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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Our guest today is Terrie Correll, the CEO of Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. (or TZMI). It's been about a year since the Tulsa Zoo moved from being a city-owned facility to a public-private partnership, and earlier this week, the impending benefits of this move were made readily apparent by the announcement of the zoo's brand-new master plan. As Correll tells us, it's a 20-year master plan that was commissioned by TZMI --- and that describes what the zoo's exhibits, features, facilities, and events will look like in the years to come, as well as where these will be located. The St.



The New York Philharmonic is heard Sundays at 1pm on KWTU Classical 88.7-1 

This week, Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic feature their Artist-in-Residence Frank Peter Zimmermann in the Beethoven Violin Concerto, also on the program are Igor Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements and Maurice Ravel's luscious Daphnis and Chloe Suite No 2. The German violinist is recognized today as one of the top violinists in the world who has recorded his instrument's repertoire for EMI and Sony Classics.

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[Aired Thursday, March 8th.] While growing up in Philadelphia, Benny Golson (born 1929) --- our guest today on StudioTulsa --- jammed and woodshedded with the likes of John Coltrane, Red Garland, Jimmy Heath, Philly Joe Jones, and Red Rodney. Later, he played alongside the great be-bop composer/pianist/arranger Tadd Dameron --- a major influence, and a mentor of sorts --- before doing stints with such notable bandleaders as Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, and Tulsa's own Earl Bostic.

[Aired Wednesday, March 7th.] Today we speak with Dr. David Cook, who has been on our show several times before, has been a member of the Theatre faculty here at the University of Tulsa for more than 30 years, and has announced that he'll retire at the end of this school year. Therefore, Cook is currently directing his final production for the TU Theatre Department: Thornton Wilder's iconic American masterpiece, "Our Town," which opens tomorrow night (Thursday the 8th) and runs through Sunday afternoon (the 11th) at the Chapman Theater in Kendall Hall on the TU campus.

[Aired Tuesday, March 6th.] On today's show, we speak with the New York-based poet Erica Hunt, who'll give a free-to-the-public reading of her poetry tonight on the TU campus. Her reading is presented by the TU Department of English / Creative Writing; it takes place in the Faculty Study of McFarlin Library, beginning at 7:30pm. As we learn on today's show, Hunt has also worked as a housing organizer, radio producer, poetry teacher, and social justice advocate.

[Aired on Monday, March 5th.] On today's show, we look ahead to the exciting and far-reaching day-long symposium, "Different Shades of Red: Woody Guthrie and the Oklahoma Experience at 100," which will happen on Saturday the 10th at the University of Tulsa's Lorton Performance Center. Our guest is Brian Hosmer of TU's Department of History; he's serving as the committee chair for this symposium.

Particles: Nuclear Power after Fukushima

[Aired on Friday, March 2nd.] Book reviewer Nancy Pearl joins us to talk about the best new books of 2012 and a few overlooked gems from the past couple of years. Pearl is the author of six highly regarded "books about books" in her Book Lust series, and she's embarking as the series editor for "Book Lust Discoveries," which will revive twelve classic, long-out-of-print titles that are worth a fresh read. The series gets underway in April with Merle Miller's "A Gay and Melancholy Sound."

Here's Nancy's latest picks:

[Aired on Thursday, March 1st.] Today, we speak with Jamal Joseph, whose new memoir is "Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention." This engrossing autobiography --- a gritty yet hopeful hybrid of coming-of-age candor, street-savvy wisdom, and recent socio-political history --- follows Jospeph from his early years in the Bronx and Harlem, to incarceration stints in Riker’s Island and then Leavenworth, to the Film School faculty of Columbia University.

[Aired on Wednesday, February 29th.] (Note: This show originally aired last year.) Today we speak with the music historian, writer, and educator Harvey Sachs, whose latest book, just out in paperback from Random House, is "The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824." It's a fascinating, in-depth, and wonderfully readable account of the creation and reception of one of the world's immortal pieces of music: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

[Aired on Tuesday, February 28th.] On today's program, we chat by phone with Dr. Lenn Goodman, Mellon Professor of Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He'll present the Annual Snuggs Lecture in Religion tomorrow night (Wednesday the 29th) at 7:30pm in Helmerich Hall on the TU campus; the lecture is free to the public and is entitled "Creation and Evolution." An award-winning scholar and prolific author, Dr.

[Aired on Monday, February 27th.] On today's show, we speak with Kelly Kurt, a former AP reporter and freelance writer here in Tulsa whose article, "Death's Yellow Door," is the cover story in the current issue of This Land.

[Aired on Friday, February 24th.] On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with Jake Heggie, the composer of "Dead Man Walking," which premiered in San Francisco in 2000, and has since become one of the most popular and most widely performed American operas of today (with more than 150 performances worldwide). Tulsa Opera will stage "Dead Man Walking" at the Tulsa PAC on Saturday the 25th (at 7:30pm), Friday the 2nd (at 7:30pm), and Sunday the 4th (at 2:30pm).

[Aired on Thursday, February 23rd.] On today's show, we learn about the 19th Annual New Genre Festival, which is being presented by Living Arts of Tulsa at various venues in downtown Tulsa through March 3rd. First, we hear from Steve Liggett, the Artistic Director of Living Arts, who describes several of the outstanding events that've yet to occur at NG19. Then, we hear from the Chicago-based performance artist Erica Mott, who will perform a work called "Revised and Revisited" as part of the NG festival on Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th at 8pm.

[Aired on Wednesday, February 22nd.] On today's ST, we speak with the sharp and ever-colorful Sister Helen Prejean, 72, who gave a free-to-the-public lecture here at TU last night in the Lorton Performance Center. A longtime and deeply committed critic of capital punishment in America, Sister Helen made a few recent appearances in Tulsa --- last night, today on our show, and elsewhere --- in order to promote Tulsa Opera's new production, "Dead Man Walking," which will open on Saturday the 25th at the Tulsa PAC.

TULSA, OK (KWGS) - On StudioTulsa today, we welcome author and veteran magazine editor James Mauro, who drops by to tell us about his highly engrossing book, first published last year, called "Twilight at the World of Tomorrow: Genius, Madness, Murder, and the 1939 World's Fair on the Brink of War." Mauro's in-depth account of the 1939-1940 World's Fair is --- as was noted in a starred review in Kirkus --- fully seasoned "with tales of visiting presidents, kings, queens, politicians, sports heroes, and movie stars. . . . [Mauro] wonderfully elaborates on the fair's movers and shakers. . .

TULSA, OK (KWGS) - On today's edition of our show we speak with Erin McLaine, a Los Angeles-based producer, playwright, and director who is currently serving as an adjunct professor in the TU Theatre Department. McLaine is also the director of a new production of the play, "As Bees in Honey Drown," which TU Theatre will be staging in Kendall Hall (on the TU campus) from tonight (December 1st) through Sunday afternoon (the 4th). This is a comic play about the perils of showbiz and/or romance and/or success --- and The New York Times once called it "a delicious souffl of a satire . . .

This story was also featured on State Impact, an eight member states collaboration that seeks to inform and engage local communities with broadcast and online news focused on how state government decisions affect your lives. KWGS is one of StateImpact Oklahoma’s collaborative partners.