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 celebrated 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.

Ways to Connect

[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.

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