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

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What's New?
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

What's New?
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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What's New?
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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Not-So-Urgent
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.

Not-So-Urgent
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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