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Your contribution to Public Radio Tulsa really makes a difference; without the support of listeners like you, Public Radio Tulsa wouldn't exist and NPR wouldn't have a local outlet. Trusted local news and information would disappear. Each contribution helps keep Public Radio 89.5 and Classical 88.7 on-the-air and streaming to computers, smartphones, and tablets by paying the electric bill, transmission costs, salaries for content creation and station maintenance, and program purchase fees.

Public Radio Tulsa members receive the inside track through our upcoming electronic newsletter, the first chance for seats at special Public Radio Tulsa events and tax benefits for your charitable donation, as detailed in the tax summary sent each January.

Become a member by donating any amount to Public Radio Tulsa, any of several ways. Simply write a check for any amount to Public Radio Tulsa and mail it to Public Radio Tulsa at 800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK, 74104. Or click the "Support" tab above and choose "Contribute" to donate online. If you'd like to donate a car, click the "Vehicle Donation" tab under the "Support" tab.


We are often asked the difference between "donations" (listener contributions) and "underwriting" (program sponsorships.)

While listener contributions are our largest and most important source of funding, they do not cover all expenses - thus the need for program sponsorships. (Public Radio Tulsa also receives support from the University of Tulsa and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. We receive no state funds.)

NPR does not receive direct funding for what appears on our airwaves; federal dollars funnel through local stations, which individually decide which programs to purchase from what programming sources.

Sponsorship is not advertising; there are language limitations, mandated by the FCC. But it's effective because of reaching a unique audience and the short non-promotional nature of the announcements don't drive the audience away.

To sponsor a program, call Wayne Blackmon at 1-800-496-8060. Or email him at Here's a list of our current underwriters.

OK - enough is enough! Alec Baldwin has finally taken the cake, or cookie, in his attempts to change the face of public radio. Please don't let him ruin NPR. He'll relent only when we reach our fund drive goal.

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You know Ira Glass from his popular public radio program, This American Life. Until our fund drive goal is reached, Ira is now working for a different radio station, all thanks to Alec's backstage machinations.

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Award-winning NPR journalist Scott Simon has been all over the world, but he's never had an assignment like this. How low - or high - will Alec Baldwin go to hold our beloved radio personalities hostage until our fund drive goal is met?

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You've never heard Nina like this before. Her usual beat is the Supreme Court for Morning Edition and All Things Considered, but Alec Baldwin has really outdone himself by reassigning her to...well, listen for yourself.

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Will Ryan

Alec Baldwin won't let Terry Gross back onto Fresh Air until we meet our fund drive goal. Can't you hear her pain? For Terry's sake, please don't let this go on much longer!

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Hundreds of friendly and caring public radio listeners have brought us this far - it's now time for your helpful gift to keep NPR on the northeastern Oklahoma airwaves. Contribute Now to help us meet our goal and pay our programming bills!

Here are voiceover takes which wound up on the cutting room floor. They crossed the line for broadcast, but they're here to make the case that Alec has gone, well, off the deep end. Don't pay attention to him - help us meet our Fund Drive goal by mailing a check or through an online credit card contribution.

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It's listeners like you who keep public broadcasting on the airwaves through generous financial support. The Fund Drive isn't over! We're close to reaching our $200,000 goal. Help put us over-the-top. Contribute Online Now.

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The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Foundation matched $5,000 in contributions during Morning Edition on Friday. We're now 67% toward our goal on this last day of the drive - call 918-631-3689 or contribute online!

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting and improving the quality of life for thousands of communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates, and where BNSF employees live, work, and volunteer. We're very grateful for BNSF's generous support of Public Radio Tulsa.


Garrison Keillor has been on public radio as long as NPR has been on-air. He's famous not only for A Prairie Home Companion, but for his early days of spinning classical LPs while a student in Minnesota. Let him ask you personally for your support of public radio.

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Born April 25th, 1874 in Italy, Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi pioneered wireless communication. The first radio signals were heard across the Atlantic in December 1901, some 2,100 miles away.

In lieu of sending Mr. Marconi a birthday card (we're unsure of his address), consider making a donation in his honor to the 2012 successor of Marconi's spark-gap wireless invention.

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Escalating his Public Radio funding rant, Alec Baldwin now insists that the privilege of drinking coffee, in any form and by any person, is reserved just for pledgers to public stations. Listen to see if you agree.

Is he nuts? Tell us why he says this!
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According to the latest shocking research from RadioLab, people who give to causes are doing drugs - legally. In just 44 seconds, learn how this is possible from researchers Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich.

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All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
- Gandalf

I savored a Forbes blog this morning, which encapsulates the reason that many of us work in public broadcasting. Alex Knapp writes in his post The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Hobbits: "Its important to cultivate an appreciation for the wonderful things around you. Otherwise, you’ll forget what it is that you’re working for in the first place."

"It's all about me. It's already to established that I'm simple. I'm one of the 27 million simple folk who tune in to National Public Radio." Connie is a beloved StudioTulsa commentator and here's her thoughts about why funding for public broadcasting should be continued. 

Imagine filling your grocery store basket, sampling the goods along the aisles as you browse. Then waltzing out the door without paying. And doing this day after day. Every once in a while, you see someone drop a few dollars in a box near the entrance, but not often. Listen as Ira Glass exposes this befuddling business model.

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Alec Baldwin is out to destroy public radio. His message to Public Radio listeners: "End the shenanigans." Baldwin, who when in a lucid state of mind, hosts the NY Philharmonic broadcasts heard over Classical 88.7-1. In an inexplicable turn, his message is "Don't give."

The NPR Name Song

Apr 16, 2012

Here's a fun YouTube video about NPR - how many on-air personalities do you recognize?    Contribute Now | NPR Host Names

Dear Friend,

Many thanks for your continued support of Public Radio Tulsa. When I became manager back in 1999, I set out five major goals for public radio in Tulsa. The first was to replace our physical plant. We had a transmitter that was as old as me, and went off-the-air at the drop of a hat. Thanks to you and a few very generous donors, within a couple of years we were able to make our broadcasting facilities state of the art.