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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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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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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.
4:37 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

State Has Kept Role to a Minimum with School Shelters

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"When it comes to making sure that school kids have access to tornado shelters, Oklahoma’s state government has kept its distance. The state does not require public schools to install shelters, does not keep track of which schools have them, has provided limited state tax dollars to build them and has not assessed the cost of installing them statewide."
When it comes to making sure that school kids have access to tornado shelters, Oklahoma's state government has kept its distance. The state does not require public schools to install shelters, does not keep track of which schools have them, has provided limited state tax dollars to build them and has not assessed the cost of installing them statewide.
4:17 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Tribe And Red Cross Help Native And Non-Native Residents Recover

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"When last Sunday’s tornado tore through Shawnee, the tribe began to round up their emergency personnel, and the Red Cross made sure they had what they needed, items such as food, cots and volunteers."
The Absentee Shawnee Tribe's Little Axe Resource Center is surrounded by greenery and gently rolling hills making it a beautiful backdrop for what has
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11:12 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Powerful Before/After Aerial Images of Moore

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“This is the first big storm I've seen from the air, and well...I should get a storm shelter,” says Jamin Yeager with Aerial Oklahoma. “I'm honestly shocked there wasn't a greater loss of life.”
Stunning visual images have emerged that show a side-by-side comparison of the areas of Moore hardest hit by Monday's tornado. Follow this link to see an
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10:18 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Norman: Aftermath of a Storm

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"Jessica’s father was at home when the tornado hit and hid in the bathroom. It was the only room in the house where the roof wasn't entirely ripped off, and her father survived. “It makes you feel blessed,” Ellerd said. She gestured toward the house. “This is just stuff.”
Clifton Adcock / Oklahoma Watch permalink The massive tornado wreaked havoc with scores of vehicles. Clifton Adcock / Oklahoma Watch permalink An overturned car and demolished building near Moore Medical Center. Clifton Adcock / Oklahoma Watch permalink An unidentified man looks through the rubble of his house on Monday.
10:14 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Lawmakers Urge More Safe Rooms for Schools

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"Albert Ashwood, director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, said Tuesday there were no safe rooms in the two schools leveled by the tornado. Speaking at a public news briefing, Ashwood said hundreds of schools across the state have installed reinforced tornado shelters, but Plaza Towers Elementary and Briarwood Elementary were not among them."
With state officials acknowledging that two elementary schools destroyed by Monday's tornado had no safe rooms, some lawmakers began pressing to increase the number of shelters and provide funds to build them. Rep.
12:09 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

The Takeaway: Voices From Moore

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John Hockenberry speaks with those on the scene of the tornado devastation, including Rachel Hubbard of KOSU who lives in Edmond, Pastor Ben Glover in Oklahoma City, and Garrett Ingoglia of AmeriCares, an emergency response organization.
A huge tornado tore through parts of Oklahoma City Monday, killing at least 91 people and injuring 145. The tornado is said to have produced winds of 200 M.P.H. that leveled buildings and whole neighborhoods. Among the buildings damaged were two elementary schools, including the Plaza Towers Elementary School in the suburb of Moore, which was full of children at the time the tornado struck.

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