Giving Thanks This Autumn - From Rich Fisher

Sep 19, 2013

Dear Friend,

Thank you for listening and for your continuing financial support of Public Radio Tulsa. This has been a year of farewells and welcomes for your public radio station. Earlier this year, we said farewell to Talk of the Nation, which sadly ended after 22 years, and welcomed Here and Now, a new midday news program from WBUR and NPR. The same was true for our reporter Catherine Roberts, who is now producing a program for WAMU in Washington, but last month, we welcomed Matt Trotter to our staff. Matt is a welcome addition to our local news initiative.

We also celebrate the 10th anniversary of Swing on This. John Wooley is one of our community treasures, and we congratulate him on his diligent work in promoting our heritage music, western swing. We also welcomed a new weekly program to KWTU this summer, Performance Oklahoma with Kimberly Powell, which presents the best in classical live performance from Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and around the state. Of course, we’re also gearing up for another season of live performances from Carnegie Hall and recorded performances of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Thanks to listeners like you, and a growing group of Oklahoma foundations, businesses and corporations, Public Radio Tulsa has been able to expand its service to you.

As always, we strive to be a good steward of your trust. Even with the continuing support of businesses, foundations, and the University of Tulsa, individual listener donations remain the backbone of support for public radio. With that in mind, I humbly ask for your continued support of KWGS, KWTU and Public Radio Tulsa. Our fall fund drive is scheduled for October 5-11. Our goal is $200,000, which pays about half of our yearly programming fees from NPR, our other national programmers, and local producers.

Please renew your support to Public Radio Tulsa. Your early response reduces the amount of time spent fundraising on-air, and will encourage many other of our listeners to join the public radio community during the fund drive. I promise your gift will repay you throughout the year with programming that will inform, entertain, engage, and at our best, move you. Thank you again for your contribution.

My very best to you, 

Rich Fisher 
General Manager
Public Radio Tulsa