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.


Never On-The-Air
3:40 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Music Mountain: 2012 Chamber Music Concerts

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Music Mountain is the home of the oldest continuing summer chamber music festival in this country. Founded in 1930 as the permanent home for the Gordon String Quartet, one of the leading string quartets of its time, Music Mountain celebrates its 83nd anniversary in 2012.

Listen online to Music Mountain's series of 16 complete chamber music concerts, recorded live in Falls Village, Connecticut.

1:50 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

NPR Live Chat: Democratic National Convention

NOTE: New live posts will automatically appear at the top of the chat.

Democratic National Convention Day 3 - Thursday, September 6, 2012

Democratic National Convention Day 2 - Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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12:34 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Last Night of the BBC Proms 2012

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The world's biggest classical music festival wraps with a bang! Join us live from London for this event that stops the UK in its tracks.

Listen live, Saturday, September 8 from 8-11 pm, on Classical 88.7-1

2004's BBC Young Musician of the Year, violinist Nicola Benedetti, and tenor Joseph Calleja join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Chorus, as the Brits bring out the noisemakers for this serious and silly don't-miss-it concert.

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7:03 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

NPR Music for the iPad

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Now you can hear highlights from the latest concerts and music from around the country on the new NPR Music app for the iPad (and iPhone).
NPR Music Optimized for the iPad* The ultimate music experience is now at your fingertips. With the NPR Music app for iPad, simply tap and swipe to browse music and multimedia in a stunning magazine layout, stream your favorite stations, even attend live concerts.
What's New?
3:19 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Hard Labor: Economic Threats to U.S. Workers

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The Center for Public Integrity and NPR are partnering on Hard Labor, an occasional series on health, safety and economic threats to U.S. workers.

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2:21 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century

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As heard on All Things Considered, this NPR special series examines the future of cities across America.
More than half of the world now lives in urban areas. In the U.S., urban dwellers make up 83 percent of the population, and it's growing every day. What does it mean to live in a city today? What are the challenges for cities going forward? NPR explores urban life in the 21st century.
What's New?
10:35 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Live Coverage of 2012 National Conventions

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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What's New?
9:18 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin: Sep-Oct 2012

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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.

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What's New?
10:00 am
Thu August 23, 2012

2012 London Paralympics on World Radio 89.5-3

Cardiff Celts Wheelchair Basketball team play in front of the Agitos

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.

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1:43 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Windowless Summer Job at the Capitol Means New Career View for Tulsa Student

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TU's Jordan Albert tells of his possibly career-changing time spent at the State Capitol.
Jordan Albert spent his break from the University of Tulsa in a windowless room on the second floor of the state Capitol. It's a summer job, but it's more suit-and-tie than swimsuit-and-suncreen. Albert is triple-majoring in finance, accounting and economics, but he says spending his summer in state government might have changed his career path.