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.

Ways to Connect

Nightly Specials from the Convention Halls 
August 27-30 and September 4-6, 7-10 PM on Public Radio 89.5-1

Public Radio Tulsa will continue its extensive coverage of Election 2012 with live broadcasts of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, from August 27-30, and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, from September 4-6. Daily reports and nightly specials will air on Public Radio 89.5-1, with reporting from John Durkee, Marshall Stewart, Catherine Roberts, and the NPR News Election 2012 team.

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Exploring Music is heard weekday evenings at 8 on Classical 88.7-1. These are each week's program themes.

August 27, 2012
School Days
A celebration of young composers and performers.

September 3, 2012
Czech out those Bohemians
Composers from the lands around the present-day Czech Republic have made an indelible mark on music – we’ll examine their history and influence, from medieval times to the present.

Paralympics London Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 2-6 pm on World Radio 89.5-3

In a special edition of Newshour, Razia Iqbal brings you coverage from the Paralympic Games opening ceremony in London. In addition to covering the major news stories of the day, Razia will be joined by athletes, coaches and commentators to discuss the issues surrounding the games and asking how the Paralympics movement has raised awareness of those living with disabilities.

TU's Jordan Albert tells of his possibly career-changing time spent at the State Capitol.

This week on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, an homage to the book (the paper kind) with a show for readers, including Ruth Harrison's encounter with Stephen King, Nick Lowe singing "When I Write the Book," a new version of "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Owl and the Pussycat" set to music.

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This summer, huge wildfires burned across the U.S., especially in dry western states. Though there were fewer fires than usual, they were uncommonly large. Fire scientists say these "mega fires" are becoming the new normal, and climate change that dries out these regions is making the situation worse. They're not sure these fires can be stopped, and the forests of the American Southwest may soon be lost.

American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen is a public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help students stay on the path to graduation and future success. Public broadcasting has a long history improving educational outcomes for high-need students and communities. The dropout crisis demands attention now, and we are rising to the challenge of doing our part to address this problem.

Coming soon is a series of six one-hour programs brought to you by To the Best of Our Knowledge, the Peabody Award-winning public radio show about ideas. The mystery of consciousness -- what it is, where it comes from, how it works -- is like a big ball of string. Pull one end and as it unravels, one question leads to another: What is thinking and how do we do it? Is the mind the same as the brain? Are animals conscious? Can machines think? Is there a neuroscience of creativity? And what does all this brain science tell us about the most personal question of all: Who am "I"?

Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, talks about books that have made a difference in his life in this New York Times Sunday Book Review.

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While it hasn't quite yet reached the stature of Thanksgiving or Talk Like A Pirate Day, National Radio Day is a highlight of our year-round presentation of public radio news, music, and entertainment.

'Radio has the best pictures,' claims Susan Stamberg. It's available wherever you are and is your personal connection to the world. In this internet-connected world, radio remains the dominant way that people discover music

Listen to the Documentary of the Week, Friday evenings at 8 on Public Radio 89.5-1

Aug 17, 2012 • America Abroad
Mexico: Looking Forward

Radiolab host Jad Abumrad shares this manifesto on how the program was born, the "gut churn" of creating a new way of storytelling, and how to accept change. Radiolab is an experiential investigation that explores themes and ideas through a patchwork of people, sounds, and stories.

Click and Clack, the Car Talk Tappet Brothers, have debuted their new app Breakdown Lane. Using listener-submitted Mechanics Files of nearly 30,000 garages, this app provides customer reviews, directions and contact info for mechanics across the U.S.

This week on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, a combination of shows done from the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. We have the St.

Do you like Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me? Then we think you'll enjoy Ask Me Another, a brand-new program from NPR, part of our Perpetual Beta series.

Perpetual Beta programs are heard at noon Thursdays on Public Radio 89.5-1.

OK; so highlights from one of the "The World's Greatest Classical Music Festival" are sometimes heard over Classical 88.7-1, but never the entire annual event. Here's a fantastic front-row seat to the BBC Proms, live from Royal Albert Hall in London, as close as your computer, smartphone, or tablet. 


Jul 31, 2012

Here's a 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.

Over the course of the hour, they are joined by fellow historians, people in the news, and callers interested in exploring the roots of what’s going on today. Together, they drill down to colonial times and earlier, revealing the connections (and disconnections) between past and present.

We air a number of PRI programs over Public Radio 89.5-1, but not all - hey, there's only 24 hours in the day. Programs of particular interest that you don't hear over our airwaves are The WorldThe Takeaway, and Whad'Ya Know? When you're not in the mood for something that we're airing over our six HD Radio channels, be adventurous and try some of these.  

How To Do Everything

Jul 31, 2012

Ian Chillag and Mike Danforth (the Senior Producer and Executive Producer of a little show you might have heard of called Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me) want to answer the world’s questions…about everything.

Planet Money

Jul 31, 2012

Heading the list of our podcast addictions is NPR's Planet Money. You hear snippets of these stories during Morning Edition, but not the whole juicy enchilada. This is what to savor to know a bit more about the crazy world of international economics, but the whole idea makes your head swim. Just the interaction between the hosts is a treat. 

This week on A Prairie Home Companion, a mix of shows from our fall 2011 run at The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.

Did you know that she's been the host of your favorite public-radio interview program for more than 35 years? Or that she reads, on the average, a book a day in order to do her job? Or that she's married to Francis Davis, a noted author and jazz critic? This short interview appeared in the 7/22/12 edition of The New York Times Magazine.

Radiolab: Colors

Jul 23, 2012

Our world is saturated in color, from the softest hues to the most lurid, violent stains. But it’s hard to put your finger on how something so intangible can have such a visceral punch. This hour, we ask how the pigments around us color our thoughts, and wonder how much of what we see is on the outside...and how much is created in our heads. From Sir Isaac Newton sticking a needle in his eye, to a sea creature that sees a rainbow far beyond what humans can experience.

RadioLab airs Fridays at 8 pm and Sundays at 6 pm on Public Radio 89.5-1

Live from London: Daniel Barenboim Conducts Beethoven's Ninth to Launch the 2012 Olympics!

Listen in HD on Friday, July 27 at noon over Classical 88.7-1.

World Have Your Say with Ros Atkins, will feature Olympic coverage each afternoon from 4-5 pm on World Radio 89.5-3, beginning July 28.

The program will originate live from Olympics venues across London including the houses hosting athletes and their families; the Olympic Campsite and competition sites. London Calling: WHYS will be a lighter look at the big talking points that are the result of the day's action, bringing you the excitement of London live, and will bring together the fans and the athletes from around the world.

The games of the 30th Olympiad are set to start in London on Friday, July 27, and NPR will be there in force. Tom Goldman and Howard Berkes, who have covered ten and eight Olympic games respectively, will be joined by Olympic newbie Mike Pesca. Phil Reeves will be the man about town, covering security and all that's happening outside the gates. And Vickie Walton-James, NPR's Deputy National Editor, will be there editing, coordinating, blogging and trying to catch a glimpse of (maybe) the world's fastest man-Usain Bolt.

Radiolab: After Life

Jul 16, 2012

What happens at the moment when we slip from the other side? Is it a moment? If it is, when exactly does it happen? And what happens afterward? It’s an episode full of questions that don't have easy answers. Radiolab stares down the very moment of passing, and speculates about what may lay beyond.

RadioLab airs Fridays at 8 pm and Sundays at 6 pm on Public Radio 89.5-1

Stochasticity (a wonderfully slippery and smarty-pants word for randomness), may be at the very foundation of our lives. To understand just how big a role it plays, we look at chance and patterns in sports, lottery tickets, and even the cells in our own body. And we meet two girls named Laura, whose unlikely meeting seems to defy pure chance.

RadioLab airs Fridays at 8 pm and Sundays at 6 pm on Public Radio 89.5-1

KAKC Sock Hop

Jul 5, 2012

 The Tulsa Historical Society is bringing KAKC DJs to the Mansion on Peoria for a summer-time Sock Hop.

This family-friendly event will begin at 6:30 P.M. on July 19th. Pizza and soda will be provided, with donations appreciated. The event is free and open to the public.  

Bring the whole family and join KAKC DJs Scooter Segraves, Mike McCarthy, Dick Schmitz and Charlie Derek for a little rock n’ roll and a whole lot of dancing. Don’t miss your last opportunity to dance your socks off with your favorite DJs as the KAKC exhibit nears its final bow. 

When a neighbor is the antagonist….

Listen to this one-hour special at 11:00 am on Wednesday the 4th over Public Radio 89.5-1