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.


11:04 am
Tue May 21, 2013

"Google Crisis" A Clearinghouse for Information

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An interactive Google map provides a wealth of information about Oklahoma City shelters, school and church closings, and displays the preliminary tornado track over the streets of Moore, Oklahoma.
This interactive map from Google highlights the storm track, as well as locations for American Red Cross shelters throughout Central Oklahoma. Relief
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9:58 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Images From Monday's Tornado

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StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz was in Moore yesterday and was caught in the tornado. Here's a slideshow of pictures that he took while reporting for NPR and our sister station KGOU in Norman.
StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz took cover in Moore on his drive home from KGOU Monday afternoon. Once the tornado passed, he immediately went to work
6:53 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Tweets Capture 'Shock And Awe' At Tornado's Deadly Power

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First-hand reports, photos, and video of the tornado passing through Moore, Oklahoma
  • Source: Npr
  • | Via: National Public Radio
Our colleague Andy Carvin has scanned Twitter in search of reaction, including photos and video, from the massive tornado that swept through central Oklahoma on Monday. Among the tweets: Sidney Montoya of Oklahoma City says he is "Praying for my little cousins in Moore, their elementary school just got hit by the tornado."
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10:59 am
Mon April 22, 2013

KWGS and StateImpact Oklahoma Receive Society of Professional Journalists Awards

KWGS and StateImpact Oklahoma received seventeen awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Oklahoma Pro Chapter on Saturday, April 21, 2013.

John Durkee, KWGS News Director, won an award for best radio newscast and Catherine Roberts, KWGS Reporter, won a best radio portfolio award.

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6:56 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

KWGS Wins Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Awards

"Swing On This" host John Wooley and KWGS News Director John Durkee

Two Outstanding Achievement awards were presented to KWGS on Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.

For his Live From The Cain's Ballroom broadcast of October 13, 2012, Swing On This host John Wooley received a Special Programming award.

That program featured The Tulsa Playboys and special guest, Cowbop, for two hours of western swing music celebrating the 100th birthday of western swing great, Johnnie Lee Wills.

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11:03 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! Cinecast Tickets Available

Peter Sagal and friend

Breaking News: “Not My Job” guest Steve Martin and live music from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have been added to the show's lineup!

It's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! like you've never seen it before! Because, well, normally you can't see it — it's a radio show.

A live staging of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! will be beamed to Tulsa at 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 2, 2013 to the Cinemark Mark 17 in Tulsa and the Cinemark Broken Arrow.

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6:50 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Kudos & Brickbats From Our Spring Forward 2013 Fund Drive

Sugar Ray Leonard

These listeners haven't been too shy to tell us what they think about the six HD Radio channels of Public Radio Tulsa. Share your thoughts, good and bad, in these three ways:

Contribute Now & Comment

Or Comment by Email

Tell Us on FaceBook

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6:20 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

So, What's In It For Me To Contribute?

Undying gratitude from zillions of form-fitting earbuds and stereo radio speakers aching to be modulated with the dulcet tones of NPR's announcers and the classical strains of the world's most transcendent music!

Oh, and these nifty items, too...

NPR Go Public Cap

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5:54 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Take II: Tokyo & Zodiac on Performance Oklahoma

Tokyo String Quartet
J. Henry Fair

For fans of the Tokyo String Quartet and the Zodiac Trio who would like to hear the entire Performance Oklahoma program promised last Saturday evening, we have good news - a rebroadcast! This time, a broadcast in its entirety (we promise) this Saturday evening at 8:00 over Classical 88.7-1.

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8:35 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Performance Oklahoma Debuts on Classical 88.7-1 Saturday Night at 8:00

Nathan Gunn, accompanied by his wife, Julie, in a Nov. 1 recital at Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond, Okla.

Performance Oklahoma airs Saturday evenings at 8:00 on Classical 88.7-1.

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