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

Hundreds of friendly and caring public radio listeners have brought us this far - it's now time for your helpful gift to keep NPR on the northeastern Oklahoma airwaves. Contribute Now to help us meet our goal and pay our programming bills!

What can machines tell us about being human? This week Jad and Robert meet humans and robots who are trying to connect, and blur the line. We talk to the world's most advanced robot, meet a man who fell in love with a chatbot, and argue with the inventor of Furby over whether a toy can ever really be "alive."

RadioLab airs today at noon on Public Radio 89.5-1 

Here are voiceover takes which wound up on the cutting room floor. They crossed the line for broadcast, but they're here to make the case that Alec has gone, well, off the deep end. Don't pay attention to him - help us meet our Fund Drive goal by mailing a check or through an online credit card contribution.

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It'll be a night of stories, dance, and things that you can never do on the radio! Host Ira Glass and friends will perform an episode of This American Life on stage at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in NYC, which you can watch live via satellite here in Tulsa. Public Radio Tulsa personalities will be there with door prizes.

Jazz 89.5-2, Tulsa's only jazz radio station, and Public Radio 89.5-1, are celebrating International Jazz Day, an UNESCO celebration. American jazz pianist Jason Moran was on Talk of The Nation today discussing the challenges of connecting with younger generations.

It's listeners like you who keep public broadcasting on the airwaves through generous financial support. The Fund Drive isn't over! We're close to reaching our $200,000 goal. Help put us over-the-top. Contribute Online Now.

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The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Foundation matched $5,000 in contributions during Morning Edition on Friday. We're now 67% toward our goal on this last day of the drive - call 918-631-3689 or contribute online!

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting and improving the quality of life for thousands of communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates, and where BNSF employees live, work, and volunteer. We're very grateful for BNSF's generous support of Public Radio Tulsa.


Garrison Keillor has been on public radio as long as NPR has been on-air. He's famous not only for A Prairie Home Companion, but for his early days of spinning classical LPs while a student in Minnesota. Let him ask you personally for your support of public radio.

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Born April 25th, 1874 in Italy, Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi pioneered wireless communication. The first radio signals were heard across the Atlantic in December 1901, some 2,100 miles away.

In lieu of sending Mr. Marconi a birthday card (we're unsure of his address), consider making a donation in his honor to the 2012 successor of Marconi's spark-gap wireless invention.

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Escalating his Public Radio funding rant, Alec Baldwin now insists that the privilege of drinking coffee, in any form and by any person, is reserved just for pledgers to public stations. Listen to see if you agree.

Is he nuts? Tell us why he says this!
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According to the latest shocking research from RadioLab, people who give to causes are doing drugs - legally. In just 44 seconds, learn how this is possible from researchers Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich.

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All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
- Gandalf

I savored a Forbes blog this morning, which encapsulates the reason that many of us work in public broadcasting. Alex Knapp writes in his post The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Hobbits: "Its important to cultivate an appreciation for the wonderful things around you. Otherwise, you’ll forget what it is that you’re working for in the first place."

"It's all about me. It's already to established that I'm simple. I'm one of the 27 million simple folk who tune in to National Public Radio." Connie is a beloved StudioTulsa commentator and here's her thoughts about why funding for public broadcasting should be continued. 

Imagine filling your grocery store basket, sampling the goods along the aisles as you browse. Then waltzing out the door without paying. And doing this day after day. Every once in a while, you see someone drop a few dollars in a box near the entrance, but not often. Listen as Ira Glass exposes this befuddling business model.

Become one of the few & proud

Alec Baldwin is out to destroy public radio. His message to Public Radio listeners: "End the shenanigans." Baldwin, who when in a lucid state of mind, hosts the NY Philharmonic broadcasts heard over Classical 88.7-1. In an inexplicable turn, his message is "Don't give."

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The French electorate goes to the polls to decide who will be their next president with the economy and national security high on the agenda. The election comes just a few weeks after the shooting in Toulouse shook France. Will the electorate see the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen as a viable alternative to Nicolas Sarkozy? Or will it be the Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande who benefits?

Hear this special program on World Radio 89.5-3 this Sunday, April 22, at 1:00 pm. Learn more about HD Radio.

The NPR Name Song

Apr 16, 2012

Here's a fun YouTube video about NPR - how many on-air personalities do you recognize?    Contribute Now | NPR Host Names

On the heels of his report about Mike Daisey's largely fabricated This American Life story, our China correspondent, Rob Schmitz is back with a new exclusive. Rob recently gained access to the Foxconn factory floor in Shenzhen, China, making him the first public media reporter (and only the second journalist) Apple has ever allowed into its Chinese supplier.

Hear Marketplace on Public Radio 89.5-1 weekday evenings at 7

At 8 p.m. on Easter Sunday, join Classical 88.7-1 hosts Bob Christiansen and Valerie Kahler for an hour as they share some of their favorite Easter memories and music featuring Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture; Haydn's "Alleluia" Symphony, No. 30; and from Handel's Easter Oratorio, 'Messiah,' "I know That My Redeemer Liveth" and "Hallelujah Chorus."

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Coming to you this week from the Milwaukee Theatre, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, historians of myriad musical forms Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Wisconsin-based Appalachian pop band Count This Penny, and the close harmonies of The Krause Family Band. Plus, two-fisted accordionist Dan Newton sits in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.  Read More

How To Eat Weekends nominated for James Beard Award

Host Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Producer Sally Swift of The Splendid Table — "the radio program for people who love to eat" — have been honored with a 2012 James Beard Award nomination for their book, How to Eat Weekends: New Recipes, Stories & Opinions from Public Radio's Award-Winning Food Show.

The James Beard Awards are among the nation's most prestigious cooking honors, and are commonly described as the "Oscars of the Food World."

Tulsa's own Doug Brown adds his program to the WRR lineup beginning April 1, 2012

Ai Weiwei on Q

Mar 26, 2012
CBC Radio

{CBC Radio} "A rare interview with the Chinese dissident artist. He is currently under a form of house arrest in Beijing after he was detained for 81 days just under a year ago.

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{Morning Edition} The landscape of daytime TV has significantly changed in recent years -- both in obvious ways, like the end of iconic shows like Guiding Light and One Life to Live, and in ones that are less so. Several cast members of NBC's last soap standing, Days of Our Lives, discuss the behind-the-scenes budget cuts and changes to the ways stories are told. Read More

Inspired by popular minimalist movie posters, Planet Money designed these fun Minimalist Econ Posters. Creative listeners can submit sketches or posters. Here are some early submissions: Take a glimpse.

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This week on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a mix of shows from the Town Hall in New York City back in April 2009. Wynton Marsalis and his Quintet perform "Powdermilk Bisquit," he appears as a subway busker in an episode of Guy Noir, and he joins Heather Masse as she sings Dave Frishberg's "Peel Me a Grape." 

It's not every day we have an opportunity for a one-on-one interview with the sitting President of the United States. Tonight, March 21, Kai Ryssdal is scheduled to interview President Obama on Marketplace, at 7 pm on Public Radio 89.5-1. Kai will chat with President Obama at the Copper Mountain Solar facility in Boulder Hills, Nevada.

BackStory is a brand-new 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.

Update 3/17 @ 3:21 pm

The transmission line and antenna checks out and the intermittent transmission power dropouts have stopped after a through examination of the Public Radio 89.5 transmitter. Both station operations are now back to normal.

Let us know if you can't hear either station, either by email or by calling at 918-631-2577 (toll-free 888-594-5947.)

Update 3/17 @ 10:26 am