy it, I certainly do! - Tulsa
  • Love all your shows.  Especially Swing on This!  And Car Talk!  And all the Sunday night music. And Science Friday....... And the local news coverage!
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What's New?
4:05 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Holiday Favorites and Jazz for The Christmas Season

Some Holiday Programming highlights for your Christmas Season! We have two special channels featuring musical favorites: Jazz and Vocal. Listen to these commercial- and subscription-free channels on HD radios, available at Best Buy. Many new cars come equipped with HD Radio and these channels could be listed as "multicast" on the tuning screen.

Great American Songbook Christmas Favorites
All-day & all-night through December 25
American Songbook 88.7-3  (Heard only on an HD Radio)

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