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 decade 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.  

The Rothko Chapel, established in 1971 in Houston, is both a sacred space and a modern art mainstay. Dedicated to non-denominational prayer and private contemplation -- and also to international peace and fellowship -- the building routinely hosts lectures, concerts, interfaith gatherings, and similar events. And at its heart, of course, are fourteen very dark, luminous, large-scale paintings by the late Mark Rothko. We speak with David Leslie, the executive director of the Rothko Chapel.

Stonehorse Cafe Tea!

Apr 12, 2018

For the last day of the Spring Fund Drive, we have a special surprise from Stonehorse Cafe

Stonehorse Cafe in Tulsa's Utica Square will mail a voucher for Afternoon Tea for two people at Stonehorse Cafe to everyone who makes a one-time donation of $300 or more, or a monthly donation of $25 per month or more, on FRIDAY, April 13th ONLY.  

Today ONLY during our Spring Fund Drive on Public Radio Tulsa, make a donation of any amount online, by mail, or by phone at (918) 631-3689 to be entered into our special drawing! DONATE NOW

Contest Rules

Apr 6, 2018

Public Radio Tulsa will offer online, live on-air and other various contests throughout the year. The duration and timing of the contest giveaway will be identified by the on-air host at the time of the contest or will be otherwise disclosed. The dates, times, entry methods, winner selection and prizes may vary with each contest.

Prizes are awarded, unless otherwise announced, by a random drawing of all eligible entries.

Participants consent to the use of their names on the air and/or online if they win.

One in seven adults has a mental illness, and one in 20 has a serious mental illness. Nearly 90,000 Tulsa County adults need treatment for severe mental illness but there isn't enough funding. Untreated mental illness is extremely costly to the state of Oklahoma. The compounding factors are complex and the solutions often seem bleak, so where do we go from here?

Fearless reporting.  Powerful storytelling.  All made possible by you.

Whether the story is about Oklahoma teachers demanding increased school funding, or an order to deploy troops to the US-Mexico border…Public Radio Tulsa and NPR are there.  We bring you news that matters, every day.  And now, it’s your turn. 

Public Radio Tulsa is being honored again this year by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters. Later this month, the OAB will present KWGS with two of its “Outstanding Achievement in Broadcasting Awards”.

Let’s be honest, conceptual art is polarizing. Sometimes intentionally so. We explore this and more in a wide-ranging and fascinating chat with self-proclaimed Experimental Philosopher, Jonathon Keats. From his early childhood days selling rocks for a penny to large-scale thought experiments commissioned by prestigious institutions, his career is nothing if not unique. As described in the pages of WIRED magazine by science fiction author Bruce Sterling, “the guy is tireless.” 

Nothing comes close to public radio.

Public Radio Tulsa and NPR are like nothing else.  When you listen, you hear balanced, fact-based journalism.  You hear programs that nourish your mind.  You experience “driveway moments,” those bits of bliss when you just can’t miss one second of that great story.

Independent journalism and intelligent entertainment this good are worthy of our support.

Supporting Public Radio Has Never Been This Great! 

Wine Spectator magazine in your mailbox each month for donations beginning at $60!

Our newest mug: it’s beautiful, it’s bold, and it celebrates NPR’s award-winning All Things Considered!

All this, plus TWO Early-Bird Specials (EXPIRED!).        

YES! I would like to make my Spring 2018 Pledge to Public Radio Tulsa

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In The Beginning...

Mar 16, 2018

On this episode we take an in-depth look at the very first Director of Philbrook, Eugene Kingman. An acclaimed artist in his own right, Kingman’s journey included stops at Yale, The Rhode Island School of Design, the offices of The New York Times, and the organization that would become the C.I.A. 

 We chat with Mark Brown, longtime journalist and current assistant to the current Philbrook Director.   

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President Trump hosted lawmakers from both parties to discuss gun policy and school safety on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. During the freewheeling meeting, Trump appeared to support a number of conflicting measures. NPR journalists have annotated a transcript of the exchange, adding context and analysis.

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What are we saying when we refer to a piece as "bad" art? All of us probably have guilty pleasures, or maybe a favorite mistake or two, but what does it mean to seek out and really cherish certain works of bad art? This episode of our podcast features a conversation with Louise Sacco, the so-called Permanent Acting Interim Executive Director of MOBA (a/k/a The Museum of Bad Art).

WNYC

"The Secret Life of CEOs"
A Four Episode Series From 
Freakonomics Radio starting March 10, 2018

Host Stephen J. Dubner takes listeners behind the scenes of some of the most powerful companies in the world, interviewing these current and former CEOs (some of whom rarely give interviews this extensive):

It was cold and rainy outside, but inside the Tyrrell Hall Auditorium on the TU campus last Thursday evening, it was warm, dry, and filled with great conversation!  Thanks to everyone who joined us for The Give & Take on Sentencing Reform, especially our panelists: Tammy WestcottIncarceration Reduction division director and Tulsa County COURTS program manager, Community Service Council and Ryan Gentzler, Policy Anal

Andrew Knoll and his wife, Katie, had always wanted to support Public Radio Tulsa in a bigger way.  So when they were deciding what to do with their 2006 Range Rover, the answer was simple: donate it to public radio! 

“I had that car for ten years, and it was a great car,” says Andrew.  "When we were buying our new car, we were talking about what to do with the old one…and Katie suggested donating it to Public Radio Tulsa.  I said, “That’s a great idea – let’s do it!”

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Public Radio Tulsa has two pieces of equipment – Studio-to-Transmitter Links (STLs) and Processors – that are each 14-years old (that’s about 100 in radio-equipment years).  In fact, we’re operating right now on the back-ups for our back-up STLs.  That’s why last December’s year-end fund drive to replace this equipment was so crucial.  And thanks to listeners like you contributing in record numbers, it was successful!

The University and Free Speech
A Panel Discussion moderated by TU President Gerard Clancy
March 8, 2018
Chapman Lecture Hall
7:00 p.m.

The Thing Called Love

Feb 16, 2018

For our special Valentine’s Day episode we explore many different kinds of love, from the boomtown couple that founded Philbrook to the supposed foot fetishism of an iconic French artist. Keep an ear out for a brief cameo by Marie Antoinette. 

Hosted by Jeff Martin with Philbrook Museum of Art and produced by Scott Gregory with Public Radio Tulsa.  

Best of the West

Feb 2, 2018

Gilcrease Museum houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West. This episode features a discussion with Gilcrease Senior Curator Laura Fry and special appearances by Neil Young and Henry Kissinger.

Hosted by Jeff Martin with Philbrook Museum of Art and produced by Scott Gregory with Public Radio Tulsa.  

Oklahoma’s state prisons are overcrowded, dilapidated, and understaffed.  Women in Oklahoma are incarcerated at twice the national rate.  Two state questions aimed at sentencing reform passed in 2016, but they left major areas unaddressed. 

Vehicle Donation

Feb 1, 2018

Is it time to break up with your car?  Saying “goodbye” is hard to do, but you can make it easier by turning your beloved car into your favorite programs here on Public Radio Tulsa!  It’s an easy way to support public radio, and we can even tow your car for free.  

Car Talk Vehicle Donation Services will be with you every step of the way! Give them a call at 1-855-277-2346 and tell them you want to donate your vehicle to Public Radio Tulsa today.

Ask Tulsa style and business icon Marilyn Ihloff what she thinks of Public Radio Tulsa, and she’ll tell you, “I love NPR and I feel KWGS is my own local public radio family.”  She’ll also tell you that being an underwriter is good business.  “Our salon and spa guests are KWGS listeners and always mention hearing our spots.

 

On Friday, February 9, the Winter Olympics begins in Pyeongchang, South Korea amidst allegations of doping, corruption and growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. It's the first of three straight Olympic competitions to be hosted in Asia (Tokyo in 2020 and Beijing in 2022).

The 2018 Hidden Sixties Valentine's Day Soiree
Friday, February 9, 2018 | 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
KWGS Public Radio 98.5 - HD1 | LISTEN LIVE

 

February is prime concert season if you are a classical music lover in Tulsa.  And every Friday at noon on Classical 88.7 KWTU, you can delve deeper into these concerts on Classical Tulsa with host Jason Heilman.  This month, Jason features music from upcoming Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Youth Symphony, and Tulsa Camerata performances:

February 2: Music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, from the Tulsa Symphony’s February 4 concert

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Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, seen as a rising political star with a famous last name, will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union tonight, January 30, 2018. In announcing their decision, Democratic leaders in Congress called Kennedy a "relentless fighter for working Americans." Kennedy is the grandson of the late Robert Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general and New York senator who was assassinated in 1968. He is also the great nephew of both the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and the late president John F. Kennedy.

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President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress tonight, January 30, 2018, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. You can also watch the speech live.

Live Stream Will Begin at 8:00 p.m. Central.

State of the Union Annotation:

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We explore the bookish side of museum-going in a revealing conversation with poet Kenneth Goldsmith, who in 2013 was the first and only Poet Laureate at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). 

 

Hosted by Jeff Martin with Philbrook Museum of Art and produced by Scott Gregory with Public Radio Tulsa.  

 

 

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