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?
11:49 am
Wed September 24, 2014

StoryCorps: Danny & Annie

StoryCorps travels around the country collecting stories of everyday people and YOU can participate.  Make your reservation here and invite a friend or loved one to interview you or be interviewed. With your permission, your recording can then be heard over Public Radio 89.5 and be archived in the national oral history collection at the Library of Congress. Learn More about  StoryCorps

Click Here to make a recording reservation

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What's New?
11:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Kudos & Brickbats Received From Listeners [Fall 2014 Edition]

Gary Oldham
Melissa Kuypers

Contribute now & comment (or) Comment by email (or) Tell us about what you like or don't like about Public Radio Tulsa on FaceBook

    (Note: Please scroll to the bottom of this list to hear "audio testimonies.")

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What's New?
10:29 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Stations Broadcasting at Low Power to Complete Antenna Repair

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What's New?
8:49 am
Tue August 5, 2014

2014 Oklahoma Summer Policy Institute


This year’s Summer Policy Institute was held August 3-6, 2014 at The University of Tulsa. The event brings together more than 50 highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students for a four-day learning experience. The Institute is hosted by the staff of OK Policy, a Tulsa-based think-tank guided by core commitments to the fair and adequate funding of public services and the expansion of economic prosperity for all Oklahomans.

Panel Discussion: Oklahoma’s Fiscal Challenges

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What's New?
3:06 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Fourth of July Weekend Specials on Public Radio Tulsa


The Right to Vote
Thursday, July 3 at noon • Public Radio 89.5
Our documentary of the week looks at historical battles over who can and cannot vote, and on the new battles over voter ID.

Marketplace Interviews President Barack Obama
Thursday, July 3 at 7:30 pm • Public Radio 89.5
The full Oval Office interview of Kai Ryssdal's interview with the President about how the economic recovery looks from the perspectives of Main Street, Wall Street and small business owners.

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3:13 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Top Theme Songs From the Swing Era on Big Band Saturday Night

Benny Goodman Band
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Sometimes we simply hear a certain tune and know who recorded it. This weekend on Big Band Saturday Night, join us for the THEME SONGS of many of the top big bands of the swing era. Join us at 8 o'clock on 89.5! 

Big Band Saturday Night with Alan celebrating more than 19 years on Tulsa radio!

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4:07 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Investigating Strange Noises Coming From The Earth

Wilson was telling everyone in the neighborhood about the noises. Some had heard them. Some hadn't. And she met people on her quest to figure out what they were...
For hundreds of years, residents of a small New England town have been hearing strange noises coming from the earth. Reporter Ari Daniel took a trip there,
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2:48 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Natalie Cole on Big Band Saturday Night

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This lady has worked diligently to carve out her own stardom in music. Our feature performer this weekend is Natalie Cole. Her story, her personal recordings and some classic duets with her father, Nat King Cole. All of this and more on Big Band Saturday Night on 89.5. Please join us!

10:59 am
Tue April 15, 2014

This is Radio

People ask us about what is the appeal of working in Pubic Radio. The long hours? The low pay? The lack of recognition? These short video snapshots contain the answers as to why we got into this business in the first place.
Intro from Jay Allison: Audio may not go viral, but we love it anyway. We love it so much we're making it visual. Transom hereby premieres a new series, called "This Is Radio," created by our friend and Transom Story Workshop graduate, Andrew Norton.
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12:28 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Let Us Know How You Feel About Public Radio Tulsa Programming With This Quick Survey

Gary Oldman
Melissa Kuypers NPR

Here's a quick 'n easy seven-question survey about our programming. Tell us what you listen to, what you dislike, and what you wish was different.

Thank you for sharing your opinions about Public Radio Tulsa.