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
6:36 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

The Tulsa PAC @ 35

Aired on Thursday, March 15th.

Thirty-five years ago, in March of 1977, in the heart of downtown, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center first opened its doors --- and Ella Fitzgerald, backed by the Tulsa Philharmonic, offered this beloved venue's debut performance. Built with a combination of public and private funds, following a 1973 bond issue, the Tulsa PAC is owned and operated by the City of Tulsa; it remains a leading arts/cultural/performance space for Tulsans of all ages and backgrounds.

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What's New?
2:31 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Metropolitan Opera: Khovanschina

Beatriz Schiller/Met Opera

Hear Mussorgsky's sweeping epic, set during the reign of Peter the Great, which is back on the Met stage for the first time in more than a decade, in a revival that is "blazingly sung, acted with conviction and conducted with intensity by Kirill Petrenko" (New York Times). The all-star Russian cast includes Olga Borodina, Ildar Abdrazakov, Anatoli Kotscherga, George Gagnidze, Misha Didyk, and Vladimir Galouzine. 

 

Saturday at 11am on KWTU 88.7-1

StudioTulsa
1:27 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

"The Man Who Quit Money"

Aired on Wednesday, March 14th.

Ever felt like quitting the whole earning-and-buying rat race? Ever wondered what it'd be like to live without a wallet, a car, a mortgage, or even a roof over your head?

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StudioTulsa
12:49 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Prof. Martin Shapiro (UC-Berkeley Law School) on the Intersection of Law and Politics

Aired on Tuesday, March 13th.

Today we're speaking about the intersection of law and politics at the highest levels of American society --- which is to say, we're discussing the workings of the U.S. Supreme Court, both then and now --- and our guest is a highly regarded expert in this regard, Professor Martin Shapiro of the UC-Berkeley School of Law. Prof. Shapiro gave two free-to-the-public lectures here at TU last week, when he spoke as a part of the TU College of Law's 2012 Lectureship in Politics and Law.

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StudioTulsa
4:28 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

A Conversation with Lisa See, Author of "Dreams of Joy" and Other Bestselling Novels

[Aired on Monday, March 12th.] On today's show, we speak by phone with Lisa See, the bestselling author of "Shanghai Girls," "Peony in Love," "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," "Dragon Bones," and other novels, as well as the acclaimed memoir, "On Gold Mountain." See's latest book, just out in paperback, is a novel called "Dreams of Joy," which she tells us about on today's ST.

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StudioTulsa
1:43 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Big Changes and Dramatic Improvements Planned for the Tulsa Zoo

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.

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What's New?
12:59 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

New York Philharmonic Features Artist-in-Residence

 

 

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.

StudioTulsa
6:18 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Benny Golson, an NEA Jazz Master, Performed in Tulsa Friday Night

© Ibbob Music Inc. / Photo credit: Oliver Rossberg

[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.

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StudioTulsa
2:48 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

"Our Greatest Play" --- TU's Department of Theatre Presents "Our Town"

[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.

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StudioTulsa
4:26 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Notes on Music and Meaning: A Chat with the Poet Erica Hunt

[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.

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