Spring Forward With Us Into Public Radio's Future

Apr 4, 2013

Dear Friend,

Public Radio Tulsa finds itself in exciting times, tinged with a bit of uncertainty. By every objective measure, our radio stations are thriving. Listenership is up, and new KWGS programs like the TED Radio Hour as well as our limited series like Freakonomics Radio, The Tobolowsky Files, and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin have found audiences. More new programs are in development. Our website has grown more than 30% over the past year, and the station continues to be recognized for journalistic excellence by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Tulsa Press Club Newsies, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

On our classical music side on KWTU, we’ve heard lots of great feedback about our Carnegie Hall Live specials and our movie music program, The Score with Edmund Stone, and from those who appreciate hearing classical music anytime of day or night.

We have done all of this, thanks to your considerable generosity and support. I thank you for understanding the value of public broadcasting’s service, whether it’s our in-depth news, our substantial information programs, or our cultural programming, be it classical, opera, jazz, western swing or “Red Dirt” music. And don’t forget our special events, like the upcoming Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me digital theatre simulcast at the Cinemark Theatres in Tulsa and Broken Arrow on Thursday, May 2.

Now to the uncertainty: As I write this, the federal sequester is a reality, and this will have an economic impact on Public Radio Tulsa. How big an effect is still being determined, but we believe it will result in a nine- to ten-thousand dollar reduction in our Corporation for Public Broadcasting community service grant. And if a “grand bargain” comes to pass, we have no idea how the CPB will fare in those negotiations. In addition, over the past few months we've had unanticipated antenna repairs in excess of $50,000. Fortunately, listener support has never been stronger for public radio in Tulsa.

So, whether you’re tuning in to public radio to receive the latest reasoned, unbiased news and information, or enjoying the timeless beauty of classical music, or enjoying our other HD offerings, I hope you realize that you depend on Public Radio Tulsa. If you do, and you’re financially able, please make a gift to support the station with your tax-deductible donation. Our fiscal year ends in June and our goal is $200,000, which is half of our yearly programming fees. Your online contribution now or by return mail will repay you throughout the year with programming that will keep you informed with all of the important issues of the day or offer a high quality musical experience to transport you far away.


Rich Fisher
Public Radio Tulsa
General Manager