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.
Nonetheless, this Fall is shaping up to be very busy, and we hope you will be a part of the activities. Davis Sedaris is coming back to Tulsa for an evening of readings at the Tulsa PAC on November 12 and StoryCorps is coming back for a month-long visit from October 13 through November 17. I hope you will sign up to tell an important story, or come out and learn more about the StoryCorps project.
This summer was also marked by a very sad event as we lost one of the most important persons in the history of KWGS and KWTU. Edward Dumit passed away in June, and although he had retired from the station many years ago, he continues to be a huge influence over our station’s past, present, and future. Edward served our stations in nearly every capacity over a 50-year career, from station manager, to program director, to announcer and host of great distinction, and of course, you can still hear him as the official voice of the stations.
His commitment to excellence and detail is something that has been instilled in everyone associated with Public Radio Tulsa. So, with heavy hearts, we are dedicating our Fall Fund Drive to Edward’s memory; to honor his enormous contributions in promoting and championing our city’s cultural scene, from the opera, symphonies, and chamber music, to ballet, theatre and the visual arts, as well as his important contributions to public radio and classical radio.
Public Radio Tulsa is lucky to have you among our supporters, and we hope that you will remember Edward and your public radio stations this Fall. Even with the continuing support we receive from businesses, foundations, and the University of Tulsa, individual listener support remains 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 4-10. Our goal is $200,000, which pays for 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 on-line at or by return mail 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 for your continued support, and I hope you will join us in remembering Edward this Fall.
Public Radio Tulsa General Manager