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
2:56 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

"The Fourth Revolution: How the Infosphere Is Reshaping Human Reality"

Aired on Wednesday, October 1st.

The Internet is changing life itself, and it's doing so rather quickly, and we all know this. But how is it changing...us? We speak with Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and the Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford.

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StudioTulsa
12:51 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Regarding "The Widowers" -- A Film Directed by Jonathan Scott Chinn, Formerly of Public Radio Tulsa

Aired on Tuesday, September 30th.

On this installment of ST, we speak by phone with Jonathan Scott Chinn, a filmmaker who lives and works in New York City, and who formerly worked as the producer of this radio show, from 1999 till 2001. Chinn's first feature film, which he directed, is a newly released drama/comedy called "The Widowers." It tells the story of best friends Jake and Jonathan, whose wives have both died in tragic accidents.

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StudioTulsa
8:21 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

"Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things"

Aired on Monday, September 29th.

On this edition of ST, an in-depth discussion with David Rose, an award-winning entrepreneur and instructor at the MIT Media Lab who specializes in how digital information interfaces with the physical environment. Rose also founded Ambient Devices, which pioneered the technology used to embed Internet information in everyday objects like lamps, mirrors, and umbrellas.

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StudioTulsa
1:01 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Timothy Verville, Conductor of Arizona Pro Arte, Leads the Signature Symphony at TCC This Weekend

Aired on Friday, September 26th.

On this installment of ST, we welcome Timothy Verville, who will be the guest conductor with the Signature Symphony at the TCC Van Trease PACE (at 10300 E. 81st Street) tomorrow night (Saturday the 27th).

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StudioTulsa
12:58 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

A New Biography of an Early Tulsa Hero -- "Father of Route 66: The Story of Cy Avery"

Aired on Thursday, September 25th.

On this edition of ST, we cover some interesting and less-familiar Tulsa history by way of a new biography of Cy Avery. Our guest is the Missouri-based author Susan Croce Kelly, author of "Father of Route 66: The Story of Cy Avery," which is just out from OU Press. Kelly will be speaking about and signing copies of this book on Saturday the 27th at the Tulsa Historical Society; the event is free to the public and begins at 10:30am.

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StudioTulsa
12:37 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

An Update on the Renovation of the TCCL's Central Library in Downtown Tulsa

Aired on Wednesday, September 24th.

On this edition of our show, we welcome Gary Shaffer, CEO of the Tulsa City-County Library. The TCCL's Central Library, in the heart of downtown Tulsa, has recently entered its "public phase," with direct fund-raising appeals being made to the public to complete the mid-century-modern building's vast, thorough, and state-of-the-art renovation. Demolition of the building's interior is now complete; the actual construction of the new Central Library has begun.

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StudioTulsa
1:27 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

"Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War"

Aired on Tuesday, September 23rd.

On this presentation of ST, we welcome Karen Abbott, the bestselling author of "Sin in the Second City" and other books, whom USA Today has called a "pioneer of sizzle history." Abbott joins us by phone to talk about her newest volume, which tells the strange-but-true stories of four different women who risked everything to become spies, combatants, or informants during the Civil War. The book is "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War," and it's just out from Harper.

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StudioTulsa
1:20 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Tom Garrett (of the International Republican Institute) at the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations

Aired on Monday, September 22nd.

On this edition of our program, we speak with Tom Garrett, an Oklahoma native who's worked at the International Republican Institute (or IRI) since 1994.

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What's New?
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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