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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Coming to you live this week from the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, California, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With our special guest, bluesman and jam-master Elvin Bishop.

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When will the world end? And how?

If you turn on the TV, pick up the paper, or glance at Google, you'll encounter Mayan mania. There's much hullabaloo about the end of the world, triggered by the end of a Mayan calendar cycle.

This radio special highlights end-of-the-world prophecies from Scientific, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Native American, meditative, Norse, Muslim, and Mayan perspectives. The Mayans were not the only ones with answers. And there's something about the Mayans that you probably didn't know.

Celebrate the holidays with Public Radio Tulsa as we gift-wrap special programming for you from across the country and around the world.

Hanukkah Lights 2012
Wednesday, Dec 12 • 8pm-9pm
Public Radio 89.5-1

A perennial NPR favorite for nearly two decades, acclaimed authors explore Hanukkah stories and memoirs written expressly for Hanukkah Lights. Hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

This week, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor from the Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas. With special guests, Texas Renaissance man Joe Ely, 21st Century troubadours Johnnyswim, and vocalist Christine DiGiallonardo.

Listen Live in HD on World Radio 89.5-3: Tuesday 6:00 pm - midnight 

Today Americans go to the polls for an historic vote: will it be a second term for Barack Obama or a first term for Mitt Romney? Join the BBC's Bridget Kendall and James Naughtie live from Washington D.C., and their team of correspondents and experts from across the United States for America Decides – US Election 2012. As the polls close, join us for live coverage of the results.

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It's here - at last - the presidential election of 2012. 

The Metropolitan Tulsa League of Women Voters has produced this election guide detailing informational about the presidential election, Senate and Representative races, Tulsa County Propositions, state questions and city councilors.

This weekend's show includes material from the very last broadcast show we had the privilege to work on with Tom Keith.

One of the great things about fund drives is that we get to hear from so many of our listeners. Please share your thoughts, both good and bad, with us --- and we'll add selected comments to this page. 

Don't be shy telling us what you think about the six HD channels of Public Radio Tulsa.

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Eric Whitacre: Light & Gold Compact Disc - Grammy Winner for Best Choral Performance

In the New York Times is a profile of Morning Edition, written by media reporter Brian Stelter. The story covers the show's expansion and evolution in recent years; how it works bi-coastally; its editorial focus, including domestic and international series and travel; the benefit of hosts who are first and foremost reporters.

NPR presents live coverage of the 2012 vice-presidential debate at 8:00 pm on Public Radio 89.5-1. The debate takes place at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and the moderator is Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC News. Follow the simultaneous live blog here and submit your questions and comments to the NPR reporters.

TU campus sports action for October, heard over Hurricane Spirit 88.7-3:

7:00 pm TU Volleyball v. UTEP

11:30 am TU Men's Soccer v. UCF
2:30 pm TU Women's Soccer v. UAB

7:00 pm Men's Soccer v. Kentucky

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The Score with Edmund Stone is a weekly celebration of symphonic music in film, a fascinating cultural adventure through Americas best-loved art form. Movies are one of our most common musical experiences and a gateway to classical music. This program is an unparalleled exploration of the indelible movie music experience. 

 Your host, Edmund Stone, is a classically trained Shakespearean actor from England whose background includes a variety of stage and screen roles.

NPR presents live coverage of the first presidential debate at 8:00 pm on Public Radio 89.5-1. Follow the simultaneous live blog here and submit your questions and comments to the NPR reporters.

Airs Friday 10/5 and 10/12 at 8pm; Thursday 10/11 & 10/18 at Noon on 89.5-1

This year’s election is about power – the power to shape the nation’s domestic and foreign priorities; the power to lead, to legislate, to govern. Energy policy, defining how we use energy to power our economy and our lives, is among the most pressing issues for the next four years.

Coming to you this week from The Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, Oklahoma singer and songwriter John Fullbright, and vocalist Holly Jones.

Very early on Thursday morning the 20th, an unexpected problem developed with our antenna which transmits all six HD channels of Public Radio Tulsa on 88.7 and 89.5 FM. 

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In an unprecedented collaboration, the BBC World Service and American Public Media's Marketplace put financial institutions and consumers under the microscope. Join the BBC World Service's Business Daily's Justin Rowlatt and Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal as they come together from both sides of the Atlantic for a thoughtful, probing discussion on the true nature of our banks and the role of consumers in creating a healthy financial system on the eve of the Presidential election. 

America's Test Kitchen is a real 2,500 square foot test kitchen located just outside of Boston that is home to more than three-dozen full-time cooks, editors, food scientists, tasters, and cookware specialists. Their mission is simple: to develop the absolute best recipes for all of your favorite foods. To do this, they test each recipe 30, 40, sometimes as many as 70 times, until they arrive at the combination of ingredients, technique, temperature, cooking time, and equipment that yields the best, most-foolproof recipe.

Ten years after the terrorist attacks of September 11th,  as part of WNYC's "Decade: 9/11" coverage, this special explores New Yorkers' most visceral and immediate emotional reactions to the attack on the World Trade Center and how they are - and are not -- still with us today.

This week on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's just one final compilation show before the start of the new season.

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Actor Alec Baldwin is best known in public radio circles as host of The New York Philharmonic broadcasts (Sunday afternoons at 1 pm on Classical 88.7-1) and for his tongue-in-cheek rants urging listeners to not contribute during fund drives.

One of our favorite podcasts is his new series of Here's The Thing interviews from WNYC in New York. Alec takes us inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices of people whom he really wants to learn more about.

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As the first day of Autumn approaches on September 22, it's time to take stock of highlights of the Summer of 2012 - in sound. Here's a playlist of some of the best of Summer-themed public radio stories and music from around the country. 

Let us know what was the sound highlight of your Summer.

Listen to the Sounds of Summer

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Music Mountain is the home of the oldest continuing summer chamber music festival in this country. Founded in 1930 as the permanent home for the Gordon String Quartet, one of the leading string quartets of its time, Music Mountain celebrates its 83nd anniversary in 2012.

Listen online to Music Mountain's series of 16 complete chamber music concerts, recorded live in Falls Village, Connecticut.

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Democratic National Convention Day 3 - Thursday, September 6, 2012

Democratic National Convention Day 2 - Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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The world's biggest classical music festival wraps with a bang! Join us live from London for this event that stops the UK in its tracks.

Listen live, Saturday, September 8 from 8-11 pm, on Classical 88.7-1

2004's BBC Young Musician of the Year, violinist Nicola Benedetti, and tenor Joseph Calleja join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Chorus, as the Brits bring out the noisemakers for this serious and silly don't-miss-it concert.

Now you can hear highlights from the latest concerts and music from around the country on the new NPR Music app for the iPad (and iPhone).

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The Center for Public Integrity and NPR are partnering on Hard Labor, an occasional series on health, safety and economic threats to U.S. workers.

As heard on All Things Considered, this NPR special series examines the future of cities across America.