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.

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What's New?
1:10 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

KAKC Sock Hop

 The Tulsa Historical Society is bringing KAKC DJs to the Mansion on Peoria for a summer-time Sock Hop.

This family-friendly event will begin at 6:30 P.M. on July 19th. Pizza and soda will be provided, with donations appreciated. The event is free and open to the public.  

Bring the whole family and join KAKC DJs Scooter Segraves, Mike McCarthy, Dick Schmitz and Charlie Derek for a little rock n’ roll and a whole lot of dancing. Don’t miss your last opportunity to dance your socks off with your favorite DJs as the KAKC exhibit nears its final bow. 

What's New?
4:19 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Groundwork: Democracy Close to Home

When a neighbor is the antagonist….

Listen to this one-hour special at 11:00 am on Wednesday the 4th over Public Radio 89.5-1

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What's New?
2:53 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

A Capitol Fourth 2012

New this year - A half-hour post-show special musical performance, Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait," performed by The United States Marine Band, conducted by Colonel Michael Colburn, with Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell as the speaker.

Hear this special program on Wednesday, July 4, at 7:00 pm over Classical 88.7-1.

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What's New?
1:51 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Politics Takes A Holiday

It's the Capitol Steps' Fourth of July 2012 Edition of mirth, merriment, and political satire, recorded live at the Ronald Reagan Building in DC. They put the Mock in Democracy!

Listen Wednesday the 4th at 7:00 on Public Radio 89.5-1.

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What's New?
12:59 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Radiolab: Lucy

Chimps. Bonobos. Humans. We're all great apes, but that doesn’t mean we’re one happy family. This hour of Radiolab: stories of trying to live together. A chimp named Lucy teaches us the ups and downs of growing up human, and a visit to The Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa highlights some of the basics of bonobo culture (be careful, they bite).

RadioLab airs Fridays at 8 pm and Sundays at 6 pm on Public Radio 89.5-1

What's New?
12:01 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Independence Day on Classical 88.7-1

Celebrate the 4th in a Classical way!

On the Fourth of July, Classical 88.7-1 marks our nation's independence with a day packed with the musical sounds of America, ranging from the Wild West to the big city, to a parade down Main Street; and sample new releases, recently unearthed gems, and lots of familiar favorites.

Composers like Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, John Williams and John Phillip Sousa will be featured.

 

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4:06 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Tulsa Suburbs Have a New Neighbor: Poverty

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Things are not so rosy in the bedroom communities of Tulsa, according to Joe Wertz of StateImpact Oklahoma and the Tulsa World. Outreach centers are stepping up to help fill in the gaps.
Broken Arrow, Bixby and Owasso are the Tulsa metro's fastest-growing suburbs. Fast growth has been fueled by jobs, good schools and nice homes in a stable housing market. The population has boomed, but so too has poverty, the Tulsa World reports.
What's New?
12:57 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Radiolab: Ghost Stories

Ghosts, ghouls, shades from the past ... in this episode of Radiolab, real-life people try to pin down, and make peace with, mysterious figures that haunt them, prod them, and fade out of existence. One man finds a way to put the beatdown on his personal bogey man, a dead monk spurs a king to build a perfect prayer machine, an unknown face launches a thousand dummies (actually, a whole lot more than that), and a skeptic goes on a one-way to journey to find out whether spirits exist.

RadioLab airs Fridays at 8 pm and Sundays at 6 pm on Public Radio 89.5-1

What's New?
2:33 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Perpetual Beta Programs

A paradigm of this century is "perpetual beta" - continually creating and refining new things. In this spirit, NPR has created three new limited-run series: TED Radio Hour, Cabinet of Wonders, and Ask Me Another. Listen, rate, and help choose the next big NPR hit! After hearing each episode (Thursdays at noon on Public Radio 89.5-1), help decide whether the program should continue.

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3:59 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Dispatches from this year's OK Mozart Festival

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Classical 88.7-1's sister station in Oklahoma City, KCSC, was at the OK Mozart International Festival 2012 in Bartlesville. Music Host and Producer Kimberly Powell posted dispatches from her week at the Festival - fascinating behind-the-scenes insights into the artists and performances. Be listening for highlights from this year's Festival later this year, produced by Kimberly.
KCSC Music Host and Producer Kimberly Powell Friday, June 15th Thursday morning's mini concert featured the Violin and Piano Sonata in a minor, Op 105 by Robert Schumann. Though Schumann's tenure in Düsseldorf as the municipal music director proved difficult, bringing him as much tribulation as it did opportunity and ending sadly, he enjoyed there one of his greatest outbursts of creativity.

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