Frank Christel

Director of Broadcast Services

Frank Christel has been a part of Public Radio Tulsa for over thirty years, first as Chief Engineer, then General Manager, and now as The University of Tulsa's Director of Broadcast Services. In 2004, he was instrumental in signing Classical 88.7 KWTU on-the-air. Before that, he worked at KBJH, KCFO, KAKC, and KBEZ in Tulsa and also served in the Navy during the Vietnam era. 

He was introduced to the magic of radio by his 9th grade math teacher who would, in class, play tape recordings of Stan Freberg's radio shows. His love of electronics grew by building hi-fi and shortwave radio electronic kits.

He's quite proud of his two daughters, their husbands, three four grandchildren, and is blessed by his lovely bride of more than 40 years.


What's New?
10:42 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Religious Passion: The Good Trialogue


Extremism: Religious Passion and The Problem of Perception 

Trialogue 2014: The Challenge of Civil Discourse 
Sponsored by the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice 

This is the first of three public discussions regarding the topic of religious extremism. Learn More

Session One: The Good
Sunday, February 2, 2014 • Peace Academy, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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What's New?
10:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Go Behind The Scenes of "The Monuments Men" on Travel With Rick Steves

This week's Travel with Rick Steves  goes "behind the scenes" of George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" (national premier February 7), and "Doc Martin", one of the most popular dramas shows on public television  (season 6 premiers the week of February 1).

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9:22 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Sights and Sounds of the 2014 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Conference

Choral Session: Give My Regards! The Music of Broadway with Mac Huff, clinician

Here’s an impressionistic sound portrait of wandering through the workshops, exhibit halls, and performances of the 2014 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Conference. This recording was made by Classical 88.7 KWTU on January 16 and 17 at the downtown Tulsa Assembly Center. Heard (in order) are highlights of:

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1:35 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Fantastic Concerts This Weekend at the 2014 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Conference

Francisco J. Nunez conducting the OKMEA All-State Children's Concert

The 2014 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Conference opened Thursday morning in downtown Tulsa. Music teachers and students from across the state gathered at the Tulsa Assembly Center for workshops and band, choral, and orchestral performances. Hear highlights of the three-day conference at public performances of the all-state ensembles on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Come out for these really fine performances of ensembles from across Oklahoma.


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8:51 am
Wed January 15, 2014

New "Top Score" and "New Classical Tracks" on Classical 88.7

Horia Varlan Flickr

Classical 88.7-1 has integrated two new features within its daily Masterworks programming: Top Score and New Classical Tracks.

Top Score is a five-minute exploration of video game soundtracks with Emily Reese. Meet the composers who create the music that accompanies popular video games, many of which have been inspired by classical music. Hear this special program on Sunday mornings at 11:01 am.

What's New?
10:01 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Ring in 2014 With These Radio Specials

Times Square
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Toast of the Nation 2014

Tuesday, Dec 31 • 10 pm - 3 am LIVE
Public Radio 89.5-2

Count down, sing along, and dance to live music all night long. Travel from coast to coast with four celebrations of midnight from time zone to time zone. It's the perfect holiday special for any New Year's party.

Freakonomics Marathon
Wednesday, Jan 1 • 10 am - 3 pm
Public Radio 89.5-1

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What's New?
4:50 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Freak Out on New Years Day With a Freakonomics Freakathon

The new year begins with a Freakonomics Freakathon on Wednesday, January 1, from 10 am - 3 pm, on Public Radio 89.5-1.

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What's New?
5:59 pm
Sat December 14, 2013

Most Sensitive HD Radio We've Found Is Now On Sale at Best Buy

Insignia HD Radio (model NS-HDRAD)

Since 2004, when Classical 88.7 signed on-the-air as the first HD radio station in Oklahoma, we've tested a number of HD Radios. So far, the most sensitive model that we've found is at Best Buy (Insignia NS-HDRAD) and is currently on sale for $39.99 with free shipping. It would certainly make a great holiday gift.

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10:41 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Soda vs. Pop vs. Coke: Mapping How Americans Talk

Lead in text: 
What's your general term for a sweetened carbonated beverage? What word or words do you use to address a group of two or more people? What do you call it when the rain falls while the sun is shining? The Atlantic created this fascinating video detailing how Americans talk from all around the country.
A video about the words we say and how we say them.
What's New?
3:48 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Public Radio Tulsa Board Meeting

You're invited to a public meeting of the governing board of Public Radio Tulsa (KWGS/KWTU) on Tuesday, December 17 at 2:00 pm.

It will be held at the Jill Zink Tarbell Heritage room (#1175) in Collins Hall (2905 E. 8th Street) on the University of Tulsa campus.

The public is welcome to attend and offer public comments.