Rich Fisher

General Manager & host of StudioTulsa

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which will celebrate its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government.  Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.  

In addition, Rich is an active musician. He’s currently the principal trombonist of the Signature Symphony at TCC, leads the Starlight Jazz Orchestra, and is a free-lance musician whose work ranges from the pit of touring Broadway musicals, to the salsa band, Grupo Salsabor.

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1:38 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Listen. Love. Participate.

"Weilerstein avoids nostalgia and produces an account full of passion, grief and nobility of feeling…it's been years since a new recording of Elgar's great concerto made this kind of visceral impact." - BBC Music Magazine, Recording of the Year, 2014. Available for a gift of $120 or more.

Dear Friend of Public Radio Tulsa,

Thank you for listening and for your continuing financial support of Public Radio Tulsa. And an especially big thank you for your patience as we have been working on our backup antenna project. We know that you depend on us every day, and we’ve worked hard to minimize the interruptions of programming, but the installation was problematic and the time off-air, or at low power, has been an irritant.

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StudioTulsa
1:35 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Jeff Stava of the George Kaiser Family Foundation: A Groundbreaking for A Gathering Place

Aired on Friday, September 19th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Jeff Stava of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Stava is the project manager for A Gathering Place, the multimillion-dollar initiative of the Foundation that will -- after many months of planning and anticipation -- officially break ground in Tulsa near 31st Street and Riverside Drive tomorrow, Saturday the 20th, at noon, with the day's events actually beginning, come rain or shine, at 10am.

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StudioTulsa
1:16 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

In "Boom," Actor and Playwright Rick Miller Explores the Baby Boomer Generation at the Tulsa PAC

Aired on Thursday, September 18th.

On this installment of ST, we speak with the award-winning Canadian actor, playwright, and humorist Rick Miller, who will present his one-man show, "Boom," on Saturday the 20th at 7:30pm at the Tulsa PAC's Williams Theatre. As Miller tells us by phone, his 100-minute production offers a sweeping, fascinating, and maybe even educational exploration of the Baby Boomer generation -- from Che Guevara to Janis Joplin, from Buddy Holly to Nikita Khrushchev, and from Walter Cronkite to Martin Luther King, Jr.

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StudioTulsa
7:07 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

A Pair of Events to Be Presented by TU's Univerity School: "Love and Logic" at Home and at School

Aired on Wednesday, September 17th.

On Thursday and Friday of this week, the 18th and 19th, TU's University School will present a pair of free-to-the-public presentations by Dr. Charles Fay. Dr. Fay is a parent, consultant, bestselling author, and president of the Love and Logic Institute, Inc., which he co-founded in 1977 with his father, the noted child-rearing expert Jim Fay.

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StudioTulsa
4:36 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

A Chat with Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Author of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

Aired on Tuesday, September 16th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Representative Patrick J. Kennedy, who served several years in the U.S. House of Representatives as a congressman from Rhode Island, and who is best known as the author and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. This landmark piece of legislation provides tens of millions of Americans (who were previously denied care) with access to mental health treatment. Today, Rep.

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StudioTulsa
1:30 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

A Modern Dance Master: Choregus Productions Offers the Martha Graham Dance Company at the Tulsa PAC

Aired on Monday, September 15th.

The lasting and widespread influence that choreographer Martha Graham (1894-1991) had on the world of dance has been likened to the impact that Pablo Picasso had on painting, or that Aaron Copland had on music, or that Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture. In other words, it's an influence that clearly continues to this day; Graham is commonly seen as a visionary who all but created what we now call modern dance, and who shaped the ideas and careers of countless dancers who came after her.

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StudioTulsa
2:39 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

The Tulsa Symphony Presents Rachmaninoff and Schubert with Daniel Hege as Its Guest Conductor

Aired on Friday, September 12th.

Our guest on this installment of ST is Daniel Hege, the well-regarded young classical music conductor who was the music director of the Syracuse Symphony for several years before becoming, in 2010, the music director of the Wichita Symphony. Hege will also be the guest conductor for the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra tomorrow night, Saturday the 13th, as that orchestra begins its new season of concerts in the Tulsa PAC's Chapman Music Hall. The program begins at 7:30pm; it will feature not one but two show-stopping mega-works: Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op.

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StudioTulsa
4:05 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

This Weekend, Michael Rossi Conducts an All-Gershwin Evening with the Signature Symphony

Aired on Thursday, September 11th.

The Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College continues its search for a new artistic director and conductor, and the field has narrowed to three young finalists, each of whom is a promising talent amid the next generation of American conductors. As the Symphony begins its new season of concerts, each of these finalists will be given the chance to wave the baton, as it were, during an actual concert.

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StudioTulsa
3:41 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

A New Book from Rosalind Cook, the Widely Acclaimed Tulsa Sculptor: "Capturing the Spirit in Bronze"

Aired on Wednesday, September 10th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we present a delightful chat with Rosalind Cook, the locally based sculptor whose well-liked works can be seen throughout the Tulsa community (with more than 30 of her sculptures on public display). Cook's fine, sensitively rendered, and decidedly humane pieces celebrate the human as well as the divine, the earthbound or natural as well as the spiritual or devotional. And as the artist herself has noted, at her website: "I specialize in figurative bronze sculptures that are representational in style.

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StudioTulsa
5:21 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

ST on Health: A Tuneful Chat with Dr. David Schiedermayer, a Harmonica-Toting Palliative-Care Doc

Aired on Tuesday, September 9th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, guest host John Schumann speaks by phone with Dr. David Schiedermayer, a reflective and soft-spoken physician/author who is based in Wisconsin, tells a good yarn, and has worked in the fields of medicine and health for many years now. He's been an internist and a hospitalist in the past, and he's now focused on palliative care. Oh, and he's also one heck of a harmonica player. In fact, Dr.

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