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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StudioTulsa
7:43 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Murry Sidlin Conducts the TCC Signature Symphony in "The Defiant Requiem"

Aired on Friday, April 17th.

Our guest today on ST is Murry Sidlin, an American conductor who's a professor of conducting at Catholic University's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music; he's also worked with the Baltimore Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, the Tulsa Philharmonic, and the Connecticut Ballet, among many other notable musical organizations.

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StudioTulsa
1:37 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Music Festival Deluxe: It's the 2nd Annual Tulsa Roots Music Bash, Coming Soon to the Guthrie Green

Aired on Thursday, April 16th.

On this installment of ST, we welcome Julie Watson and Mike Koster, the co-directors of Tulsa Roots Music, a nonprofit and ongoing (and quite wonderful) concert series that first got underway here in our community about four years ago. On Saturday the 18th, the day-long Tulsa Roots Music Bash will be presented, for the second consecutive year, at the Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa.

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StudioTulsa
3:24 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Tulsan Eva Unterman to Tell Her Story at the 18th Annual Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration

Aired on Wednesday, April 15th.

Tomorrow night, Thursday the 16th, the 18th Annual Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration -- or Yom HaShoah -- will be presented at Congregation B'nai Emunah in Tulsa, at 1719 South Owasso. The event is free to the public and begins at 7pm; it's co-sponsored by the Tulsa Council for Holocaust Education (which is a committee of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa) and the Tulsa City-County Library.

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StudioTulsa
2:11 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Re: Voices of Oklahoma, the Ongoing Oral History Website Created by Tulsa Radio Legend John Erling

Aired on Tuesday, April 14th.

On this installment of StudioTulsa, we are pleased to welcome John Erling, known and appreciated by many local radio listeners for his three decades on the air at KRMG. Five years ago, Erling inaugurated Voices of Oklahoma, an oral history website dedicated to caputing the life stories of Oklahomans from all walks of life. As Erling tells us today, what began as basically a part-time retirement project has now grown into full-blown, ongoing passion for the Tulsa radio icon.

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StudioTulsa
7:22 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

An Address by Ambassador William B. Taylor, Jr., of the U.S. Institute of Peace: "Crisis in Ukraine"

Aired on Monday, April 13th.

Where do things now stand regarding the Russia-Ukraine conflict? And how did we get here, and what might the future have in store? Such are the questions we're exploring today. On this edition of ST, we speak with William B. Taylor, Jr., the acting executive vice president at the United States Institute of Peace. From 2011 to 2013, Taylor was the Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions in the U.S.

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StudioTulsa
1:08 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Tulsa Opera Presents "Of Mice and Men"

Aired on Friday, April 10th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak by phone with the acclaimed American composer Carlisle Floyd, whose opera, "Of Mice and Men," will be staged this weekend (that is, both this evening and Sunday afternoon) by Tulsa Opera at the Tulsa PAC. This widely performed work was first performed in 1970 by the Seattle Opera; other notable operas composed by Floyd include "Susannah" (1955), "Wuthering Heights" (1958), "Flower and Hawk" (1972), "Willie Stark" (1981), and "Cold Sassy Tree" (2000).

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StudioTulsa
4:33 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Noted Economist Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, to Visit TU

Aired on Wednesday, April 8th.

It's been observed by many that disparity between the rich and the poor in the U.S. is now approaching levels not seen since the Great Depression. But how did we get here? On this edition of ST, a we offer a chat with Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

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StudioTulsa
2:49 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

"Society Is Not a Race" -- A Lecture Tonight at TU by Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar David Schmidtz

Aired on Tuesday, April 7th.

On this edition of our show, we speak with Professor David Schmidtz, who is a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar here at the University of Tulsa. Tonight -- Tuesday the 7th -- at 7pm, Prof. Schmidtz will deliver a free-to-the-public lecture in the Allen Chapman Student Union on the TU campus; a reception and book signing will follow this event. The talk is entitled "Society Is Not a Race" -- meaning, put simply, that society is not a competition.

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StudioTulsa
3:37 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

"Game On!" -- This Coming Weekend in Tulsa, It's the Heartland Gaming Expo 2015

Aired on Monday, April 6th.

On this edition of ST, we welcome Roger Mailler, an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Tulsa. Mailler tells all about a big event that's organizing here in Tulsa; it's the third-annual Heartland Gaming Expo, happening this coming weekend (April 10th through the 12th) at the Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa. As noted of this event at its website, the Heartland Gaming Expo "invites computer gaming enthusiasts of all ages to explore the industry’s products, designs, and latest technology.

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StudioTulsa
3:13 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Travel Writer Pico Iyer Offers "The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere"

Aired on Thursday, April 2nd.

"Don't just do something," goes an old saying that's sometimes attributed to the Buddha, "sit there." On this installment of ST, we speak with the widely acclaimed travel writer and essayist Pico Iyer, whose newest book is called "The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere." It may seem odd to find one of contemporary literature's best travel writers composing a book-lenth essay about not traveling, but Iyer begs to differ.

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