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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.


11:25 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Happy Birthday to Guglielmo Marconi!


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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9:42 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Alec Baldwin says "No Coffee!"

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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!
Or Right On, Alec! - Contribute Now 

8:23 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Contributors Do Drugs!


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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12:31 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Appreciating The World Around You

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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."

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4:44 pm
Sat April 21, 2012

Connie Cronley Just Doesn't Understand

"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. 

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1:18 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Ira Glass Exposes The 10% Mystery

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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12:33 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Alec Baldwin pleads: "Don't Do It!"

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."

3:46 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

The NPR Name Song

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

Spring 2012 Fund Drive
3:45 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Public Radio Tulsa General Manager Rich Fisher Asks For Your Help

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.

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11:15 am
Thu April 5, 2012

NPR: Then and Now...And With Your Support, Here Tomorrow

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