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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Autumn 2013 Fund Drive
9:16 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Our Gifts to You This Autumn, In Thanks For Your Support

Choose one of these these great CDs! 

•••  Laughter Therapy: A
Comedy Collection for the Chronically Serious  •••

Available for a gift of $120 or more

Looking for an alternative to the seriously reliable, soothing yet informative sound of NPR? Prepare to be surprised by this collection of interviews on CD with some of the funniest personalities on the planet, and by the memorable, unbelievable news that delights NPR listeners on the first of April each year. 

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What's New?
7:26 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Stations Off-Air to Exchange Broadcast Antennas

Looking toward Tulsa through our antenna, 1000' above ground

Listen to KWGS and KWTU online using the links in the Now Playing box at the right or through NPR's iPhone appiPad app, or Android app.

Please contact us by email at public@publicmediatulsa.org.

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3:30 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Neal Conan Interviews Highlights' Goofus and Gallant

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It's Neal Conan's final Talk of the Nation interview on Thursday. Neal will have special guests including an extended conversation with Ted Koppel, and the last 5-10 minutes include acknowledgements and an essay from host Neal Conan. Here is Neal interviewing two familar characters: how many differences can you find?
Highlights Salutes Talk of the Nation Last fall, NPR's Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan told a Highlights staffer that he always had trouble with our "Check ... Double Check" feature and could not find the differences. We wanted to give him the chance to sharpen his skills, and artist Dave Klug helped us create this special art for him.
What's New?
2:36 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

A Capitol Fourth 2013: Fireworks & Music Spectacular

Credit Capital Concerts

Broadcast live 7-9 pm on Public Radio 89.5-1

This July 4, America's national Independence Day celebration broadcasts live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning TV personality Tom Bergeron and NPR's Korva Coleman, the event features performances from some of America's best known celebrities and musical artists.

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What's New?
2:20 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

One More Night - This Weekend on A Prairie Home Companion

This week on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, we're live from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts for our final live broadcast of the summer season.

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What's New?
1:43 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Here & Now Debuts Weekday Afternoons on Public Radio 89.5-1

Credit Kalman Zabarsky / Boston University Photography

Talk of the Nation ceases national distribution at the end of June. Here & Now, a new NPR program, offers listeners live, updated news from around the world and nation Monday-Thursday from 1-3 pm. Science Friday continues from 1-3 pm on Friday afternoons.

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What's New?
2:14 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

This Weekend on A Prairie Home Companion: No Turning Back

This weekend on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast performance from the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois.

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What's New?
3:36 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

This Week on A Prairie Home Companion: Long Gone Out West Blues

  Coming to you this week from the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville, Washington, it's a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.

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Transform Your Car
1:53 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

The Stories Your Car Could Tell... And The Stories It Still Might!

Poor Betsy. Or Bert. We know how difficult it can be to break ties with a beloved car. Yeah, it's been around the block a few times, but oh! the pleasure it gave you on trips back and forth to everywhere. There does comes a time, though, in every vehicle's life to say goodbye. 

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10:41 am
Tue May 28, 2013

When Ira Glass met Michael Jackson

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Ira Glass, host of This American Life, recently received a medal from the Academy of Arts and letters. A portion of his talk revolved around a photo of Ira and Michael Jackson. See that photo and watch the humorous video of his acceptance of the award for spoken language.

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