Meghann Ray

Development Associate

She’s back! In the second grade, Meghann was put in charge of watching her Papa Reuben at the front doors of Kendall Hall. She was to make sure he stayed put while her nana and mother parked the car. Needless to say, the two of them wandered off and got lost. They were found at the round red bench outside the Public Radio Tulsa office and studio. It is only fitting that more than twenty-one years later, Meghann joins the staff as the Development Associate.

A University of Tulsa alumna, Meghann has spent the past seven years in the non-profit social services sector working in communications, fundraising and special events. She is an avid and passionate community advocate and says her life’s mission is to make a difference locally and beyond. Meghann believes Public Radio Tulsa is an integral part of our community.  

Public Radio Tulsa Staff

If you weren't with us at The Give and Take on Thursday, March 23 you were missed!



Two very high profile hearings took place this week on Capitol Hill. The House Intelligence Committee is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Senate Judiciary Committee is grilling President Trump’s nominee to be the next justice of the US Supreme Court. 

Get caught up and  follow the real-time coverage here with the NPR live blogs.

The boys are back in town!  

And by boys, we mean the StateImpact reporters Joe Wertz and Logan Layden. Last fall they came to Tulsa to pitch in and help with the Fall Fund Drive but this spring they are back for YOU and the March Give and Take. 

The Republican health care bill under consideration in the House of Representatives would change health coverage for a lot of people. It would no longer require that Americans buy health insurance, for instance, and it would eliminate current subsidies, replacing them with a fixed refundable tax credit. To help Americans understand where Congress stands on the debate over this legislation, NPR and member stations around the country have compiled a database of Congressional members’ positions on the bill.  


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President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program. It's similar to the president's January order that was blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. But this latest order leaves Iraq off the list of barred countries. The White House cites more cooperation with the Iraqi government in vetting people who apply for U.S. visas. The latest order also specifically states that it does not apply to legal permanent U.S. residents or current visa holders.

You will hear a new voice on The Splendid Table beginning March 12. 

Recently announced new host Francis Lam has been a regular contributor and guest host since 2010. The award-winning Lynne Rossetto Casper is retiring at the end of 2017; in meantime, Lynne, Francis and other guest hosts will share the hosting duties. 

Dear Friends of Public Radio Tulsa, 

It’s springtime at Public Radio Tulsa, and we have a variety of warm weather thank-you gifts, some for as little as $10 a month! 

But hurry…the clock is ticking on our TWO Early-Bird Specials! DONATE NOW



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It's almost spring, when thoughts turn to...supporting Public Radio Tulsa!  Our Spring Fund Drive will be March 29 - 31 on KWTU, and April 3 - 8 on KWGS.  But don't wait!  Pledge now and take advantage of our TWO Early-Bird thank-you gifts!

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NPR special correspondent Melissa Block is on a road trip and listening tour of the U.S. for an exploration called "Our Land."

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On Monday, February 27 on All Things Considered, the National Symphony Orchestra will be at NPR to provide the music -- LIVE from Studio One. Seventy-five musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra will perform all the show’s music and the session will end with a live music chat with the conductor and a musician.

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President Trump held a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Thursday. In an event arranged the same morning, he first announced his new pick for Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta, a law school dean and former US Attorney. He made an extended opening statement in defense of his administration, trumpeting accomplishments and blasting his critics and the news media. He then opened the floor for questions, which lasted more than an hour.


1.  The practice of dealing by compromise or mutual concession; cooperation.
2.  Good-natured exchange of talk, ideas, etc.  

The lively exchange of ideas.  NPR fans.  Chili-Cheese Fries.  Cold beverages.  Join us for OUR inauguration of this new opportunity for civil conversation Thursday, February 9 , 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at Lefty’s on Greenwood.  We’ll chat with two freshmen state representatives about their first week on the job.  We’ll even have door prizes!


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Incredible. The word to describe the first Public Radio Tulsa's Give and Take. On Thursday evening, February 9, nearly 100 listeners and concerned, engaged community members joined us for  civil discourse, learning and the lively exchange of ideas. We even had some laughter! 

It is happening. Today is the day. The first Give and Take.


John Wooley: Host of Swing on This AND Western Swing Monthly's Man of the Year. Western Swing Monthly is the premiere publication for swing music and its fans. Be sure to listen to John on Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. 


February: The month of love and the Oscars. Join Public Radio Tulsa's Scott Gregory for these All This Jazz specials. 


Have you ever been listening to classical music on KWTU and wondered, "Who are the hosts?" "I wonder what he or she looks like?" "Who is Valerie Kahler?"

Well, meet Valerie, the Classical 24 host. Here is what WE know. She is fabulous, edgy, and she knows her classical music. 

But thanks to our friends at Classical 24, we also know:

Historically Black

Jan 31, 2017

Objects hold history. They evoke stories stamped in time. The Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. has opened up a world of stories that visitors are flocking to discover. 


Jan 24, 2017

Indivisible is public radio’s national show about America in a time of change.



Child abductions are rare crimes. And they're typically solved. For 27 years, the investigation into the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota yielded no answers. In the most comprehensive reporting on this case, APM Reports and reporter Madeleine Baran reveal how law enforcement mishandled one of the most notorious child abductions in the country and how those failures fueled national anxiety about stranger danger, led to the nation's sex-offender registries and raise questions about crime-solving effectiveness and accountability.

Welcome to a new year and a new way to communicate with you about everything happening here at Public Radio Tulsa!  Every month, this e-newsletter will bring you information about special events, special programs, news, ways to support Public Radio Tulsa, and much more.

We HEART our members!

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We HEART our members!    


When Public Radio Tulsa put out the call for end-of-year support, you responded!  In the final five weeks of 2016, we heard from HUNDREDS of you...long-time members and first-time donors, folks who donated cars, stocks, and checks and credit card gifts, large and small.  All in all, you and your fellow listeners raised over $58,000 in the final weeks of 2016 to support Public Radio Tulsa!  


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President-Elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, January 20. Public Radio Tulsa will bring you NPR's Special Coverage from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join us on Public Radio 89.5 or listen online.  

We'll also have NPR's live blog, video coverage and fact checking.  Scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Special Coverage Hosts

Criag Kief

Why yes, it is! Host of "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" Peter Segal is going on vacation (gasp!) so Tom Hanks is filling in. You can hear it on Public Radio 89.5 (or online) this Saturday, January 14 at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. 

"Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" is a NPR news quiz show taped in from of  live audience in Chicago and is currently in its 18th year. 


Ring in the New Year with these specials. May your 2017 be happy and healthy! 

Listen Live HERE

Capitol Steps New Year’s Special
Friday, December 30 | 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Classical 88.7 (music)

Washington’s premier parody song troupe offers up a year-end round up of the strange but true political year that was 2016. All your election favorites will be there:  President Elect Trump, Hillary, Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin…wait, what?!?


Ring in the New Year with these specials. May your 2017 be happy and healthy! 

Listen Live HERE

New Year’s Day from Vienna 2017  (LIVE)      
Sunday, January 1 | 10: 00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Classical 88.7 (music)           

DID YOU KNOW?  You can support Public Radio Tulsa through your IRA distribution!

If you are 70 ½ years of age and own an IRA, you must take an annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD).  But you also may ROLL OVER up to $100,000 from your traditional or Roth IRA to a qualified charity, such as Public Radio Tulsa/The University of Tulsa. 

The benefit? 


The holiday season is here and the temperatures are frigid! Stay in by the fire and enjoy these specials. Let them bring you comfort and joy while you are in last minute gift shopping traffic or enjoy them with family and friends while you celebrate.

Listen Live HERE

And here’s What is happening this week on Public Radio 89.5 and Classical 88.7:  


Swing On This Christmas Special

Here's what is happening this weekend on Public Radio 89.5 and Classical 88.7:

The Splendid Table’s Homemade Holidays with America’s Test Kitchen 
Friday, December 16 | 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Public Radio 89.5