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.


What's New?
7:48 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Listen to the World: No Shortwave Radio Required

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There was a time when many of us in radio would spend evenings turning knobs on shortwave receivers filled with glowing tubes, staining over the static to hear exotic music and news broadcast in foreign languages.

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Never On-The-Air
6:06 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Music For Singing

Concert d'ouverture du Mondial choral Loto-Québec, à Laval, Québec
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For the lover of choral music, Minnesota Public Radio offers a 24/7 online stream of choral music, a public-broadcasting first.

Professional, college, and church choirs can be heard singing selections "from Palestrina to Pärt, spirituals to Schubert." The featured ensembles include VocalEssence, Cantus, St. Olaf Choir, Choral Arts Ensemble and the National Lutheran Choir, drawn from Minnesota's choral talent.

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Never On-The-Air
5:31 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

PipeDreams: Organs At Their Best

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Pipedreams, hosted by Michael Barone, spotlights extraordinary instruments and performers in stirring works that display the variety and wonder of the pipe organ. The program has been a classical music staple on public radio for more than 30 years. Each two-hour program features a theme such as a particular performer, organ maker, composer, or period in time.

Now you can listen to PipeDreams anywhere and at anytime: current programs and archives are available online and are as near as any smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer.

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What's New?
7:42 pm
Sat December 7, 2013

Kudos & Brickbats From Our Listeners and Supporters (Fall 2013)

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  • Thanks! You are part of our celebration of Lent. You guys do a great job. - Claremore
  • Love RadioLab, Science Friday, Diane R, bunch of other stuff to numerous to mention!!! - Tulsa
  • Now that I am retired, I have even more time to enjoy your programming... and enjoy it, I certainly do! - Tulsa
  • Love all your shows.  Especially Swing on This!  And Car Talk!  And all the Sunday night music. And Science Friday....... And the local news coverage!
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What's New?
4:05 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Holiday Favorites and Jazz for The Christmas Season

Some Holiday Programming highlights for your Christmas Season! We have two special channels featuring musical favorites: Jazz and Vocal. Listen to these commercial- and subscription-free channels on HD radios, available at Best Buy. Many new cars come equipped with HD Radio and these channels could be listed as "multicast" on the tuning screen.

Great American Songbook Christmas Favorites
All-day & all-night through December 25
American Songbook 88.7-3  (Heard only on an HD Radio)

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What's New?
3:32 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Classical 88.7 Holiday Seasonal and Sacred Classical Music

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

Christmas Music

Tuesday, Dec 25 • All Day
Classical 88.7-1

Join Classical 88.7's musical hosts as they present special music for the holiday, all day long.

New Year’s Day from Vienna 2013 
Wednesday, Jan 1 • 10 am-noon LIVE
Classical 88.7-1

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What's New?
3:30 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Public Radio 89.5 Special Holiday Programs

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

Tinsel Tales 2: NPR Christmas Favorites
Wednesday, Dec 25 • 11 am - noon
Public Radio 89.5-1     

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11:05 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Performance Oklahoma Host To Receive Governor's Arts Award

Kimberly Powell, host and producer of Performance Oklahoma, has been selected by the Oklahoma Arts Council as a recipient of the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards, Media in the Arts category, for her contributions to the Oklahoma arts community.

Kimberly will receive the award along with sixteen individual recipients and two organizations being honored at the 38th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony Nov. 13 at the state Capitol.

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What's New?
9:39 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Here's the Thing: Patti LuPone, Jon Robin Baitz and Stacy Keach

Join Alec Baldwin as he talks with three legends of American theater: Patti LuPone, Jon Robin Baitz and Stacy Keach.

Documentary of The Week is heard on Fridays at 8:00 pm and Thursdays at 12 noon on Public Radio 89.5-1







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! 

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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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